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The Greatest Tennessee Basketball Players of All Time 

Ranker NCAA Basketball
Updated November 20, 2019 2.9k votes 702 voters 14.7k views 31 items

List Rules Upvote the best basketball players in Volunteers history based only on the player's college career.

Tennessee basketball fans, we’re ranking the best Tennessee Volunteers of all-time. This list of Tennessee 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 Tennessee-Knoxville men's basketball team history include Bernard King, Allan Houston, Dale Ellis, and Chris Lofton. Who is the best Tennessee Volunteer ever?

Vote up the ones you think are the greatest Tennessee basketball players in Volunteers history. Feel free to add any Volunteer freshmen, NBA rookies, or Tennessee alumni missing from the list.

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Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Tennessee Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward from New York City, New York

Age: 63

Teams: Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks

1974–1977

Bernard King (born December 4, 1956) is an American retired professional basketball player at the small forward position in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played 14 seasons with ...more

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Allan Houston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Tennessee Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard from USA, Kentucky, Louisville

Age: 48

Teams: Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks

1989–1993

Allan Wade Houston (born April 20, 1971) is an American retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1993 to 2005. A shooting guard, ...more

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Dale Ellis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Tennessee Basketball Players of All Time

Age: 59

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Charlotte Hornets, Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets

1979–1983

Dale Ellis (born August 6, 1960) is a retired American professional basketball player, who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

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Chris Lofton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Tennessee Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard from Maysville, Kentucky

Age: 33

2004–2008

 

Christopher Franklin Lofton (born March 27, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for Seoul SK Knights of the Korean Basketball League. He played college basketball with the ...more
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Ernie Grunfeld is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Tennessee Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Satu Mare, Romania

Age: 64

Teams: Kansas City Kings, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks

1973–1977

Ernest Grunfeld (born April 24, 1955) is an American former professional basketball player and former general manager of the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association. In college ...more
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Grant Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Tennessee Basketball Players of All Time
tnvol0 added Grant Williams

2016–2019

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Admiral Schofield is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Tennessee Basketball Players of All Time
RohanGiare added Small forward from London, England

Teams: Washington Wizards

2015–2019

Admiral Schofield (born March 30, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for ...more
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Reggie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Tennessee Basketball Players of All Time
Reggie Johnson

Age: 25

1976–1980

Reggie Johnson is a basketball player.
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Tony White is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Tennessee Basketball Players of All Time
Tony White

Age: 54

Teams: Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls

1983–1987

Tony F. White (born February 15, 1965) is a retired American professional basketball player. He was a 6'2" (188 cm) 170 lb (77 kg) guard. He played for three teams in the NBA before ...more
10
Josh Richardson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Tennessee Basketball Players of All Time
tnvol0 added Guard from Edmond, Oklahoma

Age: 26

Number: 0

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers

2011–2015

Joshua Michael Richardson (born September 15, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college ...more

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Bill Justus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Tennessee Basketball Players of All Time
Bill Justus

1967-1969

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Ron Widby is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Tennessee Basketball Players of All Time
Ron Widby

Age: 74

1963-1967

George Ronald "Ron" Widby (born March 9, 1945) is a former American football punter in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers. He also was a ...more
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Ron Slay is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Tennessee Basketball Players of All Time
Ron Slay

Age: 38

1999–2003

Ronald Sylvester "Ron" Slay is an American professional basketball player who plays for Benfica in the LPB. He was Southeastern Conference player of the year as a senior at Tennessee.
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Howard Wood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Tennessee Basketball Players of All Time
Howard Wood Power forward from Southampton, New York

Age: 60

Teams: Utah Jazz

1977–1981

James Howard Wood (born May 20, 1959) is a retired American professional basketball player born in Southampton, New York. A 6'7" 235 lb power forward, Wood played college basketball at the ...more
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Jimmy England is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Tennessee Basketball Players of All Time
Jimmy England

1969-1971

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A.W. Davis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Tennessee Basketball Players of All Time
A.W. Davis

1962-1965

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Scotty Hopson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Tennessee Basketball Players of All Time
Coleton_j added Scotty Hopson

Age: 26

Number: 32

2008–2011

Brian Scott "Scotty" Hopson is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League.
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Jarnell Stokes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Tennessee Basketball Players of All Time
tnvol0 added Jarnell Stokes Forward from Memphis, Tennessee

Age: 25

2011-2014

Jarnell D'Marcus Stokes (born January 7, 1994) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). He played ...more
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Tom Boerwinkle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Tennessee Basketball Players of All Time
Center from Cleveland, Ohio

Age: Dec. at 68 (1945-2013)

Teams: Chicago Bulls

1965–1968

Thomas F. Boerwinkle (August 23, 1945 – March 26, 2013) was an American National Basketball Association center who spent his entire career with the Chicago Bulls.

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Danny Schultz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Tennessee Basketball Players of All Time
Danny Schultz

1962-1964

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Steve Hamer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Tennessee Basketball Players of All Time
tnvol0 added Steve Hamer Center from Memphis, Tennessee

Age: 46

Teams: Boston Celtics

1992–1996

Steve Ray Hamer (born November 13, 1973) is an American retired professional basketball player. He had a brief National Basketball Association career.
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Red Robbins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Tennessee Basketball Players of All Time

Age: Dec. at 65 (1944-2009)

1964–1966

Austin "Red" Robbins (September 30, 1944 – November 18, 2009) was an American basketball player. Robbins, a 6'8" forward/center from Leesburg, Florida, starred at the University ...more
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Dick Mehen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Tennessee Basketball Players of All Time
Dick Mehen

1941–1947

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Bumper Tormohlen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Tennessee Basketball Players of All Time
Bumper Tormohlen Power forward and Center from Ibadan, Nigeria

Age: 82

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, St. Louis Hawks

1956–1959

Eugene R. "Bumper" Tormohlen (May 12, 1937 – December 27, 2018) was an American professional basketball player and coach. He was born and raised in Holland, Indiana; he attended ...more
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Ed Weiner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Tennessee Basketball Players of All Time
Ed Weiner

1954-1955