Round 1: #2 Chris Smith vs. #15 Jack Rose

Chris Smith vs. Jack Rose

#2 Chris Smith – (1988-1992)
by Peter BardChris Smith was the star of the UConn team when I started understanding sports, and I honestly can’t tell you if he became my favorite player because he wore my favorite number (#13), or of that became my favorite number because he was my favorite player.

It could be argued that, after Calhoun, Chris Smith is the most important person in UConn Men’s Basketball history. A combo guard out of Bridgeport, Smith was Jim Calhoun’s first big recruiting coup. Prior to Smith signing with UConn, most New England recruits went to Providence or Boston College, or they didn’t stay in New England. Then Smith brought his sweet shooting stroke and his high-handed crossover to Storrs, and everything changed. He was the best player on the first great UConn team, and he remains the program’s all-time leading scorer to this day, with a staggering 2,145 career points scored in his career, to go along with 436 assists (12th all-time) and 193 steals (4th all-time).

Career Points: 2145

Career Rebounds: 362

Career Assists: 436

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Career Steals: 193

Career Blocks: 43

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UConn all-time leading scorer
1st Team Big East 1991-1992
2nd Team Big East 1989-1990, 1990-1991
1000 point club

  #15 Jack Rose– (1957-1960)
by Tyler WilkinsonJack Rose played in an era of basketball where freshmen were separated from the upperclassman and stat keeping was as detailed as check marks on a napkin. Therefore, it’s difficult to truly judge Rose’s impact on UConn history. Those who saw him, remember him as a sharpshooter and a bit of a showman. In his three seasons, he scored 1,116 points and grabbed 381 rebounds. No other stats are available.

Career Points: 1116

Career Rebounds: 381

Career Assists: Records not kept

Career Steals: Records not kept

Career Blocks: Records not kept

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1000 point club
Did not play freshman season


A-Z Tourney: Round 3 -- S vs. O

  • Team O (89%, 110 Votes)
  • Team S (11%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 123

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Tyler Wilkinson
Owner & Editor-in-Chief of ADimeBack.com -- founded in 2012 to provide additional useless insight on UConn sports.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Back when I was in high school both Jack Rose and John Egan were big news items in the late 60’s. Often wondered what happened to Jack considering that he went foul late in his carreer to the dismayo of couch Greer. I’m sure he made amend and moved on to meaniful and productive life. I have never heard otherwise.

  2. Back when I was in high school both Jack Rose and John Egan were big news items in the late 60’s. Often wondered what happened to Jack considering that he went foul late in his carreer to the dismay of coach Greer. I’m sure he made amend and moved on to meaniful and productive life. I have never heard otherwise.

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