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The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time

Updated May 21, 2020 4.8k votes 680 voters 20.6k views52 items

List RulesUpvote 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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  • 1
    Shooting guard, Small forward
    204
    70

    Age66

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, Buffalo Braves, Los Angeles Lakers

    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, he was...  more
  • 2
    196
    66

    Age73

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Number22, 34

    TeamsDallas 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
  • 3
    160
    82

    Age64

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    TeamsCleveland 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

    #113 of 289 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#42 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time#77 of 168 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

  • 4
    Point guard
    127
    57

    Age60

    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio

    TeamsChicago 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
  • 5

    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 known for...  more
  • 6

    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 NBA...  more

    #108 of 133 The Best Small Forwards of All Time#54 of 113 The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked#23 of 29 The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s

  • 7
    Power forward
    130
    61

    Age51

    BirthplaceEast St. Louis, Illinois

    TeamsAtlanta 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 NBA...  more
  • 8
    Power forward, Center
    104
    46

    Age40

    BirthplaceMorristown, New Jersey

    TeamsIndiana 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 in...  more

    #155 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History#38 of 147 The Best NBA Players From New Jersey#52 of 54 The Best Indiana Pacers of All Time

  • 9
    Small forward
    128
    68

    Age28

    BirthplaceArlington, Massachusetts

    Number24

    TeamsMilwaukee Bucks

    2011 - 2015

    Patrick "Pat" Connaughton (born January 6, 1993) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA), where he primarily plays...  more
  • 10
    126
    69

    Age28

    BirthplaceSilver Spring, Maryland

    Number22

    TeamsOrlando 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
  • 11
    Point guard
    87
    39

    Age55

    BirthplaceJersey City, New Jersey

    TeamsLos 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, he...  more
  • 12
    Power forward, Center
    88
    42

    Age69

    BirthplaceGreenville, South Carolina

    TeamsPhoenix 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 Jefferson...  more
  • 13
    Small forward, Power forward
    74
    33

    Age44

    BirthplaceLas Vegas-Paradise, NV Metropolitan Statistical Area, Nevada, United States of America

    TeamsPhoenix 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
  • 14
    Power forward
    88
    46

    Age32

    BirthplaceDecatur, Illinois

    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 in...  more
  • 15
    Forward
    54
    25

    Age35

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    2004 - 2008

    Robert Karl Kurz (March 5, 1985) is an American former professional basketball player....  more
  • 16

    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 School...  more
  • 17
    Small forward
    57
    34

    Age49

    BirthplaceVirginia

    TeamsPhiladelphia 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 Basketball...  more
  • 18
    Shooting guard
    55
    39

    Age33

    BirthplacePoplar Bluff, Missouri

    Number23

    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, 2017. ...  more
  • 19
    Small forward
    49
    33

    Age63

    BirthplaceMiddletown, Ohio

    TeamsSeattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets

    1976 - 1980

    William Henry Hanzlik (born December 6, 1957) is a retired American professional basketball player and coach....  more
  • 20
    Shooting guard
    51
    35

    Age35

    BirthplaceFrankfurt, Germany

    2003 - 2007

    Russell Demetrius Carter (born March 30, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent....  more
  • 21

    1935 - 1938

    Raymond Joseph Meyer (December 18, 1913 – March 17, 2006) was an American men's collegiate basketball coach from Chicago, Illinois. He was well known for coaching at DePaul University from 1942 to...  more
  • 22
    Erik Platte addedSmall forward, Power forward
    26
    10

    Age56

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    Kenneth Barlow (born September 20, 1964) is an American former professional basketball player. Barlow graduated from the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana. ...  more
  • 23
    Shooting guard
    48
    37

    Age40

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    TeamsCharlotte 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
  • 24

    1972 - 1974

    Gary George Brokaw (born January 11, 1954) is a retired American basketball player and a basketball coach....  more
  • 25
    36
    24

    AgeDec. at 79 (1913-1992)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    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 baseball...  more