The 10 Best Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
The Jayhawks have a history of amazing basketball seasons and of course games. They had a great season in 2008 winning the national Championship.
They had a great game in the finals of '08 when Mario Chalmers hit the big time shot to send it into OT. I personally think that there are not enough pages to write about the Jayhawks.
This is my list.
10. Sherron Collins
His career at Kansas may not be over yet, but with all that he has done for the Jayhawk organization, I had to put him on this list.
He was on the '08 championship team and he could lead them to another title this year. Without him, there would be a lot of holes in the Jayhawk history books.
9. Brandon Rush
Brandon Rush was a big reason that Kansas won the 2008 title. he was a great team leader and a electrifying scorer.
He could play post man or guard, it didn't matter where you put him, he performed at a high level.
Rush also hit a lot of shots that set up the Chalmers tying shot, so he didn't get as much credit as he deserved.
8. Kirk Hinrich
Hinrich was a game changer at KU he was a monster shooter from the 3 point line. He could shoot jumpers or layups it didn't matter.
He won the most improved player award in 2000 when he also got the 8th most assists in the nation.
He was a very important asset to the Kansas Jayhawks throughout his college career.
7. Drew Gooden
In 2002, Gooden led the NCAA in rebounds and was named the NABC player of the year. he also added height to a Final Four team which included Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich.
Without him Kansas could've lost a lot earlier in the 2002 tourney.
6. Danny Manning
Danny Manning was a absolute stud. He won the Naismith and the Wooden award in the same season.
He led the Jayhawks to the 1988 NCAA championship where he scored 31 points. Danny could've been a lot higher on this list if it wasn't for his lack of clutch ability.
5. Raef LaFrentz
LaFrentz was one of three players to score 2000 points and 1000 rebounds in the same season while at Kansas.
LaFrentz played with Celtic Paul Pierce while at Kansas and joined Tim Duncan and Shaquille O'Neal as the only players to earn the AP Player of the Year award twice.
4. Mario Chalmers
Mario Chalmers hit arguably the best shot in finals history when he hit a three pointer to tie the game against Memphis.
To show you he isn't just a one-hit wonder, he also won the co-defensive player of the year in 2007. In the 2008 tournament, he was named the most outstanding player.
3. Nick Collison
Nick Collison was one of three kansas players to record 2000 points and 1000 rebounds in the same season (others were Raef Lafrentz and Danny Manning).
Collison helped Kansas get to two consecutive Final Fours. He is a very important player in KU history.
2. Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce averaged 16.4 points per game during his Jayhawk career and he went all the way to the Final Four with the rest of his team, which included Darren Collison and Raef LaFrentz.
Pierce won Big 12 MVP honors in 1998 and 1997.
1. Wilt Chamberlain
Wilt Chamberlain is one of the best college basketball players of all time. He averaged 29.9 points per game at Kansas and 18.3 rebounds.
He is by far the greatest Kansas basketball player of all time.