Round 2: #4 Doron Sheffer vs. #5 Corny Thompson

Doron Sheffer vs. Corny Thompson

#4 Doron Sheffer – (1993-1996)
by Peter Bard

Sheffer defeated #13 Josh Boone, 169-47

Doron “Iceman” Sheffer, known for his crisp passing, sweet shooting, and steely gaze, starred at UConn from 1993-1996. Sheffer, a 6’5” point guard, played alongside Kevin Ollie (best passing team ever?) and Ray Allen in his three years at Storrs, scoring 1,329 points, good for 25th all-time, dishing 559 assists, good for 4th all-time, and snagging 194 steals, good for third all-time, all despite only playing three seasons at UConn because of NCAA rules I don’t understand regarding Israeli professionals. Sheffer enjoyed his best individual season in 1995-96, averaging 16.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 6.1 assists, tying a since-broken record with 212 assists in a season. Due to his age (Doron was already 24 when he finished his UConn career), Sheffer fell to the second round of the draft, being selected 36th overall by the Clippers. Instead of becoming the first Israeli-born player to play in the NBA, Sheffer chose to return to Israel, signing with Maccabi Tel-Aviv, where he won four straight Israeli League Championships.

Career Points: 1329

Career Rebounds: 452

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Career Assists: 559

Career Steals: 194

Career Blocks: 22


2nd Team Big East 1994-1995, 1995-1996
3rd Team Big East 1993-1994
1,000 point club
Only played three seasons at UConn

  #5 Corny Thompson – (1978-1982)
by Meghan Bard

Thompson defeated #12 Tony Robertson, 201-52

Cornelius “Corny” Thompson was a UConn star of the late 70s and early 80s playing under Dom Perno. The Middletown native started every game as a freshman, and the Huskies made the NCAA tournament that year. Thompson led UConn in scoring and rebounding all four years, finishing with 1,810 points and more than 1,000 rebounds. He was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in 1982. He spent most of his pro career, which spanned14 years, in Europe.

Career Points: 1810

Career Rebounds: 1017

Career Assists: 216

Career Steals: 179

Career Blocks: 27


1st Team Big East 1980-1981
2nd Team Big East 1979-1980
1,000 point club
1,000 rebound club


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  1. Ok, this is starting not to make sense to me. I am assuming most of the voters here are just voting for the players they remember? Corny was and is a legend. Sheffer was the guy who passed the ball to Ray Allen.

  2. I guess that JED’s memory doesn’t even go back to the mid-90s. Sheffer was one of the best point guards in the country on one of the best teams in the country. Corny Thompson got worse every season at UConn and never won an NCAA tournament game in four years. He only even went to one NCAA tournament. Not exactly the stuff of legends.

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