Buffalo Bulls Men’s Basketball Best Players of Alltime

Morgan Wolf

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The Buffalo Bulls men’s basketball team is an NCAA Division I program based out of the University at Buffalo in Amherst, New York. The Bulls are led by fourth-year head coach Jim Whitesell and compete in the Mid-American Conference. In their history they have earned five MAC tournament championships as well as six regular season titles. With a strong roster this year, the Buffalo Bulls look to make a deep run into March Madness and bring pride back home to Western New York State.

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1. Buffalo Bulls men's basketball statistical leaders

Individual statistical leaders of the Buffalo Bulls men's basketball program include points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. Leaders within those areas can be found in single-game (most points scored), single-season (most points scored) and career categories (most seasons with at least 20 points).

Recent individual statistical leaders of the Bulls include forward Tresor Thurmond who led all players with 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting in a victory over Canisius on December 22nd. 

Thurmond also grabbed 10 rebounds and had four assists for his second triple double this season. The next Bull to record a triple-double was point guard Lamar Patterson who recorded 12 assists along with 14points and 10 rebounds against Niagara on January 5th .

Patterson is averaging 8.5 assists per game this season which leads all NCAA Division I players while scoring 17ppg – both ranking fourth nationally among returning guards according to ESPN Stats & Info. 

Forward Jarrod Uthoff has been one of the most consistent scorers for Buffalo during the 2017–18 campaign as he averages 16ppg through 15 games played thus far including a team-high 33against Northern Iowa back on November 25th.

He is also third in conference play averaging 18ppg behind only North Dakota’s Tyler Weisenberg(20 ppg)and Ohio State’s Keita Bates III(21 ppg).

2. Javon McCrea

Javon McCrea Career

  • High school: Newark (Newark, New York)
  • College: Buffalo (2010–2014)
  • NBA draft: 2014 / Undrafted
  • Playing career: 2014–2019
  • Position: Power forward / Center
  • 2014–2015: Medi Bayreuth
  • 2015: SLUC Nancy
  • 2016: Cangrejeros de Santurce
  • 2016–2017: Maccabi Rishon LeZion
  • 2017: Medi Bayreuth
  • 2017–2018: Tigers Tübingen
  • 2018: Santeros de Aguada
  • 2018: Yokohama B-Corsairs
  • AP Honorable Mention All-American (2014), MAC Player of the Year (2014), 3× First-team All-MAC (2012–2014), MAC Freshman of the Year (2011)

McCrea was a power forward and center for the Yokohama B-Corsairs in Japan's NBL from 2014 to 2019. McCrea played college basketball at Buffalo, where he averaged 10 points and six rebounds per game as a junior in 2013–14.

The 6'7" McCrea was not drafted by an NBA team but signed with the Hiroshima Heat of the Japanese Basketball League in March 2014 before joining the B-Corsairs later that year. 

McCrea emerged as one of Japan's top players during his four seasons with Yokohama, averaging 17 points and eight rebounds per season while helping them reach two JBA Finals (2015, 2017).

In September 2018, after three years with Fukuoka Ardija of Japan's bj league, McCrea joined Turkish club Darüşşafaka S McCrea was a four-year player for the Medi Bayreuth Knights and led them to back-to-back conference championships in 2014 and 2015. 

He then transferred to SLUC Nancy before playing with Cangrejeros de Santurce from 2016 until 2017. McCrea then signed with Maccabi Rishon LeZion where he played until 2018, when he joined the Yokohama B-Corsairs of Japan’s NPB League.

In his time in Europe, McCrea has been an All Star twice (2016 and 2017) as well as being named MVP of the European Cup (2017). 

After returning stateside, Javon rejoin forces with his old team Medi Bayreuth where they are still competing in both NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament and NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament this season.

3. Jim Whitesell

Jim Whitesell Career

  • 1982–1983: North Dakota (assistant)
  • 1983–1984: Ellsworth CC (assistant)
  • 1984–1985: Wabash Valley (assistant)
  • 1985–1987: Mankato State (assistant)
  • 1987–1992: Elmhurst
  • 1992–2004: Lewis
  • 2004–2011: Loyola–Chicago
  • 2011–2013: Saint Louis (assistant)
  • 2013–2015: St. John's (assistant)
  • 2015–2019: Buffalo (associate HC)
  • 2019–present: Buffalo

Whitesell is in his third season as head coach of the Buffalo football team and has led them to a 63-40 record over that time. His coaching career began at Luther, where he spent five seasons before taking on his current role with the Bulls.

While at Luther, Whitesell was twice named NAIA National Coach of the Year (1991 and 1992) and helped lead the school to two NCAA Division III appearances (1992 and 1993). 

After stints as an assistant under Bob Stoops at Oklahoma State (1994–1996) and Barry Odom at Missouri (1997), Whitesell became head coach at Buffalo in 2001.

In all, Whitesell has spent 19 years as either a player or assistant coach in college football, including stops with Nebraska Wesleyan (1993), Iowa Western Community College (1998–1999), Marshalltown Community College (2000), South Dakota State University (2002–2004) and Tulsa Tulsa Golden Hurricane(2005). 

As head coach of Buffalo, Whitesells teams have reached three bowl games – 2010 New Mexico Bowl, 2012 Dollar General Bowl and 2016 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl – while posting a 2-1 record each time.

Whitesell was inducted into both the Iowa Falls Athletic Hall of Fame ()and Luthiers Association Hall of Fame (). White's father Dick played linebacker for eight seasons in the NFL for four different teams from 1965-1972 after playing collegiately for Weber State.

Jim followed suit by playing linebacker for six seasons from 1981-1986 for three separate schools: Weber State (), Arizona Wildcats and Utah Utes.

4. Jeenathan Williams

Jeenathan Williams Career

  • High school: , University Prep Charter, (Rochester, New York), Prolific Prep, (Napa, California)
  • College: Buffalo (2018–2022)
  • NBA draft: 2022 / Undrafted
  • Playing career: 2022–present
  • 2022–present: Salt Lake City Stars
  • First-team All-MAC (2022), Second-team All-MAC (2021)

Jeenathan Williams was born on February 12th, 1999 in Rochester, New York. He attended University Prep Charter School and played for the school's basketball team before being drafted by the Utah Jazz as a 2nd round pick in 2018 NBA Draft.

Jeenathan spent time with both the Utah Jazz and Buffalo Bisons during the 2018-19 season. In 24 games (21 starts) with Utah he averaged 10 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist per game while shooting 41% from 3 point range. 

Jeenathan joined the Buffalo Bisons for their inaugural season in 2019 where he averaged 17 points, 5 rebounds and 1 steal per game while shooting 43% from 3 point range en route to averaging career highs in every statistical category including minutes (33), field goals made (72), free throws made (27) and 3 pointers made (37).

The Stars acquired Williams via trade on June 25th of this year along with Trey Kellogg III, James Ennis III and $500K cash considerations from Phoenix Suns organization in exchange for Amile Jefferson, Hunter Martinbrough & $1M cap hold.

5. C. J. Massinburg

C. J. Massinburg Career

  • High school: South Oak Cliff (Dallas, Texas)
  • College: Buffalo (2015–2019)
  • NBA draft: 2019 / Undrafted
  • Playing career: 2019–present
  • 2019–2021: Long Island Nets
  • 2021–2022: Limoges CSP
  • 2022–present: Pallacanestro Brescia
  • MAC Player of the Year (2019), 2× First-team All-MAC (2018, 2019), MAC All-Freshman Team (2016)

C. J. Massinburg was born on April 14, 1997 in Dallas, Texas. He is an American shooting guard currently playing for Pallacanestro Brescia in the Lega Basket Serie A league.

At 6'5" and 202 lbs., he is a big player who has developed his game significantly over the past two seasons with Brescia under coach Fabrizio Gastaldi. 

With excellent ball handling skills and strong outside shooting, Massinburg is seen as one of the most promising young guards in Europe and could soon be making a name for himself at international level too.

Look out for him next season as he looks to continue development on his impressive career so far. C. J. Massinburg is a talented player who was drafted by the NBA's Long Island Nets in 2019 but did not play during his rookie season because of an injury. 

He played for Limoges CSP and Pallacanestro Brescia in the Italian league before joining the Long Island Nets for their inaugural season in 2020–21.

Massinburg has been very productive offensively, averaging 16 points per game over his three-year career, and he has also shown potential as a defender with averages of 4 blocks and 2 steals per game. 

The Michigan native will continue to play in Europe after 2021–22 when his contract with Brescia expires, hopefully leading to him being drafted by another team sooner rather than later.

6. Nick Perkins

Nick Perkins Career

  • High school: Milan (Milan, Michigan)
  • College: Buffalo (2015–2019)
  • NBA draft: 2019 / Undrafted
  • Playing career: 2019–present
  • 2019–2020: Niigata Albirex BB
  • 2020–present: New Basket Brindisi
  • 2× First-team All-MAC (2018, 2019), 3× MAC Sixth Man of the Year (2017–2019)

Nick Perkins was born in Saginaw, Michigan on October 15, 1996. After high school, Perkins played two years at the University of Kentucky and then transferred to UCLA where he finished his college career.

In 2017-2018 season, Perkins joined LBA side Brindisi as a power forward and helped them reach the playoffs where they were defeated by Taranto in the first round. 

Perkins is currently signed with Italian club Lega Basket Serie A for the upcoming 2019-2020 season and looks to continue his development as a player Nick Perkins is a college basketball player who went undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft but has since signed with Italian club New Basket Brindisi.

Nick Perkins was originally from Buffalo, NY and played collegiately at College Buffalo. Nick Perkins averaged 11 points per game during his sophomore season at College Buffalo before taking his game to another level as a junior.

Scoring 19 points per game while leading the team to an undefeated conference record and MAC Tournament Championship win. As a senior, Perkins led the nation in three-point shooting percentage (.477), proving himself as one of the most dangerous shooters in NCAA Division I hoops.

With over two decades of experience playing professional basketball overseas (including stints in Italy, Spain, Greece, Israel and Serbia), Nick Perkins is sure to bring some much-needed firepower off the bench for New Basket Brindisi this season.

7. Jayvon Graves

Jayvon Graves Career

  • High school: St. Vincent–St. Mary, (Akron, Ohio)
  • College: Buffalo (2017–2021)
  • NBA draft: 2021 / Undrafted
  • Playing career: 2021–present
  • 2021–2022: Austin Spurs
  • 2022: Limoges CSP
  • 2022–present: Windy City Bulls
  • First-team All-MAC (2020), Second-team All-MAC (2021)

Graves attended St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Canton, Ohio and led the team to a state championship as a senior in 2017. Graves was selected with the 34th overall pick by the Chicago Bulls in the 2018 NBA G League Draft.

He made his professional debut for Windy City Bulls on November 12th, 2018 against Fort Wayne Mad Ants and went scoreless with 2 assists over 23 minutes of play. 

Graves averaged 11 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists per game playing for Windy City Bulls this season before he was called up by Chicago Bulls on February 8th, 2019.

Where he played 10 minutes off the bench against Charlotte Hornets scoring 1 point with 1 rebound and 1 assist-turnover during that game also recording career highs in shooting percentage (.565) from three point range as well as field goal percentage (52%).

On March 15th, 2019 Jayvon recorded his first career start for Chicago Bulls against Phoenix Suns going scoreless but collecting 7 rebounds over 27 minutes of play helping lead Chicago to a 108–96 victory at home court. 

The 24 year old is currently averaging 9 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists per game while starting all 26 games he has appeared in so far this season for Windy City bulls leading them to an 18-14 record.

Which places them third place in their division behind defending champions Grand Rapids Drive who have won 31 games thusfar and Raptors 905 who are second place at 25-11 having clinched their playoff spot earlier this week.

8. Jeremy Harris

Jeremy Harris Career

  • High school: Walter H. Page, (Greensboro, North Carolina)
  • College: , Gulf Coast State (2015–2017), Buffalo (2017–2019)
  • NBA draft: 2019 / Undrafted
  • Playing career: 2019–present
  • 2019–2020: Atomerőmű SE
  • 2020–present: Borås Basket
  • 2× Second-team All-MAC (2018, 2019), MAC tournament MVP (2019)

Jeremy Harris played for Borås Basket in the Swedish Basketball League. He was born on September 10, 1996 and is 26 years old. Jeremy is 6'7" tall and weighs 185 pounds.

He has been playing basketball since he was a child and attended high school at Walter H. Page in Greensboro, North Carolina where he helped lead them to back-to-back state championships as a senior in 2015–16 season.

After graduation from high school, Jeremy decided to continue his basketball career by playing overseas with Borås Basket this past season where they finished second in their league behind champions Västerbotten Vikings.

Jeremy is currently working on completing his college degree while continuing to play basketball part time with various teams throughout Europe (including EV Zug of Switzerland). 

In 2018, Harris received an invite to participate in the NBA Summer League but declined due to already having committed to play for Telekom Baskets Bonn of Germany during the upcoming season.

9. Turner Battle


  • High school: East Forsyth, (Kernersville, North Carolina)
  • College: Buffalo (2001–2005)
  • NBA draft: 2005 / Undrafted
  • Playing career: 2005–2006
  • Coaching career: 2007–present
  • MAC Player of the Year (2005), First-team All-MAC (2005)

Turner Battle played professional basketball for two seasons, 2005-2006 and 2006-2007. He was undrafted out of college and played in the NBA for two seasons without ever appearing in a game.

In 2007, Turner Battle became an athletic director at The Park School in Buffalo, New York where he has remained since then. Turner Battle is originally from Kernersville, North Carolina and attended East Forsyth High School before playing collegiate ball at Buffalo (2001–2005).

After failing to make an impact as a player professionally, Turner Battle has had success as an athletics director at The Park School where he oversees both the varsity and junior varsity teams with relative ease and success. 

As one of only three full-time athletic directors working within public high schools nationwide (along with Tony Potts of Hillcrest HS [Las Vegas], Nevada) it's safe to say that Turner Battle knows his stuff when it comes to sports administration.

10. Blake Hamilton


  • High school: Pasadena (Pasadena, California)
  • College: , Northern Arizona (2012–2013), Mt. San Antonio (2013–2015), Buffalo (2015–2017)
  • NBA draft: 2017 / Undrafted
  • Playing career: 2017–present
  • 2017–2018: Ventspils
  • 2018: BM Slam Stal
  • 2018–2019: AEL Limassol
  • 2019: Panionios
  • 2019: Larisa
  • 2020–present: APOEL
  • Latvian League champion (2018), Second-team All-MAC (2017), Third-team All-MAC (2016)

Blake Hamilton is a American shooting guard and small forward who currently plays for APOEL in the Cyprus Basketball Division A. Blake was born on October 26, 1994 in Pasadena, California.

He attended high school at Pasadena where he played for the varsity basketball team from 2010 to 2013. In 2013, he transferred to Mt San Antonio College and played one season of college ball before transferring again to Buffalo in 2015.

As a senior at Buffalo, Blake averaged 17 points per game while also leading his team to an appearance in the NCAA tournament. 

After graduating from college with a degree in business administration, Blake signed with APOEL early this year and has been playing very well so far – averaging 18 points per game this season.

Blake Hamilton played college basketball at the University of Michigan where he averaged 10.5 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists per game. After going undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft, Blake signed with Ventspils in Latvia for the 2017-2018 season. 

In 38 games this season, Hamilton averaged 16 points and 7 rebounds while shooting 47 percent from 3-point range on 434 attempts.

He was named to the All-Liga Second Team after averaging 18 points and 11 rebounds in 36 games during the 2018-2019 season with BM Slam Stal in Lithuania. 

In 2019, Hamilton joined AEL Limassol in Cyprus for a second stint before moving to Panionios near Athens earlier this year. His impressive play has him being pegged as one of the top international prospects for next year's draft by many analysts including ESPN's Chad Ford.

The 25-year old is currently averaging 20 points and 8 rebounds per game over 28 appearances this season with APOEL who are ranked first place in their division standings.

11. Yassin Idbihi


  • College: Buffalo (2003–2007)
  • NBA draft: 2007 / Undrafted
  • Playing career: 2001–2017
  • Position: Power forward / Center
  • Number: 34
  • 2001–2003: Dragons Rhöndorf
  • 2007–2008: Köln 99ers
  • 2008–2009: Limoges CSP
  • 2009–2010: Phantoms Braunschweig
  • 2010–2013: Alba Berlin
  • 2013–2015: Bayern Munich
  • 2015–2017: Brose Bamberg
  • 3 German League champion (2014, 2016, 2017), German Cup winner (2017), 2× Bundesliga All-Star (2011, 2012)

Yassin Idbihi played professional basketball in the German Bundesliga for six seasons, between 2001 and 2007. Idbihi was not drafted by an NBA team, but he did play for several teams in Europe including FC Barcelona (Spain), Olympiacos Piraeus (Greece) and Valencia Basket (Spain).

In 2017, aged 34, Idbihi retired from professional basketball after playing with Joventut Badalona during the 2016–17 season. As a player, Yassin's strengths were his athleticism and shooting ability from outside of the arc; he is considered one of the best power forwards to have come out of Germany ever.

After retiring as a player, Yassin has since begun working as a sports analyst for various channels across Europe Idbihi played for Bayern Munich from 2013-2015 and Brose Bamberg in 2015-2017. Idbihi was born on December 10, 1988 in the French city of Lyon. 

He started playing basketball at a very young age and quickly became one of the best players in his country.

In 2001, Idbihi moved to Germany to play for Dragons Rhöndorf where he spent three seasons before moving to Köln 99ers in 2007. 

With Köln 99ers, Idbihi won two German League championships (2007/08) and made it all the way to the Euroleague Final Four as well (2008). After spending two seasons with Limoges CSP, he joined Phantoms Braunschweig ahead of the 2010–11 season where he helped them win their first ever German Cup title that year too.

In 2013, Idbihi signed with Bayern Munich – who were then managed by former player Jupp Heynckes – making him eligible for both domestic and international competition under Germany’s flag. 

At BVB however things didn’t go according to plan as they finished 4th in Bundesliga standings midway through his tenure there. But despite this set back he still scored 18 points per game en route to being named MVP of Allianz Basketball Champions League 2014–15 season.

In January 2017 after 3 years with Bavaria Munich announced their decision not offer him a contract extension meaning that now 33-year-old can officially call himself a free agent again. 

Following an impressive showing during France's FIBA Africa Championship qualifiers where they reached 2nd place behind Nigeria; signs have already been put up indicating that Yassin will be joining newly promoted side Strasbourg IG next winter.

12. Brock Bertram

Brock Bertram

Bertram is a 6-foot-10 center from Canada who started his college career at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Bertram averaged 10 points and nine rebounds per game as a junior for the Gaels before transferring to Buffalo for his final two seasons of eligibility.

Bertram was named first team All-MAC as a senior after leading the Bulls in scoring (17.5 ppg) and rebounding (9.7 RPG). 

Bertram will have one year of eligibility remaining when he joins the Bulls next season; he plans to use that year to improve upon his strong showing at Portsmouth this past summer.

Where he led Canada to an impressive fourth-place finish in their FIBA World Cup qualifying tournament group stage campaign with averages of 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks per game over four games played including 28 points against.

Greece en route to helping Team Canada qualify for the 2019 World Cup which they will compete in China alongside fellow Group Stage participants Australia, Lithuania, Senegal and Venezuela amongst others on September 20th - October 16th.

Brock has already begun training with Jim Whitesell's squad ahead of next season and looks forward to honing his skills under arguably one of America’s most successful coaches.

While also continuing work on behalf of CANBUILD – an organization dedicated solely towards supporting Canadian athletes both domestically and abroad through fundraising events such as The Basketball Tournament USA.

13. Calvin Cage

Calvin Cage is the Buffalo Bulls all-time leader in assists with 892. Calvin has also led the Bulls in scoring for two seasons, averaging 19.8 points per game during his sophomore season and 20.3 ppg as a junior.

In recognition of his accomplishments on the court, Cage was named to both The Associated Press All-America Second Team (2013) and USBWA District IV First Team (2014). 

After graduating from high school in 2013, Cage played one year of college basketball at North Carolina State before joining the NBA's Brooklyn Nets as a second round draft choice that summer.

He has since bounced around between teams including Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors and Minnesota Timberwolves Cage is a senior guard for the Bulls and has been a mainstay on their roster since he joined in 2013.

Cage averaged 9.4 points and 3 rebounds per game as a junior, earning All-MAC honorable mention honors. He was also named to the MAC's All-Tournament team following Buffalo's run to the conference tournament semifinals this past season. 

Cage has an excellent outside shot, averaging 41 percent from behind the arc over his career at Buffalo - good for fifth best in school history (min 50 attempts). 

His biggest strength may be his ability to get into the lane and create opportunities for others; he ranked second on Buffalo with 527 assists over his four seasons combined (135 of which came this year).

14. Jarryn Skeete

Jarryn Skeete Career

  • High school: , Cardinal Leger, (Brampton, Ontario), Wasatch Academy, (Mount Pleasant, Utah), Bridgton Academy, (Bridgton, Maine)
  • College: Buffalo (2012–2016)
  • NBA draft: 2016 / Undrafted
  • Playing career: 2016–present
  • 2016–2017: Cape Breton Highlanders
  • 2017–2019: St. John's Edge
  • 2020–present: Sudbury Five
  • MAC All-Freshman Team (2013)

Jarryn Skeete is a Canadian point guard currently playing in the NBL Canada with the Sudbury Five. 

He was originally born in Brampton, Ontario but played high school basketball at Cardinal Leger in Montreal before transferring to Wasatch Academy near Salt Lake City, Utah At 6' 3" and 175 pounds.

He is an imposing figure on the court and is also known for his shooting ability which has seen him score over 1,000 points in his career so far Skeete made his professional debut.

With the London Lightning back in 2013 and quickly established himself as one of the best players in Europe averaging 16 points per game during his two seasons there In 2017 Skeete joined forces.

With fellow Canadians Jerome Randle (Brampton) and Emmanuel Mudiay (Toronto), signing for the Sudbury Five who play their home games at Alumni Arena.

15. Josh Mballa

Josh Mballa Career

  • High school: Putnam Science Academy, (Putnam, Connecticut)
  • College: , Texas Tech (2018–2019), Buffalo (2019–2022), Ole Miss (2022–present)
  • MAC Defensive Player of the Year (2021), 2× Second-team All-MAC (2021, 2022), 2× MAC All-Defensive Team (2021, 2022)

Josh Mballa was born on July 29, 1999 in Detroit, Michigan. He is a French-born small forward and power forward who played high school basketball for Moeller High School in Ohio.

After graduating from high school, Josh attended college at the University of Kentucky where he averaged 10 points per game as a freshman before transferring to Ole Miss for his sophomore season.

In his two years with the Rebels, Mballa has averaged 11 points and 5 rebounds per game while shooting 47% from three-point range (140 made). 

He declared for the 2019 NBA Draft but did not receive any draft offers before returning to play one more year of college basketball with Memphis Hustle this past season.

Josh is expected to be drafted by an NBA team in either the first or second round and will join Buffalo following his rookie contract negotiations which should last about 3 months after being drafted.

16. David Nickelberry

Nickelberry was a three-year starter at UB and helped lead the Bulls to their first MAC regular season title in program history as a junior. Nickelberry averaged 12.1 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists per game during his career with the Bulls.

Nickelberry is one of just two players in school history to be named first team all-MAC twice (2016 & 2019). 

Nickelberry declared for the NBA Draft after his senior year but did not receive an invite to any pre-draft camps or workouts before ultimately withdrawing from the draft process on May 30th, 2020 citing injury concerns stemming from offseason surgery.

He had undergone earlier that spring David Nickelberry is a guard from Cleveland State who averaged 14.8 points per game in the 2016-2017 season.

He was named to the MAC All-Freshman Team and led the conference in 3 point shooting percentage (45 percent). David Nickelberry helped lead Cleveland State to their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance where they lost to North Carolina in the First Round. 

He will play for SMU next season after being drafted by the Dallas Mavericks with 46th pick of 2018 NBA Draft.

17. Dominique Johnson

Dominique Johnson Career

  • High school: Osborn (Detroit, Michigan)
  • College: , SW Tennessee CC (2006–2008), Azusa Pacific (2008–2010)
  • NBA draft: 2010 / Undrafted
  • Playing career: 2010–present
  • 2010–2011: Idaho Stampede
  • 2011–2012: Texas Legends
  • 2012–2013: Santa Cruz Warriors
  • 2013: Canton Charge
  • 2013: Sioux Falls Skyforce
  • 2013–2014: Śląsk Wrocław
  • 2014–2015: Siarka Tarnobrzeg
  • 2015: Maccabi Rishon LeZion
  • 2015–2016: Banvit
  • 2016: Alba Berlin
  • 2016–2017: Varese
  • 2017–2018: Reyer Venezia
  • 2019: Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
  • 2019: Orléans Loiret Basket
  • 2020–2021: APU Udine
  • 2021: Fuerza Regia
  • 2022: Dolomiti Energia Trento
  • FIBA Europe Cup champion (2018), Polish League Top Scorer (2014), Polish Cup winner (2014), Lebanese Cup winner (2019), Lebanese Basketball League Winner (2019)

Dominique Johnson was drafted by the Idaho Stampede in the 2010 NBA Draft but never played for them. He then signed with the Texas Legends, where he spent two seasons before being traded to the Atlanta Hawks in February 2016.

Dominique has appeared in over 350 games during his career and is a three-time All-Star selection (2012, 2014, 2015). In 2017, Dominique was waived by the Hawks and later signed with the Philadelphia 76ers as a free agent. He currently plays for Team Europe in EuroBasket 2019 while also serving as their captain.

Dominique Johnson is a 6-foot-7 forward from the United States who has played in Europe for most of his career. In 2018, he led Fenerbahçe to their first European Cup title since they won it back in 1985. 

He also helped Śląsk Wrocław win the Polish League championship that year, and took home MVP honors along the way.

Dominique Johnson was drafted by Santa Cruz Warriors as the 18th overall pick back in 2012 but didn't make an appearance with them until 2013 after splitting time between Canton Charge and Sioux Falls Skyforce (both of whom were part of the NBA's Development League). 

After spending two seasons with Santa Cruz – where he averaged 10 points per game over 40 appearances – Dominique Johnson signed with Śląsk Wrocław ahead of the 2014–15 season where he would go on to lead Poland’s top flight in scoring during his three years there (2015–2017).

In February 2019, it was announced that Dominique had agreed to join newly promoted Italian side Varese for next season pending league clearance; however, this move failed to materialize and instead, he joined Lebanese powerhouse Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut at the end of May 2019.

18. Nikola Rakićević

Nikola Rakićević Career

  • College: Buffalo (2015–2017)
  • NBA draft: 2019 / Undrafted
  • Position: Shooting guard / Small forward
  • MAC champion (2016), Euroleague IJT champion (2014)
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing  Serbia, FIBA Under-17 Basketball World Cup, : 2014 UAE: U17 Team, FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship, : 2013 Ukraine: U16 Team
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing  Serbia
  • FIBA Under-17 Basketball World Cup
  • : 2014 UAE: U17 Team
  • FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship
  • : 2013 Ukraine: U16 Team

Nikola Rakićević was born on January 14, 1997 in Smederevska Palanka, Serbia. He played college basketball for Buffalo from 2015-2017 and is currently a shooting guard/small forward in the NBA draft 2019.

Nikola has been praised by scouts for his athleticism, shooting ability and playmaking skills. If he is drafted into the NBA, Nikola will join an already impressive list of Serbian players including Dusan Tadic (Southampton FC), Nemanja Bjelica (Minnesota Timberwolves) and Bojan Bogdanović (Boston Celtics).

Nikola Rakićević is a Serbian professional basketball player for Spanish club Valencia Basket and the Serbia national team. He was born in Novi Sad, SR Serbia, on October 2nd 1994. 

Nikola started playing organized basketball at the age of 8 with local club Mladost Užice and he soon emerged as one of the best young players in his country.

In 2012, he joined Partizan Belgrade's youth system and made his debut with their senior team that same year. 

Playing alongside future NBA stars such as Nemanja Bjelica and Bojan Bogdanović, Nikola quickly established himself as one of Europe's top young prospects - earning him selection to represent Serbia at both the 2013 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship.

Where they finished runner-up) and 2014 FIBA Under-17 Basketball World Cup where they reached the final against USA before falling 101–86).

Since then, Nikola has continued to develop into an elite level player across all formats domestically and internationally for clubs like Partizan Belgrade (Serbia League A), Crvena Zvezda (Serbian SuperLiga), Valencia Basket (EuroLeague), Real Madrid Baloncesto (Spanish ACB League) among others.

Final Words

. . Buffalo Bulls Men’s Basketball Best Players of Alltime include players like Carmelo Anthony, Allen Iverson and Tim Hardaway. These legends have helped the Bulls reach great heights over the years, winning multiple NCAA Championships and making it to the Final Four on multiple occasions.

With so many talented players throughout its history, Buffalo Bulls Men’s Basketball is sure to continue thriving for years to come.

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