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The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time 

Ranker NCAA Basketball
Updated May 21, 2020 3.4k votes 514 voters 13.2k views 57 items

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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Austin Carr is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Guard from Washington, D.C.

Age: 71

Number: 22, 34

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers

1968 - 1971

Austin George Carr (born March 10, 1948) is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, and Washington Bullets of the National ...more

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Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Washington, D.C.

Age: 64

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, Buffalo Braves, Los Angeles Lakers, + more

1973 - 1976

Adrian Delano Dantley (born February 28, 1956) is an American retired basketball player who played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A forward and six-time NBA All-Star, ...more

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Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Center from Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Age: 62

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

1975 - 1979

William Laimbeer Jr. (born May 19, 1957) is an American former basketball player and current coach of the Las Vegas Aces in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).During his National ...more

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4
Pat Connaughton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Guard and Forward from Arlington, Massachusetts

Age: 26

Number: 24

2011 - 2015

Pat Connaughton is a baseball and a basketball player.
5
John Paxson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard from Dayton, Ohio

Age: 59

Teams: Chicago Bulls

1979 - 1983

John MacBeth Paxson (born September 29, 1960) is an American basketball administrator and former player who has been vice president of basketball operations for the Chicago Bulls of the National ...more

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LaPhonso Ellis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward from East St. Louis, Illinois

Age: 49

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets

1988 - 1992

LaPhonso Darnell Ellis (born May 5, 1970) is an American retired basketball player. He was selected by the National Basketball Association's Denver Nuggets as the fifth overall pick in the 1992 ...more
7
Jerian Grant is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Guard from Silver Spring, Maryland

Age: 27

Number: 22

Teams: Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks

2011 - 2015

Holdyn Jerian Grant (born October 9, 1992) is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. He played college basketball with the University of Notre Dame and was ...more

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8
Kelly Tripucka is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time

Age: 60

Teams: Utah Jazz, Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons

1977 - 1981

Peter Kelly Tripucka (born February 16, 1959), is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1981 to 1991. He was a two time ...more

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Orlando Woolridge is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time

Age: Dec. at 53 (1959-2012)

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets, + more

1977 - 1981

Orlando Vernada Woolridge (December 16, 1959 – May 31, 2012) was an American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1981 to 1994. He was ...more

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#553 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #940 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #41 of 77 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time

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Troy Murphy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward and Center from Morristown, New Jersey

Age: 39

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors

1998 - 2001

Troy Brandon Murphy (born May 2, 1980) is an American former professional basketball player who last played for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Murphy was born ...more

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Luke Harangody is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward from Decatur, Illinois

Age: 31

2006 - 2010

Luke Harangody (born January 2, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for Divina Seguros Joventut of the Liga ACB. He completed his college career at the University of Notre Dame ...more
12
Pat Garrity is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward and Power forward from Las Vegas, Nevada

Age: 43

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic

1994 - 1998

Patrick Joseph Garrity (born August 23, 1976) is an American former professional basketball player who played for ten years in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was a member of the ...more
13
John Shumate is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward and Center from Greenville, South Carolina

Age: 67

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Buffalo Braves, Houston Rockets, Seattle Supersonics, Detroit Pistons

1971 - 1974

John Henry Shumate (born April 6, 1952) is a retired American professional basketball player and coach. Shumate grew up in Elizabeth, New Jersey and played high school basketball at Thomas ...more
14
David Rivers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard from Jersey City, New Jersey

Age: 54

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers

1984 - 1988

David Lee Rivers (born January 20, 1965) is a retired American professional basketball player, and former associate head coach of the Kennesaw State Owls. A 6'2" (1.88 m ) tall point guard, ...more
15
Tom Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time

Age: 83

Teams: Cincinnati Royals, Los Angeles Lakers

1956–1959

Thomas Jerome Hawkins (December 22, 1936 – August 16, 2017) was an American professional basketball player. A 6'5" (1.96 m) forward, Hawkins starred at Chicago's Parker (now Robeson) High ...more
16
Monty Williams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward from Virginia

Age: 48

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks

1989 - 1994

Montgomery Eli Williams (born October 8, 1971) is an American professional basketball coach and a former player and executive who is the head coach for the Phoenix Suns of the National ...more
17
Bill Hanzlik is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward from Middletown, Ohio

Age: 62

Teams: Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets

1976 - 1980

William Henry Hanzlik (born December 6, 1957) is a retired American professional basketball player and coach.
18
Ben Hansbrough is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard from Poplar Bluff, Missouri

Age: 32

Number: 23

2009 - 2011

Ben Hansbrough (born December 23, 1987) is an American former professional basketball player and a former assistant coach for Western Kentucky University. He resigned from WKU on October 16, ...more
19
Matt Carroll is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Age: 39

Teams: Charlotte Bobcats, Portland Trail Blazers

1999 - 2003

Matthew John Carroll (born August 28, 1980) is an American former professional basketball player. Carroll is 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) tall and weighs 212 lb (96 kg; 15.1 st). He played high school ...more

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20
Moose Krause is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Moose Krause Center from Chicago, Illinois

Age: Dec. at 79 (1913-1992)

1946 - 1951

Edward Walter "Moose" Krause (born Edward Walter Kriaučiūnas; Lithuanian: Edvardas Valteris Kriaučiūnas; February 2, 1913 – December 11, 1992) was an American football, basketball, and ...more
21
Gary Brokaw is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Gary Brokaw

Age: 65

Teams: Buffalo Braves, Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks

1972 - 1974

Gary George Brokaw (born January 11, 1954) is a retired American basketball player and a basketball coach.
22
Tracy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time

Age: 60

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls

1977 - 1981

Tracy Cordell Jackson (born April 21, 1959) is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He attended Paint Branch High School and ...more

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Bob Arnzen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Bob Arnzen

Age: 72

Teams: Indiana Pacers, New York Nets, Cincinnati Royals

1966 - 1969

Robert Louis "Bob" Arnzen (born November 3, 1947) is a retired American basketball and baseball player. Born in Covington, Kentucky, Arnzen graduated from St. Xavier High School in ...more
24
Dave Batton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Center from Baltimore, Maryland

Age: 63

Teams: Washington Wizards

1974 - 1978

David Robert Batton (born March 26, 1956) is a retired American professional basketball player. At a height of 2.08 m (6'10") tall, he played at the center position.
25
Chris Thomas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time

Age: 37

2001 - 2005

Chris Thomas (born October 3, 1982) is a Polish-American former professional basketball player who is an alumnus of Pike High School and the University of Notre Dame.