UConn Basketball: The Top 50 Players in School History
Ranking the top 50 players in any school's history is not an easy task.
The record books can only tell you so much, and how can you pass judgement on the many players you have never seen play before?
But, it is fun to give it a shot, especially for a program like UConn, with such a young core of talent. We could be watching history in action as the Huskies begin their run at a second straight national championship.
Will any of the current Huskies rank higher on this list in the years to come?
Time will tell. But in the meantime, let's take a look back at the 50 greatest players in the long history of UConn basketball.
But first let me give thanks to the UConn Huskies record books at uconnhuskies.com and the NCAA's record books at ncaa.org for the gold mine of statistics, without which this list may look much different.
Also, thanks to Charlene "The Sign Lady" Jacobs and all of uconnhooplegends.com. The website proved invaluable as a diving board into the rich history of UConn basketball, as well as great place to find photos.
50. Andre Drummond
Around 30 former UConn Huskies have gone onto play in the NBA. Five have won NBA championships. One has been named NBA Rookie of the Year, and one is a future Hall of Famer.
As a program, UConn has three championship banners hanging from its rafters.
The fact that Andre Drummond is the highest-rated recruit in UConn's history says something.
Though he has not played a single game yet, Drummond is a freshman of Lew Alcindor proportions, and adding his name to the roster has made the Huskies a favorite for another trip to the Final Four.
By this time next year, his name will likely be much higher on this list.
49. Jeremy Lamb
Though it looked like Jeremy Lamb was asleep on his feet for most of the season last year, he was still able to record one of the most successful debuts in recent college basketball memory.
The lanky two guard with the silky game was the second leading scorer for a team that won the national championship, playing in every game along the way.
What made Lamb such a superstar, though, was his ability to increase production as the season progressed.
If you look at the numbers from the start of the Big East Tournament to the Final Four, you'll see that not only does Lamb do a bit of everything, but he did it better as the stakes were raised.
The sky is the limit for Jeremy Lamb, and in four years' time, he could be among the best 10 in UConn history.
48. Nadav Henefeld
Nadav Henefeld played only a single season at UConn, the 1989-1990 "Dream Season," but he made enough of an impact to be voted onto the UConn All-Century team by the Husky faithful.
That year UConn went 31-6, ending the season with a trip to the Elite 8.
Henefeld averaged 11.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.7 steals per game.
He was named Big East Rookie of the Year and set both the UConn and NCAA records for most steals in a single season by a freshman with 138.
He left after one year to play professionally in Israel, his home country.
47. Alex Oriakhi
After Hasheem Thabeet left UConn for the NBA, Alex Oriakhi had to pick up the mantle as the next best UConn big man.
He's done well so far, filling a role that has held some big shoes, figuratively and literally.
A former McDonald's All-American, Oriakhi has averaged 7.5 points and 7.8 rebounds in two seasons at UConn.
In his freshman year he was named to the Big East All-Rookie team, and in his sophomore year he won a national championship.
With many games ahead, the hard-nosed Oriakhi still has a bright future.
46. Jake Voskuhl
Jake Voskuhl is one of UConn's greatest winners.
In four years as a Husky, the 6'11" center went 109-32, winning back-to-back Big East championships and in 1999, UConn's first national championship.
But Voskhul wasn't just along for the ride. He started more games at UConn then any other player and is second all-time in games played with 138.
He is second all-time in blocked shots with 193 and fourth all-time in field goal percentage, shooting a career 54.2 percent. Voskuhl also ranks seventh in total rebounds with 880.
After graduating from UConn, Voskhul played nine seasons in the NBA.
45. Travis Knight
Travis Knight is another example of a winning UConn big man.
In his four years in a Husky uniform, UConn won three straight Big East regular season titles, and in 1996, when UConn won the Big East Tournament, Knight was named to the All-Tournament team after averaging 12 points and 12 rebounds per game.
Knight recorded 18 double-doubles in his career and left UConn No. 3 in career blocked shots and No. 14 in career rebounds.
Knight played seven seasons in the NBA and even won a NBA championship in 2000 as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.
44. Josh Boone
Josh Boone was a key contributor to the 2004 national champion UConn Huskies. Though only a freshman, Boone started all but one game that year and averaged around six points and six rebounds per game.
For the next two years Boone was a leader on some very talented UConn teams and went to the Elite Eight in 2006, where UConn lost by one point to George Mason.
For his career Boone shot 57.8 percent from the field, good enough to rank fourth in school history, and averaged 9.8 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.
He also ranks fourth in block shots per game with an average of 2.2.
43. Charlie Villanueva
Though he only stayed two years at UConn, Charlie Villanueva had a big impact.
In terms of raw skill, the 6'11" forward with the big leap and the guard skills may have been one of the best UConn has ever had.
As a freshman during the 2003-04 season, Villanueva played the role of sixth man and scored 8.9 points and grabbed 5.3 rebounds in 19 minutes per game.
The following year he was the team's leading scorer and second leading rebounder (behind Josh Boone).
Had he not gone on to the NBA, who knows what Villanueva could have done at UConn with another two years. But in such a short time he helped win a national championship. What else is there?
42. Al Cooper
Al Cooper played three seasons as the UConn Huskies center from 1956 to 1959.
In each of those three years, the Huskies finished first in the Yankee Conference and earned a trip to the NCAA tournament.
Individually, Cooper was a standout. For his career, he averaged a double-double of 11.9 points and 10.6 rebounds per game.
Cooper was also named an All-Yankee Conference selection in his sophomore and junior seasons, the first sophomore to do so.
41. Ron Hrubala
Like Al Cooper before him, Ron Hrubala was a rebounding machine.
Though his UConn teams were not as good, only winning the Yankee Conference once in 1970, Hrubala did lead his team in rebounding in each of his three seasons of varsity ball.
For his career, Hrubala averaged 13.1 points per game and 10.7 rebounds.
He is one of only a handful of Huskies to average a double-double in every year of varsity competition.
40. Jim Abromaitis
In Jim Abromaitis' freshman season, the UConn Huskies made it to the Sweet 16 after finishing second in the Yankee Conference.
Though the team didn't improve much in the next four years, Abromaitis did.
In his first three years, his scoring increased by four points each year, and his rebounding increased by two each year. Unfortunately, a knee injury at the start of his senior season derailed the improvement a bit, as he had to red shirt and return the following year, 1979.
By the time he graduated, the 6'8" forward had scored 1,084 career points and now ranks 41st on UConn's all-time leading scorers list.
Abromaitis went on to have a successful pro career in Europe.
39. Tim Coles
UConn had some rough seasons from 1982 to 1986, but in that time Tim Coles had a fine career.
Today, Coles ranks 45th on the list of UConn's all-time leading scorers with 1,016 points. Coles also grabbed over 800 rebounds in his career.
The 6'7" center really stood out in Big East play, and Coles ranks fourth among UConn big men with 15 recorded double-doubles against league competition.
Quite impressive, considering some of the other Big East centers competing against Coles: Bill Wennington at St. John's, Otis Thorpe at Providence, Rony Seikaly at Syracuse and Patrick Ewing at Georgetown.
38. Stanley Robinson
Jim Calhoun had to suspend Stanley Robinson from the team and get him a job at a packaging warehouse in order to get him focused. But it turned out all right.
When Robinson returned to the team, he helped lead the UConn Huskies to the 2009 Final Four.
Robinson ranks 31st on the UConn all-time scoring list with 1,231 points.
Statistically speaking, Robinson may not be the best player UConn has had, but he may well be the best athlete the program has ever had.
See his jump stop dunk on Cincinnati, or the two-handed windmill he had against Duke.
37. Denham Brown
You know you have a team of ballers when your fourth option once put up 111 points in a single game.
In 2004, the year UConn won its second national championship, Denham Brown was that fourth option with an average of 8.9 points per game.
By the time Brown left UConn, he ranked among the school's all-time leading scorers with 1,267 points, good for 29th overall.
Brown had a dangerous swing through and an unexpected vertical leap and would put down a hammer of a dunk every once in a while.
More importantly, he had a knack for hitting big shots and will be remembered as one of the most clutch shooters in recent Huskies history, behind Kemba Walker.
36. Bob Boyd
Bob Boyd is one of the best scoring guards in UConn history. At only 5'11", Boyd averaged just over 18 points per game in his three-year career.
Boyd scored 30 points or more in six different games, with a career high of 36 on December 20, 1969 against Holy Cross.
He ranks 39th on the list of all-time leading scorers with 1,122 points.
He is tied with Ray Allen for the fourth-highest single-season scoring average of 23.4 points per game, from the 1969-1970 season.
That same year the Huskies won the Yankee Conference, and Boyd was named a First Team All-Conference selection.
35. Vin Yokabaskas
Vin Yokabaskas played at UConn from 1949 to 1952. He led the team in scoring each of those three years.
For his career he averaged 16.4 points per game and was the very first Husky to reach the 1,000 point mark.
Now, Yokabaskas ranks 28th on the all-time scorers list with 1,275 points.
After UConn, Yokabaskas was invited to try out for the Syracuse Nationals and the Boston Celtics but had to join the armed forces instead and served in the Korean War.
34. Tate George
"The Shot," which Tate George hit to beat Clemson 70-69 in the 1990 Sweet 16, is one of the most replayed shots in college basketball history.
It was the type of play coaches and fans expect out of their senior leaders in tight games.
In four years at UConn, George played in 128 games, starting in 116 of them. He accumulated more assists, 677, than all but one other player in that time.
He has career averages of 9.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game.
After struggling through the hard times of his freshman through junior seasons, when UConn had a combined record of 47-46, George was rewarded with The Dream Season.
In his senior season, 1989-90, the Huskies went 31-6, one of the best single season records in UConn history, ultimately losing in the Elite Eight to national runner-up, Duke.
33. Rashad Anderson
The UConn Huskies greatest sixth man, Rashad Anderson gave new meaning to the nickname "Microwave," making Vinnie Johnson look like an Easy Bake Oven.
Coming off the bench, Anderson averaged 15 points for his career and scored in double figures in 50 games, including 11 games with 20 or more points.
Anderson scored a career-high 33 points against Morehead State in December of 2005, hitting seven of seven three-pointers.
He is UConn's all-time leader in three pointers attempted and made, and during the Huskies' 2003-2004 championship season, Anderson made 87 treys.
Anderson left UConn with 1,432 points, ranking No. 18 all-time, an overall record of 109-28, a Big East tournament win and a national championship to his name.
32. Marcus Williams
Marcus Williams may always be remembered for squandering his talent, but he had more of it to squander than most of the players in UConn's history.
In just 70 games in three years, Williams did more on the court then most do with a full career.
He is fifth on the list of UConn's all-time assist leaders with 510, recording double-figure assists in 17 games. The player who ranks ahead of him played 113 games. The player who ranks behind him played 134 games.
Williams ranks No. 1 for the highest career assist average with 7.3 per game.
Williams had the ability to control games with the pass. He holds the record for most assists in a game by a UConn player with 16, which he did twice, once on 2004 and again in 2005.
He is also one of only six UConn players to record a triple-double in a game.
31. Kevin Ollie
There have been Huskies better than Kevin Ollie, and his numbers won't blow you away—he averaged 6.5 points and 5.0 assists per game for his career.
But Ollie is on this list more as a symbol, a forefather of the dominant UConn teams that came after he graduated into the NBA in 1995.
Ollie was the starting point guard from 1992 through 1995. In four years he had a career record of 92-33, won the Big East regular season title two years in a row and made it to both the Sweet 16 and the Elite Eight.
In the 16 years since Ollie left UConn, the Huskies have won more than 30 games seven times, advanced to the Sweet Sixteen nine times, competed in four Final Fours and won three national championships, the latest with Ollie on the sideline as an assistant coach.
30. Jerome Dyson
Jerome Dyson was one half of an extremely talented UConn back court.
He attacked the hoop with an unforgiving intensity and used that skill to become the Huskies' leading scorer in both his freshman and senior seasons. But Dyson did more then score.
He was a versatile stat stuffer who averaged 14.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game for his career.
He ranks 13th all-time in points scored with 1,630 and is tied for third all-time for career steals per game average.
In the 2008-2009 season UConn made it to the Final Four while Dyson was sidelined after knee surgery. If you ask the UConn faithful they will tell you, had Dyson not been injured, UConn may have four national championship banners today.
And Dyson would be higher on this list.
29. Taliek Brown
With two seconds on the shot clock and 40 feet to go, Taliek Brown faked, bounced, fired and drilled it, cementing UConn's double-overtime win and third Big East Tournament title in 2002, as well as his place among UConn's greatest.
Brown led UConn from the point guard spot from 2000-2004, playing in 134 games. He helped UConn win two Big East Tournaments, one in 2002, the other in 2004.
He was also the starting point guard for UConn's 2004 national championship team.
Brown averaged 7.8 points per game and 5.3 assists per game and is UConn's all-time assist leader.
He also ranks 42nd on the all-time leading scorers list with 1,039 points.
28. Ricky Moore
Ricky Moore is the ultimate role player, that extra piece that completes the puzzle.
He was reliable (played in 134 games). He was a competent scorer (scored more than 900 points in his career). He could move the ball (graduated with 510 assists, putting him seventh all-time).
But above all he could defend.
Moore will be remembered as possibly UConn's greatest perimeter defender. Husky fans can recall his performance in the 1999 national championship game, when Moore finished with 13 points and eight rebounds and forced Duke superstar Trajan Landon into a travel with five seconds to play, sealing the win for UConn.
All together, Moore's skill set was a recipe for success, as he was a part of the winningest four-year span in the history of UConn basketball (114-24) and a national champion.
27. Phil Gamble
The 1987-88 UConn Huskies won the school's first and, thus far, only NIT championship.
It was Jim Calhoun's second year as UConn's head coach, and the Huskies have not looked back since. From that point on UConn has become a national powerhouse.
Phil Gamble was a key player on that team. Gamble averaged 15 points per game, his highest scoring average in his four years.
Gamble ranks No. 21 on UConn's all-time leading scorers list with 1,371 points. Easy to do when, like Gamble, you shoot an average 40.6 percent from behind the three-point line.
26. Doron Sheffer
Call him The Beast from the Middle East.
Doron Sheffer is one of the greatest international players brought to UConn, and maybe the only thing that kept him from being higher on this list was having to share the court with greats like Ray Allen and Donyell Marshall.
In three years at UConn, Sheffer started all but one game and averaged 13.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.9 steals for his career.
He played in two Sweet 16s and one Elite Eight to go along with three straight regular-season Big East championships.
Sheffer was named Big East Rookie of the Year in 1994, and as of now, ranks 25th all-time in most career points with 1,329 and fourth all-time in most career assists with 559.
He is the only Husky to ever record more than 1,000 points and 500 assists in only three seasons.
25. Walt Dropo
Before Walt Dropo was named 1950 American League Rookie of the Year as first baseman for the Boston Red Sox, he played center for the UConn Huskies basketball team.
And he was pretty good at that too. By the time Dropo left UConn in 1947, he was the school's leading scorer, with 848 points. He still ranks second all-time for career scoring average with 20.7 points per game.
Dropo is one of the most successful all-around athletes to come out of UConn. He played basketball, baseball and football in college and upon graduation was given a chance to go professional in all three sports.
Dropo chose baseball and went on to have a 12-year career in the majors which included an appearance in the 1950 All-Star game and a career .270 batting average.
24. Jeff Adrien
Jeff Adrien is one of only five UConn Huskies to score more than 1,000 points and corral more than 1,000 rebounds in their career.
He ranks 14th on the career scoring list with 1,603 points and third overall on the career rebounding list with 1,126.
For most of Adrien's career he played the role of bruising complement to Hasheem Thabeet. But that's not to say he was the lesser player of the two.
In the 2007-08 season, Adrien led the Huskies in scoring and rebounding. He averaged 12 points and 8.5 rebounds for his career.
His physical style of play and intense attitude, however, mean Adrien's legacy at UConn will always be as the enforcer not the superstar.
23. Hasheem Thabeet
Hasheem Thabeet was the tallest player in UConn Huskies history, and he was a reminder to all (especially 2008 Big East Player of The Year Luke Harangody) that the old saying is true—you can't teach height.
With his size and quick timing, Thabeet put shot blocking on the highlight reels and made even the nation's best players look like they belonged on a JV team.
After three years as a Husky, Thabeet ranks second in school history in both total blocked shots and career blocked shots average.
He set the school record for most blocked shots in a game, with 10, three times. Including once against Harangody and Notre Dame in 2008.
Thabeet also ranks No. 43 on the career scoring list with 1,028 points and helped take the Huskies to the 2009 Final Four.
22. Rudy Gay
If this list was based solely on talent and skill set, Rudy Gay, a 2006 Consensus All-American, would rank somewhere in the top five. But things like championships and legacy are also taken into account, therefore Gay loses some points.
Unfortunately, he played on two of the more disappointing UConn teams of this century so far. In his freshman season, on a team full of NBA prospects, UConn lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament. And in his sophomore season, the Huskies were upset by George Mason in the Elite Eight after winning 30 games.
In his two years, Gay averaged 13.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.
He was a 6'9" wing with the ability to split double teams, breakdown defenders off the dribble, knock down running fade aways and get his elbows over the rim on dunk attempts.
An absolutely natural talent. He just didn't quite live up to his potential.
21. Mike McKay
One of UConn's best players from the pre-Jim Calhoun era, Mike McKay ranks No. 12 on the all-time leading scorers list with 1,633 points.
McKay was the team's second leading scorer his freshman year, 1978-79. For the next four years he was consistently one of the team's top point producers.
The 6'5" guard averaged 14.5 points per game in his four years.
McKay scored in double figures 90 times and ranks seventh all-time in field goals with 636.
20. Kevin Freeman
Kevin Freeman arrived at UConn as a freshman in 1996, a part of a recruiting class that included Jake Voskuhl and Richard Hamilton. In his first season as a Husky, the team went 18-15.
For the next three years, with Freeman as power forward, UConn went 91-17, made an appearance in the Elite Eight and won the national championship in 1999.
On those teams Freeman played the role of work horse, leading the team in rebounding in the 1998-99 champion season.
For his career, Freeman ranks No. 1 all-time with 140 games played. He is one of four Huskies with more than 1,400 career points and 900 career rebounds.
And he was one half of the double coverage that neutralized Duke's Elton Brand, the 1998-99 National Player of The Year, to give UConn their first NCAA banner in 1999.
19. A.J. Price
When A.J. Price was in high school, playing in the New York state basketball tournament, the Glens Falls papers called him the "Amityville Horror."
But it was his first season at UConn, when Price suffered a life-threatening illness and a run-in with the law over stolen lap tops, that was a real horror.
But he got through and became one of the best Huskies in school history.
As the team's leading scorer during the 2008-09 season, Price helped take the Huskies to the Final Four. They finished with a 31-5 record that year.
Price approached the game as a personal challenge that could only be overcome by scoring early and often. He had a career high 36 points in 2009 and ranks 27th on the all-time leading scorers list with 1,284 points
18. Earl Kelley
Earl Kelley is the only player to ever lead the UConn Huskies in scoring in each of his four years on the team.
Kelley averaged 16.9 points for his career, scored 37 points in a game and even recorded 14 assists in a single game.
He ranks 15th on the list of all-time leading scorers with 1,592 points.
Kelley shined in the Big East, ranking among the best in UConn history for total points in league play with 873 and averaged 17.8 points per game against Big East teams, tied for third best among UConn greats.
17. Bill Corley
The 1967-68 season was a good one for Bill Corley.
The 6'7" forward averaged 21.1 points and 15.2 rebounds per game. He set UConn's single-game scoring record with 51 points against New Hampshire. He even scored his 1,000th career point that season.
Corley would finish his three years as a Husky with 1,219 total points, placing him 32nd overall.
For his career he averaged 16.9 points and 13.7 rebounds, making him one of the few Huskies to average a double-double for their career. Corley recorded 53 of them in only 72 games.
He was even named an All-Yankee Conference selection three straight times. In Corley's first two years on the UConn varsity squad, the Huskies won the conference outright.
16. Scott Burrell
When Scott Burrell left Storrs in 1993, he had accomplished something unique to NCAA basketball. He was the first player to record at least 1,500 points, 750 rebounds, 290 assists and 300 steals.
Burrell was the ultimate utility man. A tool for every job.
He is UConn's all-time steals leader with 310 and ranks No. 16 on the career scoring list with 1,562 points.
But Burrell will always be remembered for throwing the pass which led to "The Shot" by Tate George that sunk Clemson, giving UConn their first appearance in an Elite Eight under Jim Calhoun.
15. Cliff Robinson
Clifford Robinson was one of the first "point-forwards," that breed of long, skilled and agile big men who are as comfortable stepping out as playing with their back to the basket.
He arrived at UConn in 1985. That year the team had a losing record. But in his next three seasons, Robinson led the team in scoring and helped usher in a new era of UConn basketball when he propelled the Huskies to the 1988 NIT championship.
He grabbed 668 rebounds in his four years, swatted 116 shots and scored 1,664 points, which ranks him No. 9 all-time.
Robinson is also one of the few UConn players to score more than 600 points in a season two different times. He ranks eighth for most points in a single game with 42.
14. Khalid El-Amin
Yes, Khalid El-Amin looked like he was more comfortable wearing a Hawaiian shirt stained with onion ring bits than a basketball jersey.
But in three years as a Huskie, the roly-poly point guard from Minneapolis just looked like one of UConn's all-time greats.
El-Amin is one of the best point guards in UConn history. He averaged 15.3 points, 4.4 assists, 1.7 steals and 2.9 rebounds per game for his career.
He was a compact, tough guard, who could explode quickly like a Ford Pinto. He scored 24 points in a half, twice. He was a fantastic shooter and hit 195 total three pointers.
He was also like ice water when he needed to be, hitting game winners and more importantly, knocking down two free throws at the end of the 1999 national championship game against Duke to give UConn the 77-74 win.
El-Amin ranks eighth all-time among UConn players for total assists with 479, sixth all-time in total steals with 186 and 10th all-time in total points with 1,650.
And somewhere in the top five for best-ever basketball players who you'd expect to see in a Y league.
13. "Corny" Thompson
In one of the most dominant debuts in UConn basketball's history, Corny Thompson averaged 18.6 points and 10 rebounds through the 1978-79 season, leading UConn to a 21-8 record and a trip to the NCAA tournament.
But that's what you expect of a McDonald's All-American, right?
Thompson was a solid, 6'8" forward who demanded attention down low.
He ranks first in UConn history for free throws taken with 496. He is also among the short list of UConn players with more than 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in their career.
He scored in double figures in 101 straight basketball games.
He is the Huskies' fifth all-time leading scorer with 1,810 points and sixth all-time in total rebounds with 1,017. Thompson recorded 53 double-doubles in his four years at UConn.
And he is the only player to ever lead the team in rebounding four years in a row.
12. Caron Butler
When Caron Butler was drafted into the NBA, he vowed to make all the teams who drafted ahead of him "pay for passing on me." Considering the season he had just finished at UConn, it's easy to see why he felt so slighted.
In the 2001-02 season, Butler averaged 20.3 points and 7.5 rebounds, making him the Big East Player of the Year.
The Huskies won the Big East tournament, Butler was named tournament MVP, and then they went on to lose to the eventual national champion Maryland Terrapins in the Elite Eight.
In that game Butler had one of the most valiant Huskie performances, scoring 26 points in a single half, in what turned out to be a losing effort.
Butler was UConn's unquestionable leader from the moment he stepped onto the court. He averaged 18 points a game for his career, scored in double figures 49 straight games out of the 63 he played in and now ranks No. 37 overall for points scored with 1,1136 points.
Which, again, he did in only 63 games.
11. Ben Gordon
Ben Gordon became a basketball folk hero when he was at UConn.
You could always tell the boys from Mount Vernon because they wore tee shirts that said "Ben Gordon country," and you always thought they'd be ballers because they came from Ben Gordon's hometown.
He was a stylish player, who scored in every way possible and was often the most dynamic and exciting player on the court.
For his career he averaged 16.4 points per game. He has the highest average of three pointers per game of any UConn player, hitting 2.3 per contest.
Gordon scored more than 600 points in two out of three seasons, leading the team in scoring in those two years.
He ranks sixth on the all-time leading scorers list with 1,795 points.
Ben Gordon led the Huskies to a Big East tournament win in 2004 and was named tournament MVP. Gordon has scored more points in the Big East tournament than other UConn player and had a career tournament average of 20.4 points per game.
That same year UConn won the national championship.
All the while, he made the full tee under the jersey look so damn cool.
10. Tony Hanson
Tony Hanson was like the original Ben Gordon, only with more rebounds.
The 6'4" guard is one of the best scorers UConn has ever had, and he recorded more than 800 rebounds in his four years as a Husky.
He is the third all-time leading scorer with 1,990 points, with a career scoring average of 17.9 per game.
Hanson scored more than 30 points in nine different games and joined the 40-point club in 1977 when he dropped 42 on Vermont.
Though his teams at UConn were never great—he had a career record of 74-38—the Yankee Conference honored Hanson for his individual accomplishments.
In his freshman season, Hanson was named Yankee Conference Rookie of the Year and the next two seasons he was named to the All-Yankee Conference first team.
In his senior season, with an average of 26 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, Hanson was named the New England and ECAC Player of the Year.
9. Wes Bialosuknia
In the early 1960s, LSD guru Timothy Leary was performing acid tests on a large estate in Millbrook, New York.
But if you really wanted to find a psychedelic experience in Dutchess County, you'd go to Poughkeepsie and watch Wes Bialosuknia shoot the orange.
Bialosuknia was at UConn from 1964-1967. In his first season he averaged 21.3 points per game. In his three seasons of varsity basketball he never averaged less than 20 points per game. He is the only Husky to do so.
Bialosuknia has the highest career scoring average in UConn history with 23.6 points per game and the highest single-season scoring average with 28 points per game in 1966-67.
In his three years on the team the Huskies went 56-18, won the Yankee Conference three years in a row and competed in two NCAA tournaments.
Bialosuknia was named first team All-Yankee Conference three times and now ranks eighth on UConn's all-time leading scorers list with 1,673 points.
8. Chris Smith
Without Chris Smith, UConn's 1989-90 "Dream Season" could have been a nightmare.
That year Smith was the team's leading scorer, averaging 17.2 points per game while leading the Huskies to the Elite Eight. He was even named the Big East tournament's MVP.
And that wasn't even Smith's best individual season. His senior year, 1991-92, Smith scored 21.2 points per game, led the Big East in scoring and was an honorable mention on the Associated Press All-American team.
Smith has scored more than any other Husky in Big East play.
In fact, he has scored more than any other Husky period. With 2,145 points to his name Smith is UConn's all-time leading scorer. Impressive when you consider the talent that has been through UConn.
7. Toby Kimball
Toby Kimball was one of UConn's greatest rebounders.
In three years he pulled down 1,324 boards, good enough to rank second all-time. He also scored 1,361 points, ranking him 22nd all-time on the leading scorers list.
Kimball recorded 63 double-doubles in his career, 38 of them in a row.
He averaged 18.4 points per game and 17.9 rebounds for his career.
While he was at UConn, the Huskies won the Yankee Conference three years in a row and made three appearances in the NCAA tournament.
In 1964, they made it to the round of eight, where they lost to the eventual runner-up Duke Blue Devils by 47 points.
6. Art Quimby
Art Quimby has a combined total of 3,114 points and rebounds for his career. That is more than any other player in UConn history.
In terms of NCAA history, that number ranks him lower than Bill Russell but higher than Alonzo Mourning, two of college basketball's great big men.
For Quimby, that is a career average of 17.5 points per game and a staggering 21.5 rebounds per game.
Standing 6'5" in the early 1950s was tall, but it wasn't Bill Russell tall, who stood 6'9".
Still, Quimby became UConn's all-time leading rebounder with 1,716 career boards. He even set the Husky single-game rebound record with 40, against Boston University, who were led by the 6'8" Kevin Thomas in 1955.
Quimby also ranks No. 20 on the all-time leading scorers list with 1,398 points. In his four years at UConn he managed to score 40 or more points in three games.
The Huskies had a combined record of 80--19 with Quimby in the roster and were granted their first trip to the NIT in 1955. At that time, remember, the NIT was the equivalent to the NCAA tournament today.
That season, Quimby averaged 23.2 points and 24.4 rebounds per game.
5. Donyell Marshall
It's been said that the lines for Ted's Restaurant and Bar on King Hill Road in Storrs would part to let Donyell Marshall in.
As they should have.
From 1991 to 1994, Donyell Marshall did more to bring UConn basketball the national prominence it enjoys today then any other player before him.
In his junior season, Marshall averaged 25.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, earning him Big East Player of the Year honors and making him the first UConn Husky to be named first team Consensus All-American.
Marshall scored 853 points that year, the second most by a UConn player in a single season and led UConn to the Sweet 16.
The first McDonald's All-American to commit to UConn since Corny Thompson in 1978, Marshall's exciting brand of basketball and his combination of power and agility paved the way for the recruiting of major talent in the Calhoun era like Ray Allen and Richard Hamilton.
Currently, Marshall ranks No. 11 on UConn's all-time leading scorers list with 1,648 points, and he is third all-time for blocked shots with 245.
4. Ray Allen
As sure as a ball will bounce, Ray Allen will be the first UConn player to follow Jim Calhoun into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Allen's successful basketball career began at UConn in 1993, where he played the role of Jeremy Lamb to Donyell Marshall's Kemba Walker.
In his sophomore and junior seasons, however, Allen came into his own and averaged 21.1 points and 23.4 points respectively.
In his junior season Allen was named Big East Player of the Year and a First Team Consensus All-American, with an average of 23.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
In his time at UConn, the Huskies had a combined record of 87-12 overall, 49-5 in the Big East. They won three straight Big East regular-season championships and the Big East tournament in 1996.
Allen was part of two teams that made the Sweet 16 and one team that went to the Elite Eight, in 1995.
Allen is the greatest three-point shooter to ever play at UConn, with a career 44.8 field goal percentage from behind the arc.
He is UConn's fourth all-time leading scorer with 1,922 points, a career average of 19 per game.
3. Richard Hamilton
"Rip" Hamilton led UConn to their first national championship in 1999 and was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player with a tournament scoring average of 24.2 points per game.
That alone makes Hamilton one of the greatest Huskies of all time, but there's more.
In his freshman season Hamilton was named to the Big East All-Rookie team. In each of the following two years he was named a Consensus All American and Big East Player of the Year.
In his three seasons at UConn, he never scored less than 500 points, leading the team in scoring each year.
He has the third-best career scoring average in school history with 19.8 points per game and ranks second on the all-time leading scorers list with 2,036 points.
So after winning the national championship in his junior year, there was nothing else for Hamilton to accomplish at UConn, and he moved on to the NBA where he won a championship ring with the Detroit Pistons in 2004.
2. Emeka Okafor
Emeka Okafor may not have been the most skilled player on UConn's 2004 national championship team, but he was without a doubt the team's heart and soul, and as long as he was on the court, UConn had a chance of winning.
For example, in their Final Four game against Duke, the Huskies were against the ropes while Okafor sat on the bench through the first half in foul trouble.
In the second half, however, Okafor put the team on his big back, absolutely abused the Blue Devils on the block and won the game for UConn, ultimately securing their second national championship.
In 2004, Okafor averaged 17.2 points, 11.5 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game. He was named a first team Consensus All American and Co-Player of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Okafor is UConn's all-time leader in blocked shots with 441, a career average of 4.2 per game. He is fourth all-time in total rebounds with 1,091.
He recorded 53 double-doubles, 24 of which came in Big East play. He has carer averages of 13.8 points and 10.6 rebounds per game.
He ranks No. 19 on the all-time leading scorers list with 1,426 points, and in the true form of a student athlete, Okafor was a two-time Academic All-American, in 2003 and 2004.
1. Kemba Walker
Predictable? So it's predictable. But the fact is Kemba Walker rescued the UConn Huskies from what looked to be years of mediocrity.
After going 31-5 and making it all the way to the 2009 Final Four in Walker's freshman season, the Huskies went 18-16 the following season and brought in no major recruits worth mentioning.
Or so it seemed. Then on the back of Kemba Walker, the Huskies won the Maui Invitational and were on a continuous tear last year, through the Big East tournament, all the way to the national championship.
Walker had one of the best individual seasons in NCAA history, averaging 23.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game. He was named a Consensus first team All-American and the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player.
He set the UConn record for most points in a single season with 965.
For his career, Walker ranks seventh in scoring with 1,783 points, seventh in steals with 185 and 10th in assists with 460.
He has career averages of 15.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game.
After bringing the 2011 national championship to Storrs, Walker helped secure another prize for the Huskies: the nation's top recruit, Andre Drummond.
Drummond is the highest-rated recruit in UConn history, and considering some of the talent they have had, that's saying something.