The all-time leading scorer in Louisville history also possesses one of the best basketball nicknames in history. And over the years, Darrell “Dr. Dunkenstein” Griffith has become an institution in the Derby City.
He starred at Male High School and decided to play for his hometown school despite offers from across the country. He won the Wooden Award as college basketball’s best player in 1980, the same year that he led the Cardinals to their first NCAA title (earning MOP honors in the process). And of course, there are those 2,333 points and countless dunks.
These days, Griffith is back where he first made a name (and a nickname) for himself. Since 2006 he has served as a special assistant to University of Louisville President James R. Ramsey.
Louisville isn’t the only place where Dr. Dunkenstein has known success. He enjoyed an 11-year NBA career spent entirely with the Utah Jazz, who honored Griffith’s efforts by retiring his No. 35 jersey in 1993.
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