Round 1: #1 Donyell Marshall vs. #16 Tim Coles

Donyell Marshall vs. Tim Coles

#1 Donyell Marshall – (1991-1994)
by Tyler Wilkinson

When he arrived on campus, Donyell Marshall was the best recruit UConn had ever landed. When he left UConn after his junior year for the NBA draft, he was the best player UConn ever had. Many stars have followed – Ray Allen was a freshman when Marshall was a junior – but Marshall was the first, blue chip prospect to arrive in Storrs (with the added bonus of shunning Syracuse in the process). Although a Final Four eluded him – painfully – in his collegiate career, Marshall statistics belay his dominance. His 1,648 points are good for 11th on UConn’s all-time list. His scoring average of 18.1 per game is seventh. He held the UConn record for blocked shots for a decade. In the 1993-1994 season, he scored 20 or more points in a record 23 straight games – in a season where he scored 855 points, a record that stood for 17 years until Kemba Walker bested it in 2011.

Marshall was also the first UConn player to be picked in the NBA Draft lottery – paving the way for the NBA stars that came next. His very presence in Storrs irrevocably inflated fan interest and expectations.

Career Points: 1648

Career Rebounds: 695

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Career Assists: 131

Career Steals: 113

Career Blocks: 245


1st Team All-American 1993-1994
1st Team Big East 1992-1993, 1993-1994
UConn record 23 straight games with 20+ points
1,000 point club
NBA Lottery pick
Left UConn after junior season

  #16 Tim Coles – (1982-1986)
by Meghan Bard

Tim Coles played at UConn in the 1980s under Coach Dom Perno. A member of the 1,000-point club, Coles also pulled down more than 800 rebounds. After college, the Baltimore City, Maryland native spent a few years playing professional ball in Europe.

Career Points: 1016

Career Rebounds: 804

Career Assists: 42

Career Steals: 64

Career Blocks: 25


1000 point club

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  1. It really should be Rip here, but love Donyell. I think he’s the first 2 seed. Didn’t know that he shunned ‘Cuse. Didn’t know I could love him more.

    • Donyell has a better shot of losing to Rashad or Burrell than Rip does of losing to Lamb or Price/Quimby. Odds are they’ll both meet regardless — Donyell just gets to wear the home whites. It was intentional.

      But Donyell is nice to me.

  2. There’s certainly an argument to be made for Rip as a one seed. But if Donyell doesn’t come to UConn, if we didn’t land that huge recruit, whose to say what the program’s trajectory is? His impact on the program was huge. But, hey, it’s your choice. You can vote for whomever you want.

    • There’s no question that it’s Marshall over Coles. I’m jussayin’…Rip had a pretty ridic career at UConn.

  3. I was the vote for Coles here, because he deserves it, dammit. I watched and loved those mid 80’s teams and he was a hell of a player.

    And as far as Donyell goes, there were those free throws in the Florida game….sorry….

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