The Greatest Kansas State Basketball Players of All Time

Over 1.2K Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Greatest Kansas State Basketball Players of All Time
Voting Rules
Upvote the best basketball players in Wildcats history based only on the player's college career.

Kansas State basketball fans, we’re ranking the best Kansas State Wildcats of all-time. This list of Kansas State basketball players includes current and former players, along with the seasons played with the college. Featuring All-Americans, players in the NBA, and school legends who had their jerseys retired, the top players from Kansas State University men's basketball team history include Mitch Richmond,  Michael Beasley, Rolando Blackman, and Jack Gardner. Who is the best Kansas State Wildcat ever?

In the 2018-19 NCAA Division I men’s basketball season, the Kansas State Wildcats roster has the starting five: Barry Brown, Cartier Diarra, Xavier Sneed, Dean Wade, and Makol Mawien.

Vote up the ones you think are the greatest Kansas State basketball players in Wildcats history. Feel free to add any Wildcat freshmen, NBA rookies, or Kansas State alumni missing from the list.

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  • Mitch Richmond
    Shooting guard
    409 votes
    • Age: 58
    • Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
    • Teams: Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors

    1986 - 1988

    Mitchell James Richmond (born June 30, 1965) is an American retired professional basketball player and current assistant coach of the St. John's Red Storm. He played collegiately at Moberly Area Community College and Kansas State University. He was a six-time NBA All-Star, a five-time All-NBA Team member, and a former NBA Rookie of the Year. In 976 NBA games, Richmond averaged 21.0 points per game and 3.5 assists per game. Richmond was voted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014. His nicknames include "The Rock". His jersey No. 2 was retired in his honor by the Sacramento Kings, for whom he played seven seasons.
  • Rolando Blackman
    Shooting guard
    309 votes
    • Age: 64
    • Birthplace: Panama City, Panama
    • Teams: Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks

    1977 - 1981

    Rolando Antonio Blackman (born February 26, 1959) is a retired Panamanian-born American professional basketball player. He was a four-time All-Star who spent most of his career with the Dallas Mavericks. Blackman was born in Panama City, Panama, and raised in Brooklyn, New York, from the age of eight.
  • Michael Beasley
    Small forward, Power forward
    398 votes
    • Age: 34
    • Birthplace: Cheverly, Maryland
    • Number: 0
    • Teams: Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers

    2007 - 2008

    Michael Paul Beasley Jr. (born January 9, 1989) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for Kansas State University for one year before declaring for the NBA draft in 2008. He is regarded as one of the best freshman college basketball players of the 2000s. Though he is ambidextrous, he shoots left-handed.
  • Bob Boozer
    Power forward
    255 votes
    • Age: Dec. at 75 (1937-2012)
    • Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska
    • Teams: Cincinnati Royals, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks

    1956 - 1959

    Robert Louis Boozer (April 26, 1937 – May 19, 2012) was an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Boozer won a gold medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics and won an NBA Championship as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks in 1971. Boozer was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.
  • Jacob Pullen
    Point guard
    330 votes
    • Age: 33
    • Birthplace: Proviso Township, Maywood, Illinois

    2007 - 2011

    Jacob Everse Pullen (born November 10, 1989) is an American-Georgian professional basketball player for Mornar Bar of the ABA League and the Montenegrin League. He played for the Kansas State Wildcats. Pullen has both American and Georgian citizenship, and has played for the Georgian national team.
  • Mike Evans
    Point guard
    214 votes
    • Age: 68
    • Birthplace: Goldsboro, North Carolina
    • Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets

    1974 - 1978

    Michael Leeroyall Evans (born April 19, 1955) is a retired American National Basketball Association (NBA) player and coach. He played collegiately at Kansas State University where he is Kansas State's second all-time leading points scorer, behind Jacob Pullen, with 2,115 points. He was drafted by the Denver Nuggets with the 21st pick of the 1978 NBA Draft and had a 9-year NBA career with four teams (the San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Denver Nuggets). He was widely regarded throughout his career as an excellent 3-point shooter, being among the league leaders in that statistical category for several years. After his retirement as a player, he became an assistant coach with the Nuggets. In 2001, when Dan Issel was fired, Evans assumed coaching duties for the remainder of the 2001-02 season, after which Jeff Bzdelik was hired as the team's head coach. In 2006-07 he was a scout for the Toronto Raptors. He then joined the Raptors' coaching staff in 2007-08. He was fired in the 2009 off-season.