Ranking the best NBA players from Utah schools: has Utah or BYU produced the most talent? (34 items)
There is nothing that most BYU and Utah fans like more than to brag about who has produced better players and who has had the most success in the professional ranks. It’s not just Utes and Cougars who love this argument either. Utah State and Weber State fans love to join the conversation too, when they have players to brag about. With the success that Damian Lillard has had in his first two seasons in the NBA, Wildcats have been front and center in these debates, and feeling good about where they stand.
Of Utah’s six major schools, the Utes have had the most NBA and ABA players with 27, followed by BYU (21), Utah State (nine), Weber State (nine) and Utah Valley (one) while Southern Utah hasn’t had any, according to basketball-reference.com. Here is the list that shows who has the ultimate bragging rights when it comes to the best NBA players ever produced out of Utah’s Division 1 schools.
1 of 34. Honorable mention: John Fairchild, BYU
For his career, Fairchild averaged 6.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.7 assists a game.
2 of 34. Honorable mention: Steve Kramer, BYU
For his career, Kramer averaged 8.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists.
3 of 34. Honorable mention: Willard Sojourner, Weber State
For his career, Sojourner averaged six points and 4.8 rebounds in 309 games.
4 of 34. Honorable mention: Greg Kite, BYU
For his career, Kite averaged 2.5 points and 3.8 rebounds.
5 of 34. Honorable mention: Jeff Judkins, Utah
For his career, Judkins averaged 5.4 points, 1.6 rebounds and one assist a contest.