Round 2: #3 Khalid El-Amin vs. #11 Taliek Brown

Khalid El-Amin vs. Taliek Brown

#3 Khalid El-Amin – (1997-2000)
by Meghan Bard

In Rd 1, El-Amin defeated #13 Jim Abromaitis, 143-2

Khalid El-Amin’s larger-than-life personality, and his ability to put a spark in his teammates’ play, made him a beloved UConn player. While he never looked like an elite ball player, the fire-cracker point guard from Minneapolis won three straight state championships in high school before coming to Storrs. El-Amin was the starting point guard on the team that “shocked the world” and won UConn’s first National Championship. El-Amin also orchestrated one of the most amazing come-from-behind victories against Pittsburgh when he hit this shot and then told all those Pitt fans exactly what was what.

The Chicago Bulls drafted El-Amin in the second round of the 2000 NBA draft, but El-Amin’s pro career has literally taken him all over the world, including Europe, Russia and Israel. He currently plays in Turkey.

Career Points: 1650

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Career Rebounds: 319

Career Assists: 479

Career Steals: 186

Career Blocks: 10


1st Team Big East 1999-2000
2nd Team Big East 1998-1999
3rd Team Big East 1997-1998
Member of 1999 National Championship team
1000 point club
Left UConn after junior season

#11 Taliek Brown – (2000-2004)
by Meghan Bard

In Rd 1, Brown defeated #6 Tate George, 227-97

Taliek Brown is the all-time leader in assists at UConn, and a member of the 1,000-point club. He was the point guard on the 2004 NCAA Championship team. Brown’s teams won two Big East regular season championships and two Big East tournament championships, including the 2002 championship, when he hit this shot from somewhere in Time Square in the second overtime against Pittsburgh.

Career Points: 1039

Career Rebounds: 430

Career Assists: 722

Career Steals: 163

Career Blocks: 17


UConn leader in assists
1000 point club
Member of 2004 National Championship Team

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