Great Beginnings: 10 Notable Freshmen Seasons For UConn

Corny Thompson (1978-79): Averaged a double-double — 18.6 points and 10.0 rebounds — to win ECAC player of the year honors.

Earl Kelley (1982-83): Took over the offense, averaging 16.7 points — 18.1 against the rugged Big East.

Nadav Henefeld (1989-90): In his only season, Henefeld came from Israel and was a Dream Season catalyst, averaging 11.6 points.

Donyell Marshall (1991-92): A highly touted recruit, he began his Huskies career with 11.1 points and 6.1 rebounds a game as a freshman.

Doron Sheffer (1993-94): From Israel, he teamed with Kevin Ollie to form a classic backcourt; Sheffer averaged 11.9 points and had 164 assists.

Richard Hamilton (1996-97): Averaged 15.9 points as a freshman and went on to lead the Huskies to their first title.

Khalid El-Amin (1997-98): Averaged 16 points and had 156 assists in his first UConn season; proved to be the missing piece of the championship puzzle.

Caron Butler (2000-01): In his first of two seasons at UConn, he averaged 15.3 points, 7.6 rebounds.

Emeka Okafor (2001-02): Averaged 7.9 points and 9.0 rebounds to start a career that ended with a national championship in 2004.

Andre Drummond (2011-12): UConn's one-and-done center averaged 10.0 points and 7.6 rebounds before he became an NBA lottery pick.


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