History & Tradition: Georgetown and The NBA

Roll call of former players turned pros

Since 1945, over 60 Georgetown basketball alumni have either been drafted by NBA teams and/or have had playing experience in the league. Over the last two decades, stars like Patrick Ewing, Dikembe Mutombo, and Alonzo Mourning have graduated from Georgetown and gone on to NBA fame and stardom. Ewing was named as of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, a unique honor for this ten-time NBA All-Star.

Georgetown's draft picks and NBA alumni are listed below; click on a player's name for career NBA statistics.

Active Players:

    Jeff Green '08
  • 1st Round Selection, Boston Celtics 2007
  • Seattle SuperSonics, 2007-2008
  • Oklahoma City Thunder, 2008-2011
  • Boston Celtics, 2011, 2012-2015
  • Memphis Grizzlies, 2015-2016
  • Orlando Magic, 2016-present
     
    Roy Hibbert '08
  • 1st Round Selection, Toronto Raptors
  • Indiana Pacers, 2008-2015
  • Los Angeles Lakers, 2015-16
  • Charlotte Hornets, 2016-present
     
    Greg Monroe ex'12
  • 1st Round Selection, Detroit Pistons 2010
  • Detroit Pistons 2010-2015
  • Milwaukee Bucks 2015-present
     
    Otto Porter ex'15
  • 1st Round Selection, Washington Wizards 2013
  • Washington Wizards 2013-

     
    Hollis Thompson ex '13
  • Philadelphis 76ers 2013-present

     

Retired Players and Draft Selections:

Hugh Beins '53
5th Round Selection, Rochester Royals 1953

Bill Bolger '53
2nd Round Selection, Milwaukee Hawks 1953
Baltimore Bullets 1953-1954

Ruben Boumtje Boumtje '01
2nd Round Selection, Portland Trail Blazers 2001
Portland Trail Blazers 2001-2004
Orlando Magic 2005

John Brown '50
9th Round Selection, Chicago Stags 1950

Fred Brown '84
8th Round Selection, Atlanta Hawks 1984

Jim Christy '64
10th Round Selection, New York Knickerbockers 1964

Robert Churchwell '94
Golden State Warriors, 1995-1996

Ray Corley '49
Syracuse Nationals 1949-1950
Tri-Cities Blackhawks 1950-1951
Ft. Wayne Pistons 1952-1953

Ralph Dalton '85
7th Round Selection, Cleveland Cavaliers 1986

John Duren '80
1st Round Selection, Utah Jazz 1980
Utah Jazz 1980-1982
Indiana Pacers 1982-1983

Al Dutch '80
8th Round Selection, Seattle Supersonics 1980

Patrick Ewing '85
1st Selection in 1985 NBA Draft
1st Round Selection, New York Knickerbockers, 1985
NBA Rookie Of The Year, 1985
New York Knickerbockers 1985-2000
Seattle Supersonics, 2000-2001
Orlando Magic, 2001-2002

Patrick Ewing Jr. '08
2nd Round Selection, Sacramento Kings 2008
New Orleans Hornets, 2011

Paul Favorite '70
16th Round Selection, Cincinnati Royals 1970

Eric Floyd '82
1st Round Selection, New Jersey Nets 1982
New Jersey Nets, 1982-1983; 1994-1996
Golden State Warriors 1983-1987
Houston Rockets 1987-1993
San Antonio Spurs 1993-1994

Mike Frazier '81
10th Round Selection, Atlanta Hawks 1981

Ben Gillery '88
Sacramento Kings 1988-89

Michael Graham ex'87
4th Round Selection, Seattle Super Sonics 1986

Othella Harrington '96
2nd Round Selection, Houston Rockets 1996
Houston Rockets 1996-1999
Vancouver Grizzlies 1999-2001
New York Knickerbockers 2001-2004
Chicago Bulls 2004-2006
Charlotte Bobcats 2006-2008

Neil Heskin '67
8th Round Selection, Denver Nuggets 1967*

Frank Hollendoner '67
8th Round Selection, Cincinnati Royals 1967
8th Round Selection, New York Nets 1967*

Ed Hopkins '78
10th Round Selection, Washington Bullets 1978

Allen Iverson ex '98
1st Selection in 1996 NBA Draft
1st Round Selection, Philadelphia 76ers, 1996
NBA Rookie of The Year, 1997
Philadelphia 76ers 1996-2006
Denver Nuggets, 2006-2008
Detroit Pistons, 2008-2009
Memphis Grizzlies, 2009
Philadelphia 76ers 2009-2010

Derrick Jackson '78
4th Round Selection, Golden State Warriors

Jaren Jackson '89
New Jersey Nets 1989-1990
Golden State Warriors 1991-1992
Los Angeles Clippers 1992-1993
Portland Trail Blazers 1993-1994
Philadelphia 76ers 1994-1995
Houston Rockets 1995-1996
Washington Bullets 1996-1997
San Antonio Spurs 1997-2000
Orlando Magic 2001-2002

Michael Jackson '86
2nd Round Selection, New York Knickerbockers 1986
Sacramento Kings 1987-1990

Andy Kostecka '48
Indianapolis Olympians 1948-1949

Dan Kraus '48
Baltimore Bullets 1948-1949

Al Lujack '42
Washington Capitols 1946-1947

John Mahnken ex '45
Rochester Royals 1945-1946
Washington Capitols 1946-1948
Baltimore Bullets, Indianapolis Olympians, Ft. Wayne Pistons 1948-1949
Ft. Wayne Pistons, Tri-Cities Blackhawks, Boston Celtics 1949-1950
Boston Celtics, Indianapolis Olympians 1950-1951
Boston Celtics 1951-1953

Bill Martin '85
2nd Round Selection, Indiana Pacers 1985
Indiana Pacers 1985-1986
New York Knickerbockers 1986-1987
Phoenix Suns 1987-1988
Orlando Magic 1989-1990

Don Martin '42
Providence Steamrollers 1946-1948

Steve Martin '79
10th Round Selection, Washington Bullets 1979

Alonzo Mourning '92
1st Round Selection, Charlotte Hornets 1992
Charlotte Hornets 1992-1995
Miami Heat 1995-2002
New Jersey Nets 2004-2005
Miami Heat 2005-2008

Dennis Murphy '53
9th Round Selection, Baltimore Bullets 1953

Dikembe Mutombo '91
1st Round Selection, Denver Nuggets 1991 Denver Nuggets 1991-1996
Atlanta Hawks 1996-2000
Philadelphia 76ers 2000-2002
New Jersey Nets 2002-2003
New York Knickerbockers 2003-2004
Houston Rockets 2004-2009

Gerry Nappy '53
9th Round Selection, Syracuse Nationals 1953

Buddy O'Grady '42
Rochester Royals 1945-1946
Washington Capitols 1946-1947
St. Louis Bombers 1947-1948
Providence Steamrollers 1948-1949

Tom O'Keefe '50
4th Round Selection, Washington Capitols 1950
Washington Capitols 1950-1951

Don Reid '95
2nd Round Selection, Detroit Pistons 1995
Detroit Pistons, 1995-2000
Washington Wizards, 2000
Orlando Magic 2000-2002
Denver Nuggets, 2002-2003

Bob Sharpenter '62
7th Round Selection, Syracuse Nationals 1962

Craig Shelton ex '80
2nd Round Selection, Atlanta Hawks 1980
Atlanta Hawks 1980-1982

Henry Sims '12
New Orleans Hornets 2013
Cleveland Cavaliers 2013-2014
Philadelphia 76ers 2014-2015
Brooklyn Nets 2016

Charles Smith '89
Boston Celtics 1989-1991
Minnesota Timberwolves 1995-1996

Eric Smith '82
4th Round Selection, Portland Trail Blazers

Gene Smith '84
5th Round Selection, Indiana Pacers 1984

Ed Spriggs '82
8th Round Selection, Boston Celtics 1982

Steve Sullivan '67
2nd Round Selection, Detroit Pistons 1967

Dajuan Summers ex '10
2nd Round Selection, Detroit Pistons 2009
Detroit Pistons 2009-2011
New Orleans Hornets 2011-2012
Los Angeles Clippers 2013

Jim Supple '69
11th Round Selection, Cincinnati Royals 1969

Mike Sweetney ex '04
1st Round Selection, New York Knickerbockers 2003
New York Knickerbockers 2003-2005
Chicago Bulls 2005-2007

Merlin Wilson '76
8th Round Selection, Washington Bullets 1976

Art White '72 4th Round Selection, Milwaukee Bucks 1972
5th Round Selection, New York Nets 1972*

Jahidi White '98
2nd Round Selection, Washington Wizards 1998
Washington Wizards, 1998-2003
Phoenix Suns, 2003-2004
Charlotte Bobcats, 2004-2005

Jerome Williams '96
1st Round Selection, Detroit Pistons 1996
Detroit Pistons 1996-2001
Toronto Raptors, 2001-2003
Chicago Bulls, 2003-2004
New York Knickerbockers, 2004-2005

Reggie Williams '87
1st Round Selection, Los Angeles Clippers 1987
Los Angeles Clippers 1987-1989
San Antonio Spurs 1989-1991
Denver Nuggets 1991-1996
Indiana Pacers 1996
New Jersey Nets 1996-1997

David Wingate '86
2nd Round Selection, Philadelphia 76ers 1986
Philadelphia 76ers 1986-1989
San Antonio Spurs 1989-1990
Washington Bullets 1991-1992
Charlotte Hornets 1992-1994
Seattle Supersonics 1995-1997, 2000-2001
New York Knickerbockers, 1997-2000

Chris Wright '11
Dallas Mavericks 2013

A question among fans is whether any players that left Georgetown prior to graduation played in the NBA. Official Georgetown athletic records do not list transfers as part of their NBA connections, and we were able to identify only five that had left Georgetown and played in the league:

    Billy Hassett (1942-1943), the starting forward for the Hoyas 1943 Final Four team, transferred when the program was suspended during World War II. He graduated from Notre Dame in 1946 and spent five years with various NBL and NBA clubs.

    Anthony Jones (1981-1983) left Georgetown for more playing time at UNLV, and was the Washington Bullets' first round draft pick in 1985. Jones spent three seasons in the league.

    Anthony Tucker (1987-1988) transferred to Wake Forest after his freshman season, and played one season with the Washington Bullets.

    John Turner (1988-1989) left Georgetown after one year and enrolled at a now-defunct NAIA school, Phillips University, to complete his eligibility. To the astonishment of many, the Houston Rockets actually selected him as their first round draft pick in 1992. Turner lasted only one season.

    Vernon Macklin (2006-2008) struggled as a backup center to Roy Hibbert at Georgetown but turned his career around at Florida (2009-11) and was played for the Detroit Pistons in 2011-12.

Source: The Official NBA Encyclopedia. An asterisk above indicates an ABA draft choice.