Huskies of Honor

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Gray stone wall with five placards attached in a row, with numbers or logos on them. Above is a triangular-grid ceiling.
A portion of the Huskies of Honor display at Gampel Pavilion
Kemba Walker
Kemba Walker was inducted into the Huskies of Honor in a surprise ceremony following the Connecticut Huskies men's basketball 2011 National Championship victory.[1]

Huskies of Honor is a recognition program sponsored by the University of Connecticut (UConn). Similar to a hall of fame, it honors the most significant figures in the history of the Connecticut Huskies—the university's athletic teams—especially the men's and women's basketball teams. The inaugural honorees, inducted in two separate ceremonies during the 2006–07 season, included fourteen men's basketball players, ten women's basketball players, and four head coaches, two of whom are also enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (Jim Calhoun and Geno Auriemma).[2][3] Since that time, an additional three women's basketball players, four men's basketball players, three national championship teams, and one athletic director have been honored.

Men's basketball has been played at the University of Connecticut since 1901, when the school was known as Connecticut Agricultural College.[4] The Huskies first achieved success under Coach Hugh Greer, who over a sixteen-year period led the team to twelve Yankee Conference championships, seven National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Tournament berths, and one National Invitation Tournament appearance before dying suddenly during the 1962–63 college basketball season.[3] It was not until Calhoun took over the university's basketball program in 1985, however, that UConn grew from a regional basketball power to a nationally prominent one.[5] Under Calhoun, UConn won three national championships (1999, 2004, 2011), seven Big East Tournaments, and ten Big East regular season titles, while placing twenty-three former players into the National Basketball Association (NBA).[6][7][8]

Women's basketball was not a major sport at UConn until the arrival of Auriemma in 1986. Under his guidance UConn has enjoyed unprecedented success, winning nine national titles, including five at the end of undefeated seasons.[9] Connecticut's rivalry with women's basketball power Tennessee has become one of the most celebrated in the sport.[10] Twenty-three former UConn women's basketball players have gone on to play in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA),[11] and four, Sue Bird in 2002, Diana Taurasi in 2004, Tina Charles in 2010, and Maya Moore in 2011, have been selected first overall in the WNBA Draft.[12]

Placards honoring the members of the Huskies of Honor are hung at the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, the on-campus home court of UConn basketball. Additional information about each of the honorees is displayed on the concourse between the upper and lower stands.[13]

Honorees[edit]

Hall of Fame men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun was an inaugural member of the Huskies of Honor.[3]
Husky of Honor Emeka Okafor was drafted second overall in the 2004 NBA Draft.[14]
Geno Auriemma was one of the eleven inaugural inductees in 2006 from the women's basketball program into the Huskies of Honor, and the only one who is a man.[2]
Renee Montgomery was the first player to be named a Husky of Honor while still active.[15]
Huskies of Honor additions 29 December 2013
Please note the column "Seasons" below lists only those years that the individual was with the Connecticut Huskies in the specific listed position.

Men's basketball[edit]

No. Name Position Seasons Hometown Inducted
34 Allen, RayRay Allen Guard 1993–96[16] Merced, California[17] 20070205February 5, 2007[3]
44 Bialosuknia, WesWes Bialosuknia Guard 1963–67[16] Poughkeepsie, New York[18] 20070205February 5, 2007[3]
22 Corley, BillBill Corley Forward / Center 1965–68[19] Williston Park, New York[19] 20120215February 15, 2012[20]
03 Dropo, WaltWalt Dropo Center 1942–47[16] Moosup, Connecticut[21] 20070205February 5, 2007[3]
42 El-Amin, KhalidKhalid El-Amin Guard 1997-2000[22] Minneapolis, Minnesota[22] 20140223February 23, 2014[23]
22 Gay, RudyRudy Gay Forward 2004–06[24] Baltimore, Maryland[24] 20120225February 25, 2012[25]
32 Hamilton, RichardRichard Hamilton Guard / Forward 1996–99[16] Coatesville, Pennsylvania[26] 20070205February 5, 2007[3]
42 Hanson, TonyTony Hanson Guard 1973–77[16] Waterbury, Connecticut[27] 20070205February 5, 2007[3]
42 Kimball, TobyToby Kimball Forward / Center 1961–65[16] Framingham, Massachusetts[28] 20070205February 5, 2007[3]
42 Marshall, DonyellDonyell Marshall Forward 1991–94[16] Reading, Pennsylvania[29] 20070205February 5, 2007[3]
13 Napier, ShabazzShabazz Napier Guard 2010–14[30] Roxbury, Massachusetts[30] 20140408April 8, 2014[31]
50 Okafor, EmekaEmeka Okafor Center 2001–04[16] Houston, Texas[14] 20070205February 5, 2007[3]
13 Patterson, WorthyWorthy Patterson Forward 1951–54[32] Greenwich, Connecticut[32] 20120215February 15, 2012[20]
25 Quimby, ArtArt Quimby Center 1951–55[16] New London, Connecticut[33] 20070205February 5, 2007[3]
00 Robinson, CliffordClifford Robinson Forward / Center 1985–89[16] Buffalo, New York[34] 20070205February 5, 2007[3]
13 Smith, ChrisChris Smith Guard 1988–92[16] Bridgeport, Connecticut[35] 20070205February 5, 2007[3]
52 Thompson, CornyCorny Thompson Forward 1978–82[16] Middletown, Connecticut[36] 20070205February 5, 2007[3]
15 Walker, KembaKemba Walker Guard 2008–11[1] Bronx, New York[37] 20110405April 5, 2011[1]
22 Yokabaskas, VinVin Yokabaskas Forward 1948–52[16] Bloomfield, Connecticut[38] 20070205February 5, 2007[3]
999 Calhoun, JimJim Calhoun Head coach 1986–2012[6] Braintree, Massachusetts[6] 20070205February 5, 2007[3]
999 Rowe, DeeDee Rowe Head coach 1969–77[16] Worcester, Massachusetts[39] 20070205February 5, 2007[3]
999 Greer, HughHugh Greer Head coach 1946–63[16] Suffield, Connecticut[40] 20070205February 5, 2007[3]
999 1998–99 team Team 1998–99 20140223February 23, 2014[23]

Women's basketball[edit]

No. Name Position Seasons Hometown Inducted
25 Abrosimova, SvetlanaSvetlana Abrosimova Forward 1997–2001[2] St. Petersburg, Russia[41] 20061221December 21, 2006[42]
24 Bascom, KerryKerry Bascom Center / Forward 1987–91[2] Epping, New Hampshire[43] 20061221December 21, 2006[42]
10 Bird, SueSue Bird Guard 1998–2002[2] Syosset, New York[44] 20061221December 21, 2006[42]
32 Cash, SwinSwin Cash Forward 1998–2002[2] McKeesport, Pennsylvania[45] 20061221December 21, 2006[42]
31 Charles, TinaTina Charles Center 2006–10[46] Jamaica, New York[47] 20100212February 13, 2010[48]
31 Dolson, StefanieStefanie Dolson Center 2010–14[49] Port Jervis, New York[49] 20140301March 1, 2014[50]
14 Hartley, BriaBria Hartley Guard 2010–14[51] North Babylon, New York[51] 20140301March 1, 2014[50]
50 Lobo, RebeccaRebecca Lobo Center / Forward 1991–95[2] Southwick, Massachusetts[52] 20061221December 21, 2006[42]
20 Montgomery, ReneeRenee Montgomery Guard 2005–09[53] St. Albans, West Virginia[54] 20090215February 15, 2009[15]
23 Moore, MayaMaya Moore Forward 2007–11[55] Lawrenceville, Georgia[56] 20110228February 28, 2011[55]
33 Ralph, SheaShea Ralph Guard 1996–2001[2] Fayetteville, North Carolina[57] 20061221December 21, 2006[42]
21 Rizzotti, JenniferJennifer Rizzotti Guard 1992–96[2] New Fairfield, Connecticut[58] 20061221December 21, 2006[42]
42 Sales, NykeshaNykesha Sales Guard 1994–98[2] Bloomfield, Connecticut[59] 20061221December 21, 2006[42]
03 Taurasi, DianaDiana Taurasi Guard 2000–04[2] Chino, California[60] 20061221December 21, 2006[42]
52 Wolters, KaraKara Wolters Center 1993–97[2] Holliston, Massachusetts[61] 20061221December 21, 2006[42]
999 Auriemma, GenoGeno Auriemma Head coach 1986–present[62] Montella, Italy/Norristown, Pennsylvania[62] 20061221December 21, 2006[42]
999 1994–95 team Team 1994–95 20081116November 16, 2008[13]
999 1999–2000 team Team 1999–2000 20091223December 23, 2009[63]
999 2001–02 team Team 2001–02 20111229December 29, 2011[64]
999 2002–03 team Team 2002–03 20111229December 29, 2013[65]
999 2003–04 team Team 2003–04 20111229December 29, 2013[65]

Administrators[edit]

No. Name Position Seasons Hometown Inducted
999 Toner, JohnJohn Toner Athletic director 1969–87[66] Nantucket, Massachusetts[67] 20090228February 28, 2009[66]

Future honorees[edit]

UConn officials have indicated that men's basketball alumni Caron Butler and Ben Gordon will be added to the Huskies of Honor in the near future. The university is working with the alumni to determine when they will be able to attend an induction ceremony at a men's basketball game at Gampel Pavilion.[25]

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