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The Greatest South Carolina Basketball Players of All Time

Updated January 16, 2020 1.5k votes 276 voters 4.8k 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 English
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    32

    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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    #177 of 786 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#684 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time

  • 2
    Sindarius Thornwell
    112
    41

    Sindarius Thornwell

    Shooting guard, point guard

    Gamecocks career: 2013–2017

  • 3
    John Roche
    71
    22

    John Roche

    Point guard

    Age70

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsNew York Nets, Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets

    Gamecocks career: 1968–1971

  • 4
    Mike Dunleavy, Sr.
    64
    17

    Mike Dunleavy, Sr.

    Shooting guard

    Age65

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks

    Gamecocks career: 1972–1976

  • 5
    Brian Winters
    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

  • 6
    Devan Downey
    54
    24

    Devan Downey

    Point guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceChester, South Carolina

    Gamecocks career: 2007–2010

  • 7
    BJ McKie
    53
    22

    BJ McKie

    Point guard

    Age42

    BirthplaceVirginia

    Gamecocks career: 1996–1999

  • 8
    Kevin Joyce
    40
    14

    Kevin Joyce

    Point guard, shooting guard

    Age68

    BirthplaceBayside, New York City, New York

    TeamsIndiana Pacers

    Gamecocks career: 1970–1973

  • 9
    Renaldo Balkman
    52
    36

    Renaldo Balkman

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age35

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsNew York Knicks

    Gamecocks career: 2003–2006

  • 10
    Jo Jo English
    36
    20

    Jo Jo English

    Shooting guard

    Age49

    BirthplaceFrankfurt, Germany

    Gamecocks career: 1988–1992

  • 11
    P. J. Dozier
    50
    35

    P. J. Dozier

    Shooting guard

    Number35

    TeamsDenver Nuggets

    Gamecocks career: 2015–2017

  • 12
    Tom Owens
    30
    14

    Tom Owens

    Center

    Age70

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

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

    Gamecocks career: 1968–1971

  • 13
    Tom Riker
    29
    14

    Tom Riker

    Center

    Age69

    BirthplaceRockville Centre, New York

    TeamsNew York Knicks

    Gamecocks career: 1969–1972

  • 14
    Zam Fredrick
    25
    15

    Zam Fredrick

    Shooting guard

    Age60

    BirthplaceSouth Carolina

    Gamecocks career: 1977–1981

  • 15
    Jim Slaughter
    22
    12

    Jim Slaughter

    Center

    AgeDec. at 71 (1928-1999)

    BirthplaceRoanoke, Virginia

    TeamsBaltimore Bullets

    Gamecocks career: 1947–1951

  • 16
    Grady Wallace
    22
    12

    Grady Wallace

    Forward

    Gamecocks career: 1955–1957

  • 17
    Melvin Watson
    19
    11

    Melvin Watson

    Guard

    Gamecocks career: 1994-1998

  • 18
    Larry Davis
    19
    14

    Larry Davis

    Guard

    Gamecocks career: 1995-1997

  • 19
    Cedrick Hordges
    14
    8

    Cedrick Hordges

    Power forward, center

    Age58

    BirthplaceMontgomery, Alabama

    TeamsDenver Nuggets

    Gamecocks career: 1978–1980

  • 20
    Ryan Stack
    15
    10

    Ryan Stack

    Power forward, Center

    Age44

    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers

    Gamecocks career: 1994–1998

  • 21
    Skip Harlicka
    14
    17

    Skip Harlicka

    Guard

    Age73

    BirthplaceTrenton, New Jersey

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks

    Gamecocks career: 1965–1968

  • 22
    Tarence Kinsey
    11
    13

    Tarence Kinsey

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age35

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida

    TeamsMemphis Grizzlies

    Gamecocks career: 2002–2006

  • 23
    Freddie Thompkins
    16
    20

    Freddie Thompkins

    Position not mentioned

    Gamecocks career: 1932-1934

  • 24
    Jim Fox
    6
    8

    Jim Fox

    Center

    Age76

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, New York Nets, Cincinnati Royals, Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks

    Gamecocks career: 1963–1965

  • 25
    Mike Brittain
    9
    12

    AgeDec. at 32 (1963-1995)

    BirthplaceClearwater, Florida

    Gamecocks career: 1981–1985