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Top 10 Notre Dame men’s basketball players according to ChatGPT

For the past few months, I’ve heard quite a bit about the AI information bot known as ChatGPT. It was the subject of an episode during this past season of “South Park”. More importantly, I’ve heard how it’s such a game-changer that writing jobs are done for. We’ll see about that as I’m not too worried about it, but then again, I’m sure newspaper employees said the same thing about the internet in the mid-1990s.

When our editor Nick Shepkowski decided to ask ChatGPT what it thought Notre Dame’s 10 best football players were, I decided to follow suit and ask the same question but for the 10 best men’s basketball players instead. Keep in mind that even the bot knows this list is subjective:

“Please note that there are many other outstanding players who have played for Notre Dame and could also be included on this list.”

So keep that in mind as you go over the following list, which also includes ChatGPT’s description of each player:

David Rivers

Mar 12, 1987; Charlotte, NC, USA, FILE PHOTO; Notre Dame Irish guard David Rivers (4) in action during the 1987 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Charlottle Coliseum. Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

“He was a standout player for the Fighting Irish and was named a consensus First Team All-American in 1988. He also led Notre Dame to a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament that same year.

After his college career, Rivers was selected in the first round of the 1988 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. He played for the Lakers, Clippers, Warriors, and Timberwolves during his NBA career. He also played professionally in Europe and Asia. Today, Rivers is a motivational speaker and works as a financial advisor.”

Bonzie Colson

Mar 27, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Bonzie Colson (35) reacts against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the first half in the championship game in the East regional of the NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Center. Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

“He was a forward and was known for his versatility and ability to contribute in multiple ways on the court.

During his time at Notre Dame, Colson was a two-time First Team All-ACC selection and was named to the All-ACC Tournament team in 2017. He was also named a Third Team All-American by the Associated Press in 2018.

After his college career, Colson went undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft but signed a two-way contract with the Milwaukee Bucks. He has also played for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Orlando Magic in the NBA, as well as for various G-League teams.”

Pat Connaughton

Mar 28, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard/forward Pat Connaughton (24) reacts during the second half against the Kentucky Wildcats in the finals of the midwest regional of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena. Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

“Connaughton played college basketball at the University of Notre Dame from 2011 to 2015, where he was known for his athleticism and his ability to shoot from long range.

During his college career, Connaughton was a key contributor for Notre Dame and helped lead the team to multiple NCAA Tournament appearances. He was also a standout pitcher on the Notre Dame baseball team and was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the fourth round of the 2014 MLB Draft.

After his college career, Connaughton was selected in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. He played for the Trail Blazers for three seasons before signing with the Bucks in 2018. Connaughton is known for his high-flying dunks and his ability to hit clutch shots from beyond the arc.”

Chris Thomas

Feb 14, 2004; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame guard Chris Thomas in action against Seton Hall at the Joyce Center. Photo by Joe Robbins-USA TODAY Sports

“He was a point guard and was known for his playmaking ability and his scoring touch.

During his time at Notre Dame, Thomas became the all-time leading scorer in the history of the program, finishing his career with 2,195 points. He was a three-time First Team All-Big East selection and was also named a Third Team All-American by the Associated Press in 2003.

After his college career, Thomas played professionally in Europe, Asia, and South America. He also played in the NBA D-League and briefly played in the NBA for the Los Angeles Clippers in 2006. Today, Thomas works as a basketball coach and trainer.”

Kelly Tripucka

Mar 19, 1981; Atlanta, GA, USA; FILE PHOTO; Notre Dame Irish guard Kelly Tripucka (44) in action against the Brigham Young Cougars during the 1981 NCAA East Regional Semifinals at the Omni. The Cougars defeated the Irish 51-50. Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

“He was a forward and was known for his scoring ability and his versatility on the court.

During his time at Notre Dame, Tripucka became the all-time leading scorer in the history of the program, finishing his career with 2,415 points. He was also a two-time First Team All-American and was named the Sporting News Player of the Year in 1981.

After his college career, Tripucka was selected in the first round of the 1981 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. He played for the Pistons, Utah Jazz, and Charlotte Hornets during his NBA career. After retiring from basketball, Tripucka worked as a television commentator and color analyst for college and professional basketball games.”

Luke Harangody

NEW YORK – MARCH 10: Luke Harangody #44 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish handles the ball against the Seton Hall Pirates during the second round of 2010 NCAA Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 10, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

“He was a forward and was known for his scoring ability and his tenacity on the court.

During his time at Notre Dame, Harangody was a two-time First Team All-Big East selection and was named the Big East Player of the Year in 2008 and 2010. He was also named a Third Team All-American by the Associated Press in 2008 and a Second Team All-American in 2010.

After his college career, Harangody was selected in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. He played for the Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers during his NBA career. He also played professionally in Europe and Asia. Today, Harangody works as a basketball coach and trainer.”

Troy Murphy

Notre Dame’s Troy Murphy (3) raises his fists at the buzzer as the Irish defeat Vanderbilt 77-74 at Memorial Gym in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000.(AP Photo/John Russell)

“He was a power forward and was known for his rebounding ability and his outside shooting touch.

During his time at Notre Dame, Murphy was a two-time First Team All-Big East selection and was named the Big East Player of the Year in 2001. He was also named a Third Team All-American by the Associated Press in 2000 and a First Team All-American in 2001.

After his college career, Murphy was selected in the first round of the 2001 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. He played for the Warriors, Indiana Pacers, New Jersey Nets, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks during his NBA career. He was known as a consistent rebounder and a versatile scorer.”

John Mooney

Jan 4, 2020; Syracuse, New York, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward John Mooney (33) shoots a free throw against the Syracuse Orange during the first half at the Carrier Dome. Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

“He was a power forward and was known for his rebounding ability and his shooting touch from beyond the arc.

During his time at Notre Dame, Mooney was a two-time First Team All-ACC selection and was named to the All-ACC Defensive Team in 2020. He finished his college career as one of the most productive players in Notre Dame history, ranking third all-time in rebounds and 13th all-time in scoring.

After his college career, Mooney signed a two-way contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers and played for the Cavaliers’ G League affiliate, the Canton Charge. He was also a member of the Utah Jazz’s Summer League team in 2021.”

Adrian Dantley

Jan 1976; South Bend, IN, USA: FILE PHOTO; Notre Dame Irish forward (44) Adrian Dantley in action against the UCLA Bruins during the 1976 season. Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

“He played college basketball at the University of Notre Dame from 1973 to 1976, where he was a two-time consensus First Team All-American.

During his NBA career, Dantley played for several teams, including the Buffalo Braves, Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, Detroit Pistons, Dallas Mavericks, and Milwaukee Bucks. He was known for his scoring ability, particularly his proficiency at getting to the free-throw line. He led the league in free-throw attempts and free throws made several times during his career, and he retired as one of the most accurate free-throw shooters in NBA history.

After retiring from playing, Dantley went into coaching and worked as an assistant coach for several NBA teams, including the Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies, and Golden State Warriors. He also worked as a basketball analyst for ESPN and has been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.”

Austin Carr

Dec 5, 1970; South Bend, IN, USA; FILE PHOTO; Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Austin Carr (34) shoots a jump shot against the South Carolina Gamecocks at the Joyce Center. Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

“He played college basketball at the University of Notre Dame from 1968 to 1971, where he was a three-time consensus First Team All-American.

During his NBA career, Carr played for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Dallas Mavericks. He was known for his scoring ability and was the first overall pick in the 1971 NBA Draft. He had several notable performances throughout his career, including a 61-point game against the Dallas Mavericks in 1974.

After retiring from playing, Carr went into broadcasting and has worked as a television analyst for several NBA teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he has been a color commentator for over 30 years. He has also been inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.”

Story originally appeared on Fighting Irish Wire