UCLA Basketball: The Top 50 Players in School History
John Wooden’s incomparable run of championships at UCLA will never be matched, but the game’s greatest coach couldn’t have built his legacy without great players. UCLA’s bottomless talent well has produced 77 future pros and three Hall of Famers in the program’s grand history.
That Hall of Fame total appears close to adding at least one more member, as three-point shooting legend Reggie Miller was a semi-finalist in this year’s voting. Though he’s more remembered now for his NBA days as a Pacer, Miller’s feathery shooting touch helped him score as many as 25.9 points a game during his time in Westwood.
Read on for a closer look at Miller and the rest of the 50 greatest players ever to have worn a Bruin uniform.
50. Mitchell Butler (1989-93)
Swingman Mitchell Butler was a fine defender who averaged nearly a steal per game at UCLA. He was most notable, though, for his durability, as he set a then-school record with 130 games played (still fifth all-time).
Butler went undrafted but caught on as a reserve with the Wizards franchise (still the Bullets at the time). Ironically, he had some trouble staying healthy over his eight years in the league (spread among four teams), but did average as many as 7.9 points per game.
49. Jrue Holiday (2008-09)
Jrue Holiday’s stay on the UCLA campus didn’t last much longer than one of his slashing drives to the rim. Though he didn’t dominate as a collegian, the athletic point guard showed NBA promise with 8.5 points, 3.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game as a freshman.
Holiday appears to have found a home in the young 76er backcourt, starting every game in 2010-11. He averaged 14 points to go with his impressive combination of 6.5 assists and 1.5 steals a game.
48. Mike Sanders (1978-82)
running mate on the 1980 team that lost in the national title game, Mike Sanders gave the Bruins another perimeter scorer who could also help out by hitting the boards.
The 6’6” swingman averaged as many as 15.4 points and 6.6 rebounds a game in a UCLA uniform.
Never mistaken for a star at the pro level, Sanders did manage to hang around the NBA for 11 years (mostly as a backup). He was most successful in Phoenix, averaging a career-high 11 points per game.
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47. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (2005-08)
Never much of a scorer, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute was a glue guy for three consecutive Final Four teams. The 6’8” forward was a solid rebounder and an outstanding defender who could guard the post or the perimeter with equal tenacity.
In three seasons as a Buck, Mbah a Moute has endeared himself to defensive-minded coach Scott Skiles.
He’s held down a starting job despite scoring just 6.7 points a game thanks to the same rebounding (5.6 boards a night) and defense that made him a success in Westwood.
46. Michael Roll (2005-10)
Though he didn’t put up spectacular point totals, Michael Roll had one of the best three-point shots UCLA has ever seen. Roll is tied for second in school history with 209 career three-pointers, and his career percentage of .417 from long range is fifth-best.
Roll’s exceptional shooting touch didn’t come with NBA athleticism, and he went undrafted in 2010. He’s currently playing in Europe.
45. Lynn Shackelford (1966-69)
It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle playing in the same frontcourt as Lew Alcindor, but Lynn Shackelford did his share to keep the UCLA championship machine rolling.
The 6’5” forward chipped in as a complementary scorer and rebounder while starting for the first three of John Wooden’s seven consecutive national titles.
A late-round pick of the Rockets, Shackelford opted for the ABA instead. He averaged just 2.6 points and 1.2 rebounds a game in his lone season with the Miami Floridians.
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44. Rod Foster (1979-83)
A 6’1” shooting guard who averaged as many as 14.1 points a game, Rod Foster has one major claim to fame as a Bruin. He’s the most accurate free-throw shooter in UCLA history, hitting 88 percent for his career and a ludicrous 95 percent as a junior.
Oddly, Foster’s touch from the line deserted him in the NBA, and in three years as a Phoenix backup he shot just .768 on free throws. He did average 7.5 points a game before a leg injury ended his career.
43. Jordan Farmar (2004-06)
A prototype for the physical defenders Ben Howland has brought to the UCLA backcourt, Jordan Farmar wasn’t a half-bad point guard either.
The 6’2” Farmar averaged 5.2 assists per game over his two seasons, leading the Bruins to the national championship game as a sophomore.
Drafted by the Lakers, Farmar's defense and basketball I.Q. earned him some playing time even in that crowded backcourt. After signing with the Nets last season, Farmar set career highs with 9.6 points and 5.0 assists per game.
42. Keith Erickson (1962-65)
Keith Erickson spent his basketball career as a role player, but he picked some good teams on which to go along for the ride.
The 6’5” SF won two national titles at UCLA, averaging under 10 points a game but pulling down eight boards a night for John Wooden’s undersized 1964 and 1965 champs.
As a pro, Erickson rejoined Bruins teammate Gail Goodrich as a glue guy for the Jerry West-Wilt Chamberlain Lakers teams, making three NBA Finals without winning a ring.
He put up his best numbers in Phoenix at the end of his career—averaging as many as 14.6 points and 6.3 boards—and made a fourth unsuccessful trip to the Finals there.
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41. Darren Collison (2005-09)
The best of Ben Howland’s elite backcourt defenders so far, Darren Collison averaged as many as 2.3 steals per game as a Bruin and finished second in school history with 231 steals.
Collison played his share of offense too, dishing out 577 assists (fifth on the school’s all-time list) while starting for two Final Four teams.
After subbing for an injured Chris Paul as a rookie, Collison was dealt to Indiana and stepped into the starting job last season. He helped turn the Pacers into a playoff team with 13.2 points, 5.1 assists and 1.1 steals a night.
40. Greg Lee (1971-74)
The point guard for a pair of national champions (and another Final Four team in 1974), Greg Lee’s greatest moment came in setting up his greatest teammate.
In the 1973 title game against Memphis, Lee dished out 14 assists, most of them helping Bill Walton post his legendary 21-for-22 shooting night.
Lee, who was also a key contributor to the Bruins’ 88-game winning streak, didn’t have the scoring punch to make it as a pro. He lasted a combined 10 games in the ABA and NBA.
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39. Swen Nater (1971-73)
Overshadowed by legendary teammate Bill Walton, 6’11” Swen Nater was a fine center in his own right. In two seasons at UCLA, he won a pair of titles and averaged 4.9 points and four rebounds a game while backing up Walton.
Nater came into his own as a pro, leading the ABA in rebounding as a Spur and later doing the same for the NBA as a Clipper. Over 11 seasons split between the two leagues, Nater averaged 12.4 points and 11.6 rebounds per game.
38. Henry Bibby (1969-72)
Better known to contemporary fans as Mike Bibby’s dad, Henry Bibby was a fine point guard himself.
He ran the offense for three national champions in as many tries under John Wooden, even contributing his share of scoring (14.4 points per game for his career) to teams featuring greats like Sidney Wicks and Bill Walton.
Bibby would go on to a solid but unspectacular pro career, most effectively with the 76ers (where he posted career highs of 12.2 points and 5.7 assists per game). He’s found more success in coaching, and is currently an assistant with the Grizzlies.
37. Trevor Ariza (2003-04)
As a UCLA freshman, Trevor Ariza was more of a raw athlete than a basketball player, but he still opened his share of eyes in Westwood.
Ariza averaged 11.6 points and 6.5 rebounds a game as a 6’8” small forward, and his long arms got into enough passing lanes to generate 1.7 steals per contest.
Since earning a ring alongside Kobe Bryant in 2009, Ariza has gotten the playing time to show off his versatile game. He averaged 5.4 boards and 1.6 steals a night, albeit just 11 points, for the Hornets last season.
36. Arron Afflalo (2004-07)
In three years as UCLA’s shooting guard, Arron Afflalo keyed a pair of Final Four squads with his aggressive defense and three-point shooting.
Afflalo, who led the team with 16.9 points a game as a junior, is tied for second in Bruin history with 209 three-pointers made.
Drafted by the Pistons, Afflalo languished on their bench for two seasons before being shipped to Denver in a draft-pick trade.
He’s coming off his best year with 12.6 points a game in the Nuggets’ tumultuous backcourt, and his career three-point percentage is up to a stellar .408.
35. Mark Eaton (1980-82)
A juco transfer who scored a total of 53 points in his UCLA career, Mark Eaton wouldn’t even be an afterthought in Westwood had it not been for his accomplishments after he left.
The 7’4” center developed into one of the best shot blockers in NBA history.
Eaton spent his entire 11-year career with the Jazz, averaging just 6.0 points and 7.9 rebounds a night. In that time, though, he led the league in blocks four times, setting a record with 456 rejections in 1984-85 and finishing with 3,064 (fourth-most all-time for the NBA).
34. Russell Westbrook (2006-08)
Russell Westbrook only had one season as a UCLA starter, but he made it count. Westbrook averaged 12.7 points, 4.3 assists and 1.6 steals a night as the floor leader of a Final Four squad.
Westbrook has turned out to be just the running mate Kevin Durant needed in Oklahoma City. He made his first All-Star appearance last season while averaging 21.9 points, 8.2 assists and 1.9 steals per game.
33. Gerald Madkins (1987-92)
Gerald Madkins didn’t do much scoring at UCLA (7.6 points per game for his career), but he took care of business as a point guard. Madkins’ 404 career assists are the tenth-best total in school history, and his 146 steals tie for ninth on that list.
Madkins was a benchwarmer in the NBA, though he did averaged 2.4 assists a game in a brief stint with Golden State in 1997-98.
For his career, though, he appeared in just 48 games over three seasons (the other two in Cleveland, whom he had joined as an undrafted free agent).
32. Mike Warren (1965-68)
Point guard Mike Warren ran the offense for the first two of UCLA’s seven consecutive NCAA championship teams. As a senior, Warren was one of three All-Americans in the Bruin starting lineup (along with Lew Alcindor and Lucius Allen).
Warren wasn’t drafted and never played in the NBA, but he had other plans for his pro career. He became a successful film and TV actor, starring on Hill Street Blues among other series.
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31. Kevin Love (2007-08)
Kevin Love only stayed one season in Westwood, but he made a good case that he was ready for the next level. Love averaged 17.5 points and 10.6 rebounds while helping the Bruins reach the Final Four in 2008.
After two seasons of growing into the NBA game, Love blew up as a Timberwolves’ starter last year. The 6’10” forward averaged 20.2 points and a league-high 15.2 boards per game in making his first All-Star team.
30. Lucius Allen (1966-68)
In spite of being suspended for his senior year due to marijuana possession, Lucius Allen made his mark at UCLA. The 6’2” combo guard was a key scorer and playmaker for the Bruins’ national title teams in 1967 and 1968.
Drafted by the Sonics, Allen was dealt to Milwaukee just in time to win a title with college teammate Lew Alcindor. In a decade in the league, Allen averaged 4.5 assists and as many as 19.1 points per game for the Bucks, Lakers and Kings.
29. Josh Shipp (2004-09)
No player has started more games in a UCLA uniform than swingman Josh Shipp with 134. The 6’5” Shipp earned his playing time by contributing on both ends of the floor, knocking down 198 career threes (fourth in school history) and picking up 179 steals (tied for sixth).
As effective as he was in the Pac-10, though, Shipp wasn’t athletic enough as a perimeter player to catch the eyes of NBA scouts. He went undrafted and is currently playing in Europe.
28. Curtis Rowe (1968-71)
A classic power forward in the battering-ram style, Curtis Rowe was a physical defender and a valuable scorer alongside Lew Alcindor and Sidney Wicks.
Rowe won three titles in the heart of John Wooden’s streak, averaging 15.2 points and 9.9 rebounds a game over his three college seasons.
Rowe went on to a fine NBA career with the Pistons and Celtics. He averaged as many as 16.1 points and 9.4 rebounds per game as a pro.
27. Dan Gadzuric (1998-02)
Dan Gadzuric was never much for finesse, but the 6’11”, 240-lb center knew what to do with his size. His 896 career rebounds are eighth in program history, and his .549 field goal percentage ranks 10th.
Heading into his 10th NBA season, Gadzuric has been a competent if lumbering backup center.
He split 2010-11 between the Warriors and Nets after eight years in Milwaukee (including one season as a starter that netted him career highs of 7.3 points and 8.3 boards a night).
26. Baron Davis (1997-99)
Baron Davis didn’t stay in Westwood long enough to match career totals with the great point guards, but his passing and defensive ability made an impression nevertheless. Davis averaged 13.6 points, 4.4 assists and 2.5 steals a game in two seasons with UCLA.
Davis languished on the Hornets’ bench as a rookie, but quickly blossomed into a two-time All-Star.
Now in Cleveland, Davis is on the downside of a fine career in which he's led the NBA in steals twice and averaged as many as 22.9 points and 8.9 assists per game in 12 NBA seasons.
25. Cameron Dollar (1993-97)
Cameron Dollar is best remembered for his heroics in the 1995 NCAA championship run, when he set up Ty Edney’s coast-to-coast buzzer beater and then replaced an injured Edney in the title-game win over Arkansas.
A consummate floor leader, Dollar scored little but proved to be an effective distributor (451 career assists, ninth in school history) and defender (214 steals, fourth).
Dollar’s leadership talents weren’t enough to get him a look in the NBA, but they did earn him an NAIA head coaching job at just 22. He’s currently the head man at Seattle University.
24. Charles O’Bannon (1993-97)
Overshadowed by more decorated brother Ed, Charles O’Bannon earned his own place in the UCLA record books.
The 6’5” forward scored 1,784 points (10th-most for a Bruin) and grabbed 797 rebounds (12th) while playing a key role on the 1995 national title squad.
Like his brother, Charles never managed to get his footing in the NBA. He averaged just 2.5 points and 1.4 boards a game over 48 career appearances with the Pistons.
23. Darrick Martin (1988-92)
Succeeding Pooh Richardson at the Bruins’ point was an unenviable task, but 5’11” Darrick Martin stood tall. In four years in Westwood, Martin piled up 179 steals (sixth-most in school history) and 636 assists (third).
Martin pinballed around the NBA as a backup point guard, with his best seasons coming as a Clipper. He never managed more than 4.1 assists per game in the NBA.
22. Tracy Murray (1989-92)
A 6’7” small forward with a sweet shooting touch, Tracy Murray was a top-notch scorer who averaged 21.4 points and seven rebounds a game as a senior. His 1,792 points rank ninth on UCLA’s all-time list.
Murray wound up as a journeyman NBA player, with his most effective seasons coming in Washington. He was largely a three-point specialist in the pros, hitting 100 treys in four different seasons.
21. Kiki Vandeweghe (1976-80)
One of basketball’s best pure scorers, Kiki Vandeweghe didn’t really blossom until his senior season at UCLA (19.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game).
He made his opportunities count, posting the fifth-highest field-goal percentage (.570) in program history.
In the NBA, Vandeweghe’s reputation as an atrocious defender didn’t stop him from making two All-Star teams with Doug Moe’s high-scoring Nuggets. In his prime, he averaged 20 points or better for seven straight seasons in Denver and Portland.
20. Walt Hazzard (1961-64)
The Final Four MOP for John Wooden’s first national title team, Walt Hazzard might well have topped the Bruins’ assist charts if that stat had been kept officially during his career.
The penetrating point guard was also a dangerous scorer who averaged 16.1 points a game while at UCLA.
As a pro, Hazzard—who would change his name to Mahdi Abdul-Rahman—developed into an outstanding scoring point guard for several teams.
He made his only All-Star appearance as a Sonic (averaging a career-high 24 points a game), but also played effectively for the Hawks and Braves (forerunners to the Clippers) in 10 strong NBA seasons.
19. Toby Bailey (1994-98)
A first-class athlete with a fine outside shot, Toby Bailey was one of the most effective pure scorers UCLA has seen.
The 6’6” swingman (who won a national title as a freshman) drained 171 treys (sixth-best for a Bruin) and racked up 1,846 points, the fifth-highest mark in program history.
Unfortunately for Bailey, he didn’t have the range for the NBA three-point line. He lasted two seasons as an unimpressive Suns’ reserve, then headed to Europe, where he’s still playing.
18. Trevor Wilson (1986-90)
Although Trevor Wilson scored 14.3 points a game for his UCLA career, it’s his work on the glass that he’ll be remembered for. At just 6’7”, Wilson became the fourth Bruin in history to break 1,000 career rebounds.
Wilson’s lack of length kept him from matching his college success at the next level.
Although he did averaged 8.2 points and 4.8 boards per game in his best season (split between the Lakers and Kings), he lasted just four years in the NBA and played in only 103 career games.
17. J.R. Henderson (1994-98)
One of the high-flying forwards that defined UCLA's teams of the 90's, J.R. Henderson was a freshman reserve on the 1995 national champs.
He grew into a valuable scorer who finished with the seventh-most points (1,801) and 11th-most rebounds (818) in Bruin history.
Drafted by the Grizzlies, Henderson lasted just 30 games in the NBA. He’s been more successful in Japan, where he’s still playing after changing his name to J.R. Sakuragi.
16. David Greenwood (1975-79)
After warming the bench as a freshman, David Greenwood blossomed into an outstanding power forward at UCLA.
The 6’9” Greenwood scored 1,721 career points (13th in school history), but was even more devastating on the glass, where his 1,022 rebounds rank third among Bruins all-time.
Greenwood went on to a solid 12-year career in the NBA, most successfully with the Bulls, who drafted him second overall. He averaged as many as 16.3 points and 10.1 rebounds per game as a pro.
15. Earl Watson (1997-01)
Although Earl Watson couldn’t lead UCLA past the Sweet 16 in four tournament appearances, he put up some of the best individual numbers of any point guard Westwood has seen.
Watson’s 607 career assists are the fourth-most in program history, and he holds the school record with 235 career steals.
Watson is heading into his 11th NBA season, and he’s proven to be an outstanding reserve point guard. The current Jazz backup has averaged 4.5 assists a night for his career.
14. Jason Kapono (1999-03)
A four-year starter at UCLA, Jason Kapono was a dangerous scorer who was especially tough to contain from long range.
Kapono became the fourth Bruin to break 2,000 career points—his 2,095 are a dead tie with Reggie Miller for third on the school’s list—while shattering the UCLA mark for three-pointers made (317, more than 100 ahead of second place).
In the NBA, Kapono’s suspect defense has limited his playing time, but he’s led the league in three-point shooting twice (once with Miami and once with Toronto). He barely saw the floor in 2010-11, averaging just 4.6 minutes a game for the 76ers.
13. Tyus Edney (1991-95)
Even at a school with 11 NCAA championships, no postseason moment resonates quite like Tyus Edney’s coast-to-coast drive to beat Missouri in the 1995 tournament.
The little point guard put up some big-time performances in the regular season as well, finishing his career with 224 steals (third in school history) and 652 assists (second).
After an impressive rookie season—10.8 points and 6.1 assists per game—in Sacramento, Edney lost his starting job to newly-acquired Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. He never regained his effectiveness as a sub and lasted just three more seasons in the league.
12. Jelani McCoy (1995-98)
An injury-shortened junior year sabotaged some of Jelani McCoy’s career totals, but the 6’10” center still put up impressive college numbers. McCoy holds the UCLA career records for field goal percentage (a staggering .694) and blocks (188).
McCoy wasn’t nearly so effective as a defender in the NBA, but his shooting kept him around for eight seasons as a reserve with six different teams.
He averaged as many as 6.8 points and 5.3 rebounds a game, but never blocked more than 60 shots in a season.
11. Ed O’Bannon (1991-95)
The 1995 national title run, during which Ed O’Bannon won tournament MOP honors, provided a fitting end to a brilliant college career for the 6’8” power forward. O’Bannon stands sixth in UCLA history with 1,815 points and 10th with 820 rebounds in his college career.
Drafted by the Nets, O’Bannon never found a niche at the NBA level. He lasted just two seasons in the league, averaging five points and 2.5 rebounds per game.
10. Pooh Richardson (1985-89)
The most accurate three-point shooter in UCLA history (.464), Jerome “Pooh” Richardson is better remembered as a superlative point guard.
His 189 steals are fifth-most for the Bruins, and he obliterated the school record with 833 assists (still 181 ahead of second place).
Richardson became the inaugural first-round pick of the expansion Timberwolves, for whom he had the best years of a strong NBA career. He posted career highs of 17.1 points and nine assists per game as a pro.
9. Willie Naulls (1953-56)
One of the first true stars recruited by John Wooden, 6’6” Willie Naulls was a dominant post player in an era when many centers were even smaller than he was. Naulls graduated as the school’s career leader in points (1,225) and rebounds (900, still good for sixth place).
The Whale, as he was called, went on to a terrific NBA career in which he won three championships as a reserve on Bill Russell’s Celtics.
He’s more remembered, however, as a Knick, where he made four All-Star teams and averaged as many as 23.4 points and 14.2 rebounds a game.
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8. Marques Johnson (1973-77)
A designated rebounder for John Wooden’s final NCAA champions in 1975, Marques Johnson blossomed into an offensive weapon over the next two seasons. He finished his career with 1,659 points (15th in school history) and 897 boards (seventh).
The 6’7” Johnson, also a potent defender, proved to be an outstanding pro who averaged as many as 25.6 points and 10.6 rebounds a game.
He made four All-Star appearances for the Bucks (who drafted him third overall) and one more after being traded to the Clippers in the Terry Cummings deal.
7. Keith Wilkes (1971-74)
Swingman Keith Wilkes was Bill Walton’s right-hand man on two NCAA champions and a third Final Four squad. The 6’6” Silk provided terrific perimeter defense while averaging 15 points a game for the Bruins.
Wilkes, who would change his first name to Jamaal as a pro, became a postseason standout who won a championship with Golden State and two more with the Lakers.
A Hall of Fame finalist this year, Wilkes was a three-time All-Star and two-time All-Defensive honoree who averaged 17.7 points, 6.2 boards and 1.3 steals a game for his pro career.
6. Don MacLean (1988-92)
Don Maclean averaged 18.6 points and 7.5 rebounds as a UCLA freshman and just kept going from there. The 6’10” forward pulled in 992 boards for his career (fifth-best in program history) and scored a Bruins record 2,608 points.
MacLean didn’t have the athleticism to be an effective defender in the NBA, but he was a dangerous scorer who averaged 18.2 points in his lone season as a starter for Washington.
His scoring touch kept him in the league as a reserve for nine seasons spent with seven different teams.
5. Sidney Wicks (1968-71)
In the two-year interregnum between Lew Alcindor and Bill Walton, Sidney Wicks was the man in the middle for John Wooden’s NCAA champs. The 6’8” center won three titles in all, averaging 21.3 points and 12.8 boards in his All-America senior year.
Drafted No. 2 overall by Portland, Wicks hit the ground running as a pro.
He made the All-Star team in each of his first four seasons—averaging as many as 24.5 points and 11.5 rebounds a night—but had the bad luck to be sold to Boston just before the Blazers’ first and only NBA championship.
4. Reggie Miller (1983-87)
Although he only had the benefit of the three-point shot for the last of his four seasons as a Bruin, Reggie Miller was an elite scorer as a collegian.
His 25.9 points per game as a junior is the second-best season in UCLA history, and he’s tied for third on the school’s lists with 2,095 career points.
Miller, a Hall of Fame semifinalist this year, played all 18 of his NBA seasons as a Pacer.
He turned Indiana into a perennial playoff team, scoring 20 points a game or better eight times and earning five All-Star selections while knocking down 2,560 three-pointers (the second-highest total in league history).
3. Gail Goodrich (1962-65)
The leader of John Wooden’s first two national champions, Gail Goodrich closed his career by scoring 42 points to beat Michigan in the 1965 title game. A 6’1” combo guard, Goodrich poured in 19 points a game in his UCLA career.
As a pro, Goodrich was drafted by the Lakers as a territorial pick but didn’t blossom until he was picked up by Phoenix in the expansion draft.
After he became an All-Star for the Suns, they traded him back to L.A., where he starred for the legendary 1971-72 Lakers (25.2 points and 4.3 assists per game) and made four more All-Star appearances in a Hall of Fame career.
2. Bill Walton (1971-74)
One of just two players to win three Naismith Awards, Bill Walton is on the short list of the greatest college centers in h