Athletes The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time  

Ranker NCAA Basketball
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List Rules Vote up the greatest men's basketball players in Ohio State history

There are some schools that just always seem to be competitive in men's basketball. There are always those powerhouse programs. And when thinking of some of the best college basketball programs of all time, the Ohio State Buckeyes have to be on your list. 
 
So, here's a list of the best Ohio State Buckeyes of all time! The very best basketball players in Ohio State history. In the men's program, that is. Take a look at this list of Ohio State Buckeyes basketball players and vote up your favorites! With all time greats like Jerry Lucas or John Havlicek, it's clear that many of the top Ohio State Buckeyes basketball players are some of the best basketball players of all time. 
 
So take a look at these great Ohio State Buckeyes and vote up the players you think deserve to be on this list. Who would be on your all time Ohio State starting five? Who are the greatest Ohio State basketball players of all time? Who do you think are the best Ohio State Buckeyes ever?
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Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

1959 - 1962

NCAA Champion (1960)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1960, 1961)

Jerry Ray Lucas is an American former basketball player, who is now a memory education expert. In 1996, the NBA's 50th anniversary, he was named one of the 50 greatest players in National ...more

2
170 63
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward, Shooting guard

1959 - 1962

NCAA Champion (1960)

John Joseph "Hondo" Havlicek is a retired American professional basketball player who competed for 16 seasons with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA championships, four of them ...more

3
179 75
Mike Conley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

2006 - 2007

Michael Alex "Mike" Conley, Jr. is an American professional basketball point guard with the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association. Listed at 6 ft 1 in, Conley has ...more

4
180 79
D'Angelo Russell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

2014 - 2015

De'Anthony Melton (born May 28, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected by the Houston Rockets in ...more

5
132 54
Jim Jackson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard

1989 - 1992

Jimmy Jackson is the father of Traevon Jackson.

6
126 52
Michael Redd is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard

1997 - 2000

Michael Wesley Redd is an American former professional basketball player. He was drafted 43rd overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2000 NBA Draft. He was born in Columbus, Ohio, where he ...more

7
98 35
Clark Kellogg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward

1979 - 1982

Clark Clifton Kellogg, Jr. is the VP of player relations for the Indiana Pacers, the lead college basketball analyst for CBS Sports, and a former player in the National Basketball Association.

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136 60
Greg Oden is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Center

2006 - 2007

Gregory Wayne Oden, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. Oden, a 7 ft 0 in, 273-pound center, played ...more

9
140 63
Evan Turner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

2007 - 2010

Evan Marcel Turner is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. He was drafted second overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in ...more

10
119 51
Jared Sullinger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward

2010 - 2012

Jared Sullinger (born March 4, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Shenzhen Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). He played college basketball for Ohio ...more

11
110 65
Aaron Craft is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

2010 - 2014

Aaron Craft is the basketball player at Ohio State Buckeyes.

12
56 26
Herb Williams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Center

1977 - 1981

Herbert L. Williams is a retired American basketball player in the National Basketball Association for eighteen seasons from 1981 to 1999. Williams served as the interim head coach and the ...more

13
56 29
Dennis Hopson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

1983 - 1987

Dennis Hopson is a retired American professional basketball player and until the end of the 2013-14 season was an assistant coach at Bowling Green State University. A prolific scorer while ...more

14
54 30
Keita Bates-Diop is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
captainobvious added Small forward

2014 - 2018

Keita Bates-Diop (born January 23, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more

15
55 35
Scoonie Penn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

1998 - 2000

James Donell "Scoonie" Penn is an analyst for the Big Ten Network and an American former professional basketball player who played the point guard position. His height is 5 ft 11 in ...more

16
38 22
Kelvin Ransey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Kelvin Ransey Point guard

1976 - 1980

Kelvin Ransey is a retired American collegiate and professional basketball player of the 1970s and 1980s, respectively. Ransey attended Toledo's Macomber High School in the mid-1970s. He was a ...more

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24 17
Arnie Risen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Center

1943 - 1945

Arnold D. "Stilts" Risen was an American basketball player. A 6'9" center, he led the Ohio State University Buckeyes to two straight Final Four appearances. Risen had transferred ...more

18
29 22
Larry Siegfried is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

1958 - 1961

NCAA Champion (1960)

Larry E. Siegfried was an American National Basketball Association player.

19
46 41
Kosta Koufos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Center

2007 - 2008

Konstantine Demetrios "Kosta" Koufos (born February 24, 1989) is a Greek-American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...more

20
25 20
Gary Bradds is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Forward

1961 - 1964

Gary Lee "Tex" Bradds was an American basketball player. He attended Greeneview High School where he once scored 61 points in a game. The school's gym is named in his honor.

21
31 28
Lawrence Funderburke is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward

1991 - 1994

Lawrence Damon Funderburke is a retired American basketball player, formerly of the National Basketball Association.

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25 22
Tony Campbell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward, Shooting guard

1980 - 1984

Anthony "Tony" Campbell is a retired American NBA basketball player. Campbell played high school basketball at Teaneck High School in Teaneck. A 6'7" small forward out of Ohio ...more

23
16 13
Deshaun Thomas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
ItZNutmeg34 added Small forward

2010 - 2013

Deshaun Thomas is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for FC Barcelona of the Liga ACB. Thomas played college basketball at The Ohio State University. He was drafted ...more

24
14 12
Neil Johnston is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Center

1946 - 1948

Donald Neil Johnston was an American Hall of Fame basketball player at the center position who played eight years in the National Basketball Association, from 1951 to 1959.

25
18 19
Jim Cleamons is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

1968 - 1971

James Mitchell "Jim" Cleamons is a retired American professional basketball player and current coach. He played collegiately at the Ohio State University, and was selected by the Los ...more