Illinois may not have a national championship to its credit, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been plenty of great players who have worn a Fighting Illini uniform. From bygone legends such as Johnny “Red” Kerr to newly-graduated standouts such as Demetri McCamey, Champaign-Urbana has seen its share of big-time basketball talent.
Few Illini of any era have enjoyed a college or pro career to match Deron Williams. The Nets point guard already has two NBA All-Star appearances to his credit after playing a key role on Illinois’ 2005 national runner-up squad that tied the NCAA record with 37 wins in a season.
Read on for more on Kerr, McCamey, Williams and the rest of Illinois’ 50 greatest hoops stars of all time.