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Ranking the best NBA players to come out of the University of Utah

Published: Tuesday, March 18 2014 4:19 p.m. MDT

Courtesy University of Utah Athletics

The University of Utah has had an upper-echelon basketball program since the early days of college basketball. Led by outstanding coaches like Vadal Peterson, Jack Gardner and Rick Majerus, the Runnin' Utes have produced 10 first- or second-team All-Americans. The first was Dick Romney in 1916 and the latest was Andrew Bogut in 2005. Utah has had four teams advance to the Final Four, and the school won a national championship in 1944 (pictured at left). In total, 40 Ute players have been drafted in the NBA or ABA, with 27 of them playing in one or both of those leagues. Here is a ranking of every player to ever play in the ABA or NBA out of the University of Utah. Note: All statistics are from Basketball-Reference.com. All photos are from Deseret News archives unless otherwise noted.

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StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Cool segment, Jay. I'd have arranged the top 10 a little differently:
1-Tom Chambers
2-Miller
3-Van Horn
4-Bogut
5-Newlin
6-Doleac
7-McGill
8-Vranes
9-Jerry Chambers
10-Sojourner

I'd value a 6 ppg NBA player higher than a 15 ppg ABA player. Anyway, proud to share an alma mater with these men. Good luck to Dre and Bogues the rest of the season and into the playoffs!

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Also, would've been cool to see what the 25 guys no longer playing in the NBA are doing now. I think I heard Britton Johnsen recently retired from playing in South America, anyone know if Möttölä is still playing in Europe?

BigBear38297
Clinton, UT

StGtoSLC

I'm not sure if its 100% accurate but Wikipedia says that Britton Johnson retired from a Spanish club in 2011 and Hanno Mottola is still playing for a team in Finland.

It would be neat to see what alot of these players are doing now. I read that Billy McGill was actually living on the street for awhile. Its too bad that a player that brought so many good memories to the U is having a rough time. I hope things are better for him now.

Great list though. I really enjoyed seeing all these great players that represented the University of Utah.

Go Utes!

Canyontreker
TAYLORSVILLE, UT

Not to mention, Tom Chambers perfection NBA slam dunk...the reverse ally oop!

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