College Sports The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time  

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

Notre Dame basketball fans, we’re ranking the best Notre Dame Fighting Irish of all-time. This list of Notre Dame 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 Notre Dame men's basketball team history include Adrian Danley, Troy Murphy, Austin Carr, and Ben Hansborough. Who is the best Notre Dame Fighting Irish ever?

In the 2017-18 NCAA Division I men’s basketball season, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish roster has the starting five: Matt Farrell, Temple Gibbs, Rex Pflueger, Austin Torres, and Martin Geben.

Vote up the ones you think are the greatest Notre Dame basketball players in Fighting Irish history. Feel free to add any Fighting Irish freshmen, NBA rookies, or Notre Dame alumni missing from the list.

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59 17
Austin Carr is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Guard

1968 - 1971

Austin George Carr is a retired American professional basketball player who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, and Washington Bullets of the National Basketball Association. ...more

2
61 19
Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

1973 - 1976

Adrian Delano Dantley is a retired American basketball player who played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association. A forward/guard and six-time NBA All-Star, he was inducted into the ...more

3
39 17
John Paxson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

1979 - 1983

John MacBeth Paxson is an American basketball administrator and former player who has been Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association ...more

4
34 13
Kelly Tripucka is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward, Shooting guard

1977 - 1981

Peter Kelly Tripucka, is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the NBA from 1981 to 1991. During his ten seasons in the league he played for the Detroit Pistons, Utah ...more

5
41 19
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Center

1975 - 1979

William "Bill" Laimbeer, Jr. is an American retired National Basketball Association player who spent most of his career with the Detroit Pistons. Teaming with hall of fame backcourt ...more

6
37 17
Orlando Woolridge is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward

1977 - 1981

Orlando Vernada Woolridge was an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association from 1981–1994. He was known for his scoring ability, especially on slam dunks.

7
39 20
LaPhonso Ellis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward

1988 - 1992

LaPhonso Darnell Ellis is a retired American basketball player. He was selected by the Denver Nuggets as the fifth overall pick in the 1992 NBA Draft.

8
40 23
Jerian Grant is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

2011 - 2015

Holdyn Jerian Grant is an American professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball with the University of Notre Dame and ...more

9
25 13
John Shumate is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

1971 - 1974

John Henry Shumate is a retired American professional basketball player and coach. A 6'9" forward/center from the University of Notre Dame, Shumate played five seasons in the NBA as a ...more

10
27 16
David Rivers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

1984 - 1988

David Lee Rivers is a retired American basketball player and current Associate Head Coach of the Kennesaw State Owls men's basketball. A point guard, he reached star status in the Euroleague, ...more

11
22 12
Troy Murphy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

1998 - 2001

Troy Brandon Murphy is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association. Murphy was born in Morristown, New Jersey but ...more

12
22 12
Matt Carroll is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard

1999 - 2003

Matthew John "Matt" Carroll is a former American professional basketball player. Carroll is 6 ft 6 in tall and weighs 212 lb. He played high school basketball at Hatboro-Horsham High ...more

13
28 18
Pat Connaughton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Guard, Forward

2011 - 2015

Pat Connaughton is a baseball and a basketball player.

14
22 13
Bill Hanzlik is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward

1976 - 1980

William Henry "Bill" Hanzlik is a retired American professional basketball player and coach. A 6'7" guard, Hanzlik played college basketball at the University of Notre Dame. He ...more

15
27 18
Luke Harangody is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward

2006 - 2010

Luke Harangody is an American professional basketball player who plays for Valencia of the Spanish League. He completed his college career at the University of Notre Dame in 2010. He is the only ...more

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16 8
Monty Williams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward

1989 - 1994

Tavares Montgomery "Monty" Williams, Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player and the head coach for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association and ...more

17
17 9
Ryan Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Forward

2000 - 2002

Ryan Ashley Humphrey is an American professional basketball player, at the power forward position. After a college career at both the University of Oklahoma and the University of Notre Dame, ...more

18
21 13
Pat Garrity is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

1994 - 1998

Patrick Joseph "Pat" Garrity is a retired American professional basketball player who played for ten years in the NBA, nine for the Orlando Magic. He was a member of the National ...more

19
16 10
Gary Brokaw is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Gary Brokaw Shooting guard

1972 - 1974

Gary George Brokaw is a retired American basketball player and a basketball coach. Brokaw attended New Brunswick High School. He played collegiately for the University of Notre Dame. He was ...more

20
16 10
Tracy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

1977 - 1981

Tracy Cordell Jackson is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the NBA. He attended Paint Branch High School and the University of Notre Dame. Jackson was selected in ...more

21
16 10
Chris Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

2001 - 2005

Chris Thomas is a Polish-American professional basketball player who is an alumnus of Pike High School and the University of Notre Dame.

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20 14
Tom Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward

1956–1959

Thomas Jerome "Tom" Hawkins is a retired American professional basketball player. A 6'5" forward, Hawkins starred at Chicago's Parker High School before playing at the University ...more

23
20 14
Ben Hansbrough is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard

2009 - 2011

Ben Hansbrough is an American professional basketball player who plays for Laboral Kutxa Baskonia of the Liga ACB. He is the younger brother of Tyler Hansbrough, the Naismith College Player of ...more

24
12 7
Rob Kurz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Forward

2004 - 2008

Robert Karl Kurz is an American professional basketball player who last played for Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada of the Spanish league.

25
15 11
Dave Batton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Center

1974 - 1978

David Robert "Dave" Batton is a retired American basketball player. A 6'10" center, Batton played collegiately for the University of Notre Dame and was selected by the New Jersey ...more