Michigan Basketball: All-Time 10 Best Small Forwards

Ray Jackson Michigan#10 – Ray Jackson: A member of The Fab Five, Jackson enjoyed a fine career at Michigan (1991-95). Jackson was a good all-around player who could do all the little things. He scored 1,262 career points. He collected 578 rebounds, dished out 300 assists, and tallied 119 steals in his career.
Jackson is one of just 7 Wolverines to rack up 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, and 100 steals in his career.
A 1993 Sports Illustrated article said this, What Jackson does is so important that without him, the Wolverines would not have made it to New Orleans (Final Four). He was a vital cog in the Fab Five machine and an unsung player throughout his career.
Jackson was not drafted and never played in the NBA.

Dennis Stewart Michigan Basketball#9 – Dennis Stewart: Stewart totaled 1,224 points during his Michigan career (1966-69). Due to freshmen eligibility rules Stewart could not play until his sophomore year. In his first season he averaged 14.9 ppg and 7.0 rpg. He followed that up with two very good years; as a junior he averaged 17.6 ppg and 8.7 rpg, as a senior he averaged 19.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg. For his career, Stewart averaged 17.2 ppg and 8.2 rpg.
Stewart earned Honorable mention All-Big Ten honors twice (1968, 69).
Stewart posted over 30 points in a game twice during his tenure as a Wolverine (34 against Western Michigan on 12/7/1968 and 32 against Ohio State 1/27/1968).
He is one of just 28 Michigan Basketball players to be a member of the 1,000 point, 500 rebound club.
Stewart collected 595 rebounds and 23 double-doubles in his career.Stewart was selected in the fourth round of the 1969 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns. He opted to play in the ABA.

 

blockM1#8 – George Lee: Lee was a three-time All-Big Ten selection during his Michigan career (1956-59). He scored 1,043 career points.
Lee was also an excellent rebounder. In his senior season Lee posted 12.59 rebounds per game average. That is the 7th best single season average in school history.
Lee was inducted into Michigan’s Hall of Honor in 1983.
Lee was selected in the fourth round of the 1959 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. He played in the association for 7 seasons.

Bernard Robinson Jr Michigan#7 – Bernard Robinson Jr: A versatile, do it all player, Robinson Jr. was a two-time All-Big Ten third team selection during his Michigan career (2001-04). Robinson Jr. ranks 17th in school history with 1,505 career points. He ranks 20th in school history with 640 career rebounds. He also dished out 364 assists in his career, which is the 9th best total in school history.
Robinson Jr. converted on 81.36% of his career free throw attempts, which ranks 5th on the all-time list.
He was also a ball-hawking defensive player. He tallied 169 career steals (4th in school history). His career average of 1.41 steals per game ranks 6th on the all-time list.
Robinson Jr. was the first player in school history to record at least 1,400 points, 600 rebounds, 300 assists and 150 steals. He is one of just 7 Wolverines to accumulate 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, and 100 steals in his career.
He was selected in the second round of the 2004 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats.

mack suprunowicz michigan#6 – Mack Suprunowicz: Michigan’s first 1,000 point scorer, Suprunowicz led Michigan in scoring in each of his four seasons. He played at a time when defense and holding the ball were emphasized and still managed to average double digit scoring all 4 of his seasons. Michigan coach Ozzie Cowles called Suprunowicz the best freshmen he’d ever coached. Illinois coach Doug Mills said of Suprunowicz, in his freshmen season, that he was the best player in the conference.
Suprunowicz set a team record with 28 points in 1949 game against Purdue and that record stood until Cazzie Russell arrived at Michigan.
Suprunowicz was voted team MVP in his freshmen and senior seasons. He also was named a first team NCAA Tournament All-Star in 1948.
Suprunowicz played one year of professional basketball in the then NBL.

LaVell Blanchard Michigan#5- Lavell Blanchard: A four year starter, Blanchard endured some tough times during his Michigan career (1999-03). Those tough times included a coaching change and two seasons under .500. Blanchard was the consummate professional through it all. He earned All-Big Ten honors in each of his four seasons, including All-Big Ten first team in 2003. He was also selected as the Big Ten Freshmen of the Year in 2000.
Blanchard accumulated 1,818 points in his career, which ranks 6th on Michigan’s all-time list. Blanchard also collected 845 rebounds in his career, which ranks 7th on the all-time list.
Blanchard knocked down 189 triples in his career, which is the 4th best total in school history. He drained 7 three balls in a 2003 game against Illinois. Blanchard was also proficient from the free throw line converting on 81.33% of his career free throws, good for 6th on the all-time list.
Blanchard is one of only 3 Wolverines to rack up 4 career 400 point seasons. He also tallied 26 double-doubles in his career.
He is the only player in Michigan history to lead team in scoring and rebounding all four years and only the fifth player in NCAA history to do so.

Henry Wilmore Michigan Basketball#4 – Henry Wilmore: A two-time All-American, Wilmore was a hard working and talented all-around player. Wilmore tallied 1,652 points in his career (197-73) which is 10th on Michigan’s all-time scoring list. Wilmore’s career scoring average of 23.6 ppg is the third best average in school history. He set a sophomore record that still stands when he averaged 25.0 ppg.
Wilmore owns two of the eight best single season scoring averages in Michigan history; 25.00 ppg in his sophomore season and 23.95 ppg in his junior season. Wilmore scored a career high 42 points in a 1971 game against Ohio State.
Wilmore was also a strong rebounder with 573 career rebounds and 23 career double-doubles. He recorded three 40 point games during his career.
In addition to being a two-time All-American, Wilmore was a three-time All-Big Ten selection (2 first team selections and 1 second team). Wilmore was the second Michigan basketball player to be selected as an All-American in their first season.
Wilmore was selected in the 5th round of the 1973 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons.

Michigan Basketball#3 – Bennie Oosterbaan: Considered the greatest athlete in the storied history of Michigan athletics, Oosterbaan was an outstanding basketball player during his Wolverine career (1926-28). Not only was he a three-time All-American in football, Oosterbaan was a two-time All-American in basketball (1927, 28).
Oosterbaan was a member of Michigan’s back to back Western Conference championship teams (1926, 27). He led the conference in field goals twice and he led the conference in scoring in 1927-28 with 129 points.
In addition to being a standout on the hardwood and the gridiron, Oosterbaan had a .469 batting average in his senior season at Michigan.
Upon graduating Oosterbaan turned down multiple offers to play professional sports and stayed at Michigan as a coach.
Oosterbaan ranks 4th on the isportsweb.com list of Michigan Football’s All-Time 10 Best Wide Receivers.

Campy Russell Michigan#2 – Campy Russell: Russell only played two seasons (1972-74) at Michigan before heading to the NBA, freshmen were not eligible to play when Campy was at Michigan.
Those two seasons were sensational and had he stayed for his senior year he would have put up absurd numbers and Michigan could have challenged for the NCAA Championship.
In his sophomore season he averaged 18.4 ppg and 9.6 rpg. He followed that up in his junior season by averaging 23.7 ppg and 11.1 rpg. In his junior season Michigan won the Big Ten Championship and advanced to the Great 8 in the NCAA Tournament. Russell was an All-American selection that season.
His career scoring average of 21.1 ppg is the 6th best in school history.
Russell averaged 10.41 rebounds per game in his career, which ranks 5th on the all-time list. He also racked up 26 double-doubles in his career.
Russell was a dynamic all-around player. He possessed tremendous quickness and strength.
Russell was selected in the first round (8th overall) of the 1974 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Russell played in the NBA for 9 years.

Glen Rice Michigan#1 – Glen Rice: The ring leader of Michigan’s 1989 National Championship team, Rice was a dynamic scorer and shooter during his Michigan career (1985-89). He is Michigan’s all-time leading scorer with 2,442 points. His career scoring average of 18.2 ppg ranks 9th in school history.
Rice had a magical senior season at Michigan. In addition to being named the Most Outstanding Player of the 1989 NCAA Tourament, Rice was an All-American selection. He averaged 25.6 ppg that season, which is the fifthbest single season by a Wolverine.
Rice was also a very good rebounder averaging 6.4 ppg over the course of his career. Rice collected 859 rebounds in his career which is the 6th best total in school history.
Rice nailed 135 three pointers in his career (6th all-time) and he did it with expert marksmanship as his career three-point field goal percentage was 48.04%, second best in school history. Rice drilled 99 triples in his senior season at 51.56% clip, both of which are school records. In Michigan’s Sweet 16 match up with North Carolina that season Rice buried 8 triples in the game.
Rice shot 79.74% from the free throw line in his career, which ranks 8th on the all-time list.
Rice is one of just 7 Wolverines to rack up 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, and 100 steals in his career.
Rice capped his brilliant career by scoring 31 points and securing 11 rebounds to help Michigan nip Seton Hall in the thrilling 1989 NCAA title game. He also shattered Bill Bradley’s record for most points in an NCAA Tournament by scoring 184 in six games in 1989. Additionally, Rice ranks 5th in NCAA Tournament history with 308 career points scored in the tourney.
Rice was selected in the first round (#4 overall) of the 1989 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat. Over the course of his 15 year NBA career he averaged 18.6 ppg and 4.4 rpg.
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Comments

  1. Dennis Stewart says

    Nobody was better than me and Rudy t……..!!!!!and that’s a fact……….#44ppg and 21rpg………..combined………..PLEASE……….

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