Round 2: #4 Toby Kimball vs. #5 Hasheem Thabeet

Toby Kimball vs. Hasheem Thabeet

#4 Toby Kimball – (1962-1965)
by Tyler Wilkinson

In Rd 1, Kimball defeated #13 Charlie Villanueva, 125-54

Toby Kimball is one of the most prolific rebounders in UConn history. In 1965, he led the nation by averaging a preposterous 21 rebounds per game. A true center in his time at 6’6”, Kimball’s dominance on the glass tended to outshine his prowess on the offensive end. Despite not playing his freshman season, Kimball joined both the 1,000 point and 1,000 rebound clubs at UConn and averaged an absurd double-double (18.4 points, 17.9 rebounds) over his brilliant Husky career.

Career Points: 1361

Career Rebounds: 1324

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Career Assists: Records not kept

Career Steals: Records not kept

Career Blocks: Records not kept


1000 point club
1000 rebound club
Did not play freshman season

  #5 Hasheem Thabeet – (2006-2009)
by Tyler Wilkinson

In Rd 1, Thabeet defeated #12 Rod Sellers, 100-57

Nowadays, Hasheem Thabeet is a punch line. He’s known for his spectacular failings in the NBA, and serves as a cautionary tale for NBA executives eager to spend high draft picks on developing big men. Those who watched his time at UConn remember him differently.

No one other than Emeka Okafor could block shots like Thabeet. All three of Thabeet’s seasons in Storrs rank in the top 6 all time in number of blocks (the other three are all Okafor). For his career, he is second to Okafor in total blocks and blocks per game. On the other side of the court, Thabeet amassed over 1,000 career points and holds UConn’s all-time record for field goal percentage (61.%). Thabeet also recorded one of eight triple-doubles in Husky history when he netted 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks against Providence in 2009. Later that year, he would help lead UConn to a Final Four before declaring for the NBA Draft.

Career Points: 1028

Career Rebounds: 847

Career Assists: 41

Career Steals: 37

Career Blocks: 417


2nd Team All-American 2008-2009
1st Team Big East 2008-2009
2nd Team Big East 2007-2008
1000 point club
NBA Lottery pick
Left UConn after junior season
Member of 2009 Final Four team
UConn leader in FG%

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  1. Hash was also Co-Defensive POY for the Big East with Dejuan Blair in 2009… I need to give him my vote.

  2. Thabeet was National Defensive Player of the Year, not co-Big East Defensive Player of the Year. He was also Co- Big East Player of the Year.

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