UNLV doesn’t have the lengthy hoops history of say, Indiana, but the Runnin’ Rebels have done just fine for themselves since joining the D-I ranks in 1970. One national title, five Final Fours, 17 NCAA tournament appearances and the fourth-best winning percentage (71.2 percent) among all D-I teams. Must have had some good players to do all that.
So the Las Vegas Review-Journal set out to rank the Top 100 players in school history.
(That ain’t easy, either. Sure, everyone can come up with their school’s Top 10 or 20, maybe even Top 50. But try thinking of 100 players from your school. Ranking the best is the easy part. But how do you distinguish between the fifth starter from last year’s team vs. the sixth man from 15 years ago? Anyway…)
After slotting Eddie Owens (the school’s all-time leading scorer) at No. 5, they’re down to the final four. Reggie Theus came in at No. 6, while Greg Anthony, Freddie Banks, J.R. Rider and Elburt Miller rounded out the top 10. (The full list can be found here.)
That leaves Stacey Augmon, Armen Gilliam, Sidney Green and Larry Johnson. What’s that order gonna be? LJ’s gotta be No. 1 – Grandmama‘s the school’s only national player of the year – while I’d probably slot Green at No. 4.
Augmon or Gilliam at No. 2? Guess it depends if you favor offense (Gilliam has the top single-season scoring mark at the school) or defense (Plastic Man was a three-time NABC defensive player of the year), though it’s not like Augmon couldn’t score. He ended his career No. 3 on the school’s scoring list.
Johnson and Augmon at the top? Sounds about right.
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