BTN.com staff, January 27, 2016
It?s time to vote for the best players in Michigan basketball history. Who gets your vote? We created a list of 13 Wolverine greats, and now it?s your job to rank them.
Read each player?s bio below, then scroll down and rank them, 1-13. The results of the fan survey will be announced on TV?s ?BTN Live? in February.
After you vote, tune into tonight as Michigan takes on Rutgers at 7 p.m. ET on BTN. Watch on BTN2Go.
Bill Buntin (1962-1965) – Two-time All-American selection (1964-65). One of five retired numbers in school history (No. 22). An All-American in both 1964 and 1965, Buntin ranks second all-time in rebounds. His 58 double-doubles is still the school record. Member of 1965 National Runner-Up team.
Trey Burke (2011-13) – 2013 National and Big Ten Player of the Year. 2013 Bob Cousy Award (given to nation?s top point guard). 2012 Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Member of 2012 Big Ten Regular Season and 2013 National Runner-Up team.
Gary Grant (1984-1988) – First team All-American in 1988. 1985 Big Ten Freshmen of the Year and 1988 Chicago Tribune Silver Basketball award winner. Holds record for career assists, career steals, career starts and career minutes. He is one of only nine players to record a triple-double during the NCAA tournament. Member of 1985 and 1986 Big Ten Regular Season Championship teams.
Phil Hubbard (1975-1979) – One of five retired numbers in school history (No. 35). Hubbard averaged 16.5 points and 11.1 rebounds per game for his career, while shooting 54 percent from the field. Was a consensus All-American in 1977. Ranks fourth in rebounding all-time. He also owns the single season record with 24 double-doubles (1976-77). Member of 1976 National Runner-Up team & 1977 Big Ten Regular Season Championship teams.
Mike McGee (1977-1981) – 1981 All-American selection. Ranks second in scoring all-time. He became the first player in Michigan men's basketball history to lead the team in scoring four straight years. Averaged 21.4 PPG & 4.0 RPG for his career.
Glen Rice (1985-1989) – One of five retired numbers in school history (No. 41). University of Michigan's all-time leading scorer with 2,442 points, Rice led the Wolverines (Final Four Most Outstanding Player) to the national championship in 1989 by scoring 184 points in the NCAA tournament, a record that still stands. For his career, Rice averaged 18.2 points and six RPG, while shooting 57 percent from the field. 1989 Chicago Tribune Silver Basketball award winner and All-American selection. Member of 1986 Big Ten Regular Season Championship team.
Jalen Rose (1991-1994) – Two-time All-American selection (1992, 1994). Averaged 17.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG and just under four assists per game in his career. In his three seasons at Michigan, the Wolverines reached at least the Elite Eight each year. He set a freshman scoring record averaging 19 points per game.
Cazzie Russell (1963-1966) – Russell?s 27.1 PPG is the highest scoring average in Wolverines history. Named the National Player of the Year in 1966 after averaging just under 31 points per game. He was as a two-time first-team All-American (1965-66). Two-time Chicago Tribune Silver Basketball winner (1965-66). The Crisler Arena has been dubbed The House That Cazzie Built, and his number 33 jersey is retired. Member of 1965 National Runner-Up team and 1964-66 Big Ten Regular Season Championship teams.
Roy Tarpley (1982-86) – 1985 Chicago Tribune Silver Basketball award winner and All-American selection. Member of 1985-86 Big Ten Regular Season Championship teams. He led Michigan in blocked shots in each of his four years, and he also led the Wolverines in scoring and rebounding in all but his freshman season.
John Tidwell (1958-1961) – He holds the single-game (41) and single-season (520) scoring records for the school. Finished his career at Michigan scoring 1,386 points. Inducted into the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor in 1996.
Rudy Tomjanovich (1967-1970) – One of five retired numbers in school history (No. 45). 1970 All-American selection. Still the career leader in rebounds at Michigan with 1,039 in three seasons. During his senior season, he averaged 30.1 points and 15.7 rebounds per game. For his career, he averaged 25.1 points and 14.4 rebounds and was a first or second-team All-Big Ten pick in each of his three full seasons.
Chris Webber (1991-1993) – A career 59 percent shooter. In his two seasons he averaged 17.4 points, 10 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 1.5 steals per game. Despite playing only two seasons, he is still ranked 14th all-time in rebounds. Member of 1992-93 National Runners-Up teams (later vacated).
Henry Wilmore (1970-1973) – He never averaged less than 21.8 points per game. He was All-American in 1971-72. For his career, he averaged 23.6 PPG. Wilmore was a two-time All-Big Ten Conference First Team selection and one-time All-Big Ten Second Team honoree. He is a member of the Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor.