What School Would Have The Greatest Starting Five of All Time?


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Russ Smith

Games Points RPG Assists FG % FG3% FT% eFG%
133 14.3 2.7 2.8 41.3 34.5 76.0 47.3

Russ’ years at Louisville didn’t come without its merits. 2013 was a big year for Smith, named to the Big East All-Tournament Team, Big East All-Conference First Team, Lute Olson All-America Team and College Sports Madness All-America First Team. He would end up winning the NCAA Midwest Regional Most Outstanding Player that year as well.

Charlie Tyra

Games Points RPG Assists FG % FG3% FT% eFG%
96 18.2 17.0 42.5 65.3

Tyra still ranks as the school’s leading rebounder with 1,617. He is 11th on the NCAA all time rebound list and was the first to have their number retired by Louisville.

Pervis Ellison

Games Points RPG Assists FG % FG3% FT% eFG%
136 15.8 8.4 2.4 57.7 33.3 68.7 57.7

Nicknamed “Never Nervous Pervis” for his time at Louisville, Ellison started all four years and in his freshman year, won the NCAA Tournament and was named Most Outstanding Player. That would be the second time a freshman had ever won the award.

Wes Unseld

Games Points RPG Assists FG % FG3% FT% eFG%
82 20.6 18.9 55.8 65.1 55.8

Unseld led the Missouri Valley Conference in rebounding all three years. Made the NCAA All-American team in 1967 and 1968 and would end up with a 60-22 record during his tenure at Louisville.

Darrell Griffith

Games Points RPG Assists FG % FG3% FT% eFG%
126 18.5 4.6 52.3 69.7 52.3

Helping the Louisville Cardinals reach their first ever NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship in 1980, Griffith would total 825 total points his senior year, setting a new school record. He was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four and would go on to win the Wooden Award.