Kansas Basketball: Ranking 5 Best Jayhawks Players from the 1990s

Andrew DoughtyCorrespondent IIDecember 19, 2013

Kansas Basketball: Ranking 5 Best Jayhawks Players from the 1990s

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    While Roy Williams failed to hang a fourth title banner in Allen Fieldhouse during the 1990s, he did manage to develop a few of the best players in college basketball history.

    A review of the best players of that decade reveals a few retired jerseys, one reliable big man and one lesser-known transfer 2-guard.

     

     

     

     

5. Scot Pollard

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    Scot Pollard and his eccentric personality dominated opposing big men from 1993-1997, averaging 10-plus points and six-plus rebounds during his final three seasons.

    A reliable center at 6'11, 250-pounds, he also recorded 218 total blocks and 103 steals for his college career. Pollard formed one of the most impressive frontcourt duos of the decade with First Team All-American Raef LaFrentz.

     

4. Jerod Haase

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    Following a transfer from Cal prior to the 1994-95 season, Jerod Haase made an immediate impact for Roy Williams and Kansas, leading the team in scoring at 15 points per game as a sophomore.

    He appeared in 101 games and hit 187 three-point shots while concluding his three-year KU career with an 11.3 scoring average.

    Haase also averaged at least three rebounds, three assists and 1.2 steals every season while receiving an All-Big 8 Defensive Team selection.

3. Jacque Vaughn

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    California native Jacque Vaughn is arguably the best point guard in KU basketball history.

    He departed Lawrence in 1997 as a two-time second-team All-American and the school's all-time assists leader, since passed by Aaron Miles.

    Vaughn, a responsibly electric player for Roy Williams, averaged at least 5.2 assists per game during all four seasons. He led the Jayhawks to 115 wins and was named the 1995-96 Big 8 Player of the Year.

2. Paul Pierce

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    Future NBA All-Star Paul Pierce only needed three seasons at KU to score nearly 1800 points, routinely abusing defenders with a versatile repertoire of offensive moves.

    The last of those three seasons, 1997-98, he was a consensus first-team All-American selection after averaging 20.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

    Pierce shot 51 percent from the floor during that outstanding campaign, which ranks among the best individual seasons in Kansas basketball history.

     

     

1. Raef LaFrentz

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    Raef LaFrentz concluded a dynamic four-year career in Lawrence as one of the most decorated big men in college basketball history.

    The two-time consensus first-team All-American and Big 12 Player of the Year produced a line of 19.8 points, 11.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game as a senior during the 1997-98 season.

    Tim Duncan and Shaquille O'Neal were the only other two-time first-team All-Americans during the 1990s.

    LaFrentz led Kansas to less than five losses per season while averaging 15.8 points per game for his career.