STORRS, Conn. (AP) – Three coaches and 13 players will be part of the first class inducted into the UConn men’s basketball “Huskies of Honor” program.

Women’s basketball players were honored with a similar ceremony earlier this month.

The coaches being honored are current head coach Jim Calhoun, who has led the Huskies to two NCAA championships in 21 seasons with the team, and former coaches Hugh Greer and Dee Rowe.

The list of players being honored includes 12 members of the UConn men’s basketball All-Century Team. The 13th is Emeka Okafor, the 2004 NCAA national player of the year.

All-Americans joining Okafor in the first group of “Huskies of Honor” are Donyell Marshall (1991-94), Ray Allen (1993-96) and Richard Hamilton (1996-99).

Others being honored are Walt Dropo (1942-47), Vin Yokabaskas (1948-52), Art Quimby (1951-55), Toby Kimball (1961-65), Wes Bialosuknia (1963-67), Tony Hanson (1973-77), Corny Thompson (1978-82), Clifford Robinson (1985-89) and Chris Smith (1988-92).

“The spectrum of this first class is extraordinary, including UConn’s first to play professional basketball, our first 1,000-point scorer, several All-America selections and national champions, a national player of the year and a Hall of Fame coach,” Director of Athletics Jeff Hathaway said in a release. “We look forward to honoring these UConn greats who have made such a tremendous impact upon this program.”

AP-ES-12-26-06 1159EST


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