College Sports The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time  

Ranker NCAA Basketball
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List Rules Upvote the best basketball players in Cardinals history based only on the player's college career.

Louisville basketball fans, we’re ranking the best Louisville Cardinals of all-time. This list of Louisville 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 University of Louisville men's basketball team history include Wes Unseld, Donovan Mitchell, Rodney McCray, and Billy Thompson. Who is the best Louisville Cardinal ever?

In the 2017-18 NCAA Division I men’s basketball season, the Louisville Cardinals roster has the starting five: Darius Perry, Quentin Snider, V. J. King, Raymond Spalding, and Anas Mahmoud.

Vote up the ones you think are the greatest Louisville basketball players in Cardinals history. Feel free to add any Cardinal freshmen, NBA rookies, or Louisville alumni missing from the list.

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52 11
Donovan Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard - 2015-2017

2
49 10
Wes Unseld is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
Center - 1965-1968

3
43 10
Darrell Griffith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard - 1976-1980

4
30 9
Pervis Ellison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center - 1985-1989

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23 4
Terry Rozier is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added

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12 1
Russ Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Guard

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15 3
Montrezl Harrell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Forward

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18 7
Rodney McCray is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward - 1979-1983

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6 0
Clifford Rozier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Power forward

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20 9
Terrence Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward - 2005-2009

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19 9
Billy Thompson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
1982-1986

12
17 8
DeJuan Wheat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
1993-1997

13
11 3
Gorgui Dieng is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Center

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12 4
Reece Gaines is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard - 1999-2003

15
13 5
Derek Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard - 1978-1982

16
14 6
Milt Wagner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
Milt Wagner 1981-1986

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14 6
Taquan Dean is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
2002-2006

18
15 7
Butch Beard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard - 1966-1969

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16 8
LaBradford Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
1987-1991

20
8 1
Francisco García is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Shooting guard, Small forward

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9 2
Peyton Siva is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Point guard

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11 4
Scooter McCray is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
1978-1983

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8 2
Herbert Crook is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
Herbert Crook 1984-1988

24
8 3
Jim Price is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
1969-1972

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5 0
Samaki Walker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Power forward

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5 0
Felton Spencer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Center

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7 3
Charles Jones is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center, Forward-center - 1980-1984

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7 3
Luke Hancock is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Guard

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4 0
Greg Minor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Shooting guard

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4 0
Earl Clark is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Forward

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4 0
Larry O'Bannon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Larry O'Bannon

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10 7
Charlie Tyra is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center - 1953-1957

33
5 2
chinanu onuaka is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added chinanu onuaka

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4 1
Tick Rogers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
Tick Rogers 1992-1996

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4 1
Ron Thomas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
Ron Thomas 1970-1972

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3 0
Preston Knowles is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Preston Knowles

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6 4
Mike Grosso is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
Mike Grosso 1968-1970

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5 3
Phil Bond is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
Phil Bond 1972-1977

39
5 3
Fred Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
Fred Sawyer 1958-1961

40
3 1
Kenny Payne is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Kenny Payne

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2 0
everick sullivan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added everick sullivan

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2 0
nate johnson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added nate johnson

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2 0
marques maybin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added marques maybin

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2 0
Damion Lee is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Guard

45
2 0
Dwayne Morton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added

46
2 0
Alvin Sims is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added

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6 5
John Turner is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
John Turner Power forward - 1958-1961

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5 4
ray spalding is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added ray spalding

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4 3
Chane Behanan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Forward

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2 1
Jerry Smith is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Point guard