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The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time

Updated November 21, 2019 5.3k votes 866 voters 16.5k views33 items

List RulesVote 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

    Power forward, Center

    Age80

    BirthplaceMiddletown, Ohio

    TeamsCincinnati Royals, New York Knicks, San Francisco Warriors

    1959 - 1962

    NCAA Champion (1960)

    NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1960, 1961)

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    #63 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History#56 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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    John Havlicek

    Small Forward, Shooting guard

    Age80

    BirthplaceMartins Ferry, Ohio, United States of America

    Number17

    TeamsBoston Celtics

    1959 - 1962

    NCAA Champion (1960)

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    #981 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time#3 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

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    Michael Redd

    Shooting guard

    Age41

    BirthplaceColumbus, Ohio, USA

    TeamsMilwaukee Bucks

    1997 - 2000

    Michael Wesley Redd (born August 24, 1979) 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,...  more

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    #111 of 168 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings#58 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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    Jim Jackson

    Shooting guard

    Age50

    BirthplaceToledo, Ohio

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers

    1989 - 1992

    James Jackson (born October 14, 1970) is an American retired professional basketball player. Over his 14 NBA seasons, Jackson was on the active roster of 12 different teams, tying the league record...  more
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    Clark Kellogg

    Power forward

    Age59

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio

    TeamsIndiana Pacers

    1979 - 1982

    Clark Clifton Kellogg, Jr. (born July 2, 1961) is the former VP of player relations for the Indiana Pacers, the lead college basketball analyst for CBS Sports, and a former player in the National...  more
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    Mike Conley, Jr.

    Point guard

    Age33

    BirthplaceFayetteville, Arkansas

    Number11

    TeamsUtah Jazz

    2006 - 2007

    Michael Alex Conley Jr. (born October 11, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was a member of the Memphis Grizzlies...  more

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    #133 of 289 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#35 of 102 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

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    Greg Oden

    Center

    Age32

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

    2006 - 2007

    Gregory Wayne Oden Jr. (born January 22, 1988) is an American former professional basketball player. Oden, a 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m), 250-pound (110 kg) center, played college basketball at the Ohio State...  more
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    Evan Turner

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Number1

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks

    2007 - 2010

    Evan Marcel Turner (born October 27, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted second overall by the...  more
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    125

    D'Angelo Russell

    Point guard

    Age24

    Number0

    TeamsMinnesota Timberwolves

    2014 - 2015

    D'Angelo Danté Russell (born February 23, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected as a...  more

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    #63 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time#25 of 395 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today

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    Jared Sullinger

    Power forward

    Age28

    BirthplaceColumbus, Ohio

    Number7

    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 State...  more
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    Aaron Craft

    Point guard

    Age29

    BirthplaceFindlay, Ohio

    2010 - 2014

    Aaron Vincent Craft (born February 12, 1991) is a Filipino-American professional basketball player for Aquila Basket Trento of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A (LBA). He played college basketball for...  more
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    41

    Age62

    BirthplaceColumbus, Ohio

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks

    1977 - 1981

    Herbert L. Williams (born February 16, 1958) is a retired American basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for eighteen seasons from 1981 to 1999. Williams served as the...  more
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    41

    Dennis Hopson

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age55

    BirthplaceToledo, Ohio

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls

    1983 - 1987

    Dennis Hopson (born April 22, 1965) 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...  more
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    Scoonie Penn

    Point guard

    Age43

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    1998 - 2000

    James Donell "Scoonie" Penn (born January 9, 1977) is an American former professional basketball player. Standing at 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m), he played the point guard position. He is currently the...  more
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    35

    Kelvin Ransey

    Point guard

    Age62

    BirthplaceToledo, Ohio

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets

    1976 - 1980

    Kelvin Ransey (born May 3, 1958) is a retired American collegiate and professional basketball player of the 1970s and 1980s, respectively. Ransey attended Toledo's Macomber High School in the...  more
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    Keita Bates-Diop

    Small forward

    TeamsSan Antonio Spurs

    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 for...  more
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    Larry Siegfried

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    AgeDec. at 71 (1939-2010)

    BirthplaceShelby, Ohio

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, San Diego Rockets

    1958 - 1961

    NCAA Champion (1960)

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    44

    Age50

    BirthplaceColumbus, Ohio

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls

    1991 - 1994

    Lawrence Damon Funderburke (born December 15, 1970) is a retired American basketball player, formerly of the National Basketball Association (NBA)....  more
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    Age31

    BirthplaceCanton, Ohio

    Number41

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Utah Jazz

    2007 - 2008

    Konstantine Demetrios "Kosta" Koufos (Greek: Κωνσταντίνος Δημήτριος "Κώστας" Κουφός; born February 24, 1989) is a Greek professional basketball player for CSKA Moscow of the VTB United League and the...  more
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    Kaleb Wesson

    Forward

    2017-present

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    35

    Deshaun Thomas

    Small forward

    Age29

    BirthplaceFort Wayne, Indiana

    2010 - 2013

    Deshaun Thomas (born August 29, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for Panathinaikos of the Greek Basket League and the EuroLeague. Standing at 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m), he plays power...  more
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    Tony Campbell

    Small forward, shooting guard

    Age58

    BirthplaceTeaneck, New Jersey

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons

    1980 - 1984

    Anthony "Tony" Campbell (born May 7, 1962) is a retired American National Basketball Association (NBA) player. Campbell played high school basketball at Teaneck High School in Teaneck. A 6'7" small...  more
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    E.J. Liddell

    Forward

    2019-present

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    AgeDec. at 88 (1924-2012)

    BirthplaceWilliamstown, Kentucky

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Rochester Royals

    1943 - 1945

    Arnold Denny "Stilts" Risen (October 9, 1924 – August 4, 2012) was an American professional basketball player. A 6'9" (2.06 m) center, he led the Ohio State University Buckeyes to two straight Final...  more
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    Luke Witte

    Power forward, Center

    Age70

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers

    1970 - 1973

    Luke Witte (born October 19, 1950) is a retired American college and professional basketball player who is now a church minister. He played at the collegiate level for Ohio State University and...  more