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The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

Updated January 24, 2020 5.9k votes 642 voters 14.1k views79 items

List RulesUpvote 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?

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.

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    Melvin Newbern

    Shooting guard

    Age53

    BirthplaceToledo, Ohio

    TeamsDetroit Pistons

    Golden Gophers career: 1987–1990

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    Bud Grant

    Forward

    Age93

    BirthplaceSuperior, Wisconsin

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

    Golden Gophers career: 1970-1971

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    Bill Davis

    Forward

    Age78

    BirthplaceGraceville, Minnesota

    TeamsChicago Stags

    Golden Gophers career: 1962-1964

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    Blake Hoffarber

    Shooting guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceMinnetonka, Minnesota

    Number24

    Golden Gophers career: 2007–2011

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    Courtney James

    Forward

    Age44

    Golden Gophers career: 1995-1997

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    Ron Johnson

    Forward

    Age82

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

    Golden Gophers career: 1957–1960

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    Ben Coleman

    Power forward

    Age59

    BirthplaceMinneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons

    Golden Gophers career: 1979–1981

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    Royce White

    Power forward

    Age29

    BirthplaceMinneapolis, Minnesota

    Number30

    Golden Gophers career: 2009–2010

    More Royce White 

    #5 of 19 Biggest Headcases in the NBA#22 of 62 The Best NBA Players from Minnesota

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    Austin Hollins

    Guard

    Age29

    BirthplaceGermantown, Tennessee

    Golden Gophers career: 2010–2014

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    Terry Kunze

    Shooting guard

    Age77

    Golden Gophers career: 1962–1965

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    Mark Landsberger

    Power forward, Center

    Age65

    BirthplaceMinot, North Dakota

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls

    Golden Gophers career: 1974–1975

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    Devoe Joseph

    Shooting guard

    Age26

    Number5

    Golden Gophers career: 2008–2011

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    Kleggie Hermsen

    Center

    AgeDec. at 71 (1923-1994)

    BirthplaceHill City, Minnesota, United States of America

    TeamsWashington Capitols, Cleveland Rebels, Indianapolis Olympians, Baltimore Bullets, Boston Celtics

    Golden Gophers career: 1944–1945

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    Lawrence Westbrook

    Point guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceChandler, Arizona

    Number20

    Golden Gophers career: 2006–2010

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    Bob Martin

    Center

    Age51

    BirthplaceMinneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Clippers

    Golden Gophers career: 1988-1992

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    Dusty Rychart

    Power forward, center

    Age42

    BirthplaceGrand Rapids, Minnesota

    Golden Gophers career: 1998–2002

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    Leo Rautins

    Small forward

    Age60

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

    Golden Gophers career: 1978–1979

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    Michael Bauer

    Power forward

    Age40

    BirthplaceHastings, Minnesota

    Golden Gophers career: 1999–2004

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    Ron Behagen

    Power forward, Center

    Age69

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, Kansas City Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets

    Golden Gophers career: 1971–1973

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    Rick Rickert

    Power forward, Center

    Age37

    BirthplaceDuluth, Minnesota

    Golden Gophers career: 2001–2003

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    Colton Iverson

    Center

    Age31

    BirthplaceAberdeen, South Dakota

    Number45

    Golden Gophers career: 2008–2011

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    Jim Petersen

    Power forward, Center

    Age58

    BirthplaceMinneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors

    Golden Gophers career: 1980–1984

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    Jim McIntyre

    Center

    AgeDec. at 78 (1927-2005)

    Golden Gophers career: 1945–1949

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    Vincent Grier

    Shooting guard, small forward

    Age37

    Golden Gophers career: 2004–2006

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    Dick Garmaker

    Shooting guard, small forward

    Age88

    BirthplaceHibbing, Minnesota

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks

    Golden Gophers career: 1953–1955