Kansas Basketball: 15 greatest scorers in Jayhawks history

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Drew Gooden, Kansas Jayhawks
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Greatest scorers in Kansas basketball history: 12. Drew Gooden

Drew Gooden doesn’t normally get remembered for his scoring ability – he only averaged 11.0 points per game in the NBA – but he was a really good offensive player for the Jayhawks.

Despite only playing three seasons for the Jayhawks, he is No. 20 on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,526 points. He’s also sixth in rebounding with 905 for this career.

Gooden made an impact as soon as he stepped on campus, despite having a bench role to start his career. He averaged 10.6 points and 7.5 rebounds in just over 20 minutes per game as a freshman, demonstrating his ability to dominate around the hoop.

When his playing time increased to 27 minutes as a sophomore, his production did, too – he averaged 15.8 points per game on 51.6 percent shooting.

The Richmond, California native then stepped into the featured role as a junior and was dominant, putting up 19.8 points and 11.4 rebounds in just over 30 minutes per game. With his combination of strength, athleticism and touch, Gooden was almost unstoppable inside. He earned Big 12 Player of the Year and consensus All-American honors for his play that season.

Gooden may have missed out on a second straight Final Four and a national championship game appearance by the Jayhawks in 2003 due to his decision to leave school a year early, but he was selected No. 4 overall by the Memphis Grizzlies and spent 14 seasons in the NBA.

His No. 0 is retired by the Jayhawks.