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Our Favorite Louisville Players Of All Time

Continuing our series of favorite players from ACC schools

Kentucky v Louisville
 INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 28: Luke Hancock #11 of the Louisville Cardinals reacts to a play against the Kentucky Wildcats during the regional semifinal of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 28, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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When it comes to Louisville basketball, there are plenty of great players to choose from. It’s a great tradition with a lot of old school players to choose from. So without further ado:

  1. Wes Unseld. The guy was 6-7 and went toe-to-toe with Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. How can you not love that?
  2. Dr. Dunkenstein, aka Darrell Griffith. The 6-4 native of Louisville was wildly gifted and may still be the best leaper ever in the NBA.
  3. Clifford Rozier, who transferred from UNC. Kidding!
  4. Mike Grosso, who the ACC wouldn’t let in to South Carolina. Kidding!
  5. Derek Smith. A teammate of Griffith’s, Duke fans know him better as the father of Nolan Smith. Not too many fathers and sons have won national championships.
  6. Luke Hancock. We really admired the way he played for Louisville’s 2013 former national champions. His overseas career sadly ended after just six games when he tore a calf muscle.
  7. Milt Wagner. He was a thorn in Duke’s side in 1986, but he started a dynasty of sorts: his son DeJuan followed him into the NBA and now his grandson, still in high school, is tipped as a future NBA player. We’re not sure anyone has had three generations make the league.