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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52 15
Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 1 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

2
51 15
Austin Carr is listed (or ranked) 2 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

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28 10
Kelly Tripucka is listed (or ranked) 3 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

4
32 14
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 4 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

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30 14
Orlando Woolridge is listed (or ranked) 5 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.

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30 14
John Paxson is listed (or ranked) 6 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

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34 19
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
35 20
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
27 14
Pat Connaughton is listed (or ranked) 9 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.

10
27 15
Luke Harangody is listed (or ranked) 10 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

11
21 11
John Shumate is listed (or ranked) 11 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

12
19 10
Troy Murphy is listed (or ranked) 12 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

13
20 12
Bill Hanzlik is listed (or ranked) 13 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

14
20 12
Tom Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 14 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

15
22 14
David Rivers is listed (or ranked) 15 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

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16 9
Ryan Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 16 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

17
16 9
Chris Thomas is listed (or ranked) 17 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.

18
19 12
Matt Carroll is listed (or ranked) 18 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

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15 9
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
19 13
Ben Hansbrough is listed (or ranked) 20 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

21
12 7
Rob Kurz is listed (or ranked) 21 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.

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13 8
Monty Williams is listed (or ranked) 22 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

23
17 13
Pat Garrity is listed (or ranked) 23 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

24
15 11
Dave Batton is listed (or ranked) 24 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

25
14 10
Tracy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 25 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

26
17 14
Bob Arnzen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Bob Arnzen Small forward

1966 - 1969

Robert Louis "Bob" Arnzen is a retired American basketball and baseball player. Born in Covington, Kentucky, Arnzen graduated from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1965. ...more

27
11 8
Sid Catlett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Sid Catlett Forward

1968 - 1971

Sydny Leon "Sid" Catlett is a retired American basketball player. He played collegiately for the University of Notre Dame. He was selected by the Cincinnati Royals in the 4th round of ...more

28
11 8
Russell Carter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Russell Carter Shooting guard

2003 - 2007

Russell Demetrius Carter is an American professional basketball player..

29
12 10
Collis Jones is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time

1969 - 1970

J. Collis Jones is a former college and professional basketball player. Born in Washington, D.C., he attended the University of Notre Dame. He currently ranks 17th on the Notre Dame all-time ...more

30
9 7
Luke Zeller is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Luke Zeller Forward, Power forward, Center

2005 - 2009

Luke Zeller is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League. He is the brother of NBA players Tyler Zeller and Cody Zeller and nephew of ...more

31
9 7
Billy Taylor is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Billy Taylor

1991 - 1995

Billy Taylor is an American college basketball coach and the former head men's basketball coach at Ball State University. He previously held the same position at Lehigh University. He was the ...more

32
8 6
Moose Krause is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Moose Krause Center

1946 - 1951

Edward Walter "Moose" Krause was an American football, basketball, and baseball player, track athlete, coach, and college athletics administrator. He lettered in four sports at the ...more

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7 5
Ray Meyer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time

1935 - 1938

Raymond Joseph "Ray" Meyer was an American men's collegiate basketball coach from Chicago, Illinois. He was well known for coaching at DePaul University from 1942 to 1984, compiling a ...more

34
12 11
Elmer Bennett is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Elmer Bennett Point guard

1988 - 1992

Elmer James Bennett is a retired American professional basketball player. He was selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2nd round of the 1992 NBA Draft. Bennett played in 21 career games in the ...more

35
8 7
George Ireland is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
George Ireland

1933 - 1936

George Ireland was an American basketball coach who led Loyola of Chicago to the 1963 NCAA Championship.

36
12 12
Leo Barnhorst is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Leo Barnhorst Small forward

1946 - 1949

Leo A. "Barney" Barnhorst was an American basketball player. A 6'4" forward/guard from Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, Barnhorst played four seasons at Notre Dame ...more

37
9 9
Ron Rowan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Ron Rowan Small forward

1981 - 1983

Ronald Lewis "Ron" Rowan is a retired American-Irish basketball player. Rowan, a 6'5" 200 lb small forward, played collegiately at the University of Notre Dame and St. John's ...more

38
8 8
Billy Hassett is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Billy Hassett Guard

1944 - 1946

William Joseph "Billy" Hassett was an American professional basketball player. A 5'11" guard from the University of Notre Dame, where he also lettered in baseball, he was a ...more

39
5 5
Chris Quinn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

2002 - 2006

Christopher James "Chris" Quinn is an American former professional basketball player who currently serves as an assistant coach for the Miami Heat.

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11 12
Joe Kleine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Center

1980 - 1981

Joseph William Kleine is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the NBA. Kleine, a seven-foot center, graduated from Slater High School in Slater, Missouri and ...more

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6 7
Tim Kempton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

1982 - 1986

Timothy Joseph Kempton is a retired American professional basketball player who was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 6th round of the 1986 NBA Draft. A 6'10" forward-center from ...more

42
4 6
Steve Sitko is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Steve Sitko

1939 - 1940

Steven Joseph Sitko was an American football player for the University of Notre Dame, and a professional basketball player. As a student at Fort Wayne Central High School, Sitko was best known ...more

43
4 6
Donald Royal is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward

1983 - 1987

Donald Adam Royal is a retired American professional basketball player, a 6'8" small forward. He played his collegiate basketball at the University of Notre Dame for four seasons, and was ...more

44
4 7
Jay Miller is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Jay Miller Forward

1962 - 1965

Jay Miller played university hockey with the University of New Hampshire Wildcats of the NCAA. He was selected by the Quebec Nordiques in the 4th round, 66th overall in the 1980 NHL entry draft. ...more

45
4 7
Keith Tower is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Keith Tower Center

1988 - 1992

Keith Raymond Tower, is a former professional American basketball player. A 6'11" center from Libby, Montana and the University of Notre Dame, Tower was never drafted by an NBA team but did ...more

46
3 6
Kevin O'Shea is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Kevin O'Shea Guard

1946 - 1950

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2 5
Gary Voce is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Gary Voce Power forward

1984 - 1988

Gary Anthony Voce is a retired American basketball player. He played collegiately at the University of Notre Dame. A 6'9" and 240 lb forward, Voce played in one regular season game for the ...more

48
2 6
Tom Sluby is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time
Tom Sluby Shooting guard

1980 - 1984

Tom Griffin Sluby is a retired American professional basketball player. He was a 6'4" and 200 lb shooting guard and played collegiately at the University of Notre Dame from 1980–1984. Sluby ...more

49
1 5
Babe Ziegenhorn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Notre Dame Basketball Players of All Time

1941 - 1946

Maurice "Babe" Ziegenhorn was an American professional basketball player. Ziegenhorn attended the now-defunct St. Phillip High School in Chicago, Illinois, before starring at the ...more