The Info List - Memphis Tigers Men's Basketball

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The MEMPHIS TIGERS MEN\'S BASKETBALL team represents the University of Memphis in NCAA Division I men's college basketball . The Tigers have competed in the American Athletic Conference
American Athletic Conference
since 2013. As of 2011, the Tigers had the 29th highest winning percentage in NCAA history. They play home games at the FedExForum
. ESPN Stats and Information Department ranked Memphis as the 19th most successful basketball program from 1962 to 2012 in their annual 50 in 50 list.


* 1 History

* 1.1 Early years * 1.2 1970s * 1.3 1980s * 1.4 1990s * 1.5 2000s * 1.6 2010s

* 2 Seasons * 3 NCAA Tournament results * 4 NIT results * 5 All-Time coaches list

* 6 All-Americans

* 6.1 NCAA recognized * 6.2 School recognized

* 7 NBA players who attended Memphis * 8 Memphis Tigers in International Competition * 9 Retired jerseys * 10 Notes and references * 11 External links



The predecessor of the University of Memphis , West Tennessee
State Normal School , first fielded a basketball team in 1920. Zach Curlin began coaching the team in 1924. The Tigers joined the Mississippi Valley Conference in 1928. The team played its early home games at a local high school gym, a local YMCA , and in a room on campus called the "Normal Cage" which allowed only six inches from the court lines to the walls. In 1929, a $100,000 facility on campus named Memorial Gym became the Tigers' home.

Curlin's last season coaching the Tigers was in 1948, by which time the school had been renamed Memphis State College ; it would become Memphis State University in 1957. His successor was McCoy Tarry. In 1951, the new $700,000 Fieldhouse gym was opened for Tiger home games. In 1952, John Wallesea became the first Memphis State player to be drafted by the NBA . Forest Arnold became the school's first All-American in 1954. The Tigers made the NCAA tournament for the first time, in 1955 , under coach Eugene Lambert . Bob Vanatta became the team's coach in 1956 and took the Tigers to the NIT final. Win Wilfong became the team's second All-American in 1957.

In 1962, Dean Ehlers took over coaching duties. The Tigers began playing its home games at the Mid-South Coliseum in 1964. Moe Iba became the team's coach in 1966, the same year the team joined the Missouri Valley Conference . Iba's four years running the program are considered the low point in the history of Memphis basketball, with the team suffering 19 and 20 loss seasons before Iba's dismissal. However, the Tigers did not remain down for long.


The Mid-South Coliseum , home of the Tigers from 1966 to 1991.

In 1970, Gene Bartow was named head coach. The 1970 season also saw the first games of Larry Finch and Ronnie Robinson , two all-time greats. Larry Finch scored 24 points in his first appearance as a freshman. In 1971, the Tigers led by Finch and Robinson upset conference rival Louisville . At 11-2, they were ranked #19 after not reaching the Top 20 in a decade. Early in the 1971–1972 season, Memphis State fell in a heart breaker to No. 2 Marquette after leading by five points with five minutes to go. After defeating Louisville in Freedom Hall , the Tigers shared the Missouri Valley Conference title in 1972 with Louisville. Louisville won a playoff to represent the MVC in the NCAA Tournament while the Tigers went to the NIT for their fifth time.

During the 1972–1973 season, seniors Finch and Robinson led the Tigers to one of their most successful seasons. Memphis State won the MVC outright in 1972 after winning 14 straight games. They went to the NCAA tournament where they handily beat South Carolina and Kansas State after a first round bye to reach the Final Four. After beating Providence, the Tigers went to play for the national championship against the UCLA Bruins led by legendary coach John Wooden
John Wooden
and led by star Bill Walton . Keeping it close in the first half, the Tigers were overwhelmed in the second half eventually losing by nineteen, 87-66. Bartow won the NABC National Coach of the Year award that season and Larry Finch was named a consensus All-American. Also on the Finals team was Larry Kenon who went on to be a 2-time All-Star in the NBA . He remains one of the most successful NBA players in Memphis history. Wayne Yates took over for Bartow in 1974 when Bartow left for Illinois. Yates led Memphis State to three straight 20-win seasons, including an NCAA Tournament berth in 1976. The Tigers left the Missouri Valley Conference to become one of the inaugural members of the Metro Conference in 1976. Dana Kirk became head coach in 1979.


In the 1980s, the Tigers made seven NCAA tournaments and won three Metro Conference titles, amassing a record of 230-87 (.726). Keith Lee began playing for the Tigers in 1982, and Memphis was ranked number one in both major national polls for the first time the same year. However, that same night they were knocked off by Virginia Tech 69-56 in Blacksburg. In the 1983 NCAA Tournament , the Tigers beat Georgetown led by Patrick Ewing , whom Lee dominated in the paint. They lost their next game to top-seed Houston
led by Akeem Olajuwon .

After finishing 24-3 in the regular season, the 1984–1985 season proved to be another memorable one in Tiger history. Lee eventually led the team to another NCAA Tournament in 1985. Memphis State beat Penn, UAB, Boston College and Oklahoma to reach the school's second Final Four. They were defeated by eventual champion Villanova and finished the season 31-4. All but one of the 12 players on this team were from Memphis or Shelby County. Lee was named a consensus All-American for the third time in his four-year career. In 1986, Kirk was forced out after becoming the subject of a criminal investigation. He was also found to have committed many NCAA violations as well. The Tigers were forced to sit out the 1987 NCAA Tournament and were stripped of all of their NCAA tournament appearances from 1982 to 1986, including the 1985 Final Four run. Kirk's top assistant, Larry Finch, one of the leaders of the fabled 1972-73 team, took over head coaching duties in 1986. One of Finch's first recruits, Elliot Perry , began playing for the team in 1987. Perry led Memphis State to the 1988 and 1989 NCAA Tournaments and was drafted to the NBA where he became a successful player. In the 1988-89 season, the Tigers set a school record by starting the game against arch-rival Louisville with a 24-0 run.


The Pyramid Arena
Pyramid Arena
, the Tigers' home from 1991 to 2004.

In 1990, Finch landed the country's highest rated high school recruit, Anfenee "Penny" Hardaway . The Tigers also moved to the Great Midwest Conference and began playing their home games at the new Pyramid Arena
Pyramid Arena
(affectionately known as the "Tomb of Doom") in 1991. Stand-out Hardaway led Memphis State to the 1992 NCAA Tournament , where the Tigers were defeated in the Elite Eight by rival Cincinnati . The following summer, Hardaway was named All-American and earned a chance to train with the Dream Team before the Barcelona Olympics . During the 1992–1993 season, Hardaway earned Memphis State's first triple-double and then the first back-to-back triple-doubles in wins over Georgia State and Vanderbilt . On February 6, 1993, the school achieved its 1,000th all-time basketball victory in an upset over No. 4 Cincinnati. After the season, Penny Hardaway left for the NBA Draft where he was selected third overall by the Golden State Warriors . He became the most successful NBA player in history to matriculate from the Memphis basketball program. In 1994, Memphis State changed its name to the UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS.

In 1995, the Memphis team included future NBA players David Vaughn, Cedric Henderson , and Lorenzen Wright , and they made it to the 1995 NCAA Tournament where they lost in the Sweet Sixteen. Memphis joined Conference USA in 1995 as a founding member with long-time rivals Louisville and Cincinnati. Finch stepped down as head coach in 1997 and Tic Price took over thereafter. Price's three years were one of the Tigers' least successful since the 1960s. He was forced to resign just days before the start of the 1999-2000 season after school officials discovered he was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a student at the university. Johnny Jones spent one year as interim head coach while the school looked for a replacement.


Calipari directing his players during an away game against Conference USA rival Houston
in January 2007.

John Calipari was named Memphis' head coach in 2000. Under his leadership, the Tigers won the 2002 NIT championship, then made the NCAA tournament in 2003 and 2004 . The Tigers left The Pyramid to play home games in the FedExForum
in 2004. The 2005–06 Tigers were led by Darius Washington , Shawne Williams and Rodney Carney and set a school record by going 30–3 and reaching a No. 3 ranking during a regular season that was capped by a Conference USA championship. In the 2006 NCAA tournament , the Tigers received a number one seed, and they advanced to the Elite Eight before falling to eventual tournament runner-up UCLA .

Despite losing their top three scorers from the prior season to the NBA and graduation, the 2006–07 Tigers duplicated the previous year's regular season record of 30–3, were ranked as high as No. 5, and again won the Conference USA championship , going undefeated in conference play. The Tigers earned a number two seed in the 2007 NCAA tournament . The Tigers defeated 15 seed North Texas in the first round, 7 seed Nevada in the second round, and 3 seed Texas A"> Derrick Rose during the 2008 NCAA Tournament

The 2007–08 Memphis Tigers men\'s basketball team achieved a No. 1 ranking in the Associated Press basketball poll in January 2008, the school's first No. 1 ranking in the poll since 1982, and went on to win their third straight Conference USA title on March 15, 2008. After a month, they lost this ranking when they were defeated by in-state rival and No. 2-ranked Tennessee
at home. Led by First-Team All-American Chris Douglas-Roberts and future No. 1 overall pick Derrick Rose , the team received a No. 1 seed in the 2008 NCAA tournament and defeated No. 16 seed Texas-Arlington in round one, No. 8 seed Mississippi State in round two, and No. 5 seed Michigan State in the Sweet Sixteen . Memphis convincingly defeated No. 2 seed Texas in the Elite Eight round to advance to the school's first Final Four since 1985. Following this win, Memphis went on to beat No. 1 seed UCLA on April 5, 2008, advancing to the National Championship game on April 7, 2008. With this win, Memphis became the first team in NCAA history to achieve 38 wins in a single season. After holding a nine-point lead with two minutes and twelve seconds left in regulation, the Tigers lost to Kansas in the National Championship in overtime by the final score of 75–68, becoming the second NCAA runner-up team in Memphis history.

The 2008–09 Tigers, led by another freshman guard. Tyreke Evans
Tyreke Evans
. again went undefeated in Conference USA and earned a two seed in the 2009 NCAA tournament. The Tigers were defeated by the No. 3-seed University of Missouri Tigers in the Sweet Sixteen. Evans left after one year and was named NBA Rookie of the Year in 2010, the second straight Tiger to do so after Rose. On March 31, 2009, Calipari resigned to become the head coach at the University of Kentucky . In the months following Calipari's departure, nearly all of the incoming recruits who had committed to play basketball for the University of Memphis decommitted from Memphis and committed to Kentucky or other schools. The recruits included Xavier Henry , DeMarcus Cousins , Nolan Dennis, and Darnell Dodson.

On May 28, 2009, the NCAA formally accused the Tigers of allowing an ineligible player to participate in their games during the 2007–08 season. On August 20, 2009, the NCAA Committee on Infractions announced that Memphis must vacate all 38 wins for that season as well as their appearance in the NCAA tournament and spend three years on probation. The NCAA alleged that Derrick Rose, a Chicago native, had obtained a fraudulent SAT score when another person took the test for him in Detroit, Michigan and his brother Reggie Rose was provided nearly $1,700 in free travel and lodging with the Memphis team. The University of Memphis was not charged with knowingly fielding an ineligible player given that Rose had originally been cleared by the testing company and the NCAA. Rather, the NCAA imposed the penalty on a "strict liability" standard which held that Memphis must vacate their wins regardless of whether the school had any knowledge of wrongdoing by Rose and regardless of the NCAA's original clearance of Rose.


On April 7, 2009, Josh Pastner was named the team's head coach. Pastner was hired as an assistant at Memphis in 2008 after serving as an assistant coach under Lute Olson at Arizona for six years. Pastner gained a reputation as a strong recruiter during his tenure at Arizona . In his first year as coach at Memphis, Pastner brought in Elliot Williams , a transfer from Duke, who led the team in scoring and was drafted to the NBA. Williams was permitted to play his first season after departing Calipari took with him Memphis' top-ranked recruiting class. In 2011 Pastner led the Tigers back to the NCAA tournament for the first time in his coaching career, though they lost in the first round to his former team, Arizona.

During the 2011–12 season, the Tigers announced they were leaving Conference USA to join the Big East Conference starting in 2013 (later renamed the American Athletic Conference). They began the season strong, moving as high to No. 13 in the country before falling out of the rankings (a phenomenon which would become a recurrent theme of the Pastner era). In the last game of the season, Josh Pastner's victory over Tulsa gave him 72 career victories, the most by a Memphis head coach over his first three seasons. Memphis made its second straight NCAA Tournament after winning the Conference USA tournament. An 8-seed, the Tigers lost in the first round to 9-seeded Saint Louis . After the season, sophomore star Will Barton left for the NBA.

In 2012–13, the Tigers, led by CUSA player of the year Joe Jackson , won the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles in their last season in CUSA. The Tigers began competition in the then newly formed American Athletic Conference
American Athletic Conference
in 2013. AAC competition was not as kind to the Pastner-led Tigers, as they earned an NCAA tournament berth in only 1 of the team's first 3 seasons in the AAC.

On April 8, 2016, facing mounting criticism in Memphis, Pastner took the job of head men's basketball coach at Georgia Tech . A few days later, the Tigers hired Tubby Smith to take over the head coaching job. Smith had just won the Big 12 coach of the year award as well as some national coaching awards for his season at Texas Tech .



FREDERICK GRAHAM (Independent) (1920–1921)

1920–21 Graham 22–7–1

W.H. DEPRIEST (Independent) (1921–1922)

1921–22 DePriest 1–7

LESTER BARNHARD (Independent) (1922–1924)

1922–23 Barnhard 6–4

1923–24 Barnhard 4–9

ZACH CURLIN (Independent) (1924–1927)

1924–25 Curlin 3–5

1925–26 Curlin 4–5

1926–27 Curlin 5–7

ZACH CURLIN (Mississippi Valley Conference) (1927–1934)

1927–28 Curlin 10–11 5–3

1928–29 Curlin 15–3 8–0

1929–30 Curlin 16–8 12–2

1930–31 Curlin 14–2 11–1

1931–32 Curlin 11–10 9–5

1932–33 Curlin 7–6 5–3

1933–34 Curlin 5–14 2–4

ZACH CURLIN ( Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
) (1934–1942)

1934–35 Curlin 5–15 3–7

1935–36 Curlin 7–7 3–7

1936–37 Curlin 5–7 3–7

1937–38 Curlin 0–14 0–10

1938–39 Curlin 2–13 1–9

1939–40 Curlin 7–9 5–5

1940–41 Curlin 9–8 4–5

1941–42 Curlin 7–9 3–7

ZACH CURLIN (Independent) (1942–1948)

1942–43 Curlin 7–4

1943–44 No team (WWII)

1944–45 Curlin 3–6

1945–46 Curlin 7–4

1946–47 Curlin 11–7

1947–48 Curlin 13–10

MCCOY TARRY (Independent) (1948–1951)

1948–49 Tarry 11–10

1949–50 Tarry 12–9

1950–51 Tarry 17–8

NAIA Elite Eight

EUGENE LAMBERT (Independent) (1951–1956)

1951–52 Lambert 25–10

NAIA 2nd Round

1952–53 Lambert 10–14

1953–54 Lambert 15–9

1954–55 Lambert 17–5

NCAA First Round

1955–56 Lambert 20–7

NCAA First Round

BOB VANATTA (Independent) (1957–1962)

1956–57 Vanatta 24–6

NIT Finals

1957–58 Vanatta 15–7

1958–59 Vanatta 17–6

1959–60 Vanatta 18–5

NIT First Round

1960–61 Vanatta 20–3

NIT Quarterfinals

1961–62 Vanatta 15–7

NCAA First Round

DEAN EHLERS (Independent) (1962–1966)

1962–63 Ehlers 19–7

NIT Quarterfinals

1963–64 Ehlers 14–11

1964–65 Ehlers 10–14

1965–66 Ehlers 10–15

MOE IBA (Independent) (1966–1967)

1966–67 Iba 17–9

NIT First Round

MOE IBA ( Missouri Valley Conference ) (1967–1970)

1967–68 Iba 8–17 2–14 9th

1968–69 Iba 6–19 0–16 9th

1969–70 Iba 6–20 1–15 9th

GENE BARTOW (Missouri Valley Conference) (1970–1973)

1970–71 Bartow 18–8 8–6 4th

1971–72 Bartow 21–7 12–2 T-1st NIT First Round

1972–73 Bartow 25–6 12–2 1st NCAA Finals

GENE BARTOW (Independent) (1973–1974)

1973–74 Bartow 19–11

NIT Quarterfinals

WAYNE YATES (Independent) (1974–1975)

1974–75 Yates 20–7

NIT First Round

WAYNE YATES ( Metro Conference ) (1975–1979)

1975–76 Yates 21–9 1–1 4th NCAA First Round

1976–77 Yates 20–9 2–4 T-5th NIT First Round

1977–78 Yates 19–9 7–5 3rd

1978–79 Yates 13–15 5–5 3rd

DANA KIRK (Metro Conference) (1979–1986)

1979–80 Kirk 13–14 5–7 4th

1980–81 Kirk 13–14 5–7 5th

1981–82 Kirk 24–5 10–2 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen

1982–83 Kirk 23–8 6–6 4th NCAA Sweet Sixteen

1983–84 Kirk 26–7 11–3 T-1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen

1984–85 Kirk 31–4 13–1 1st NCAA Final Four

1985–86 Kirk 28–6 9–3 2nd NCAA Second Round

LARRY FINCH (Metro Conference) (1986–1991)

1986–87 Finch 26–8 8–4 2nd

1987–88 Finch 20–12 6–6 T-3rd NCAA Second Round

1988–89 Finch 21–11 8–4 T-2nd NCAA First Round

1989–90 Finch 18–12 8–6 4th NIT First Round

1990–91 Finch 17–15 7–7 T-4th NIT Second Round

LARRY FINCH ( Great Midwest Conference ) (1991–1995)

1991–92 Finch 23–11 5–5 T-3rd NCAA Elite Eight

1992–93 Finch 20–12 7–3 2nd NCAA First Round

1993–94 Finch 13–16 4–8 T-5th

1994–95 Finch 24–10 9–3 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen

LARRY FINCH ( Conference USA ) (1995–1997)

1995–96 Finch 22–8 11–3 1st (White) NCAA First Round

1996–97 Finch 16–15 10–4 T-1st (White) NIT First Round

TIC PRICE (Conference USA) (1997–1999)

1997–98 Price 17–12 12–4 1st (National) NIT Second Round

1998–99 Price 13–15 6–10 T-2nd (National)

JOHNNY JONES (Conference USA) (1999–2000)

1999–00 Jones 15–16 7–9 T-3rd (National)

JOHNNY JONES : 15–16 (.366) 7–9 (.438)

JOHN CALIPARI (Conference USA) (2000–2009)

2000–01 Calipari 21–15 10–6 T-2nd (National) NIT 3rd Place

2001–02 Calipari 27–9 12–4 1st (National) NIT Champions

2002–03 Calipari 23–7 13–3 1st (National) NCAA First Round

2003–04 Calipari 22–8 12–4 T-1st NCAA Second Round

2004–05 Calipari 22–16 9–7 T-6th NIT Semifinals

2005–06 Calipari 33–4 13–1 1st NCAA Elite Eight

2006–07 Calipari 33–4 16–0 1st NCAA Elite Eight

2007–08 Calipari 38–2 16–0 1st NCAA Final

2008–09 Calipari 33–4 16–0 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen

JOHN CALIPARI : 252–69 (.785) 117–25 (.824)

JOSH PASTNER (Conference USA) (2009–2013)

2009–10 Pastner 24–10 13–3 2nd NIT Second Round

2010–11 Pastner 25–10 10–6 4th NCAA Second Round

2011–12 Pastner 26–9 13–3 1st NCAA Second Round

2012–13 Pastner 30–4 16–0 1st NCAA Third Round

JOSH PASTNER ( American Athletic Conference
American Athletic Conference
) (2013–2016)

2013–14 Pastner 24-10 12-6 T-3 NCAA Third Round

2014–15 Pastner 18-14 10-8 T-5

2015–16 Pastner 19-15 8-10 7th

JOSH PASTNER : 167–73 (.696) 82–36 (.695)

TUBBY SMITH ( American Athletic Conference
American Athletic Conference
) (2016–present)

2016-17 Smith 19-13 9-9 T-5


National champion Postseason invitational champion Conference regular season champion Conference regular season and conference tournament champion Division regular season champion Division regular season and conference tournament champion Conference tournament champion

* A The 1982–1986 NCAA tournament records were vacated by the NCAA. * B Memphis was banned from the 1987 postseason by the NCAA. * C The 2007–08 season was vacated by the NCAA.


The Tigers have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 26 times. Their overall record is 34–26. However, wins in 1982–1986 and 2008 have been vacated.


1955 - First Round Penn State L 55–59

1956 - First Round Oklahoma City L 81–97

1962 - First Round Creighton L 83–87

1973 - Sweet Sixteen Elite Eight Final Four National Championship Game South Carolina Kansas State Providence UCLA W 90–76 W 92–72 W 98–85 L 66–87

1976 - First Round Pepperdine L 77–87

1982 * #2 Second Round Sweet Sixteen Wake Forest Villanova W 56–55 L 66–70

1983 * #4 Second Round Sweet Sixteen Georgetown Houston
W 66–57 L 63–70

1984 * #6 First Round Second Round Sweet Sixteen Oral Roberts Purdue Houston
W 92–83 W 66–48 L 71–78

1985 * #2 First Round Second Round Sweet Sixteen Elite Eight Final Four Penn UAB Boston College Oklahoma Villanova W 67–55 W 67–66 OT W 59–57 W 63–61 L 45–52

1986 * #3 First Round Second Round Ball State LSU W 95–63 L 81–83

1988 #9 First Round Second Round Baylor Purdue W 75–60 L 73–100

1989 #5 First Round DePaul L 63–66

1992 #6 First Round Second Rounc Sweet Sixteen Elite Eight Pepperdine Arkansas Georgia Tech Cincinnati
W 80–70 W 82–80 W 83–79 L 57–88

1993 #10 First Round Western Kentucky L 52–55

1995 #6 First Round Second Round Sweet Sixteen Louisville Purdue Arkansas W 77–56 W 75–73 L 91–96 OT

1996 #5 First Round Drexel L 63–75

2003 #7 First Round Arizona State L 71–84

2004 #7 First Round Second Round South Carolina Oklahoma State W 59–43 L 53–70

2006 #1 First Round Second Round Sweet Sixteen Elite Eight Oral Roberts Bucknell Bradley UCLA W 94–78 W 72–56 W 80–64 L 45–50

2007 #2 First Round Second Round Sweet Sixteen Elite Eight North Texas Nevada Texas A">NCAA RECOGNIZED ALL-AMERICANS


1973 Larry Finch 2nd 3 - 1st - -

1983 Keith Lee 1st 10 2nd 1st 2nd 1st

1984 Keith Lee 2nd 7 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd

1985 Keith Lee 1st 12 1st 1st 1st 1st

1986 William Bedford - 1 3rd - 4th -

1993 Anfernee Hardaway 1st 12 1st 1st 1st 1st

1996 Lorenzen Wright 2nd 5 2nd - 3rd 2nd

2006 Rodney Carney 2nd 6 2nd 2nd 2nd -

2008 Chris Douglas-Roberts 1st 12 1st 1st 1st 1st

2008 Derrick Rose - 2 3rd - 3rd -

* A The NCAA uses points to determine consensus teams, awarding 3 points for a 1st team selection, 2 points for 2nd team, and 1 point for 3rd team. * B The NCAA began calculating points to determine consensus in 1984. Point totals are shown before 1984 for comparative purposes.



According to the program's records, the school recognizes the following bodies for their selection of All-America teams: UPI , Converse , ESPN , Associated Press , Basketball Times , Basketball Weekly , USBWA , The Sporting News , Scripps-Howard , Wooden Award , CBSSports.com , FOXSports.com , Collegehoops.net , Rivals.com , NBC
, NABC , College Sports , Collegeinsider.com , Sports Illustrated , NaismithLives.com and Rupp Trophy . They recognize all levels including honorable mentions and freshman teams.

The University of Memphis currently recognizes 38 players as All-Americans:

* Forest Arnold (1954, 1955, 1956) * Orby Arnold (1958) * Sean Banks (2004) * Will Barton (2012) * Hunter Beckman (1962) * William Bedford (1986) * James Bradley (1977, 1978, 1979) * Antonio Burks (2004) * Mike Butler (1968) * Rodney Carney (2006) * Bill Cook (1974, 1975, 1976) * James Douglas (1971) * Chris Douglas-Roberts (2007, 2008) * Tyreke Evans
Tyreke Evans
(2009) * Larry Finch (1972, 1973) * Sylvester Gray (1987) * Anfernee Hardaway (1992, 1993) * Cedric Henderson (1994) * Marion Hillard (1975, 1976) * Otis Jackson (1982) * Rich Jones (1969) * Larry Kenon (1973) * George Kirk (1963, 1964) * Keith Lee (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985) * Todd Mundt (1990) * Bobby Parks (1983) * Elliot Perry (1988, 1989, 1990) * Dexter Reed (1977) * Ronnie Robinson (1972, 1973) * Derrick Rose (2008) * Andre Turner (1983, 1986) * David Vaughn III (1992) * Dajuan Wagner (2002) * Darius Washington, Jr. (2005, 2006) * Win Wilfong (1956, 1957) * Shawne Williams (2006) * Lorenzen Wright (1995, 1996) * Wayne Yates (1961)


Since the NBA Draft began in 1947, 50 players from Memphis have been drafted, with an additional four signed as undrafted free agents. Of the 50 drafted players, 28 played in at least one NBA (or ABA) game. Memphis has produced 13 first-round picks, including 8 top-ten picks and one number-one pick ( Derrick Rose ). Three former Tigers have been named NBA All Stars : Larry Kenon (two times), Anfernee Hardaway (4 times), and Derrick Rose (3 times). Three have gone on to win the NBA Championship: Win Wilfong with the St. Louis Hawks in 1958 , William Bedford with the Detroit Pistons in 1990 , and Earl Barron with the Miami Heat
Miami Heat
in 2006 . In 2010, Memphis became the second college to produce two consecutive NBA Rookie of the Year winners: Derrick Rose in 2009 and Tyreke Evans
Tyreke Evans
in 2010 (the first being North Carolina with winners Walter Davis in 1978 and Phil Ford in 1979 ). In 2011, Rose became the first former Tiger to be named the NBA Most Valuable Player . Many players since the late 1990s that have either gone undrafted or had unsuccessful NBA careers have played professionally for foreign teams in Europe or Asia.



Win Wilfong 1957 1 4th St. Louis Hawks 1958 NBA Champion

Wayne Yates 1961 1 5th Los Angeles Lakers

Mike Butler 1968 10 121st San Diego Rockets 1971 ABA Champion

Rich Jones 1969 5 58th Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
2x ABA All Star , 1976 ABA Champion

Ronnie Robinson 1973 4 60th Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns

Larry Kenon 1973 3 50th Detroit Pistons 2x NBA All Star , 3x ABA All Star , 1974 ABA Champion

Larry Finch 1973 4 68th Los Angeles Lakers

Hank McDowell 1981 5 102nd Golden State Warriors

Keith Lee 1985 1 11th Chicago Bulls

Andre Turner 1986 3 69th Los Angeles Lakers

William Bedford 1986 1 6th Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
1990 NBA Champion

Vincent Askew 1987 2 39th Philadelphia 76ers

Sylvester Gray 1988 2 35th Miami Heat
Miami Heat

Elliot Perry 1991 2 37th Los Angeles Clippers

Anfernee Hardaway 1993 1 3rd Golden State Warriors 4x NBA All Star

Todd Mundt 1995 - - Boston Celtics

David Vaughn III 1995 1 25th Orlando Magic

Lorenzen Wright 1996 1 7th Los Angeles Clippers

Cedric Henderson 1997 2 44th Cleveland Cavaliers

Chris Garner 1997 - - Toronto Raptors

Dajuan Wagner 2002 1 6th Cleveland Cavaliers

Antonio Burks 2004 2 37th Orlando Magic

Earl Barron 2005 - - Miami Heat
Miami Heat
2006 NBA Champion

Shawne Williams 2006 1 17th Indiana Pacers

Rodney Carney 2006 1 16th Chicago Bulls

Darius Washington, Jr. 2007 – – San Antonio Spurs

Chris Douglas-Roberts 2008 2 40th New Jersey Nets

JOEY DORSEY 2008 2 33rd Portland Trail Blazers

DERRICK ROSE 2008 1 1st Chicago Bulls 3x NBA All Star , 2011 NBA MVP , NBA Rookie of the Year

TYREKE EVANS 2009 1 4th Sacramento Kings NBA Rookie of the Year

Antonio Anderson 2009 – – Oklahoma City Thunder

ELLIOT WILLIAMS 2010 1 22nd Portland Trail Blazers

WILL BARTON 2012 2 40th Portland Trail Blazers

D.J. Stephens 2013 - - Milwaukee Bucks

TARIK BLACK 2014 - - Houston

currently active players are in BOLD

* A Player chose to play professionally in the American Basketball Association (ABA), which existed from 1967 to 1976. * B Rich Jones was originally drafted by the Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
in 1968 in the fourth round as the 49th pick, but opted not to play. In 1969, he was drafted again by the Suns but chose instead to play in the ABA for the Dallas Chaparrals. He would eventually play in the NBA in 1976 when the New Jersey Nets joined as part of the NBA-ABA merger. * C Larry Kenon moved to the NBA after the San Antonio Spurs joined the NBA in 1976, as part of the NBA-ABA merger. * D Tarik Black transferred to Kansas for his senior season. He played at Memphis from 2010 to 2013.



Jim Hackaday 1959 3 17th Philadelphia Warriors

Orby Arnold 1959 7 53rd St. Louis Hawks

George Price 1960 8 58th New York Knicks

Lowery Kirk 1961 4 34th Cincinnati

Hunter Beckman 1963 7 58th Cincinnati

George Kirk 1964 5 42nd Cincinnati

Bob Neumann 1964 10 83rd Cincinnati

James Douglas 1971 16 226th Buffalo Braves
Buffalo Braves

Doug Holcomb 1972 6 94th Boston Celtics

Bill Cook 1976 3 49th Washington Bullets

Marion Hillard 1976 4 65th Washington Bullets

James Bradley 1979 2 35th Atlanta Hawks

Rodney Lee 1979 8 150th Detroit Pistons

Dennis Isbell 1981 5 100th San Diego Clippers

Otis Jackson 1982 8 174th New Jersey Nets

Chris Faggi 1982 8 179th San Antonio Spurs

Bobby Parks 1984 3 58th Atlanta Hawks

Phillip Haynes 1984 6 121st Los Angeles Clippers

Baskerville Holmes 1986 3 68th Milwaukee Bucks

Dwight Boyd 1988 3 66th Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets

Robert Dozier 2009 2 60th Miami Heat
Miami Heat





Elliot Perry USA 1989 FIBA Americas Championship Mexico City SILVER

Anfernee Hardaway USA 1996 Olympic Games Atlanta GOLD

Darius Washington, Jr. Macedonia 2009 Eurobasket

Derrick Rose USA 2010 FIBA World Championship Turkey

Derrick Rose USA 2014 FIBA World Championship Spain

* A competed internationally as NBA players * B Though American by birth, Washington is a naturalized citizen of Macedonia where he is known as Darius Vašington (Дариус Вашингтон).


The University of Memphis has retired nine jerseys.



13 Forest Arnold 1952–56

22 Win Wilfong 1955–57

44 John Gunn 1974–76

21 Larry Finch 1970-73

33 Ronnie Robinson 1970–73

35 Larry Kenon 1972–73

24 Keith Lee 1981–85

34 Elliot Perry 1987-91

25 Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway 1991-93

* 1 John Gunn succumbed to Stevens-Johnson syndrome on 21 December 1976. He had been diagnosed with the rare disease only three games into the 1976 season.



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