Basketball The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time  

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List Rules Upvote the best basketball players in Golden Gophers history based only on the player's college career.

Minnesota basketball fans, we’re ranking the best Minnesota Golden Gophers of all-time. This list of Minnesota 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 Minnesota men's basketball team history include Kevin McHale, Mychal Thompson, Kris Humphries, and Flip Saunders. Who is the best Minnesota Golden Gopher ever?

In the 2017-18 NCAA Division I men’s basketball season, the Minnesota Golden Gophers roster has the starting five: Nate Mason, Dupree McBrayer, Jordan Murphy, Michael Hurt, and Bakary Konate.

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

list ordered by

1
49 8
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center -

1976–1980

2
36 9
Mychal Thompson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center -

1974–1978

3
27 4
Bobby Jackson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard -

1995–1997

4
28 6
Lou Hudson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward -

1963–1966

5
29 8
Trent Tucker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

1978–1982

6
17 2
Ray Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

1975–197

7
17 2
Willie Burton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard -

1986–1990

8
24 6
Randy Breuer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Center -

1979–1983

9
20 4
Voshon Lenard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard -

1991–1995

10
23 9
Flip Saunders is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

1973–1977

11
25 11
Kris Humphries is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward -

2003–2004

12
19 6
Sam Jacobson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Sam Jacobson

1994–1998

13
14 3
Archie Clark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

1963–1966

14
18 7
Jim Brewer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward -

1970–1973

15
13 3
Richard Coffey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Richard Coffey

1990-1991

16
13 3
Quincy Lewis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward -

1995–1999

17
12 3
Joel Przybilla is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Center -

1998–2000

18
8 1
Dave Winfield is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

1993–1994

 

19
9 2
Mark Olberding is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

1974–1975

20
12 5
Jim Petersen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Jim Petersen Power forward, Center -

1980–1984

21
9 3
Andre Hollins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Guard -

2011–2015

22
10 4
Ben Coleman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Ben Coleman Power forward -

1979–1981

23
10 4
Kevin Lynch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Kevin Lynch

1987–1991

24
13 7
Chuck Mencel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Chuck Mencel

1951–1955

25
11 6
Dusty Rychart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Dusty Rychart

1998–2002

26
9 4
Courtney James is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Courtney James

1995-1997

27
6 1
Walter Bond is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

1987–1991

28
13 8
Blake Hoffarber is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Blake Hoffarber

2007–2011

29
6 1
John Thomas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
John Thomas Center -

1993–1997

30
10 6
Vincent Grier is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Vincent Grier

2004–2006

31
10 6
Doug Bolstorff is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Doug Bolstorff

1952–1955

32
9 5
Mark Landsberger is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center -

1974–1975

33
9 5
Trevor Mbakwe is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Trevor Mbakwe Power forward -

2010–2013

34
6 2
Ron Behagen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center -

1971–1973

35
6 2
Melvin Newbern is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Melvin Newbern Shooting guard -

1987–1990

36
5 1
Ariel McDonald is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Ariel McDonald Point guard -

1990–1994

37
13 10
Myer Skoog is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Myer Skoog

1948–1951

38
12 9
Austin Hollins is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Austin Hollins Guard -

2010–2014

39
7 4
Ralph Sampson III is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Ralph Sampson III Power forward, Center -

2008–2012

40
6 3
Ron Johnson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Ron Johnson

1957–1960

41
9 7
Don Carlson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Don Carlson

1940–1946

42
8 6
Colton Iverson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Colton Iverson Center -

2008–2011

43
8 6
Bill Davis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Bill Davis

1962-1964

44
7 5
Bud Grant is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

1970-1971

45
7 5
John Kundla is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

1936–1939

46
6 4
Ed Kalafat is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Ed Kalafat Center -

1951–1954

47
6 4
Tony Jaros is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Tony Jaros

1942–1946

48
6 4
Larry Mikan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Larry Mikan

1967–1970

49
5 3
Leo Rautins is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Leo Rautins

1978–1979

50
5 3
Lawrence Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Lawrence Westbrook

2006–2010