College basketball: 5 of the greatest families in hoops history
Almost every family has its own unique set of family traditions. But unlike most, these families have made a name for themselves through winning conference titles and playing in the NCAA tournament. While there have been plenty of father-son and brother duos throughout the years, the five families below have a minimum of three members who have either played or coached college basketball.
Let's take a closer look at five of the greatest family dynasties in college hoops history.
The Barry Family (Rick, Scooter, Jon, Brent, Drew and Canyon)
Rick Barry starred at Miami (Fla.) for three seasons and his number is just one of two to be retired by the Hurricanes. Barry led the NCAA in scoring his senior season with an average of 37.4 points per game and went on to have one of the most successful careers in the NBA.
Rick was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 1987 and it seems he passed on his love of basketball to each of his sons. Scooter Barry was a member of the 1988 Kansas Jayhawks national championship team and scored a career-best 15 points in his team's victory over Kansas State in the Elite Eight. Jon was an NBA first round selection out of Georgia Tech and is part of the Yellow Jackets' 1,000 point club.
Rick's third son Brent, known for his impressive dunks, lettered at Oregon State from 1992-95 and was named the team's MVP twice. Drew followed in Jon's footsteps to Georgia Tech and was a standout for the Yellow Jackets from 1992-96. He still holds the Georgia Tech career record with his 724 assists. The youngest son Canyon currently plays as a junior guard for the College of Charleston and even shoots his free throws in the same underhanded style as his father.
Between all members of the Barry Family, there are a total of three NBA titles and one NCAA championship.
|Rick (Miami, Fla.)||2,298 points (52.2 percent)||1,274 rebounds||No. 2 pick 1965 draft|
|Scooter (Kansas)||351 points (48.2 percent)||164 rebounds||238 assists|
|Jon (Pacific, Georgia Tech)||1,355 points (42.1 percent)||336 rebounds||425 assists|
|Brent (Oregon State)||1,304 points (48 percent)||396 rebounds||351 assists|
|Drew (Georgia Tech)||1,253 points (44.7 percent)||482 rebounds||724 assists|
The Curry Family (Dell, Steph, Seth)
Stephen Curry is one of the most dominant players in basketball today and it's not hard to believe given his family's athletic ability. His father Dell Curry was a standout at Virginia Tech and led the Hokies to two NIT tournaments and two at-large bids to March Madness. Dell still ranks second in all-time scoring, holds the steals record and his No. 30 jersey is retired. Dell's wife Sonya also was a star athlete for the Virginia Tech women's volleyball team.
Steph was well-known to basketball fans from his days at Davidson and led the Wildcats on an improbable run to the 2008 Elite Eight. Curry dropped 162 3-pointers to set the NCAA single-season record and his 364 career treys are the most by any Davidson player. Steph's biggest games came in his five NCAA tournament appearances, where he averaged 31.6 points per game.
His younger brother Seth spent one season at Liberty before transferring to Duke and sitting out a season. Seth produced his best season at Duke during 2012-13, when he scored a career-high 31 points in a game and earned First Team All-ACC recognition. Seth and the Blue Devils advanced to the Elite Eight in his final year.
|Dell (Virginia Tech)||2,389 points (50.5 percent||610 rebounds||407 assists||295 steals|
|Steph (Davidson)||2,635 points (46.7 percent)||473 rebounds||388 assists||221 steals|
|Seth (Liberty, Duke)||2,101 points (43.1 percent)||398 rebounds||290 assists||173 steals|
The Drew Family (Homer, Bryce, Scott)
There is no family with a greater connection and history to Valparaiso basketball than Homer Drew and his two sons, Scott and Bryce. Homer arrived at Valparaiso in 1988 after he coached at two NAIA-level programs and led the Crusaders to five consecutive NCAA tournaments from 1996-2000. After leading the program to a sixth tournament in 2002, Homer retired from coaching and handed the team over to his eldest son Scott.
Scott attended Butler and spent two seasons as a student assistant for the basketball program. Soon afterwards, Scott joined Homer at Valparaiso as an assistant coach for nine years. Scott took over for one season as head coach before he started a 12-year stint at Baylor, where he has led the Bears to five NCAA tournaments and a NIT Championship.
Homer came out of retirement until 2011 when Bryce succeeded him at the helm of the program. Before he took over as the coach for Valparaiso, Bryce is remembered for his time as a player for the Crusaders under his father from 1994-98. The most memorable moment from Bryce's playing career was the 1998 NCAA tournament when he made "The Shot" against Ole Miss, which gave the program its first-ever tournament win. Bryce is still the program's career leader in points, assists and 3-pointers.
Between the three in their coaching career, the Drew Family has combined for 1,020 wins and 650 losses for a 63.7 winning percentage as of Feb. 4.
The Plumlee Brothers (Mason, Miles and Marshall)
If your last name is Plumlee, then Mike Krzyzewski has a spot for you at Duke. Mason, Miles and Marshall Plumlee all played under the legendary coach and won national championships during their time with the Blue Devils. Miles originally committed to Stanford before he decided to join the Blue Devils with Mason. Miles and Mason became just the sixth pair of brothers to play at the same time for Duke and captured a national title together in 2010.
The two eldest brothers played in the NBA after their days at Duke while Marshall is finishing up his final season as a graduate student and co-captain and plans to join the Army after graduation.
Given their family lineage, it shouldn't be a surprise the brothers decided to play college basketball. Their dad Perky played at Tennessee Tech and their mom Leslie played at Purdue, following in the footsteps of her dad and brothers who all played college hoops as well.
|Mason||1,384 points (57.4 percent)||1,088 rebounds||212 assists|
|Miles||650 points (55.7 percent)||650 rebounds||87 blocks|
|Marshall||307 points (65.1 percent)||348 rebounds||80 blocks|
The Zeller Brothers (Luke, Tyler and Cody)
Luke, Tyler and Cody Zeller all grew up in Indiana, one of the largest hotspots for college basketball talent, and each earned the state's "Mr. Basketball" title.
The eldest son Luke stayed in-state and saw action in 128 games for Notre Dame, tied for the third-most by a Fighting Irish player. Notre Dame advanced to the NCAA tournament twice during Zeller's career as well as the National Invitiational Tournament his senior year. The forward/center was voted the team's most improved player for the 2008 season.
Tyler Zeller is the only brother to not stay in Indiana as he decided to play for Roy Williams at North Carolina. The forward/center led the Tar Heels to back-to-back ACC regular season championships and consecutive Elite Eight appearances. The middle Zeller scored 103 points over four games in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, the second-highest by a Tar Heel. Tyler earned ACC Player of the Year recognition during his senior season in 2012.
Cody Zeller didn't follow Tyler to UNC but elected to play for Indiana, where he quickly became one of the most successful Hoosiers. The youngest Zeller was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2012. As a sophomore, Cody ranked in the top six in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and blocks during Big Ten conference play. During his two seasons under Tom Crean, Cody finished with a career 59.1 shooting percent, which is the best in Indiana history.
|Luke (Notre Dame)||538 points (41.7 percent)||326 rebounds||33 blocks|
|Tyler (North Carolina)||1,503 points (54.3 percent)||788 rebounds||130 blocks|
|Cody (Indiana)||1,157 points (59.1 percent)||525 rebounds||87 blocks|