Round 2: #1 Donyell Marshall vs. #9 Rashad Anderson

Donyell Marshall vs. Rashad Anderson

#1 Donyell Marshall – (1991-1994)
by Tyler Wilkinson

In Rd 1, Marshall defeated #16 Tim Coles, 228-1

When he arrived on campus, Donyell Marshall was the best recruit UConn had ever landed. When he left UConn after his junior year for the NBA draft, he was the best player UConn ever had. Many stars have followed – Ray Allen was a freshman when Marshall was a junior – but Marshall was the first, blue chip prospect to arrive in Storrs (with the added bonus of shunning Syracuse in the process). Although a Final Four eluded him – painfully – in his collegiate career, Marshall statistics belay his dominance. His 1,648 points are good for 11th on UConn’s all-time list. His scoring average of 18.1 per game is seventh. He held the UConn record for blocked shots for a decade. In the 1993-1994 season, he scored 20 or more points in a record 23 straight games – in a season where he scored 855 points, a record that stood for 17 years until Kemba Walker bested it in 2011.

Marshall was also the first UConn player to be picked in the NBA Draft lottery – paving the way for the NBA stars that came next. His very presence in Storrs irrevocably inflated fan interest and expectations.

Career Points: 1648

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Career Rebounds: 695

Career Assists: 131

Career Steals: 113

Career Blocks: 245

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1st Team All-American 1993-1994
1st Team Big East 1992-1993, 1993-1994
UConn record 23 straight games with 20+ points
1,000 point club
NBA Lottery pick
Left UConn after junior season

  #9 Rashad Anderson – (2002-2006)
by Tyler Wilkinson

In Rd 1, Anderson defeated #8 Denham Brown, 250-42

Rashad “Slash” Anderson loved to shoot. He earned a reputation as the “sparkplug” off the bench early in his UConn career, where he would enter the game ice cold and immediately start raining threes. As a sophomore, Anderson played a key role in the Huskies’ 2004 National Championship run, being named to the Final Four All-Tournament Team. His 21 three-pointers are a UConn single-tournament record.Anderson is UConn’s all-time leader in made three-pointers and three-point attempts. He is a member of UConn’s 1,000 point club, finishing his career at 1,432.

Career Points: 1432

Career Rebounds: 333

Career Assists: 105

Career Steals: 76

Career Blocks: 34

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UConn leader in made 3-pointers (and attempts)
1000 point club
Member of 2004 National Championship Team


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Tyler Wilkinson

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