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Arnie Ferrin (left) and Wat Misaka (right), shown here posing for a photo with a teammate, each spent time playing in the NBA after winning the NCAA tournament in 1944.

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. 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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