Notre Dame hasn’t been in the ACC all that long really, and the Irish have done fairly well under Mike Brey.
The basketball glory goes back a lot further than that. Notre Dame has a permanent spot in basketball history for ending UCLA’s incredible 88-game win streak.
And the Irish have had some great NBA players too. Here’s our pick for the Top Five Fighting Irish in the NBA.
- Adrian Dantley - AD was a superb basketball player. Undersized at 6-5, he could battle inside and shoot outside. He was a six-time All-Star, made the Hall of Fame and averaged 24.27 ppg for his career.
- Orlando Woolridge - A tremendously athletic forward, Woolridge had an excellent 15-year NBA career and is one of the few - perhaps the only - guy to play with both Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson.
- Austin Carr - injuries limited him to an extent but Carr still had career averages of 15.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 2.75 apg. He remains a beloved figure in Cleveland.
- Bill Laimbeer - Okay, he’s not beloved, but he was a key part of two championship teams and he didn’t care what anyone thought. Yes, he was a dirty player, but he had a powerful influence on the league. Take that however you like.
- Kelly Tripucka - Often called overrated, Tripucka nonetheless averaged 17.17 over 10 seasons. He was a solid, if not spectacular player. And on the upside, no one we can think of ever called him dirty.