|#5 Hasheem Thabeet – (2006-2009)
by Tyler Wilkinson
Nowadays, Hasheem Thabeet is a punch line. He’s known for his spectacular failings in the NBA, and serves as a cautionary tale for NBA executives eager to spend high draft picks on developing big men. Those who watched his time at UConn remember him differently.
No one other than Emeka Okafor could block shots like Thabeet. All three of Thabeet’s seasons in Storrs rank in the top 6 all time in number of blocks (the other three are all Okafor). For his career, he is second to Okafor in total blocks and blocks per game. On the other side of the court, Thabeet amassed over 1,000 career points and holds UConn’s all-time record for field goal percentage (61.%). Thabeet also recorded one of eight triple-doubles in Husky history when he netted 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks against Providence in 2009. Later that year, he would help lead UConn to a Final Four before declaring for the NBA Draft.
Career Points: 1028
Career Rebounds: 847
Career Assists: 41
Career Steals: 37
Career Blocks: 417
2nd Team All-American 2008-2009
|#12 Rod Sellers – (1988-1992)
by Peter Bard
Rod Sellers briefly became a household name when he slammed Christian Laettner’s head into a floor a few times, just like everyone else has wanted to do since every seeing Christian Laettner’s head. Up to that point, he was merely an undersized center holding his own in the Big East with toughness and grit and all of that charming stuff. Sellers was one of Jim Calhoun’s earliest lunchpail players: guys who got more production out of less talent because they were willing to do the dirty work. During the “Dream Season” of 1989-90, Sellers was forced to man the middle without a traditional power forward on the floor, and asserted himself convincingly. Sellers also led the team in rebounding as a junior and a senior.
In the meantime, here’s a picture of Sellers smacking Laettner around; you’ll enjoy it.
Career Points: 1143
Career Rebounds: 824
Career Assists: 100
Career Steals: 84
Career Blocks: 80
3rd Team Big East 1991-1992
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