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The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time 

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Updated March 23, 2020 15k votes 2.1k voters 34.2k views 49 items

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Many colleges have long-standing traditions of NCAA basketball that breed great talent for the NBA. When thinking of some of the best college basketball programs of all time, the Kansas Jayhawks are, without a doubt, one of the best. KU! Rock Chalk! Here is a list of the best Kansas Jayhawks of all time! Take a look at this list of Kansas Jayhawks basketball players and vote up your favorites, whether they were leading scorers and invaluable roster pieces for Kansas University!

From all time greats like Wilt Chamberlain and Paul Pierce, to other players that saw their best days come at the college level, this a great list of the top Kansas Jayhawks basketball players. So, take a look at these great Kansas Jayhawks and vote up the players that you think deserve a spot on this all time best list. Who would be on your all time Kansas Jayhawks starting five?

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Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Center from Philadelphia

Age: Dec. at 63 (1936-1999)

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Warriors, San Francisco Warriors

1956 - 1958

NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player (1957)

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Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward from Oakland

Age: 42

Number: 34

Teams: Boston Celtics

1995 - 1998

Paul Anthony Pierce (born October 13, 1977) is an American former professional basketball player who played 19 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is currently an analyst on ...more

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#1,757 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #52 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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Danny Manning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward from Hattiesburg

Age: 53

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, + more

1984 - 1988

NCAA Champion (1988)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1988)

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Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
AdamH added Center from Yaoundé

Number: 21

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers

2013 - 2014

Joel Hans Embiid (born 16 March 1994) is a Cameroonian professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After one year of college ...more

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Frank Mason III is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Jeremy Hunt added Point guard from Petersburg

Number: 15

Teams: Milwaukee Bucks

2013 - 2017

Frank Leo Mason III (born April 3, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA), on a two-way contract with the ...more
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Mario Chalmers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard from Anchorage

Age: 33

Number: 15

2005 - 2008

NCAA Champion (2008)

NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player (2008)

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Andrew Wiggins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Small Forward from Markham

Age: 24

Number: 22

Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves

2013 - 2014

Andrew Christian Wiggins (born February 23, 1995) is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college ...more

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Jo Jo White is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time

Age: 73

Teams: Kansas City Kings, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors

1965 - 1969

Joseph Henry White (November 16, 1946 – January 16, 2018) was an American professional basketball player. As an amateur, he played basketball at the University of Kansas and represented the U.S. ...more

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#103 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #51 of 158 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

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Kirk Hinrich is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard and Shooting guard from Sioux City

Age: 38

Number: 12

Teams: Chicago Bulls

1999 - 2003

Kirk James Hinrich (born January 2, 1981) is an American former professional basketball player. He has also been a member of the USA National Team. Growing up in Sioux City, Iowa, Hinrich was ...more
10
Nick Collison is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward and Center from Orange City

Age: 39

Number: 4

Teams: Seattle Supersonics

1999 - 2003

Nicholas John Collison (born October 26, 1980) is an American former professional basketball player who played his entire 15-year career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the ...more
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Raef LaFrentz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward and Center from Hampton

Age: 43

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets

1994 - 1998

Raef Andrew LaFrentz (born May 29, 1976) is an American retired professional basketball power forward and center who played in the NBA from 1998 to 2009. Born and raised in Iowa, LaFrentz ...more
12
Devonte' Graham is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
jackieson2004 added Point guard from Raleigh

Number: 4

Teams: Charlotte Hornets

2014 - 2018

Devonte' Terrell Graham is an American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the University of ...more

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Perry Ellis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward from Wichita

Age: 26

2012 - 2016

Perry Ellis is a basketball player.
14
Sherron Collins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard from Chicago

Age: 32

2006 - 2010

NCAA Champion (2008)

15
Marcus Morris is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
AdamH added Power forward from Philadelphia

Age: 30

Number: 15

Teams: New York Knicks

2008 - 2011

Marcus Thomas Morris Sr. (born September 2, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) ...more
16
Jacque Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard from Los Angeles

Age: 44

Teams: Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic

1993 - 1997

Jacque Vaughn (born February 11, 1975) is an American former professional basketball player and coach who is currently an assistant coach for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball ...more

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Clyde Lovellette is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Clyde Lovellette Power forward and Center from Petersburg

Age: 90

Teams: Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, St. Louis Hawks

1950 - 1952

NCAA Champion (1952)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1952)

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Drew Gooden is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward and Center from Oakland

Age: 38

Number: 0

Teams: Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls

1999 - 2002

Andrew Melvin Gooden III (born September 24, 1981) is an American former professional basketball player who is a sports broadcaster for NBC Sports Washington. The power forward played 14 seasons ...more

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Brandon Rush is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Kansas City

Age: 34

Number: 4

2005 - 2008

NCAA Champion (2008)

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Josh Jackson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward, Shooting guard from San Diego, California

Number: 20

Teams: Memphis Grizzlies

2016 - 2017

Joshua O'Neal Jackson (born February 10, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more

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#157 of 320 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today #48 of 196 The Best NBA Players from California

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Markieff Morris is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
AdamH added Power forward from Philadelphia

Age: 30

Number: 5

Teams: Detroit Pistons

2008 - 2011

Markieff Morris (born September 2, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball at the ...more

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Thomas Robinson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
AdamH added Power forward from Washington

Age: 28

Number: 41

2009 - 2012

Thomas Earl Robinson is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association. A consensus All-American at the University of ...more

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Adolph Rupp is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
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Age: Dec. at 76 (1901-1977)

Adolph Frederick Rupp (September 2, 1901 – December 10, 1977) was an American college basketball coach. Rupp is ranked fifth (behind Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim, Bob Knight, and Dean Smith) in ...more
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Wayne Simien is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward from Leavenworth

Age: 36

Teams: Miami Heat

2001 - 2005

Wayne Anthony Simien Jr. (born March 9, 1983) is an American former professional basketball player, who last played with Spain's Cáceres Ciudad de Baloncesto. He was a member of the Miami ...more
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Udoka Azubuike is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Udoka Azubuike

2016 - present