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The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time 

Ranker NCAA Basketball
Updated November 21, 2019 4.6k votes 793 voters 14.6k views 33 items

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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John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time

Age: 79

Teams: Boston Celtics

1959 - 1962

NCAA Champion (1960)

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Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward and Center from Middletown, Ohio

Age: 79

Teams: Cincinnati Royals, New York Knicks, San Francisco Warriors

1959 - 1962

NCAA Champion (1960)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1960, 1961)

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3
Mike Conley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard and Shooting guard from Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States of America

Age: 32

Number: 11

Teams: Utah 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 ...more

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4
D'Angelo Russell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time

Age: 23

Teams: Golden State Warriors

2014 - 2015

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

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5
Greg Oden is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Center from Buffalo, New York

Age: 31

Teams: Portland 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 ...more

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6
Michael Redd is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard from Columbus, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 40

Teams: Milwaukee 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 ...more

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7
Evan Turner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard and Shooting guard from Chicago, Illinois

Age: 31

Number: 1

Teams: Atlanta 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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Jim Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard from Toledo, Ohio

Age: 49

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, + more

1989 - 1992

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9
Clark Kellogg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward from Cleveland, Ohio

Age: 58

Teams: Indiana 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 ...more

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10
Jared Sullinger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward from Columbus, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 27

Number: 7

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

Age: 28

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 ...more
12
Herb Williams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Center from Columbus, Ohio

Age: 61

Teams: Dallas 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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13
Dennis Hopson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Toledo, Ohio

Age: 54

Teams: Sacramento 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 ...more
14
Keita Bates-Diop is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
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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
Scoonie Penn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard from New York City, New York

Age: 42

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 ...more
16
Kelvin Ransey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Kelvin Ransey

Age: 61

Teams: Dallas 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
17
Kosta Koufos is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Center from Canton, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 30

Number: 41

Teams: Sacramento 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 ...more
18
Lawrence Funderburke is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward from Columbus, Ohio

Age: 49

Teams: Sacramento 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).
19
Larry Siegfried is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard and Shooting guard from Shelby, Ohio

Age: Dec. at 71 (1939-2010)

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, San Diego Rockets

1958 - 1961

NCAA Champion (1960)

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20
Deshaun Thomas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
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Age: 28

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 ...more
21
Gary Bradds is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time

Age: Dec. at 41 (1942-1983)

Teams: Baltimore Bullets

1961 - 1964

Gary Lee "Tex" Bradds (July 26, 1942 – July 15, 1983) was an American basketball player. He attended Greeneview High School where he once scored 61 points in a game (12/08/1959 versus ...more
22
Arnie Risen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Center from Williamstown, Kentucky

Age: Dec. at 88 (1924-2012)

Teams: Boston 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 ...more
23
Tony Campbell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time

Age: 57

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons, + more

1980 - 1984

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24
Kaleb Wesson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
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2017-present

25
Jim Cleamons is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard and Shooting guard from Lincolnton, North Carolina

Age: 70

Teams: Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

1968 - 1971

James Mitchell Cleamons (born September 13, 1949) is a retired American professional basketball player and current coach.