Best Players in Texas Longhorn Basketball History

When it comes to basketball, Texas is one of the most successful schools in the United States as it has won several tournaments and trophies. Needless to say Texas has produced so many great Longhorn basketball legends over the years. Some of the all time best Longhorn basketball players have been discussed below.

Maurice Evans

This shooting guard is mostly known for his long career in NBA. He had an average of 15.6 points and 5.3 rebound per game. His shooting ability earned him a regular starting shirt. He has played for the wizards, the Lakers and Hawks. His immeasurable contributions to basketball in Texas brought him into this list.

Guillermo Myers

This man was part of the high flying Texas basketball teams in the 80s. He outstripped most of his opponents with his physical strength. This is why he was a difficult defender to pass by. His high speed also enhanced his scoring ability. He was said to have blocked a total of 101 shots in his whole career.

Despite his basketball skills, he was not fortunate enough to be drafted into the league so he never played in the league.

Royal Ivey

This guy can best be described as a “ferocious defender”. He virtually had a steal per game all through his four years of play. Even though he did not score much, being a very good defender earned him a regular play time. The best of his performance was at the beginning of his career in Atlanta.

Karl Willock

He was a great defender and was once named defensive player of the year. He was also astonishing with the distribution of assists. He distributed a total of 361 assists in his career and became the 10th best distributor in the history of Texas Longhorn basketball.

A tree cannot make a forest. He was said to have played in a team where his contributions never yielded encouraging results and as such he was never draft picked into the league.

Kenton Paulino

He is being remembered for his single greatest shot in Longhorn history. It was a stunning 25-foot shot against West Virginia. Kenton shoots better than 400 from three-point range. Only four other players could also pull such stunt. Unfortunately, he was never drafted so he was not fortunate enough to play in the league.

Jordan Hamilton

This guy made an impact in his first year as a starter in Austin. Since then his performance was quite encouraging. He averaged 18.6 points and 7.7 rebounds in each game. He didn’t have much opportunity to make an impact in the league as he only got an average of 9.9 minutes of play per game even though he made the best of the short play time.

Al Almanza

This man played from 1958 to 1961. He was instrumental to the first Longhorn NCAA Tournament berth in 13 straight years. He also represented Mexico, his country of origin in Olympic basketball the year he won the NCAA tournament. He finished his career with an average of 8 rebounds per game. He was drafted by the Lakers at the seventh round. He was not lucky enough to play in the NBA.

Carlton Cooper

Carlton played from 1981 to 1985. He was a fantastic scorer. Averaging 17.2 points per game spoke volumes about his scoring ability. He had a total of 692 rebounds in his career. He had no opportunity to play in the NBA despite being drafted by the Mavericks in Round 6.

Tristan Thompson

Although he did not play for a long period, he made an impact during his short period. He played from 2010 to 2011. He averaged 13.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. His tally of 86 blocks is said to be the third highest in the history of the program.

In conclusion, there are over 50 legendary basketball players Texas has produced. The ones mentioned above were just selected randomly.