UW-Green Bay was founded in 1965 with the men’s basketball program beginning play during the 1969/1970 season at the NAIA level. The program moved to NCAA Division II in 1973 where it remained until joining the Division I ranks in 1982. Below is a summary of Green Bay’s Division I basketball history:
NCAA Tournament appearances:
1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2016
1990, 1992, 2014, 2015
1991 – Mid-Continent Conference Tournament champions
1992 – Mid-Continent Conference regular season champions
1994 – Mid-Continent Conference regular season champions
1994 – Mid-Continent Conference Tournament champions
1995 – Horizon League Tournament champions
1996 – Horizon League regular season champions
2014 – Horizon League regular season champions
2016 – Horizon League Tournament champions
Green Bay Phoenix in the NBA:
There have been seven former Green Bay Phoenix basketball players that have either played or been drafted by NBA teams. They are:
Tom Anderson |Drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 10th round of the 1978 NBA Draft
Ron Ripley | Drafted by the Golden State Warriors in the 4th round of the 1979 NBA Draft
Tony Bennett | Drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in the 2nd round of the 1992 NBA Draft.
Logan Vander Velden |Undrafted, played the 1995-1996 season with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Jeff Nordgaard | Drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2nd round of the 1996 NBA Draft.
Alec Brown | Drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the 2nd round of the 2014 NBA Draft.
Alfonzo McKinnie | Undrafted, has played 5 seasons in the NBA with the Raptors, Warriors, Cavaliers, Lakers, and Bulls
Keifer Sykes | Undrafted, currently playing for the Indiana Pacers