Top 10 scoring leaders in Michigan men’s basketball history

Michigan’s basketball program has honored or retired five numbers in its history. Not surprisingly, four of them are among the top-10 scorers all-time at Michigan.

Not all players on the list played four years at Michigan, either. See the top 10 list below.

*Note: Louis Bullock’s 2,224 career points would rank third at Michigan, but his records have been vacated after an investigation revealed Bullock and three other players accepted payments from team booster Ed Martin.

10. Henry Wilmore, 1,652 points (1971-73)

Wilmore averaged more than 20 points for three straight seasons, including a career-high 25 per game in 1970-71. He averaged 23.6 points and 8.2 rebounds over those three seasons.

The 6-foot-3 Wilmore was a fifth-round pick of the Detroit Pistons but never appeared in an NBA game.

9. Manny Harris, 1,668 points (2008-10)

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Michigan junior Manny Harris runs the ball down center court at Crisler Arena. Melanie Maxwell I

The Detroit native led the Wolverines in scoring all three seasons in Ann Arbor. The guard averaged a career-high 18.1 points per game in 2009-10, shooting 42.1 percent from the floor.

Harris scored a large chunk of his points from the free-throw line, converting 484 of 585 career attempts (82.7 percent).

The 6-foot-5 Harris opted to forego his senior season but did not get drafted in 2010. He signed with the Cavaliers and spent two years in Cleveland. He also played one season with the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks, finishing his NBA career averaging 6.2 points in 93 career games (20 starts).

8. Bill Buntin, 1,725 points (1963-65)

The 6-foot-7 center was a force inside for the Wolverines during his three seasons with the varsity team (freshmen didn’t play varsity back then). Buntin averaged a career-high 23.2 points and 12.5 rebounds in 1963-64, helping lead the Wolverines to their second NCAA Tournament in program history. He was a two-time All-American and his No. 22 is honored at Michigan.

The Detroit native was a territorial pick of the Detroit Pistons in the 1965 draft. He played 42 games as a rookie, averaging 7.7 points per game. He died of a heart attack during a pick-up basketball game in 1968.

7. Jalen Rose, 1,788 points (1992-94)

A member of the Fab Five, Rose led Michigan in scoring in 1991-92 and 1993-94 before leaving early for the NBA draft. The 6-foot-8 guard averaged more than 15 points in all three seasons in Ann Arbor, including a career-high 19.9 as a junior.

The Detroit native was the 13th overall pick by the Phoenix Suns and went on to play 13 years in the NBA with six different teams. Rose averaged 14.3 points in 923 career games, averaging a career-high 23.8 with the Chicago Bulls in 2001-02.

6. Rudy Tomjanovich, 1,808 points (1968-70)


file: the ann arbor news Former Michigan star Rudy Tomjanovich snares a rebound in this 1969 game against Minnesota. He’ll be at today’s game to help commemorate the 40th anniversary of Crisler Arena.

Not only could Tomjanovich score, but the 6-foot-8 forward also is the program’s all-time leader in rebounds. The Hamtramck native averaged a double-double all three years at Michigan, including a career best 30.1 points and 15.7 rebounds in 1969-70. His No. 45 is honored at Michigan.

Tomjanovich was the second overall pick by the Rockets in 1970 and was a five-time all-star during his 11-year NBA career.

He also is a Hall-of-Fame NBA coach, leading Houston to titles in 1994 and 1995.

5. LaVell Blanchard, 1,818 points (2000-03)

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Michigan’s LaVell Blanchard, center, goes up strong to the hoop against Western Michigan University’s Anthony Kann, left, and Reggie Berry, right, at UM’s Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. BPNBPN

Blanchard was named the Gatorade Player of the Year while at Ann Arbor Pioneer High. He remained in Ann Arbor and starred four years for the Wolverines. The 6-foot-7 forward led the team in scoring and rebounding every year.

He was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2000 after averaging 14.1 points. He scored a career-best 17.8 points per game as a sophomore.

After college, Blanchard played professionally overseas and is now the athletic director at Manchester High.

4. Cazzie Russell, 2,164 points (1964-66)


Michigan All-American Cazzie Russell scores during a 1965 game against Minnesota at Yost Ice Arena.

Russell led the Wolverines to three consecutive Big Ten titles and Final Four appearances in 1964 and 1965.

In 1966, the 6-foot-5 forward averaged 30.8 points and 8.4 rebounds en route to be named the National College Player of the year.

Russell scored 27.1 points per game during his three-year career, a program record. He earned All-American honors each season, and his No. 33 is retired at Michigan. He was drafted first overall by the New York Knicks in 1966 and went on to play 12 NBA seasons with four franchises. He won an NBA title with the Knicks in 1970.

3. Gary Grant, 2,222 points (1985-88)

Grant did much more than just score at Michigan. The point guard is the program leader in assists and steals by a large margin. Grant’s game really took off his final two seasons, when he averaged 22.4 and 21.1 points, respectively. He shot better than 50 percent from the floor in his college career. The Wolverines also reached the NCAA Tournament all four years Grant was in Ann Arbor.

The Canton, Ohio native was the 15th overall pick of the Seattle SuperSonics in 1988. He played 13 seasons in the NBA, averaging 7.9 points and 5.5 assists.

2. Mike McGee, 2,439 points (1978-81)

McGee led the Wolverines in scoring all four years he was in Ann Arbor, topping out at 24.4 points per game his senior season. The 6-foot-5 guard is first in Wolverines history in field goals attempted and made.

McGee was the 19th overall pick by the Lakers in 1981. He played 520 career NBA games, averaging 9.6 points.

1. Glen Rice, 2,442 points (1986-89)

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Former Michigan forward Glen Rice waves to the crowd as he and the 1989 national championship team are introduced at halftime of the Big Ten basketball game between Michigan and Michigan State at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Sunday, February 24, 2019. Michigan State won the game, 77-70. (Mike Mulholland | Mulholland |

Not only does Rice hold the all-time program scoring record, but his 949 points during the 1988-89 also is the most in Wolverines history. He shot a program-best 51.6 percent from 3-point range that season, helping the team win a national championship.

The 6-foot-7 forward only averaged seven points coming off the bench as a freshman but developed into a bona fide star the next three years. His No. 41 jersey is honored at Michigan.

Rice was the fourth overall pick of the Miami Heat in 1989. He was a three-time all-star during his 15-year NBA career, winning a title with the Lakers in 2000.

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