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
57 10
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center -

1976–1980

2
33 6
Bobby Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard -

1995–1997

3
39 12
Mychal Thompson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center -

1974–1978

4
33 8
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
27 9
Randy Breuer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Center -

1979–1983

6
23 6
Voshon Lenard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard -

1991–1995

7
29 11
Trent Tucker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

1978–1982

8
20 4
Willie Burton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard -

1986–1990

9
21 5
Ray Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

1975–197

10
22 9
Sam Jacobson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Sam Jacobson

1994–1998

11
16 4
Quincy Lewis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward -

1995–1999

12
17 5
Archie Clark is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

1963–1966

13
27 14
Flip Saunders is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

1973–1977

14
21 9
Jim Brewer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward -

1970–1973

15
27 15
Kris Humphries is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward -

2003–2004

16
12 3
Mark Olberding is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

1974–1975

17
14 6
Richard Coffey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Richard Coffey

1990-1991

18
14 6
Joel Przybilla is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Center -

1998–2000

19
14 6
Kevin Lynch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Kevin Lynch

1987–1991

20
11 4
Dave Winfield is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

1993–1994

 

21
12 7
Jim Petersen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Jim Petersen Power forward, Center -

1980–1984

22
13 8
Dusty Rychart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Dusty Rychart

1998–2002

23
14 10
Chuck Mencel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Chuck Mencel

1951–1955

24
10 6
Courtney James is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Courtney James

1995-1997

25
10 6
Ben Coleman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Ben Coleman Power forward -

1979–1981

26
8 4
John Thomas is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
John Thomas Center -

1993–1997

27
7 3
Walter Bond is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

1987–1991

28
15 12
Myer Skoog is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Myer Skoog

1948–1951

29
11 8
Vincent Grier is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Vincent Grier

2004–2006

30
11 8
Mark Landsberger is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center -

1974–1975

31
10 7
Trevor Mbakwe is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Trevor Mbakwe Power forward -

2010–2013

32
9 6
Andre Hollins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Guard -

2011–2015

33
7 4
Melvin Newbern is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Melvin Newbern Shooting guard -

1987–1990

34
7 4
Ron Behagen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center -

1971–1973

35
13 11
Blake Hoffarber is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Blake Hoffarber

2007–2011

36
8 6
Bud Grant is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

1970-1971

37
7 5
Ron Johnson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Ron Johnson

1957–1960

38
5 3
Ariel McDonald is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Ariel McDonald Point guard -

1990–1994

39
12 11
Austin Hollins is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Austin Hollins Guard -

2010–2014

40
10 9
Doug Bolstorff is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Doug Bolstorff

1952–1955

41
8 7
Rick Rickert is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Rick Rickert Power forward, Center -

2001–2003

42
7 6
Larry Mikan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Larry Mikan

1967–1970

43
7 6
Tony Jaros is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Tony Jaros

1942–1946

44
7 7
John Kundla is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

1936–1939

45
6 6
Leo Rautins is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Leo Rautins

1978–1979

46
6 6
Rodney Williams Jr. is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Rodney Williams Jr. Forward -

2009–2013

47
6 6
Ed Kalafat is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Ed Kalafat Center -

1951–1954

48
5 5
Lawrence Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Lawrence Westbrook

2006–2010

49
11 12
Tony Dungy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

1971-1973

50
9 10
Don Carlson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Don Carlson

1940–1946