Despite operating in the long shadow of Big 12 football, Big 12 basketball has established an impressive tradition of its own. Recent stars like Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin have made big splashes in the NBA, but the Big 12’s basketball bloodlines run quite a bit farther back.
From contemporary greats like Durant to old-time stars like Wilt Chamberlain and Bob Boozer, Big 12 fans have been lucky enough to watch some of basketball’s biggest talents. But which players make the cut as the conference’s all-time best?
For purposes of this list, all players from the former Big 8 were considered, but players like Texas’ LaSalle Thompson (who played in the old SWC) were not. The two newly-departed Big 12 schools, Colorado and Nebraska, were also included.
With that in mind, read on for a look at the 25 greatest players the Big 12 has ever produced.