Greatest Gophers: Introducing your maroon-and-gold dream team
Top starter / Team captain
From Hibbing, to the Gophers, to world championships with the Celtics, and back, eventually, to Minnesota, to run the Wolves. Minnesota’s Mr. Basketball to many.
Broke school records for points (1,992) and rebounds (956) and was first-team All-America his senior year.
The heart of Clem Haskins’ 1997 Final Four team, this guard was the Big Ten player of the year that season as well.
Perhaps the best shooter in Gophers history, Tucker scored 1,445 points and led the team to a Big Ten title his senior year in 1982.
Number 34 threatened Mychal Thompson’s school scoring record, finishing with 1,800 points. Led the U to the Sweet 16 his junior year and Elite 8 his senior year.
Sweet Lou was part of the Gophers’ first black recruiting class and went on to become an All-America, averaging nearly 25 points a game his junior year.
The guard scored more points (2,103) than any Gopher, but his records were wiped out by the academic scandal.
Top-10 all-time for the Gophers in rebounding and scoring, the 7-3 center from Lake City was a fan favorite.
Richard Pitino’s best player broke the school’s rebounding mark, with 1,305.
End of the bench
His former Gophers coach Jim Dutcher, among others, believe the 6-3 Williams was the greatest athlete to call Williams Arena home. He was an All-America in 1977.
He reinvented Gophers basketball and had sellout crowds coming to Williams Arena his first season.