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The Greatest South Carolina Basketball Players of All Time

Updated January 16, 2020 1.5k votes 284 voters 5.1k views30 items

List RulesUpvote the best basketball players in Gamecocks history based only on the player's college career.

South Carolina basketball fans, we’re ranking the best South Carolina Gamecocks of all-time. This list of South Carolina 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 South Carolina men's basketball team history include Alex English, BJ McKie, Renaldo Balkman, and Mike Dunleavy, Sr. Who is the best South Carolina Gamecock ever?

In the 2017-18 NCAA Division I men’s basketball season, the South Carolina Gamecocks roster has the starting five: Hassani Gravett, Evan Hinson, Justin Minaya, Chris Silva, and Maik Kotsar.

Vote up the ones you think are the greatest South Carolina basketball players in Gamecocks history. Feel free to add any Gamecock freshmen, NBA rookies, or South Carolina alumni missing from the list.

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  • Alex English1
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    36

    Alex English

    Small forward

    Age65

    BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina, United States of America

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets

    Gamecocks career: 1972–1976

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    #155 of 786 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#682 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time

  • Sindarius Thornwell2
    115
    45

    Sindarius Thornwell

    Shooting guard, point guard

    Gamecocks career: 2013–2017

  • John Roche3
    72
    22

    John Roche

    Point guard

    Age70

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsNew York Nets, Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets

    Gamecocks career: 1968–1971

  • Mike Dunleavy, Sr.4
    64
    17

    Mike Dunleavy, Sr.

    Shooting guard

    Age65

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks

    Gamecocks career: 1972–1976

  • Brian Winters5
    52
    15

    Brian Winters

    Shooting guard, small forward

    Age67

    BirthplaceRockaway, Queens, New York City, New York

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

    Gamecocks career: 1971–1974

  • Devan Downey6
    56
    27

    Devan Downey

    Point guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceChester, South Carolina

    Gamecocks career: 2007–2010

  • BJ McKie7
    53
    24

    BJ McKie

    Point guard

    Age42

    BirthplaceVirginia

    Gamecocks career: 1996–1999

  • Kevin Joyce8
    42
    14

    Kevin Joyce

    Point guard, shooting guard

    Age68

    BirthplaceBayside, New York City, New York

    TeamsIndiana Pacers

    Gamecocks career: 1970–1973

  • Jo Jo English9
    38
    20

    Jo Jo English

    Shooting guard

    Age49

    BirthplaceFrankfurt, Germany

    Gamecocks career: 1988–1992

  • Renaldo Balkman10
    52
    37

    Renaldo Balkman

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age35

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsNew York Knicks

    Gamecocks career: 2003–2006

  • Tom Owens11
    32
    14

    Tom Owens

    Center

    Age70

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons

    Gamecocks career: 1968–1971

  • P. J. Dozier12
    50
    35

    P. J. Dozier

    Shooting guard

    Number35

    TeamsDenver Nuggets

    Gamecocks career: 2015–2017

  • Tom Riker13
    30
    14

    Tom Riker

    Center

    Age69

    BirthplaceRockville Centre, New York

    TeamsNew York Knicks

    Gamecocks career: 1969–1972

  • Zam Fredrick14
    25
    15

    Zam Fredrick

    Shooting guard

    Age60

    BirthplaceSouth Carolina

    Gamecocks career: 1977–1981

  • Grady Wallace15
    22
    12

    Grady Wallace

    Forward

    Gamecocks career: 1955–1957

  • Jim Slaughter16
    22
    14

    Jim Slaughter

    Center

    AgeDec. at 71 (1928-1999)

    BirthplaceRoanoke, Virginia

    TeamsBaltimore Bullets

    Gamecocks career: 1947–1951

  • Melvin Watson17
    19
    11

    Melvin Watson

    Guard

    Gamecocks career: 1994-1998

  • Larry Davis18
    19
    14

    Larry Davis

    Guard

    Gamecocks career: 1995-1997

  • Cedrick Hordges19
    14
    8

    Cedrick Hordges

    Power forward, center

    Age58

    BirthplaceMontgomery, Alabama

    TeamsDenver Nuggets

    Gamecocks career: 1978–1980

  • Ryan Stack20
    15
    12

    Ryan Stack

    Power forward, Center

    Age44

    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers

    Gamecocks career: 1994–1998

  • Skip Harlicka21
    15
    17

    Skip Harlicka

    Guard

    Age73

    BirthplaceTrenton, New Jersey

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks

    Gamecocks career: 1965–1968

  • Freddie Thompkins22
    16
    21

    Freddie Thompkins

    Position not mentioned

    Gamecocks career: 1932-1934

  • Tarence Kinsey23
    11
    14

    Tarence Kinsey

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age35

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida

    TeamsMemphis Grizzlies

    Gamecocks career: 2002–2006

  • Gary Gregor24
    6
    8

    Gary Gregor

    Power forward, Center

    Age74

    BirthplaceCharles Town, West Virginia

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, New York Nets

    Gamecocks career: 1965–1968

  • Tom Boswell25
    6
    9

    Tom Boswell

    Power forward, Center

    Age66

    BirthplaceMontgomery, Alabama

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets

    Gamecocks career: 1974–1975