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Raef LaFrentz
  • McDonald's All-American at MarMac High School
  • Two-time first-team All-American at KU
  • The number 2 all-time scorer (2,066 points) and rebounder (1,186) at KU
  • Third overall pick by the Denver Nuggets in the 1998 NBA Draft
LaFrentz, Raef

Inducted 2011

Born: May 29, 1976 - Hampton, Iowa

Graduated: MFL MarMac H.S., 1994; University of Kansas, 1998

Overview

In the rich tradition of basketball at the University of Kansas, Raef LaFrentz was one of the all-time greats for the Jayhawks.

High School Career

LaFrentz was one of the nation’s top high school players during his prep days at MFL MarMac High School in Monona, Iowa.  It was former Kansas head coach Roy Williams, who won the recruiting battle for the McDonald's All-American, calling him every Sunday night for a year.

All-American at KU

LaFrentz was a two-time first-team All-American at Kansas, and a first-team All-Big 12 selection three times. He played for the Jayhawks from 1994-98 and graduated as the school’s No. 2 all-time scorer (2,066 points) and rebounder (1,186), one behind all-time leader Danny Manning. LaFrentz averaged 15.8 points and 9.1 rebounds a game during his KU career, while shooting 55.5 percent from the floor.  During his four years at KU, the Jayhawks posted a 123-17 record and he was part of a senior class that won more games over a four-year period than any class in KU history. LaFrentz became the first KU player to average a double-double in 27 years when, as a senior, he averaged 19.8 points and 11.4 rebounds a game. He joined Tim Duncan and Shaquille O’Neal as the only two-time All-Americans during the 1990s and had his jersey retired by KU in 2003.

NBA Career

LaFrentz was the third overall pick by the Denver Nuggets in the 1998 NBA Draft and played 11 seasons with the Nuggets, Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics and Portland Trailblazers. He played in 563 NBA games and averaged 10.1 points and 6.1 rebounds for his career.