Ranking the 10 Best Sibling Tandems in College Basketball History
This past season, Seth Curry and Stephen Curry set the NCAA record for most points by two brothers, surpassing Tyler Hansbrough and Ben Hansbrough.
Luckily for the rest of college basketball, the Curry boys never got a chance to play together. Some of the best basketball families—the Currys, Hansbroughs and Zellers, most recently, have decided against joining forces.
Next season, Kentucky's backcourt will include two of the most talented freshmen in the country, who just so happen to be identical twins.
Will the Harrison twins—Aaron and Andrew—be able to coexist? Could they end up as the best sibling tandem of all time?
They have their work cut out for them, as unlike the Currys and Zellers, many brothers have decided to play together and complemented each other well.
This is the best 10 sibling tandems in college basketball.
10. Ronell and Donell Taylor
These twins are known for a play.
Against top-seeded Kentucky in the 2004 NCAA tournament, Ronell Taylor would steal the ball and flip it over his head to his twin, Donell Taylor, for a dunk.
UAB would go on to pull off the upset and reintroduce the nation to the "40 minutes of Hell" that Nolan Richardson made famous.
The twins helped lead UAB to the tourney in their two seasons on campus, and in 2004-05, Donell was the star of the team, leading the Blazers in scoring at 15.5 points per game.
Ronell would come off the bench as Anderson's microwave man. The shoot-first guard averaged 11.0 points in only 18.8 minutes per game.
They helped Anderson get UAB's program rolling, and they will forever be remembered for the twin telepathy play against Kentucky.
9. Miles and Mason Plumlee
The Plumlee brothers are one of two sets of brothers on this list who won an NCAA title.
The family doesn't really have bragging rights on that one, however, as neither player was a key piece to Duke 2010 title team.
The Plumlees were both late bloomers, giving hope to little brother Marshall who will be a sophomore next season at Duke.
Miles also had to watch as his little brother passed him by on the depth chart. They never got a chance to play a lot of minutes together, but it was a nice luxury for Coach K for two seasons to be able to bring Miles in for Mason.
8. Joey and Stephen Graham
Stephen Graham was blocked by his more talented twin, Joey Graham, from ever playing a big role in their two seasons at Oklahoma State.
After both transferred from Central Florida, Joey was a key player on the 2004 Final Four team that was loaded with pro talent, including both brothers, Tony Allen and John Lucas.
The next year Stephen would get more playing time, but he was still merely a role player off the bench. His brother was the star, averaging 17.7 points per game. The brothers helped lead the Cowboys to the Sweet 16 that season.
Joey would be drafted 16th overall in the 2005 NBA draft, and Stephen would go undrafted, but both ended up playing in the league. This was one case where one brother might have benefited from playing elsewhere.
7. Blake and Taylor Griffin
The Griffin genes were not as kind to older brother Taylor Griffin as they were to Blake Griffin, but older bro did play a part in helping Oklahoma have its best season in recent memory in 2009.
Taylor was the senior leader on that team—a nice way of saying he was a solid role player—and Blake was the best player in college basketball.
The Griffins helped the Sooners to a 30-6 record and a trip to the Elite Eight. Their two seasons together were the only years Jeff Capel made the NCAA tournament in his five years in Norman.
6. Brook and Robin Lopez
The Lopez twins lasted only two seasons at Stanford, as true seven-footers with skill don’t last very long in college anymore.
They did have a great impact their sophomore season, helping Trent Johnson to his best season in four years at Stanford.
The Cardinal went 28-8 in 2008 and made it to the Sweet 16. It’s the only time since 2001— when the Collins twins graduated—that Stanford has made it past the round of 32.
Each had an important role in Stanford’s banner season. Brook was the star scorer; he averaged 19.3 points per game and was named a third-team All-American. Robin was the defensive specialist. He has the second-most blocks (156) in school history, a record he would have easily broke had he returned for his junior year.
5. Marcus and Markieff Morris
It was appropriate that the Morris twins would become stars in the same year. These are identical twins who are so dependent on one another that the Phoenix Suns were convinced to trade for Marcus this past season so he could be with his brother.
The twins were role players for two seasons at Kansas, playing alongside Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich. When Collins graduated and Aldrich bolted for the NBA, it was the twins’ turn to be the stars.
Marcus was KU’s go-to scorer his junior season, the natural progression for a player who had started since he arrived at Kansas. He was named a second-team All-American that year and the Big 12 player of the year.
Markieff was a more traditional big man, and his defined role, along with a nice three-point stroke, was one reason he was actually drafted ahead of Marcus in 2011—Markieff went 13th and Marcus went 14th.
As the best low-post tandem in the country their junior season, they led Kansas to a 35-3 record and an Elite Eight run that was surprisingly ended by VCU. In their three seasons at KU, the Morris twins went 95-14 and won three Big 12 titles.
4. Jason and Jarron Collins
Defense often goes unappreciated, but not here. Don’t be fooled into thinking the Collins twins ranked this high for reasons other than basketball.
In the twins’ final year at Stanford (2000-01), Jarron and Jason Collins were the stars on one of the best defensive teams in the history of college basketball. History will now, of course, remember Jason for another reason.
The Cardinal held opponents to an NCAA-record 35.2 percent shooting with the two seven-footers clogging up the lane. Stanford went 31-3 and made it to the Elite Eight before getting upset by Maryland.
Jarron also helped Stanford to a Final Four in 1998 as a role player off the bench. Jason missed the entire year that season because of a knee injury.
Stanford went 114-19 during their career, making to at least the round of 32 of the NCAA tournament each season.
3. Dick and Tom Van Arsdale
If freshmen would have been allowed to play in the 1960s and had played more games, the Van Arsdale twins would have been at the top of the scoring list for brothers.
The twins both averaged double figures throughout their careers, and both averaged better than 20 points per game during their junior season.
As seniors, they were both All-Americans and led IU to a 19-5 record. Both would go on to have long careers in the NBA.
2. Charles and Ed O'Bannon
The O'Bannon brothers are the only brothers on this list to win an NCAA title. Their 1995 team is also the only UCLA team that has won a title since John Wooden retired.
Ed O'Bannon was the star and the Wooden Award winner in 1995. He averaged 20.3 points per game that season and put together one of the greatest championship-game performances ever, going off for 30 points and 17 rebounds.
Charles O'Bannon also was integral in the win that night, filling up the box score with 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
Charles would average 13.5 points that season, and he became the star after his brother left, averaging 17.7 points as a senior two years later. Without his brother, however, he could never duplicate the tournament success.
1. George and Ed Mikan
George Mikan was so good that they named a drill after him.
One of basketball's first true big men, Mikan was twice named national player of the year and helped lead DePaul to the 1945 NIT, which was just as prestigious as winning the NCAA tournament at the time.
Mikan's sidekick that season was his brother, Ed Mikan.
"He darn near broke all my records," George Mikan said in Ed's obituary in 1999 in the Chicago Tribune. "We later played against each other in the pros, and it's difficult playing your brother because of the emotions there."
George was the best player of his generation. Imagine the best player of a generation playing alongside another future pro. That's what DePaul had in the Mikans.
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