Round 2: #2 Caron Butler vs. #7 Jeff Adrien

Caron Butler vs. Jeff Adrien

#2 Caron Butler – (2000-2002)
by Meghan Bard

In Rd 1, Butler defeated #15 Andre Drummond, 253-4

Caron Butler only spent two years at UConn, but in that time he accomplished an incredible amount. He joined the 1,000 club, scoring 1,136 in just two seasons. Butler led the team in scoring and rebounding as a freshman. In his sophomore year, Butler averaged just over 20 points per game, and led UConn to both Big East regular season and tournament championships. The 2002 team went to the Elite Eight, losing to eventual champion Maryland, despite Butler’s 32 points. He was named to the First Big East Team in his sophomore year, and was a lottery pick in the NBA draft in 2002.

Career Points: 1136

Career Rebounds: 477

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Career Assists: 190

Career Steals: 134

Career Blocks: 22


1st Team Big East 2001-2002
3rd Team Big East 2000-2001
1,000 point club
NBA Lottery pick
Left UConn after sophomore season

  #7 Jeff Adrien – (2006-2009)
by Tyler Wilkinson

In Rd 1, Adrien defeated #10 Donny Marshall, 143-58

Jeff Adrien was never the most talented player, but he was never outworked. A slightly undersized power forward, Adrien’s tenacity was his calling card in a career that included captaining a Final Four team in 2009. He was a roll player on the immensely talented, and wholly underwhelming, 2006 team where big men Hilton Armstrong and Josh Boone overshadowed him. When they left, he played second fiddle to another heralded center in Hasheem Thabeet. Despite his secondary roll, Adrien’s stat line truly conveys his importance. He is a rare member of the 1,000/1,000 club with 1,603 points and 1,126 career rebounds.

Career Points: 1603

Career Rebounds: 1126

Career Assists: 146

Career Steals: 78

Career Blocks: 152


1,000 point club
1,000 rebound club
1st Team Big East 2007-2008
2nd Team Big East 2006-2007
3rd Team Big East 2008-2009
Member of 2009 Final Four team

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  1. After Caron’s last game in Gampel, he jumped into the student section while we all were chanting “one more year!” He whipped it up, encouraging it. Then he left. Can’t argue with the success he’s had in the NBA, but I feel like he should have come back for that last year.

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