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Nine Forwards To Be Honored On UConn Men's Basketball All-Century Team

STORRS, Conn. -- Nine players, representing a span from the late 1940s to the year 2000, have been named as the forwards on the University of Connecticut Men's Basketball All-Century Team.

The nine forwards named to the 25-member UConn Basketball All-Century Team include: Vin Yokabaskas (1949-52), Tony Hanson (1973-77), Corny Thompson (1978-82), Clifford Robinson (1985-89), Nadav Henefeld (1989-90), Scott Burrell (1989-93), Donyell Marshall (1991-94), Donny Marshall (1991-95), Kevin Freeman (1996-00).

A 25-member UConn Basketball All-Century Team was selected following voting by UConn fans. The voting, conducted both via hard ballots and on-line via computer, took place during the months of November and December. A total of 78 former UConn basketball standouts were listed on the original ballot and 25 Husky greats are being named to the All-Century Team. The six UConn All-Century centers were announced one week ago and the 10 Connecticut Basketball All-Century guards will be announced on February 15.

The following UConn basketball greats are the forwards named to the All-Century Team.

Scott Burrell (1989-93) (6-7, Hamden, CT): The first player in NCAA history to score more than 1,500 points (1,562), collect at least 750 rebounds (750), hand out at least 290 assists (293), and record at least 300 steals (310). Burrell ranks No. 12 at UConn in career scoring and No. 13 in career rebounding. He is the career leader in steals (310) and the school record holder with nine steals in one game. Scott Burrell became the first athlete in collegiate history to be selected in the First Round in two separate professional team sports drafts. He was selected in the First Round of 1993 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets and was picked in the First Round of the major league baseball draft after high school by the Seattle Mariners. Scott Burrell signed a professional baseball contract and played in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. He has also played seven NBA seasons with Charlotte, Golden State, Chicago and New Jersey. He became the first UConn star to earn an NBA Championship ring (with the Chicago Bulls in 1997-98).

Kevin Freeman (1996-2000) (6-7, Springfield, MA): One of only two players in school history with over 1,400 points and more than 900 rebounds. Freeman ranks No. 13 on the UConn career scoring list with 1,476 points and is No. 6 in career rebounding with 913. He is No. 1 in career games played at UConn (140), starting 126 of those games. He ranks No. 4 in career free throws made (422) and No. 9 in career field goal percentage (53.4%). Kevin Freeman was named the Most Outstanding Player in the BIG EAST Conference Tournament as a junior in 1999 and was also named to the 1999 NCAA West Regional All-Tournament Team after scoring 13 points and adding a career-high 15 rebounds in an NCAA Final 8 win over Gonzaga which sent UConn to its first NCAA "Final Four", setting the stage for Connecticut's 1999 NCAA National Championship. He is currently a member of the Los Angeles Stars in the ABA 2000 Professional Basketball League.

Tony Hanson (1973-77) (6-5, Waterbury, CT): Tony Hanson ranks No. 3 on the UConn career scoring list with 1,990 points (17.9 avg.) and is No. 10 all-time in career rebounds (818). He was the New England and ECAC Player of the Year as a senior in 1976-77 while averaging a "double- double" with 26.0 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. Hanson was the 1973-74 Yankee Conference Rookie of the Year and followed that honor by being a two-time All- Yankee Conference First Team pick in 1974-75 and 1975- 76. He still ranks No. 1 at Connecticut in career field goals (784) and is No. 2 on the single-season scoring average list (26.0/game) which was No. 10 in the nation in 1976-77. Hanson led the Huskies in scoring each of his final three varsity seasons. He was selected by the New Orleans Jazz in the 1977 NBA Draft and enjoyed an outstanding pro career in Europe.

Nadav Henefeld (1989-90) (6-7, Ramat-Hasharon, Israel): In just one collegiate season at Connecticut, he played a major role in the 1989-90 "Dream Season" which resulted in a 31-6 overall record, BIG EAST Conference regular season and tournament championships, and a trip to the NCAA "Final 8". Henefeld was selected by UPI as both the New England "Player and Rookie of the Year" in his only collegiate year. He was the BIG EAST Conference Rookie- of-the-Year and led voting on the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team. Nadav still holds the all-time NCAA single-season record for steals by a freshman with 138 and that mark also stands as a UConn single-season record. He averaged 11.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.7 steals, and 2.9 assists per game at UConn. Henefeld has been a long-time member of the Israeli National Team and has enjoyed an outstanding pro career in his native country with Maccabi Tel-Aviv.

Donny Marshall (1991-95) (6-7, Federal Way, WA): Donny Marshall completed his four-year UConn career in superb fashion, finishing as the No. 2 scorer in the entire 1995 NCAA Tournament with a 22.3/game average in four games as he led the Huskies to the NCAA "Final 8" and earned NCAA West Regional All-Tournament honors. He served as co-captain of the 1994-95 squad which was the first UConn men's basketball team ranked No. 1 in the nation. In Donny Marshall's four seasons at Connecticut, the Huskies posted an overall record of 92-33, won back-to-back BIG EAST regular season titles in his junior and senior seasons, and earned four straight national post-season tournament berths (3 NCAA, 1 NIT). Donny ranks No. 24 on the UConn career scoring list with 1,197 points. He led all players in scoring (20.7/game) during the NBA's Desert Classic in Phoenix in April of 1995 and played in the NABC East-West college All- Star game during the 1995 NCAA "Final Four". Donny Marshall was selected in 1995 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers and played in three different NBA seasons with the Cavaliers. He is currently a member of the Connecticut Pride in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA).

Donyell Marshall (1991-94) (6-9, Reading, PA): Connecticut's initial Consensus First Team All-American in 1993-94 and finalist for "National Player of the Year" honors. Donyell Marshall was the BIG EAST Conference, ECAC, and New England Player of the Year in his junior season, totaling a UConn single-season scoring mark with 855 points. He also holds the single-season records for total field goals (307), total free throws (200), and total blocks (111). He ended his college career as the top scoring junior (25.1/game) in Husky history and he is the UConn career record holder in blocked shots (245). Donyell is No. 9 on the career scoring list with 1,648 points in just three seasons, averaging 18.1 points per game during his college career while adding 7.6 rebounds per game. He is UConn's highest pick ever in the NBA Draft as the No. 4 selection after junior season in 1994. He is in his seventh NBA season, playing one-half year with Minnesota and five and one-half seasons with Golden State before joining the Utah Jazz this season. He has a seven-year NBA career scoring average of 11.3/game while adding 6.6 rebounds per game.

Clifford Robinson (1985-89) (6-11, Buffalo, NY): Clifford Robinson led UConn in scoring for three consecutive years and concluded his college career No. 7 on the Husky scoring list with 1,664 points, averaging 15.3 points per game in four varsity seasons. As a junior in 1987-88, Robinson averaged 16.0 points per game in five games and was named to the 1988 All-Tournament Team as UConn won National Invitation Tournament (NIT) title. He averaged 20.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game as a senior. He stands No. 5 on the career blocked shots list (116) and is one of only four UConn players to score at least 600 points in two separate seasons. Clifford Robinson was selected in the 1989 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers and played for the Blazers for eight NBA seasons. He is in his fourth year with the NBA's Phoenix Suns and has enjoyed the longest and most productive NBA career of any UConn player (12 seasons), league's most durable players, seeing action in more than 1,000 games during his professional career. He has won the NBA's prestigious "Sixth Man" Award and has been an NBA All-Star. He sports an overall 12-year NBA career scoring average of 16.3/game.

Corny Thompson (1978-82) (6-8, Middletown, CT): Corny made a tremendous impact on the UConn basketball scene in 1978-79, winning the New England Player of the Year Award as a freshman while also being named ECAC Player and Rookie of the Year. He averaged a "double- double" in his first college season with 18.6 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per contest as he led UConn to the ECAC New England Championship and an NCAA bid. He concluded his four-year UConn career No. 5 on the career scoring list with 1,810 points (15.9 avg.). Thompson ranks No. 1 in career free throws made (496) and stands No. 4 in career rebounds (1,017). He led the Huskies in rebounding four consecutive seasons and was Connecticut's first BIG EAST Conference All-Star pick, earning First Team honors in both his junior and senior seasons. Corny was also honored by United Press International (UPI) as an All-New England First Team pick as a junior and senior. He was selected by Dallas Mavericks in 1982 NBA Draft and after one NBA season moved on to enjoy an outstanding 12-year professional career in Europe, playing six seasons in Italy and following with six additional years in Spain. He currently serves as an assistant coach for the Connecticut Pride of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA).

Vin Yokabaskas (1949-52) (6-2, Bloomfield, CT): Connecticut's first 1,000-point scorer who still ranks No. 21 on the career scoring list with 1,275 points. Yokabaskas was a rare three-time First Team All-Yankee Conference pick from 1949-50 through 1951-52 and is one of only 10 players in UConn basketball history to score at least 400 points in three different college seasons. He averaged 16.3 points per game during his varsity career at Connecticut and led the team in scoring in each season. He was also an All-New England pick. Vin Yokabaskas scored 22 points vs. St. John's in UConn's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 1951 and he was the team leader on back-to-back Yankee Conference Championship teams in 1950-51 and 1951-52. During Yokabaskas' three-year varsity career, the Huskies posted an overall record of 59-19 and posted the first two 20- win seasons in UConn history (22-4 in 1950-51 and 20-7 in 1951-52).

The nine forwards named to the 25-member UConn Basketball All-Century Team join the elite squad's six centers who were announced earlier. Those centers include: Walt Dropo (1942-47), Art Quimby (1951-55), Toby Kimball (1962-65), Bill Corley (1965-68), Travis Knight (1992- 96), Jake Voskuhl (1996-00).

A Connecticut Basketball All-Century Team Celebration and Awards Dinner will be held during the summer at a date and place to be announced.

The UConn men's basketball program is celebrating a century of varsity competition during the current 2000-2001 college basketball season. The first varsity year for men's basketball at Connecticut was the 1901-1902 season.