Round 1: #5 Hasheem Thabeet vs. #12 Rod Sellers

Hasheem Thabeet vs. Rod Sellers

#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

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Career Assists: 41

Career Steals: 37

Career Blocks: 417


2nd Team All-American 2008-2009
1st Team Big East 2008-2009
2nd Team Big East 2007-2008
1000 point club
NBA Lottery pick
Left UConn after junior season
Member of 2009 Final Four team
UConn leader in FG%

  #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
1000 point club

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