Ranking the best NBA players from Utah schools #25 – 21.

25. Ariel Maughan, Utah State: Maughan made the Detroit Falcons of the BAA in the 1946-47 season. He played five seasons in the BAA and NBA for the Falcons, Providence Steam Rollers, St. Louis Bombers and the Washington Capitols. His best statistical season came with the Bombers in ’48-49 when he averaged 10.8 points and 1.8 assists in 55 contests.

For his career, Maughan averaged 7.9 points, four rebounds and 1.2 assists in 259 games.

24. Vern Gardner, Utah: Gardner was selected with the fifth overall pick by the Philadelphia Warriors in the 1949 draft. Gardner played 151 games over three seasons with the Warriors. His best season came as a rookie in the 1949-50 season when Gardner averaged 13.5 points and 1.9 assists a night in 63 games.

For his career, Gardner averaged 8.9 points, four rebounds and 1.6 assists a game.

23. Dewitt Menyard, Utah: Menyard played 71 games in the 1967-68 season for the Houston Mavericks of the ABA. That season, Menyard averaged 9.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists a game. Those numbers were good enough for Menyard to appear in the 1968 ABA All-Star game.

22. Larry Bunce, Utah State: Bunce was taken with the 12th pick of the fourth round (43rd overall) by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1967 NBA draft. Bunce never played for the Sonics, but did spend two seasons in the ABA with the Anaheim Amigos, Denver Rockets, Dallas Chapparals and the Houston Mavericks. His best season came as a rookie when Bunce played in the 1968 ABA All-Star game after averaging 12.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 71 games.

For his career, Bunce averaged 8.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 129 contests.

21. Mike Sojourner, Utah: Sojourner was selected with the 10th overall pick by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1974 draft. He played 191 games over three seasons with the Hawks. His best season came as a rookie when Sojourner averaged 11.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists.

For his career, Sojourner averaged 8.7 points and 6.5 rebounds a game.


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