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The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time 

Ranker NCAA Basketball
Updated March 6, 2020 8.2k votes 905 voters 12.3k views 61 items

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.

list ordered by
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Darrell Griffith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
Darrell Griffith Shooting guard from Louisville, Kentucky

1976-1980

2
Wes Unseld is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
Center from Louisville, Kentucky

1965-1968

3
Donovan Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
Donovan Mitchell

2015-2017

4
Pervis Ellison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward and Center from Savannah, Georgia

1985-1989

5
Russ Smith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Guard from Briarwood, New York City, New York
6
Montrezl Harrell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Forward from Tarboro, North Carolina
7
Terry Rozier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Terry Rozier
8
Rodney McCray is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward from Mount Vernon, New York

1979-1983

9
Milt Wagner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
Milt Wagner

1981-1986

10
Peyton Siva is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Point guard from Seattle, Washington
11
Gorgui Dieng is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Center from Kébémer Department, Senegal
12
DeJuan Wheat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time

1993-1997

13
Francisco García ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Shooting guard and Small forward from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
14
Derek Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard from Hogansville, Georgia

1978-1982

15
Billy Thompson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time

1982-1986

16
Luke Hancock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Guard from Roanoke, Virginia
17
Terrence Williams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Seattle, Washington

2005-2009

18
Reece Gaines is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard from Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America

1999-2003

19
Butch Beard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard from Hardinsburg, Kentucky

1966-1969

20
LaBradford Smith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time

1987-1991

21
Scooter McCray is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time

1978-1983

22
Taquan Dean is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time

2002-2006

23
Charlie Tyra is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward and Center from Louisville, Kentucky

1953-1957

24
Jordan Nwora is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added

2017 - present

25
Clifford Rozier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Louisville Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Power forward from Bradenton, Florida