Which Runnin' Utes Belong on Utah Basketball's Mount Rushmore?

With over 100 years of basketball excellence up on The Hill, who makes the cut for the Utah basketball Mount Rushmore?

With over 100 years of basketball, the no. 15 winningest program in NCAA history, 32 conference championships, 27 NCAA tournament appearances, 41 NBA draft picks, and many individual award winners and All America selections, Utah basketball has a long and storied basketball tradition. When it comes down to naming the top four names in Utah basketball history and putting them on a Mount Rushmore, it's challenging to say the least. We put together our pantheon and discussed them all on this episode of The U Fan Cast.

Here is what we came up with:

Shane's Mt Rushmore

Keith Van Horn

  • 2,542 points / 20.8 points per game
  • No. 2 overall NBA Draft Pick
  • Two-time All America
  • Four-time All WAC first team
  • Three-time WAC Player of the Year
  • WAC Freshman of the Year
  • Leading scorer in WAC history
  • Leading scorer in Utah history
  • 1997 ESPN Player of the Year
  • Named to Utah's All Century Team
  • Two NBA finals with the New Jersey Nets

Andre Miller

  • Tied 11th in scoring in Utah history
  • Number 1 in steals in Utah history
  • Number 2 in assists in Utah history
  • 8th overall pick in NBA Draft
  • Two-time All America
  • 1999 WAC Player of the Year
  • Named to Utah's All Century Team

Andrew Bogut

  • No. 29 on the Utes' all-time scoring list
  • As a sophomore, averaged 20.4 points, 12.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.8 blocks, and shot 62 percent from the field
  • No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick
  • 2005 All America
  • MWC Conference Player of the Year
  • ESPN Player of the Year
  • AP Player of the Year
  • Leading vote getter on the AP All America first team
  • Wooden Award Winner
  • Naismith Award Winner

Rick Majerus

  • 323-95 record
  • 187-15 home record
  • 11 NCAA tournament appearances
  • 1998 NCAA championship runner up
  • Only coach in Utah history to have his jersey (sweater) retired

Steven's Mt Rushmore

Andrew Bogut
Andre Miller
Arnie Ferrin

  • 1944 National Champion
  • Final Four Most Outstanding Player
  • Four-time All-America
  • Two-time NBA champion (1949, 1950)
  • Named to Utah's All Century Team

Billy McGill

  • 38.8 points per game average in 1961-62
  • No. 2 all-time scorer in Utah history (2,321)
  • No. 1 scoring average in Utah history (27 points per game)
  • No. 1 in career rebounds in Utah history
  • No. 1 overall draft pick in 1962
  • Two-time All America
  • Named to Utah's All Century Team

Adia's Mt Rushmore

Andre Miller
Keith Van Horn
Arnie Ferrin
Billy McGill

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