|#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
Career Steals: 193
Career Blocks: 43
UConn all-time leading scorer
|#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
1000 point club
A-Z Tourney: Round 3 -- S vs. O
- Team O (89%, 110 Votes)
- Team S (11%, 13 Votes)
Total Voters: 123