The 50 Greatest Ohio State College Basketball Players of All Time
Ohio State’s basketball program is deep with history and tradition. The Buckeyes have seen many players go on to join the NBA ranks after claiming Big Ten titles. This historic program has only one national championship to its name, which came in 1960.
Ohio State has been close several times since, but has never been able to achieve the ultimate achievement again. This doesn’t take away from the programs prestige, but adds focus to its current players. Being great at Ohio State has already be done, to set themselves apart from players past have to go above what has already been accomplished.
50. Ivan Harris F (2003-2007)
Ivan Harris was a productive member of the Ohio State squads during the mid 2000’s. His stellar defense and ability to hit big shots were crucial during Ohio States success. Harris finished with 728 career points for the Buckeyes and averaged 6.4 points per game.
Harris is most remembered by the Buckeye faithful for his huge shot versus Tennessee in the 2007 NCAA tournament propelling Ohio State to another win on the season. He finished his career with a 40.6 percent three point average and was deadly behind the arc.
49. David Lighty G/F (2007-2011)
David Lighty is Ohio State’s version of Bruce Bowen, he is a shut down defender with an ability to score. Lighty has missed some time due to injury during his Ohio State career, but has been a valuable member of the teams since 2007. He enters his senior year averaging 9.8 points per game and has amasses 869 career points.
Lighty’s skillful play will easily get him into Ohio State 1,000 point club early next season, along with fellow teammate, Jon Diebler. His smart play and high energy level allow him to play the majority of games if not the entire game. He was a marathon man last season for Ohio State.
48. Dick Furry F (1960-1963)
Dick Furry was a captain for the Ohio State Buckeyes, and a member of the 1960 national championship team. He was a key reserve and help supported John Havlieck and Jerry Lucas. Furry was a tenacious defender for the Buckeyes during his time in Columbus.
Furry was another multi-sport athlete for Ohio State. He was a three time letter winner for the track team in the high jump. His leaping ability came through in the clutch. Furry was able to snag rebounds for the Bucks helping secure wins on their way to the only nation title in school history.
47. Jon Diebler G/F (2007-2011)
Jon Diebler holds the record for most three point shots made in a career as a junior. His name is all over the record book for any category that includes anything behind the arc. His ability to knock down the long shot makes him a valuable member of the Ohio State squad.
Diebler has hit 260 three point shots, and averages 10.1 points per game for a career with Ohio State. He still has his senior year to extend his record and hopefully continue to lead Ohio State to another Big Ten title. His supporting cast has included players such as David Lighty and Evan Turner, along with up and coming William Buford.
46. Chris Jent SG (1988-1992)
Chris Jent was the buckeyes scoring guard for the late 80’s and early 90’s. He finished his career with 1,007 career points and an 8.2 point per game average for the Buckeyes. Jent’s senior year he averaged 12.6 points a game and was a fan favorite with his big shot ability and charismatic personality.
Jent’s defense was another staple of his game. He led the team in steals during the 1990 season with a 1.3 steal per game average. His keen ability for the strip led to many fast break points for the Buckeyes, and gave Big Ten opposition fits.
45. Jason Singleton G/F (1995-1999)
Jason Singleton led the team in field goal percentage for the 1998 and 1999 seasons; he was an expert marksman with a deadly jump shot. He played 119 games with the Buckeyes and ranks fourth all time with a 54 percent career field goal percentage.
Singleton finished his career with 1,022 points and an 8.2 point per game average. He was a role player to Buckeyes like Damon Stringer and Michael Redd. His effort on the court was unmatched on those Buckeye squads, his unselfish play and team first approach earns him a spot on the all time players list for the Ohio State.
44. Bill Andreas F (1972-1975)
Bill Andreas was a ferocious post player for Ohio State in the early 1970’s. He finished his career averaging 14.4 points per game and has 1,023 career points in his three seasons in Columbus. Andreas led the team in scoring during the 1974 and 1975 campaigns.
Andreas was the Buckeyes go to guy during his tenure at Ohio State. He was teammates with players such as Allan Hornyak and Luke Witte, surrounding him with talent during his time with the Buckeyes.
43. Jamie Skelton G (1990-1994)
Jamie Skelton was the field general on teams with Jimmy Jackson and Lawrence Funderburke. His leadership proved invaluable for those Buckeyes squads during his tenure in Columbus.
Skelton finished his career with a 9.0 point per game average and amasses 1,055 points for his career. He ranks sixth all time in three point shots made for the Buckeyes. His sharp shooting ability kept him on the court and hitting big shots during the early 90’s.
42. Jamaal Brown G (1988-1992)
Jamaal Brown was a solid Buckeye guard during the late 80’s and early 90’s. He averaged 9.0 points a game for his career and finished with 1,139 point on his career. Jamaal was a sharpshooter and has a career average of 38.8 percent from behind the arc. That mark puts him fifth all time.
Brown was a glove on defense for the Buckeye during his time in Columbus. He finished with 158 steals for his career, which is third all time on the Buckeyes record book. This defense kept Ohio State in close games and gave his teammates confidence to take risks they otherwise would not, knowing his stellar defense would make up for their mistakes.
41. Carter Scott G (1977-1981)
Carter Scott’s 1,073 career points looks much more impressive than his 9.6 point per game career average. Do not be fooled by point per game average though, he was a devastating player for the Buckeyes during his time in Columbus.
He was a stellar shooter and led the team in field goal percentage in 1980, burying 51.6 percent of his shots that season. His midrange jump shot fit perfectly into a tam that included players such as Herb Williams, Clark Kellogg, and Kelvin Ramsey.
40. Ronnie Stokes G (1981-1985)
Ronnie Stokes was a devastating scorer for the Buckeyes in the mid 80’s. He finished with 1,240 career points and a 10.3 point per game average for the Buckeyes. He was a key contributor to the Buckeyes during his time in Columbus
Stokes was a pickpocket for the Ohio State defense. He finished with 158 career steals, which is third all time for the Buckeyes. He led the team in steals in 1984 with 44 and a 1.5 steals per game average.
This Buckeye was another scarlet and gray Robin Hood. He stole from the opposition and gave to his teammates. He finished sixth all time with 419 career assists and led the team for two years, during the 1983 and 1984 season.
39. Ken Johnson C (1997-2001)
Ken Johnson was the Ohio State version of the Sultan of Swat. He leads Ohio State with 444 blocks during his four year career with the Buckeyes. He also has the single game mark with 11 blocks in a game, something he did twice in his career. He led the team in blocks every season, and his 2000 season record of 5.4 blocks per game is a school best.
Johnson was an offensive monster in the post for Ohio State. He finished with a 8.3 point per game average, but finished with 1,055 points on his career. His senior season he averages 12.5 points per game and was a dunking machine for the Buckeyes.
38. Mel Nowell G (1959-1962)
Mel Nowell was a starting guard for the Buckeyes during the early 1960’s. He was a member of the Buckeyes national championship team in 1960 and was a valuable contributor during his time with Ohio State.
Nowell averaged 13.1 points per game and finished with 1,100 points for his career with the Buckeyes. His unselfish play gave rise to players like Jerry Lucas and John Havlicek. Mel Nowell is one of the best players to wear the scarlet and gray.
37. Ron Sepic F/G (1964-1967)
Ron Sepic had a very productive career as a Buckeye. He finished with 1,107 career points and a 15.7 point per game average. He also led the team in free throws for the 1966 and 1967 seasons. He finished with a 78.3 charity stripe percentage.
Sepic also was a prolific rebounded and finished with 206 in 1965, averaging 8.6 per game. His 20 rebounds versus Wisconsin in 1965 is still one of the top marks in Buckeye history.
Even sharing the court with Buckeye greats, Bill Hosket and Gary Bradds, Sepic still managed to be a very productive member of his Buckeye squads. He was also a two-sport athlete and also played football for Ohio State.
36. Curtis Wilson G (1983-1988)
Curtis Wilson was the captain for the Buckeyes during the mid 80’s. The Buckeyes field general led the team in assists for three seasons, 1986, 87, and 88. He finished third all time with 475 points, and holds the school record with 14 in one game against Purdue in 1988.
Wilson averaged 8.9 points per game for his career and poured in 1,120 points for his career. It was not only his offense worth noting though; he led the team in steals during the 1987 season. His 74 steals in a season were the top mark until 2007 when Mike Conley broke his record with 87 steals that season.
35. Brad Sellers C (1984-1986)
Brad Sellers only played two seasons for the Buckeyes but both years were extremely productive. He finished his career with 1,122 points on a 17.8 point per game average. He averaged 19.8 points a game in his final season with Ohio State.
Sellers defense was stellar. He led the team with 3.0 blocks a game in 1986, and finished his career with 187 blocks putting him third all time. His season totals of 97 and 90 put him at fifth and sixth respectively all time.
His rebounding was also impressive for the Buckeyes. He finished with a career average of 10.1 rebounds a game and led the team in both 1985 and 1986. His season mark in 1986 of 12.6 rebounds a game put him tenth all time.
34. Richard Schnittker F (1946-1950)
Richard Schnittker was one of the first really great Buckeye forwards. He finished his career with 17.9 points per game and 1,129 points on his career. He averaged 21.3 points as a senior for the Buckeyes, and led the team in scoring during three of his four seasons.
His leadership was found on both sides of the court as Schnittkers defense was formidable and wrecked havoc for opposing teams offensive scheme. He helped pave the way with his play for many of the Buckeye greats of the 1950’s and 1960’s.
33. Greg Oden C (2007)
Greg Oden is one of the best all around centers to ever come onto the court for the Buckeyes. His lone season was marred with injuries and he only played in little over half of the games that season. When he was in the game he was a force, his 501 points that season is third all time for freshman.
Oden holds the record for blocks in a season for freshman with 105, and is second on the list in rebounds 306. He snagged 19 rebounds in a game against Purdue that season and was instrumental in the win over Tennessee in the NCAA tournament that season when he grabbed 13 rebounds on defense.
32. Mike Conley PG (2007)
Mike Conley’s lone season with Ohio State was a special one. He set the freshman records for both steals and assists during that season and in six games had at least 10 assists. He also owns the freshman record for steals in a game with five; he accomplished this feat three times during the season.
Conley finished his career with 441 career points and is sixth all time for freshman. His ability to create points off steals and unselfish play led the Buckeyes to the NCAA finals that season. He was a large part of the success of that team that included Greg Oden, Daequan Cook and Jamar Butler.
31. Frank Howard F/C (1955-1958)
Frank Howard was a rebounding machine for the Buckeyes. He holds the school record with 32 rebounds in a game versus BYU in 1956. He had over 20 rebounds in a game nine times in his career, and finished with 9.6 rebound a game average in total. He led the team in rebounds in each of his three seasons.
Howard played in 66 games during his Buckeye career and was a force for the Buckeyes in the late 50’s. His skill rebounding the ball was unmatched during his time with the Buckeyes, giving him a place as one of the best Buckeyes ever.
30. Luke Witte C/F (1970-1973)
Luke Witte was another dominating Buckeye post player. His physical play led to a 16.6 point per game average and 1,211 pints for his career. He made his living scrapping offense rebounds and turning them into quick points for the Buckeyes.
Witte was a steal trap when it came to rebounding the ball. He led the team all three years and finished with a 11.2 rebound per game average for his career. His 819 rebounds is seventh all time for the Buckeyes and his 331 rebounds during the 1971 season is seventh on the list of season rebounding totals.
29. Lawrence Funderburke F/C (1991-1994)
Lawrence Funderburke was the Buckeyes best post player in the early 90’s. He was a consistent scorer and finished with 14.7 points per game and 1,179 points for his career. He led the Buckeyes in scoring during both the 1993 and 1994 seasons.
Funderburke made his presence known on defense as well. He was the Buckeyes leading rebounded and shot blocker during the 1993 and 1994 seasons. He finished with a career 131 blocks, which ranks sixth all time. His skillful play was marred by several dismal seasons of Buckeyes basketball; fortunately during these times Funderburke was a bright spot.
28. Larry Siegfried PG (1958-1961)
Larry Siegfried was another member of the Buckeyes national championship team of 1960. He finished his career averaging 15.7 points per game and 1,228 career points. He led the team in scoring during the 1959 season.
His leadership skills showed during his time with Ohio State. He was a leader on the court despite playing with OSU legends Jerry Lucas and John Havlieck. Siegfired was a huge part of the success that led to the Buckeyes only national title.
27. Brian Brown SG (1998-2002)
Brian Brown shared time with Michael Redd during his first two seasons with Ohio State. Once Redd was gone Brown blossomed into a prolific scorer but finished his career with a 10.7 average. He averaged 15.6 points a game in his final two seasons however, and finished with 1,384 points on his career.
He led the team in scoring and assists in 2001 and 2002, and in steals in 2001. He was a dynamic player that focused on the team versus his own personal accomplishments. This led to a very successful stretch for Ohio State.
26. Brent Darby SG (1999-2003)
Brent Darby ended up playing in Brain Brown’s shadow, but showed he could be just as deadly on offense. He finished with 11.2 points a game for his career average and 1,368 in total. He was the scoring leader in 2003 with 18.3 points per game.
Darby led the team in steals during the 2002 and 2003 seasons, and set a career high of 6 during the game versus Iowa in 2003. His 4.4 assists per game in 2003 led the team, once again proving he could do it all on both sides of the court for Ohio State. His 35 points against Duke in 2003 set a career mark for the sharpshooting scoring guard.
25. Larry Bolden G (1973-1977)
Larry Bolden played 103 games during his Ohio State career; he quickly showed he was going to be a contributor for the Buckeyes. He averaged 12.4 points a game as a freshman and finished with 1,408 points and a 13.7 points per game average.
Bolden much like Jerry Francis played in the shadows of some Buckeye legends. Allan Hornyak, Bill Andreas, and Kelvin Ransey all reigned during Bolden’s time at Ohio State. He made the most of what he was giving and was a valuable role player during his career with the Buckeyes.
24. Clark Kellogg C (1979-1982)
Clark “Special K” Kellogg averaged 14.9 points a game in his career and finished with 1,285 points during his three-year career. His 42 points during the 1981 game versus Northwestern is eleventh all time for scoring performances.
Kellogg led the team in scoring and rebounds in the 1981 and 1982 seasons; he also led the team in steals in 1982 with 1.8 per game. He finished with 872 career rebounds which is sixth all time and a 10.1 career average with if fifth all time.
Kellogg was a productive player on both sides of the court. He was very fortunate to have Herb Williams by his side for most of his career, but also played very smart fundamentally sounds basketball.
23. Paul Ebert F (1951-1954)
Paul Ebert much like the other players during his era only had three seasons to prove his worth. Freshman were not permitted to play, limited the production of some of these Buckeye greats.
Ebert only needed a few games to show the world what he was capable of. He finished his first season averaging 20.1 points per game and finished with a career 21.8 points per game. His 1,436 career points are respectable for the amount of time he compiled them.
Ebert scored over 35 points three times in his career, making his name easy to spot in the Buckeyes all time performances in the record book. He led the team in scoring all three of his season in Columbus. His 21.8 points a game puts him fourth all time for the Buckeyes.
22. Jerry Francis F (1985-1989)
Jerry Francis was an iron man for the Buckeyes during his tenure. He played in every one of the 133 games during his four years at Ohio State. He made the most of his time and finished with a 11.2 points per game average on 1,486 career points. His opportunistic scoring approach came because of great players such as Dennis Hopson and Jay Burson.
Francis had to make the most of what he could on offensive rebounds and open shots when he got them. Francis was always a role player for the Buckeyes, but made solid contributions during his time in scarlet and gray.
21. Troy Taylor G (1981-1985)
Troy Taylor played in 120 games for Ohio State, and finished with a 12.5 point per game average. He was instrumental in the success of the Ohio State squads of the early 80’s. He finished his career with 1,497 points. He led the team in scoring in 1985 with 15.6 points a game.
He was a nightmare on defense for opposing teams. He has the single game record with eight steals in a game against St. Joseph’s in 1983, and led the team in steals in 1984 with 1.5 a game. He finished with 155 career steals getting him the fifth spot all time in the Buckeye record books.
What Taylor took, he gave away in the form of assists. He finished fifth on the list all time for assists with 421. He paced the tem in 1985 with 4.7 assists a game, and set a career mark with 10 in a game versus Central Florida in 1984.
20. Tony Campbell SF (1980-1984)
Tony Campbell became an elite scorer for the Buckeyes after his freshman year. He finished with a career average of 14.7 points per game and 1,529 for a career. His quick scoring ability off the dribble made him a serious threat for the other teams that opposed Buckeyes during his tenure.
Campbell was also a dominating rebounder. He led the teams in boards for both the 1983 and 1984 seasons. He finished his career averaging 6.8 rebounds a game. Tony was a presence at every spot on the court, and proved it during his career performance against Minnesota in 1983 when he poured in 37 points for the Buckeyes.
19. Jamar Butler PG (2004-2008)
Jamar Butler is the Buckeyes all time assists leader with 579 career assists. He finished is career having over 10 assists in four games and set a career high 12 assists against UMBC in 2007.
Butler was not only dishing out points during his career, he also dished out pain to the posing teams. He’s second in three point shots made with 242 shots and finished with a career 37.2 percent mark from behind the arc.
Butler finished averaging 9.4 points for his career and amasses 1,313 points during his career. His final season he averaged 15.0 points a game, and finished off with a NIT Championship to send him off.
18. Scoonie Penn PG (1998-2000)
Buckeye fans wish they had Scoonie for a few more years. His dominating presence at the point took Ohio State out of its mid 90’s doldrums. He was paired with Buckeye legend Michael Redd and the two become one of the best one two punches in the Big Ten.
Penn finished his career with a 16.3 point per game average and 1,076 points in his short two year career. If he played all four years at Ohio State would have gone down as the best point guard in Ohio State history.
He led the team in both assists and steals during his tenure, his six steals against Indiana in 1999 ranks tied for third all time in the Ohio State record books. Penn was truly one of the best players to take the court for Ohio State.
17. Jim Clemmons SG (1968-1971)
Jim Clemmons was sniper with a midrange jump shot. He finished his three-year career with Ohio State averaging 18.5 points a game with 1,335 career points. His 37 points versus Indiana in 1969, along with his pair of 35-point performance versus Michigan puts him on the list of all time scoring performance for Ohio State.
Clemmons led the team in field goal percentage for the 1970 season in which he averaged 21.6 points a game. He finished fifth on the Buckeyes all time career scoring average with his 18.5 points a game. His teammates Dave Sorenson and Luke Witte over shadowed Clemmons for most of his career, but Clemmons shined when the opportunities presented themselves.
16. Bill Hosket F (1965-1968)
Bill Hosket was an animal on the court during his three years with Ohio State. His career average if 19.5 points per game and 12.3 rebounds a game are both top 10 in the Buckeye record books. He led the team in both categories all three seasons.
Hosket had over 20 rebounds five times during his career at Ohio State. He finished fourth on the list for career rebounds with 910. His 35 points during the Purdue game in 1968 put him on the top 50 all time scoring games, showing he was a contributor on both sides of the ball for Ohio State.
15. Allan Hornyak SG (1970-1973)
Allan Hornyak was another dynamic Buckeye guard in the long schools long history of potent scoring guards. He finished with 1,572 points in his career and a 22.8 point per game average.
He led the team in scoring all three of his seasons and was a leader for the team. When he finished his career he was fifth in scoring at the time. He twice scored 37 points in a game, and that along with another 35 point performance have him ranked amongst the top 50 scoring performances by a Buckeye.
14. Terrance Dials F/C (2001-2006)
Terrance Dials had a long productive career at Ohio State. He became a fan favorite when six games into his sophomore year he blew out his knee, only to return the following season and average 10.4 points a game for 30 of the Buckeyes games that year.
Dials finished his career with 1,566 points and averaged 11.9 points a game. He finished ninth in career blocks with 103, and fifth for a career in rebounds with 876. He led the team in rebounds from 2004-2006, and was a menace on the glass on both sides of the court.
13. Gary Bradds F (1961-1964)
Gary Bradds started his career in the shadow of Jerry Lucas, he finished his career creating a shadow all of his own. He finished his career with 1,530 points on 20.7 points per game average.
Bradds scored over 35 points 10 times in his career and holds the single game record with 49 points. His marks of 48, 47, and 45 keep his name plastered all over the top six single game performances. His single season scoring mark of 735 puts him second behind Dennis Hopson’s 958
He led the Buckeyes in rebounds for both the 1963 and 1964 seasons. He finished with a career 9.5 rebounds a game, and three times had over 20 rebounds in a game. His tenacious play on both ends of the court ushered in the post Lucas era with a little more ease for the Buckeye faithful.
12. Perry Carter F/C (1987-1991)
Perry Carter was an absolute force for the Buckeyes during the late 80’s and early 90’s. His knack for snagging rebounds and blocking shots made him an enforcer on defense. His ability to score, mostly by grabbing offensive rebounds made him a valuable member of the Buckeyes squad.
Cater finished his career with 1,613 points and a 12.8 point per game average. He made his living on the defensive side of the court, however. He led the team in rebounds all four season he was in Columbus and finished third all time with 989.
His 105 career blocks have him seventh all time for the Buckeyes, and his 56 percent field goal percentage places him fifth all time for a career. Carter’s contributions on both sides of the court benefited the Buckeyes, especially players like Jay Burson and Jim Jackson.
11. Dave Sorenson F (1967-1970)
Dave Sorenson was a cornerstone to the Buckeyes basketball team in the late 60’s. He finished his career with 1,622 points and a 21.1 point per game average in three seasons. He led the team in scoring during his final two seasons with the Buckeyes.
He finished with a 56.3 percent field goal percentage landing him third all time in Ohio State history. Sorenson also led the team in rebounding for two seasons and finished eighth all time with 761 rebounds. He finished with a career average of 9.9 rebounds per game which is sixth best for the Buckeyes.
10. Jay Burson G (1985-1989)
Jay Burson was another key player into the buckeyes success during the mid to late 80’s. His 1,756 points during his Buckeye career came off of clutch shots for the Buckeye faithful. He finished with a 14.4 point a game average for his career in Columbus.
Burson led the team in scoring twice from 1988-1989. His leadership during this time was invaluable; especially during then head Coach Gary Williams first season. Burson’s 38 points against Oklahoma in 1988 proved to the nation this team would go head to head with anyone. During that 1988 season Burson hit nine shots from beyond the arc setting a school record against Florida.
His contributions from the charity stripe were impressive as well. He finished third on the list for season free throw percentage with an 86.7 average in 1989. When the game came down to the wire it was Burson you wanted on the line.
9. Robin Freeman G (1953-1956)
Robin Freeman was a scoring machine for the Buckeye back in the mid 1950’s. He holds the season average title of 32.9 points per game, along with the career scoring title of 28.0 points per game.
Freeman’s sharp shooting gave him 1,597 points on his career, and he led the team in scoring in 1956. He scored over 35 points 14 times in his career with Ohio State, carrying them through the seasons and making him a legend for the scarlet and gray.
8. Jim Jackson SG (1989-1992)
Jim Jackson carried the buckeyes through the early 90’s. His presence on the court was often unmatched and he dominated in his 93 games for Ohio State. He finished his career with a 19.2 point per game average and he led the team in scoring each of his three seasons.
Jackson also led the team in rebounding during the 1992 season with 6.8 per game and in free throw percentage with 81.1 percent. His leadership and big play ability were a key part of the Buckeye success during his time in scarlet and gray.
He finished his career with 372 assists landing him in the top 10 on the Buckeye record books. His unselfish play was exemplified during the 1990 season where he led the team with 110 assists and a 3.7 assists per game average that season.
7. Michael Redd SG (1997-2000)
Michael Redd was a prolific scorer for Ohio State during his tenure. His 1,879 career points put him fifth on the list and he finished with a career average of 19.6 points per game. He still holds the freshman record with 658 points in a season, along with the freshman scoring average of 21.9 points per game.
He was a devastating player for Ohio State, and when paired with point guard, Scoonie Penn, became and even greater threat to opposing defenses. He led the team in scoring in all three of his seasons with Ohio State.
His slashing play got him to the line frequently, helping him become the only player outside of Jerry Lucas to score more than 500 points in every season they played in. His season total of 658 points puts him sixth on the list all time for the season scoring record.
6. John Havlieck G (1959-1962)
John “Hondo” Havlieck is probably the second most famous basketball buckeye behind Jerry Lucas. He was Lucas’s right hand man during the national championship run in 1960 and finished with 14.6 pints per game for his career. His 1,223 points are also an import mark considering he had only three seasons to accomplish the feat.
Havlieck played in the shadow of Jerry Lucas and Gary Bradds, but still managed to have a successful career, one that puts him among the top Ohio State Buckeyes of all time. He was called the guts of his team, and was a constant workhorse on both sides of the ball.
5. Evan Turner G/F (2007-2010)
Evan Turner was the heart and soul of his squads in his last two seasons with Ohio State. He finished his career with a 15.4 point per game average and 6.7 rebounds per game average. He won Big Ten player of the year, along with the Naismith Award during his junior year. He’s the only Buckeye to do so.
Turner missed half of his junior year due to a fracture in his back, but reemerged after six week to become the best player in college that season. His ability to play almost any position, score, and rebound kept his opposing defenses off balance. He will go down as one of the greatest to ever to play at Ohio State.
4. Kelvin Ransey G (1976-1980)
Kelvin Ransey was a lighting quick guard who carried the Buckeyes during the late 1970’s. He was automatic at the charity stripe, shooting 82.5 percent for the season in 1980. His 1,934 points have him fourth on the list all time for Ohio State.
Ransey’s 38 points against Rutgers in 1978 mark an impressive career high for him. His 1,688 career field goal attempts put him first in the Buckeye record books, and he encored that with a 827 made putting him second on the list behind former teammate Herb Williams.
Ransey was not just all about points however; his 516 career assists find him in second place all time behind Jamar Butler. He averaged 5.3 assists a game and twice had over 10 in a game. His 13 assists in 1980 against Northwestern put him once again, at second in the record books this time behind Curtis Wilson who holds the record with 14.
3. Herb Williams F/C (1977-1981)
Herb Williams was a dominating post player for the Buckeyes in the late 70’s and early 80’s. His presence was felt on both sides of the court, and because of that his name is easy to find in the Ohio State record books.
Williams is the only other member to the 2000 point club for the Buckeyes aside from Hopson. He averaged 17.6 points per game along with 9.7 rebound per game during his tenure with Ohio State.
Williams finished his career with 1,111 rebounds as a Buckeye putting him second on the list behind Jerry Lucas. Williams is also second on the career blocks list behind Ken Johnson. Williams swatted 328 shots during his four years in Columbus.
2. Dennis Hopson SG (1983-1987)
Dennis Hopson was a dynamic player for the Buckeyes during his four seasons at Ohio State. He is Ohio State’s leading scorer with 2,096 points and until last season was the only Buckeye player to record a triple double in a game.
His 958 points during the 1987 season is also tops for the single season scoring record. During that season he averaged 29 points a game, and scored 42 in a game versus Cleveland State in 1985 for his career high.
Hopson was also a dominant rebounder and led the team with 8.2 in that famous 1987 season. The season before that he led the team in steals with 1.6 a game, proving he was a force on both sides of the court.
1. Jerry Lucas F (1959-1962)
Jerry Lucas is Mr. Basketball for Ohio State. There is no question to who the greatest Buckeye basketball player is; Lucas did a great job of distancing himself from the other during his three years in Columbus and is also a member of the buckeyes only national championship team of 1960.
Lucas scored 1,990 points for the Buckeyes and averaged 24.3 points for his career. His 48 points against Michigan State in 1961 still is one of the best performances by a Buckeyes player, just one point shy of Gary Bradds school record of 49.
His 1,411 career rebounds is 300 above Herb Williams who is second place. During his three years he averaged 17.2 rebounds a game and his three season totals are the top three marks for season rebounding performances.
The Future Looks Bright in Columbus
Buckeyes fans will always have plenty of memories from yesteryear, but the future looks just as bright as recruits continue to flock to Columbus to wear the scarlet and gray. Both national titles and Big Ten championships seem within the grasp of the Ohio State squads more frequently with new legends trying to make their mark on an already historic program.