Kansas Basketball: 15 greatest scorers in Jayhawks history

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Raef LaFrentz, Kansas Jayhawks
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Greatest scorers in Kansas basketball history: 5. Raef LaFrentz

Raef LaFrentz started every game for the Jayhawks during his four-year career and is one of three players in school history to cross the 2,000-point plateau (2,066).

At 6-foot-11, LaFrentz was a solid player in the middle as a freshman and sophomore, averaging 11.4 and 13.4 points per game, respectively. He earned First-Team All-Big Eight honors as a sophomore, but he took a step forward once he became an upperclassman and was truly dominant.

Using his size, long arms, and athleticism, LaFrentz turned it up and averaged 18.5 points per game on 58.4 percent shooting as a junior. He was named Big 12 Player of the Year that year to go along with consensus First-Team All-Big 12 and All-American honors.

The Iowa native repeated those feats as a senior after averaging 19.8 points and 11.4 rebounds per game, becoming one of three players (Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan) who earned First-Team All-American honors twice in the 1990s.

LaFrentz was never able to lead the Jayhawks to the Final Four. However, his senior class did win more games (123) than any class that came before it in school history.

He ended up being the No. 3 overall pick in the 1998 draft by the Denver Nuggets and spent 10 seasons in the NBA. His No. 45 is retired by Kansas.