List of NCAA Division I men's basketball players with 147 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 147 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, the only way for a player to play in more than four NCAA seasons is to qualify for 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 fewer 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.

Only two players on this list competed for more than one school: Casey Benson, who played three seasons at Oregon before playing his final season of NCAA eligibility as a graduate transfer at Grand Canyon;[2] and Kyle Wiltjer, who played two seasons at Kentucky before finishing his college career at Gonzaga.

Key[edit]

Games played leaders[edit]

Przemek Karnowski played in 152 games between 2012 and 2017.
Darius Miller is tied for fifth all-time with 152 appearances, and is tied for first among players who participated in the standard four seasons.
Aaron Craft of Ohio State played in 148 games.
Player Pos. Team(s) Games played Career start Career end Ref.
David Lighty G/F Ohio State 157 2006 2011 [1]
Jakob Gollon F Mercer 154 2008 2014 [3]
Nate Austin F/C BYU 153 2011 2016 [4]
Josh Perkins G Gonzaga 153 2014 2019 [5]
Przemek Karnowski C Gonzaga (2) 152 2012 2017 [6]
Darius Miller G/F Kentucky 152 2008 2012 [7]
Deon Thompson F North Carolina 152 2006 2010 [8]
Nate Britt G North Carolina (2) 151 2013 2017 [9]
Isaiah Hicks F North Carolina (3) 151 2013 2017 [10]
Walter Hodge G Florida 151 2005 2009 [11]
Wayne Turner G Kentucky (2) 151 1995 1999 [12]
Antonio Anderson F Memphis 150 2005 2009 [13]
Nigel Hayes F Wisconsin 150 2013 2017 [14]
Amile Jefferson F Duke 150 2012 2017 [15]
Patric Young C/F Florida (2) 150 2010 2014 [16]
Joey Dorsey C Memphis (2) 149 2004 2008 [17]
Lamar Patterson G/F Pittsburgh 149 2009 2014 [18]
Ethan Wragge F Creighton 149 2009 2014 [19]
Mike Best F/C UC Irvine 148 2011 2016 [20]
Phil Booth G Villanova 148 2014 2019 [21]
Aaron Craft G Ohio State (2) 148 2010 2014 [22]
Robert Dozier F Memphis (3) 148 2005 2009 [23]
Josh Gasser G Wisconsin (2) 148 2010 2015[n 1] [24]
Brice Johnson F North Carolina (4) 148 2012 2016 [25]
Bronson Koenig G Wisconsin (3) 148 2013 2017 [26]
Christian Laettner F/C Duke (2) 148 1988 1992 [27]
Kyle Singler F Duke (3) 148 2007 2011 [28]
Casey Benson G Oregon /
Grand Canyon
147 2014 2018 [29]
Willie Kemp G Memphis (4) 147 2006 2010 [30]
Greg Koubek F Duke (4) 147 1987 1991 [31]
Danny Manning F Kansas 147 1984 1988 [32]
Brandon Triche G Syracuse 147 2009 2013 [33]
Kyle Wiltjer F Kentucky (3) /
Gonzaga (3)
147 2011 2016[n 2] [34]

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.

References[edit]

General
  • "2018–19 NCAA Men's Basketball Records" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2018. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
Specific
  1. ^ a b "David Lighty". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved February 14, 2011.
  2. ^ Phillips, Scott (April 29, 2017). "Grand Canyon lands Oregon graduate transfer guard Casey Benson". NBC Sports. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  3. ^ "Jake Gollon". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  4. ^ "Nate Austin". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  5. ^ "Josh Perkins". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 31, 2019.
  6. ^ "Przemek Karnowski". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  7. ^ "Monday marks Darius Miller's 152nd (wow!) career game". NBCsports.com. 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2012.
  8. ^ "Deon Thompson stats". ESPN.com. 2010. Retrieved May 25, 2010.
  9. ^ "Nate Britt". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  10. ^ "Isaiah Hicks". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  11. ^ "Walter Hodge stats". ESPN.com. 2010. Retrieved May 25, 2010.
  12. ^ "Wayne Turner". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 25, 2010.
  13. ^ "Antonio Anderson stats". ESPN.com. 2010. Retrieved May 25, 2010.
  14. ^ "Nigel Hayes". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  15. ^ "Amile Jefferson". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  16. ^ "Patric Young". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  17. ^ "Joey Dorsey stats". ESPN.com. 2010. Retrieved May 25, 2010.
  18. ^ "Lamar Patterson". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  19. ^ "Ethan Wragge". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 23, 2014.
  20. ^ "Mike Best". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  21. ^ "Phil Booth". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  22. ^ "Aaron Craft". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
  23. ^ "Robert Dozier stats". ESPN.com. 2010. Retrieved May 25, 2010.
  24. ^ "Josh Gasser". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  25. ^ "Brice Johnson". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  26. ^ "Bronson Koenig". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  27. ^ "Christian Laettner". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 25, 2010.
  28. ^ "Kyle Singler stats". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
  29. ^ "Casey Benson". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  30. ^ "Willie Kemp stats". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved February 12, 2010.
  31. ^ "Greg Koubek". DukeUpdate.com. 2010. Retrieved May 25, 2010.
  32. ^ "Danny Manning". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 25, 2010.
  33. ^ "Brandon Triche". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
  34. ^ "Kyle Wiltjer". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 22, 2016.