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The Greatest Marquette Basketball Players of All Time

Updated February 14, 2020 5.7k votes 857 voters 20.8k views42 items

List RulesUpvote the best basketball players in Golden Eagles history based only on the player's college career.

Marquette basketball fans, we’re ranking the best Marquette Golden Eagles of all-time. This list of Marquette 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 Marquette University men's basketball team history include Dwyane Wade, Wesley Matthews, Jimmy Butler, and Doc Rivers. Who is the best Marquette Golden Eagle ever?

Vote up the ones you think are the greatest Marquette basketball players in Golden Eagles history. Feel free to add any Golden Eagle freshmen, NBA rookies, or Marquette alumni missing from the list.

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    Dwyane Wade

    Shooting guard

    Age38

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Number3

    TeamsMiami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Golden Eagles career: 2001 - 2003

    Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. ( dwayn; born January 17, 1982) is an American former professional basketball player. Wade spent the majority of his 16-year career playing for the Miami Heat in the National...  more

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    Jimmy Butler

    Small forward

    Age31

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

    Number21

    TeamsMiami Heat

    Golden Eagles career: 2008 - 2011

    Jimmy Butler III (born September 14, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After playing one year of college basketball...  more

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    #86 of 289 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#95 of 100 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

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    Maurice Lucas

    Power forward

    AgeDec. at 58 (1952-2010)

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers, St. Louis Hawks

    Golden Eagles career: 1972 - 1974

    Maurice Lucas (February 18, 1952 – October 31, 2010) was an American professional basketball player. The first two years of his postcollegiate career were spent in the American Basketball Association...  more
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    Butch Lee

    Guard

    Golden Eagles career: 1974 - 1978

    NCAA Champion (1977)

    NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1977)

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    Doc Rivers

    Point guard

    Age59

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks

    Golden Eagles career: 1980 - 1983

    Doc Rivers (born October 13, 1961) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He...  more

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    BirthplaceMorristown, New Jersey

    TeamsDenver Nuggets

    Golden Eagles career: 2016 - present

    Markus Anthony Howard (born March 3, 1999) is an American basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA), on a two-way contract with the Grand Rapids Drive of...  more
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    Jae Crowder

    Small forward

    Age30

    BirthplaceVilla Rica, Georgia

    Number99

    TeamsPhoenix Suns

    Golden Eagles career: 2010 - 2012

    Corey Jae Crowder (born July 6, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is the son of former NBA player Corey...  more

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    Wesley Matthews

    Shooting guard

    Age34

    BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas

    Number23

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

    2005 - 2009

     

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    Bo Ellis

    Forward

    Age65

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Golden Eagles career: 1973 - 1977

    NCAA Champion (1977)

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    George Thompson

    Forward

    Age72

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsMilwaukee Bucks

    Golden Eagles career: 1966 - 1969

    George "Tip" Thompson (born November 29, 1947) is an American former professional basketball player. A 6'2" guard, he attended Erasmus Hall High School from which he graduated in 1965. He then...  more
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    AgeDec. at 65 (1948-2013)

    BirthplaceWalterboro, South Carolina

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, New York Knicks

    Golden Eagles career: 1968 - 1971

    Dean Peter Meminger (May 13, 1948 – August 23, 2013) was an American basketball player and coach....  more
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    Jim Chones

    Power forward, Center

    Age71

    BirthplaceRacine, Wisconsin, United States of America

    TeamsWashington Wizards, New York Nets, Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Golden Eagles career: 1970 - 1972

    James Bernett “Bunny” Chones (born November 30, 1949) is an American former professional basketball player, and current radio analyst for the Cleveland Cavaliers. A 6'11" forward/center, Chones...  more
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    Age66

    BirthplaceMount Vernon, New York

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

    Golden Eagles career: 1972 - 1976

    William Earl Tatum (born July 26, 1953) is a retired American professional basketball player born in [Elizabethtown, North Carolina]]. He was a 6'4½" (194 cm) 185 lb (84 kg) guard who played high...  more
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    Travis Diener

    Point guard

    Age37

    BirthplaceFond du Lac, Wisconsin

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Orlando Magic

    Golden Eagles career: 2001 - 2005

    Travis Lyle Diener ( DEE-nər; born March 1, 1982) is an American-Italian professional basketball player for Vanoli Cremona in the Italian Lega Basket Serie A (LBA). He also holds Italian...  more
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    Steve Novak

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age36

    BirthplaceLibertyville, Illinois

    Number16

    TeamsHouston Rockets

    Golden Eagles career: 2002 - 2006

    Steven Michael Novak (born June 13, 1983 or 1984) is an American former professional basketball player who is currently a television analyst for the Milwaukee Bucks on Fox Sports Wisconsin. He is...  more

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    #113 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History#75 of 132 The Best NBA Players from Illinois

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    AgeDec. at 56 (1956-2012)

    BirthplaceWaukegan, Illinois

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz, San Diego Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors

    Golden Eagles career: 1975 - 1978

    NCAA Champion (1977)

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    Lloyd Walton

    Guard

    Age66

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    TeamsKansas City Kings, Milwaukee Bucks

    Golden Eagles career: 1973 - 1976

    Lloyd Walton (born November 23, 1953) is a retired American basketball player. He grew up in Chicago Heights, Illinois and played basketball for Mount Carmel High School where he was named a Parade...  more
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    Don Kojis

    Small forward

    Age80

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin

    TeamsKansas City Kings, Baltimore Bullets, Seattle Supersonics, San Diego Rockets, Detroit Pistons

    Golden Eagles career: 1958 - 1961

    Donald R. Kojis (born January 15, 1939) is a former professional basketball player. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he attended Marquette University and was drafted by the Chicago Packers in the second...  more
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    Tony Smith

    Shooting guard

    Age51

    BirthplaceWauwatosa, Wisconsin

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat

    Golden Eagles career: 1986 - 1990

    Charles Anton "Tony" Smith (born June 14, 1968) is an American retired professional basketball player. Smith played high school basketball at Wauwatosa East High School, which retired his number 34...  more
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    Jerel McNeal

    Point guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Number23

    Golden Eagles career: 2005 - 2009

    Jerel McNeal (born June 1, 1987) is an American professional basketball player who last played for Hapoel Tel Aviv of the Israeli Premier League. He played college basketball for Marquette University....  more
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    Age47

    BirthplaceRacine, Wisconsin

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets, Seattle Supersonics

    Golden Eagles career: 1990 - 1994

    James Michael McIlvaine (born July 30, 1972) is a retired American professional basketball player who spent seven seasons in the National Basketball Association with the Washington Bullets, Seattle...  more
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    Larry McNeill

    Forward

    AgeDec. at 53 (1951-2004)

    BirthplaceNorth Carolina

    TeamsKansas City Kings, New York Nets, Buffalo Braves, Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons

    Golden Eagles career: 1971 - 1973

    Larry McNeill was an American National Basketball Association player. McNeill was drafted in the second round of the 1973 NBA Draft by the Kansas City-Omaha Kings and would play with the franchise...  more
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    Lazar Hayward

    Small forward

    Age33

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York

    Number32

    Golden Eagles career: 2006 - 2010

    Lazar Miller Hayward (born November 26, 1986) is an American former professional basketball who last played for the Guaros de Lara of the Liga Profesional de Baloncesto (LPB). He was a college...  more
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    Darius Johnson-Odom

    Shooting guard

    Age30

    BirthplaceRaleigh, North Carolina

    Golden Eagles career: 2009 - 2012

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    Bernard Toone

    Power forward

    Age63

    BirthplaceYonkers, New York

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers

    Golden Eagles career: 1975 - 1979

    NCAA Champion (1977)