College Sports The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time  

Ranker NCAA Basketball
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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 2018-19 NCAA Division I men’s basketball season, the Minnesota Golden Gophers roster includes: Payton Willis, Dupree McBrayer, Marcus Carr, Jordan Murphy, Amir Coffey, Brad Rudrud, Isaiah Washington, Jarvis Johnson, Hunt Conroy, Jarvis Omersa, Gabe Kalsheur, Eric Curry, Daniel Orturu, Brock Stull, Matz Stockman and Michael Hurt.

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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1
122 29
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

1976–1980

2
95 22
Mychal Thompson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

1974–1978

3
76 22
Bobby Jackson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

1995–1997

4
75 22
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
50 11
Willie Burton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

1986–1990

6
60 19
Trent Tucker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

1978–1982

7
49 15
Voshon Lenard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard

1991–1995

8
50 17
Jim Brewer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward

1970–1973

9
41 11
Archie Clark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

1963–1966

10
41 13
Ray Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

1975–197

11
47 23
Randy Breuer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Center

1979–1983

12
52 27
Flip Saunders is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

1973–1977

13
44 21
Sam Jacobson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Sam Jacobson

1994–1998

14
36 15
Quincy Lewis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

1995–1999

15
39 18
Richard Coffey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Richard Coffey

1990-1991

16
39 18
Kevin Lynch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Kevin Lynch

1987–1991

17
30 11
Mark Olberding is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

1974–1975

18
25 9
John Thomas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
John Thomas Center

1993–1997

19
30 14
Dave Winfield is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

1993–1994

 

20
30 16
Trevor Mbakwe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Trevor Mbakwe Power forward

2010–2013

21
20 8
Ron Behagen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

1971–1973

22
32 19
Blake Hoffarber is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Blake Hoffarber

2007–2011

23
25 13
Courtney James is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Courtney James

1995-1997

24
26 14
Jim Petersen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Jim Petersen Power forward, Center

1980–1984

25
47 33
Kris Humphries is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward

2003–2004