The University of Pittsburgh’s men’s basketball team has been playing ball for 107 seasons now, so it’s not the easiest task to single out the five best players in the program’s history.
Pitt has had an uptick in recent years of players making it to the National Basketball Association with names like Aaron Gray, DeJuan Blair and Steven Adams being more recognizable to the modern fan. But that doesn’t mean the program’s history isn’t stacked with less-familiar names that had incredibly productive careers at the university, names like Don Hennon, Charles Smith and Billy Knight.
This list isn’t intended to measure the best Pitt players who went on to the NBA, nor is it intended to rate the most prolific scorers in the program’s history. Rather, it’s intended to highlight the best all-around players who called Pitt home and played their best basketball there.
The list will show that, while Pitt basketball might not have the storied history of other college programs, some of the best players in the program’s history rank among the finest college basketball players ever.
Let's start first with the honorable mentions, three players who had tremendous careers at Pitt but didn't quite make the cut.