Most of them weren't surprises, but now we know the names of those who will be honored Saturday afternoon when the University of Utah's All-Century basketball team is introduced.
The 16-man list the Sweet Sixteen includes players from every decade since the 1930s, most of whom were All-Americans and several of whom have had their jerseys retired by the school.
The All-Century team will be introduced during an extended halftime of Saturday's 2 p.m. game between Utah and San Diego State.
The 16 players range from Bill Kinner, a two-time All-American from the mid-1930s, to Andrew Bogut, who was Utah's only National Player of the Year in his second of two seasons at Utah in 2004-05.
Other players selected to the All-Century squad include Arnie Ferrin, Vern Gardner, Bill McGill, Jerry Chambers, Mike Newlin, Jeff Jonas, Jeff Judkins, Danny Vranes, Tom Chambers, Josh Grant, Keith Van Horn, Michael Doleac, Andre Miller and Alex Jensen.
The 16 players were selected by fans' ballots after a U. committee narrowed the list of top players to 34. The 16 will be honored at a reception Friday night, at another before Saturday's game and at halftime of the San Diego State-Utah game at the Huntsman Center.
"To me this is as big a weekend in basketball as there could be," said Ute coach Jim Boylen. "We have a huge home game against a quality opponent, we have 100 former players coming back and our All-Century team. We have the guys coming back who built this (program), and to me that is a big-time deal. I'm just honored to be a part of it."
Boylen had no part in the selection of the All-Century team, but he knows several of the former players who are coming back.
"I've met a lot of them since I've been here," said Boylen, who coached Van Horn in Milwaukee, knows Doleac from the NBA and Newlin from his time in Houston. "We've got 100 of them coming in so that's pretty cool."
Twelve of the players will be on hand for the event. The only four who will be missing are Kinner and Gardner, both deceased, and Judkins and Jensen.
Judkins, who is the coach of the BYU women's basketball team, will not be on hand since he will be coaching a game in Las Vegas that day. However, his younger brother Jay, who played for the Utes for two years in the late 1970s, will be there to represent him.
Jensen, who is an assistant coach at Saint Louis under former Ute coach Rick Majerus, will not be able to make it because his team has a game at Massachusetts the following day. He'll be represented by a family member as well.
The reason for the celebration being this weekend was to give the Utes' NBA players a chance to attend, since they'll be off for All-Star Weekend. Bogut, who plays for Milwaukee, Miller, who plays for Philadelphia and Doleac, who plays for Minnesota, are all committed to being at the Huntsman Center on Saturday.Among the notable players who didn't make the All-Century team were Ticky Burden, the fifth-leading Ute scorer of all time; Merv Jackson, an All-American in 1970 who is the school's seventh-leading scorer, average-wise; Mitch Smith, No. 9 on the scoring list and No. 4 on the rebounding list; Art Bunte, an All-American in the 1950s with the sixth-best scoring average in Utah history; and Mike Sojourner, who is tied with McGill for the top rebounding average of all time.
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