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The Greatest Tennessee Basketball Players of All Time

Updated November 20, 2019 3.9k votes 834 voters 19.1k views31 items

List RulesUpvote 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

    Small forward

    Age64

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsUtah 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 the...  more

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    #80 of 289 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#645 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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    Dale Ellis

    Small forward, shooting guard

    Age60

    BirthplaceMarietta, Georgia

    TeamsDallas 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)....  more
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    Allan Houston

    Shooting guard

    Age50

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    TeamsDetroit 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, Houston...  more

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    #189 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History#4 of 32 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 90s

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    Grant Williams

    Power forward

    2016–2019

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    Chris Lofton

    Shooting guard

    Age34

    BirthplaceMaysville, Kentucky

    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 University...  more
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    Ernie Grunfeld

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age65

    BirthplaceSatu Mare, Romania

    TeamsKansas 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 at...  more
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    Admiral Schofield

    Small forward

    TeamsWashington 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 the...  more
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    Josh Richardson

    Shooting Guard

    Age27

    BirthplaceEdmond, Oklahoma

    Number0

    TeamsBoston Celtics

    2011–2015

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

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    #65 of 83 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time#133 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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    Tony White

    Shooting guard

    Age55

    BirthplaceCharlotte, North Carolina

    TeamsGolden 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 pursuing a career...  more
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    Reggie Johnson

    Guard

    Age26

    1976–1980

    Reggie Johnson is a basketball player....
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    Bill Justus

    Guard

    1967-1969

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    Ron Slay

    Power forward

    Age39

    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....  more
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    Ron Widby

    Forward

    Age75

    BirthplaceKnoxville, Tennessee

    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 member of the New...  more
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    Red Robbins

    Forward, center

    AgeDec. at 65 (1944-2009)

    BirthplaceLeesburg, Florida

    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 of Tennessee in the...  more
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    Howard Wood

    Power forward

    Age61

    BirthplaceSouthampton, New York

    TeamsUtah 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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    Jarnell Stokes

    Forward

    Age26

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

    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 college...  more
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    Dick Mehen

    Power forward, center

    1941–1947

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    Jimmy England

    Guard

    1969-1971

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    Scotty Hopson

    Shooting guard, small forward

    Age26

    BirthplaceHopkinsville, Kentucky

    Number32

    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....  more
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    AgeDec. at 68 (1945-2013)

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio

    TeamsChicago 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....  more
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    A.W. Davis

    Center

    1962-1965

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    Bernie Mehen

    Forward, center

    1939–1940

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    Danny Schultz

    Guard

    1962-1964

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    Steve Hamer

    Center

    Age47

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

    TeamsBoston 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....  more
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    Paul Walther

    Guard, small forward

    Age94

    TeamsIndianapolis Olympians, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Warriors, Fort Wayne Pistons

    1944–1949

    Paul P. Walther (March 23, 1927 – December 21, 2014) was an American basketball player. Walther was a native of Covington, Kentucky and a graduate of Covington Catholic High School. He was a 6'2"...  more