NCAA The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time  

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List Rules Vote up the best players in the history of Kentucky Men's Basketball

Many colleges have storied traditions of tremendous Men's NCAA basketball programs. When thinking of some of the absolute best of all time, the Kentucky Wildcats have to be on the short list. Here is a list of the best Kentucky Wildcats of all time! The best Kentucky Wildcats in the history of their men's basketball program. Take a look at this list of Kentucky Wildcats basketball players and vote up your favorites!

From all time greats like Brandon Knight to Demarcus Cousins, to other players you might not remember so well, this is a great list of the top Kentucky Wildcats basketball players. So, take a look at these great Kentucky Wildcats and vote up the players that you think are truly some the greatest Kentucky basketball players of all time.

Who are the greatest Kentucky Wildcats? Who do you think are the best Kentucky Wildcats of al time?

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1,022 208
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

2011 - 2012

NCAA Champion (2012)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2012)

Anthony Marshon Davis, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association. He plays the power forward and ...more

2
794 289
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

2009 - 2010

Johnathan Hildred Wall, Jr. is an American professional basketball point guard for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association. A Raleigh, North Carolina native, Wall was ...more

3
732 263
DeMarcus Cousins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Center

2009 - 2010

 

DeMarcus Amir Cousins is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball at the ...more

4
700 240
Karl-Anthony Towns is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
JeremiahMoses added Center

2014 - 2015

Karl-Anthony Towns Jr. is a Dominican-American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the ...more

5
594 269
Devin Booker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Forward-center

2014 - 2015

Devin Armani Booker is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He attended Moss Point High School in Moss Point, Mississippi ...more

6
559 253
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

2004 - 2006

Rajon Pierre Rondo is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. He is a four-time All-Star, one-time ...more

7
515 239
Jamal Mashburn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward

1990 - 1993

Jamal Mashburn is a retired American professional basketball player. A small forward, Mashburn was a prolific scorer in his 12 seasons in the league, with a career scoring average of 19.1 points ...more

8
392 140
De'Aaron Fox is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Point guard, Shooting guard

2016 - 2017

De'Aaron Fox (born December 20, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Fox played one season of college ...more

9
352 164
Tayshaun Prince is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

1998 - 2002

Tayshaun Durell Prince is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association. The 6'9" small forward graduated ...more

10
310 127
Jamal Murray is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
JeremiahMoses added Point guard, Shooting guard

2015 - 2016

Jamal Murray (born February 23, 1997) is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season of college basketball ...more

11
421 194
Dan Issel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

1967 - 1970

Daniel Paul "Dan" Issel is a retired American Hall of Fame professional basketball player and coach. An outstanding collegian at the University of Kentucky, he was twice named an All ...more

12
310 131
Antoine Walker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Goo19 added Small forward, Power forward

1994 - 1996

Antoine Devon Walker is an American retired professional basketball player. He was drafted with the sixth overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft out of the University of Kentucky and played in the ...more

13
356 161
Eric Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
JeremiahMoses added Point guard

2009 - 2010

Eric Bledsoe is an American professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the 18th ...more

14
292 137
Rex Chapman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard

1986 - 1988

Rex Everett Chapman is a retired American professional basketball player. Chapman was a college standout at the University of Kentucky and went on to play for four NBA teams through his 12-year ...more

15
234 86
Kenny Walker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
MichaelBurns added Small forward

1982 - 1986

Kenneth "Kenny" "Sky" Walker is an American former professional basketball player, primarily for the New York Knicks of the NBA. Walker played college basketball at the ...more

16
250 109
Tony Delk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

1992 - 1996

Tony Lorenzo Delk is an American former professional basketball player and former college assistant coach, most recently for the New Mexico State Aggies men's basketball team. He was team leader ...more

17
304 119
Julius Randle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
MichaelBurns added Power forward

2013 - 2014

Julius Deion Randle (born November 29, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). In his only season of ...more

18
195 70
Pat Riley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Guard, Forward

1964 - 1967

Patrick James "Pat" Riley is an American professional basketball executive, and a former coach and player in the National Basketball Association. He has been the team president of the ...more

19
260 110
Malik Monk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Shooting guard

2016 - 2017

Malik Ahmad Monk (born February 4, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season of college ...more

20
162 55
Kyle Macy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Point guard

1977 - 1980

NCAA Champion (1978)

Kyle Robert Macy is an American basketball broadcaster, currently the color commentator for University of Kentucky telecasts. Macy, born in Fort Wayne, Indiana and raised in Peru, Indiana, ...more

21
281 138
Tyler Ulis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
JeremiahMoses added Point guard

2014 - 2016

Tyler Ulis is an American professional basketball player.

22
252 140
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Forward

2011 - 2012

NCAA Champion (2012)

Michael Anthony Edward Kidd-Gilchrist is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association.

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208 93
Jack Givens is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

1974 - 1978

NCAA Champion (1978)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1978)

Jack "Goose" Givens is a retired American collegiate and professional basketball player. Givens led the University of Kentucky to the 1978 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship ...more

24
222 96
Sam Bowie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
JeremiahMoses added Center

1979 - 1984

Samuel Paul "Sam" Bowie is a retired American basketball player. A national sensation in high school and outstanding collegian, Bowie's professional promise was undermined by repeated ...more

25
228 114
Willie Cauley-Stein is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Center

2012 - 2015

Willie Trill Cauley-Stein (born Willie Durmond Cauley Jr. on August 18, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...more

26
168 86
Patrick Patterson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

2007 - 2010

Patrick Davell Patterson is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. He played collegiately for the ...more

27
229 122
Brandon Knight is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

2010 - 2011

Brandon Emmanuel Knight is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the ...more

28
150 72
Louie Dampier is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Point guard, Shooting guard

1964 - 1967

Louis "Louie" Dampier is a retired American professional basketball player. A 6-foot-tall guard, Dampier is one of only a handful of men to play all nine seasons in the American ...more

29
135 56
Derek Anderson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

1995 - 1997

NCAA Champion (1996)

Derek Lamont Anderson is an American former professional basketball player. Anderson is a graduate of Doss High School and was a Kentucky All-Star. Anderson played college basketball at the Ohio ...more

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100 25
Kevin Knox is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Small forward

2017 - 2018

Kevin Knox II is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Kentucky Wildcats and ...more

31
156 82
Jodie Meeks is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard

2006 - 2009

Jodie Meeks is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the University of ...more

32
77 17
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Point guard

2017 - 2018

Shaivonte Aician Gilgeous-Alexander is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the ...more

33
102 48
Jeff Sheppard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Guard

1993 - 1998

NCAA Champion (1996, 1998)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1998)

Jeffrey Kyle Sheppard is a retired American professional and collegiate basketball player. Born in Marietta, Georgia, Sheppard was Player of the Year in Georgia in 1993 at McIntosh High School ...more

34
100 47
Darius Miller is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Small forward

2008 - 2012

NCAA Champion (2012)

Darius Tiyon Miller is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Brose Baskets of the Basketball Bundesliga. He played college basketball for the University of Kentucky ...more

35
139 61
Ron Mercer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Goo19 added Small forward

1995 - 1997

NCAA Champion (1996)

Ronald "Ron" Eugene Mercer is an American former professional basketball player. After his career at the University of Kentucky, Mercer played for several teams in the National ...more

36
71 19
Bam Adebayo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Power forward, Center

2016 - 2017

Edrice "Bam" Adebayo is an American professional basketball player.

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90 45
Travis Ford is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Point guard

1991 - 1994

Travis Shane Ford is an American college basketball coach. He is currently the men's head coach at Oklahoma State University–Stillwater. He was previously the head coach at Campbellsville ...more

38
111 68
Chuck Hayes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Power forward, Center, Forward-center

2001 - 2005

Charles Edward "Chuck" Hayes, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association. He played college ...more

39
60 13
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Coleton_j added Power forward

1988

Shawn Travis Kemp is a retired American professional basketball player, who played in the National Basketball Association for 14 seasons. He was a six-time NBA All-Star and a three-time All-NBA ...more

40
86 50
Walter McCarty is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Power forward

1993 - 1996

NCAA Champion (1996)

Walter Lee McCarty is an American former basketball player, and current assistant coach with the NBA's Boston Celtics. McCarty played for the NBA's New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, ...more

41
114 67
Cliff Hagan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

1950 - 1954

NCAA Champion (1951)

Clifford Oldham "Cliff" Hagan is an American former professional basketball player. A 6-4 forward who excelled with the hook shot, Hagan, nicknamed "Li'l Abner," played his ...more

42
90 56
Nazr Mohammed is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Center

1995 - 1998

NCAA Champion (1996, 1998)

Nazr Tahiru Mohammed is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association. He plays the center position and is 6 ft 10 ...more

43
92 53
Frank Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward, Shooting guard

1950 - 1954

NCAA Champion (1951)

Frank Vernon Ramsey, Jr. is an American former professional basketball player and coach. A 6-3 guard, he played his entire nine-year NBA career with the Boston Celtics and played a major role in ...more

44
70 25
Alex Groza is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Center

1945 - 1949

NCAA Champion (1948, 1949)

NCAA Final Four MOP (1948, 1949)

Alex John Groza was an American professional basketball player from Martins Ferry, Ohio who was banned from the NBA for life in 1951 for point shaving. He had an outstanding college career at ...more

45
67 37
Keith Bogans is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Shooting guard, Small forward

1999 - 2003

Keith Ramon Bogans is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association.

46
57 29
Wayne Turner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Guard

1995 - 1999

NCAA Champion (1996, 1998)

Wayne Keon Turner is a retired American professional basketball player. He played high school basketball at Beaver Country Day School in Brookline, Massachusetts. As a star point guard for the ...more

47
75 33
Jamaal Magloire is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Goo19 added Center

1996 - 2000

NCAA Champion (1998)

Jamaal Dane Magloire is a Canadian former professional basketball player who last played for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association. He also played for the Charlotte/New ...more

48
66 28
Rick Robey is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Power forward, Center

1974 - 1978
NCAA champion (1978)

Frederick Robert "Rick" Robey is a retired American professional basketball player. At 6'11", he played the center and forward positions. After playing high school basketball at ...more

49
116 67
Nerlens Noel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Forward, Power forward, Center

2012 - 2013

Nerlens Noel is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. His collegiate basketball career ended in his ...more

50
68 30
Melvin Turpin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Goo19 added Center

1980 - 1984

Melvin Harrison "Mel" Turpin was an American professional basketball player.