|#1 Emeka Okafor – (2001-2004)
by Peter Bard
Emeka Okafor and I were freshmen at UConn at the same time, though he gained notoriety a bit faster than I. My most-told stories about Okafor were the time he walked past me in the cafeteria while I read a magazine that featured him on the cover, and the time he walked through my dorm building in West to see the on-duty RA while Dick Vitale was talking about him on my television. It was a rather surreal experience for me, having grown up feeling like UConn players were legitimately famous stars.
In Okafor’s case, though, he really was a star. Despite being robbed of the 2004 National Player of the Year award, Okafor was the best player in the country, and the best player on (I believe) the best UConn team ever. Opponents had to game-plan for Okafor at both ends of the floor, with his shot-blocking dominance starting a run in which UConn led the NCAA in blocks per game every season for nearly a decade.
Due to lingering back injuries, Okafor’s college dominance didn’t exactly translate to the NBA, though he has had several very strong seasons. Despite this, his UConn legacy is secure as one of the all-time great.
Career Points: 1426
Career Rebounds: 1091
Career Assists: 81
Career Steals: 91
Career Blocks: 441
UConn all-time leader in blocks
|#9 Billy Corley – (1965-1968)
by Meghan Bard
Bill Corley, who was a three-time All-Yankee Conference First Team player in the 1960s, currently holds the record for the most points scored in a single game, with 51 against New Hampshire in 1968. Corley played under Coach Fred A. Shabel for two seasons, and Burr Carlson (who only lasted a couple season, after a posting dismal records) in his senior year. UConn went to the NCAA tournament his junior year. Corley racked up more than 1,200 points, averaging a double-double (16.9 points and 13.7 rebounds per game) in three seasons with the Huskies.
Career Points: 1219
Career Rebounds: 986
Career Assists: Records not kept
Career Steals: Records not kept
Career Blocks: Records not kept
All-time high single game point total (51)
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