List of NCAA Division I men's basketball players with 145 games played

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In the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the statistic for total games played in Division I men's basketball helps opposing coaches to monitor the extent that a particular player is used on a team. By definition, a player has "played in a game" when he enters the contest via substitution or by starting the contest. All that is required is that he is one of the five players for a team on the court for a minimal time of one second according to the game clock.[citation needed]

In sports, it is typically the team's better players who get playing time in the most total games.[citation needed] To achieve this feat, generally several factors must all come together for it to even be possible:

  1. The player must be very talented. Otherwise, it is unlikely he will have entered so many games throughout his career.[citation needed]
  2. The team must be successful. To enter 145 or more games in a four-year period (with regular season and conference tournament games averaging about 30–32 games per season, leaving the need for an additional four to five games per season), the team must be good enough to qualify for a postseason tournament each of the player's four seasons at the school.[citation needed]
  3. The team must advance through several rounds, at minimum, in each of the postseason tournaments for all four years. For example, a team making it to the NCAA Tournament's Final Four will have played in four or five additional games in order to reach that point, and will be guaranteed at least one more game in the Final Four itself.[citation needed]

David Lighty of Ohio State holds the record for the most all-time appearances with 157.[1] His lead over the next highest player is partly due to a medical redshirt season in which he played 7 games. The player in second place, Jakob Gollon of Mercer, effectively had two medical redshirt seasons. Gollon suffered season-ending injuries in both his freshman season of 2008–09 and his redshirt freshman season of 2009–10, respectively playing two and nine games in those seasons. He was granted a rare sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA in 2013–14.

Currently, there are two ways in which a player can participate in more than four NCAA seasons:

  • The first is to receive a "medical redshirt", officially known by the NCAA as a "hardship waiver". To be eligible, a player must have missed the large majority of a season due to injury or illness. Specifically, the player must have participated in less than one-third of his team's scheduled games in that season, and cannot have participated in any games in the second half of the season. Several players on this list have benefited from this rule.
  • The second is to qualify as a so-called "graduate transfer". Current NCAA rules allow students who complete their bachelor's degree during their first four years of attendance at one school to play a fifth season at another school, provided they enroll in a degree program not offered at their previous school. No player on this list has yet benefited from this rule.

Key[edit]

Games played leaders[edit]

A light-skinned black man looks off in the distance as he holds a basketball during the warm-ups of a game.
Danny Green appeared in 145 career games for North Carolina.
Player Pos. Team(s) Career start Career end Games played Ref.
Lighty, DavidDavid Lighty G/F Ohio State 2006 2011 157 [1]
Gollon, JakobJakob Gollon F Mercer 2008 2014 154 [2]
Austin, NateNate Austin F/C BYU 2011 2016 153 [3]
Miller, DariusDarius Miller G/F Kentucky 2008 2012 152 [4]
Thompson, DeonDeon Thompson F North Carolina 2006 2010 152 [5]
Hodge, WalterWalter Hodge G Florida 2005 2009 151 [6]
Turner, WayneWayne Turner G Kentucky (2) 1995 1999 151 [7]
Anderson, AntonioAntonio Anderson F Memphis 2005 2009 150 [8]
Young, PatricPatric Young C/F Florida (2) 2010 2014 150 [9]
Dorsey, JoeyJoey Dorsey C Memphis (2) 2004 2008 149 [10]
Patterson, LamarLamar Patterson G/F Pittsburgh 2009 2014 149 [11]
Wragge, EthanEthan Wragge F Creighton 2009 2014 149 [12]
Best, MikeMike Best F/C UC Irvine 2011 2016 148 [13]
Craft, AaronAaron Craft G Ohio State (2) 2010 2014 148 [14]
Dozier, RobertRobert Dozier F Memphis (3) 2005 2009 148 [15]
Gasser, JoshJosh Gasser G Wisconsin 2010 2015[n 1] 148 [16]
Johnson, BriceBrice Johnson F North Carolina (2) 2012 2016 148 [17]
Laettner, ChristianChristian Laettner F/C Duke 1988 1992 148 [18]
Singler, KyleKyle Singler F Duke (2) 2007 2011 148 [19]
Kemp, WillieWillie Kemp G Memphis (4) 2006 2010 147 [20]
Koubek, GregGreg Koubek F Duke (3) 1987 1991 147 [21]
Manning, DannyDanny Manning F Kansas 1984 1988 147 [22]
Triche, BrandonBrandon Triche G Syracuse 2009 2013 147 [23]
Wiltjer, KyleKyle Wiltjer F Kentucky (3) &
Gonzaga
2011 2016[n 2] 147 [24]
Battier, ShaneShane Battier F Duke (4) 1997 2001 146 [25]
Burgess, BradfordBradford Burgess G VCU 2008 2012 146 [26]
Butler, Da'SeanDa'Sean Butler G/F West Virginia 2006 2010 146 [27]
Roll, MichaelMichael Roll G UCLA 2006 2010 146 [28]
Taylor, TyshawnTyshawn Taylor G Kansas (2) 2008 2012 146 [29]
Theus, DariusDarius Theus G VCU (2) 2009 2013 146 [30]
Thompson, SamSam Thompson F Ohio State (3) 2011 2015 146 [31]
Augmon, StaceyStacey Augmon G UNLV 1987 1991 145 [32]
Boynton, KennyKenny Boynton G Florida (3) 2009 2013 145 [33]
Brandenberg, RobRob Brandenberg G VCU (3) 2010 2014 145 [34]
Buford, WilliamWilliam Buford G Ohio State (4) 2008 2012 145 [35]
Green, DannyDanny Green G North Carolina (3) 2005 2009 145 [36]
Green, DraymondDraymond Green F Michigan State 2008 2012 145 [37]
Hallice, T. J.T. J. Hallice F Mercer (2) 2011 2015 145 [38]
Mack, DonealDoneal Mack G Memphis (5) 2006 2010 145 [39]
Magloire, JamaalJamaal Magloire C Kentucky (4) 1996 2000 145 [40]
Manigat, JahennsJahenns Manigat G Creighton (2) 2010 2014 145 [41]
Mazzulla, JoeJoe Mazzulla G West Virginia (2) 2006 2011 145 [42]
McDermott, DougDoug McDermott F Creighton (3) 2010 2014 145 [43]
Summers, DurrellDurrell Summers G Michigan State (2) 2007 2011 145 [44]
Werner, DanDan Werner F Florida (4) 2006 2010 145 [45]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Although Gasser's career spanned five seasons, he only played in four. He played no games as a redshirt in the 2012–13 season.
  2. ^ Although Wiltjer's career spanned five seasons, he only played in four. He played his first two seasons at Kentucky before transferring to Gonzaga, where he sat out the 2013–14 season due to NCAA transfer rules before playing his final two seasons there.
  • The main reference for this article, published by Sports Reference LLC, lists a Terrell Allen, a 6'6" guard/forward from Upper Marlboro, Maryland who played at Central Connecticut and Drexel, as having played in 147 games. However, this listing is incorrect; it conflates two players with the same name and hometown, but different positions and heights. Central Connecticut's Allen played from 2010 to 2014. The Terrell Allen who played at Drexel in the 2015–16 season was listed in that season as a 6'2" freshman guard.[46]

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  39. ^ "Doneal Mack". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
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