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Who is your favorite KU basketball player of all time?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on October 12, 2012

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“ Greg Ostertag. I was learning about basketball and I would remember his number 00.”

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“ I like Jeff Withey because I know him the most.”

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“ Brandon Rush. He won a national championship and I always liked the way he played.”

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“ Paul Pierce. I just followed him when he played in the NBA and when he first started.”

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Klumma 4 years ago

14 DV. Darnell Valentine. A great player on the court and even a better, humble, man off. Thanks Darnell and Coach Norwood. You both have class that we do not see today.

Klumma 4 years ago

Umm. Sorry about the big font. Have no idea where that came from. . . .

Wesley Willis 4 years ago

Probably Paul Pierce or Sasha Kaun or maybe Chalmers, I like a lot of them. Also like Russell Robinson

Kate Rogge 4 years ago

When you say Bud Stallworth, you've said it all.

Nikki May 4 years ago

Scot Pollard or Adonis Jordan. On this team though I pick Travis Releford.

LogicMan 4 years ago

Ostertag was very entertaining, indeed.

icdedpeeple 4 years ago

I could make a strong case for either Danny Manning or Mark Turgeon

gphawk89 4 years ago

Another vote for the Big O. Maybe not the best ball handler of all time, but that's what made him fun to watch. I remember him once somehow stealing a ball at mid-court once and taking it back for a breakaway dunk. The whole place went silent as it took him about four steps to dribble from half court to the goal, then the crowd went absolutely nuts after the dunk.

Terry Sexton 4 years ago

Call me Captain Obvious, but it's hard to choose just one. You could win a lot of games with the 'D' team:

Danny, Donnie, Delvy, Darnell & Darnell.

BrodyR 4 years ago

TJ Whatley! TJ TJ TJ, I can hear the chants now!

mom_of_three 4 years ago

My favorite Jayhawk basketball player of all time??? Oh, wow. It would have been easier to answer the favorite from each team. Danny Manning, Mark Turgeon, Ron Kellogg, Darnell Jackson, Nick Collison, Kirk Heinrich and Thomas Robinson. Markieff and Marcus Morris.

Topple 4 years ago

Cole Aldrich. Was a beast at the shot block. Good FT shooter for being an inside guy. And an all-around nice guy.

Tony Kisner 4 years ago

Richard Scott. A beast under the basket.

Linda Aikins 4 years ago

There is no way I can answer this. Every player on every roster played their hearts out. There are so many stars....I certainly loved watching Thomas Robinson because he overcame incredible obstacles to become a jaw-dropper (shirted or shirtless).

I knew a lot of the 1988 champions and they were amazing too. Nope. I couldn't possibly pick just one.

MarcoPogo 4 years ago

Darnell Valentine, followed by Lane Czaplinski.

Linda Aikins 4 years ago

Was there a player whose name was Ojoleye or something like that? Maybe in the early 80s?

Linda Aikins 4 years ago

Hey TOB! Great to have a job again where I can play on the internet all day!

Linda Aikins 4 years ago

Oh you're right about some of them. Once a cheerleader, always a cheerleader!

Linda Aikins 4 years ago

I found out he is a local man who owns Affordable Limousine and about half of the town. First name Larry although he changes his name frequently. He claims to have played at KU but I sure couldn't find him.

wiolfial 4 years ago

A Hutchinson kid,Bret Ballard.

riverdrifter 4 years ago

Wilt and Jo Jo, who WAS NOT OUT OF BOUNDS.

beatrice 4 years ago

I believe you are all forgetting the unselfish play and stellar game of Josh Selby.

riverdrifter 4 years ago

"game" is the correct word, for sure, Bea.

Linda Aikins 4 years ago

Ding Ding Ding Ding! Incredibly not!

Fred Vance 4 years ago

So many great players and so little time... I would have to include Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Bridges, JoJo White, Rex Walters, Jacque Vaughn, Paul Pierce just to name a few.

amyirenie 4 years ago

Jerod Haase. Had a crush on him in 8th grade. Still have a crush on him 15 years later.

So_tired_of_the_whiners 4 years ago

Steve Woodberry! Unselfsih and clutch. Just ask OSU and KSU.

labmonkey 4 years ago

Captain Kirk would probably be my favorite.

sinkorswim 4 years ago

So many great choices!!! Definitely Darnell Valentine, Calvin Thompson, Mark Turgeon, Adonis Jordan, Jacque Vaughn, Greg Ostertag, Danny Manning, Mario Chalmers...among MANY others!!

Astrunk 4 years ago

Sherron Collins. Not everyone's favorite, but I will never forget his overtime performance against K-State in Manhattan, nor his senior night speech.

sassykansan 4 years ago

Kirk Hinrich,Nick Collison, and Rex list could go on and on but those guys are my sentimental favorites,

Bruce Rist 4 years ago

Charlie B Black The only Jayhawk to be a four year first team All American and the first to score a 1k points in a career at KU

parrothead8 4 years ago

Tyshawn Taylor. Good or bad, he was our point guard, and it was so much fun to watch him grow over the last few years.

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