Best Athletes Ever From UConn

The University of Connecticut has a rich culture of athleticism and history of wins, which has been evident over the past decades.

The school plays in several sports categories, including basketball, football, hockey, baseball, tennis, and swimming.

UConn has, over the years, built a reputation for producing some of the finest athletes in the U.S. Some of these athletes have featured in some of the most universally-renowned sporting competitions covered on elite bookmakers like

Let's look at some of the best athletes from UConn, including men and women from different sports categories.

Richard 'Rip' Hamilton

Rip Hamilton was a dominant figure in men's basketball during his time at the University of Connecticut, from 1996-1999. As a swingman, Hamilton scored a total of 2,036 points, the second highest of all-time in the school's history.

He won the NCAA Most Outstanding Player in 1999, which was coincidentally UConn's first national tournament. He played with the Washington Wizards from 1999-2002. He also played with the Pistons till 2011, where he won a 3x all-star. He also played with the Chicago Bulls till 2015. He retired from the NBA in 2015 after a successful career.

Due to his notable influence, the Pistons retired his No.32 jersey, which is considered a great honor.

Kemba Walker

Kemba Walker was instrumental to the Huskies achieving a number one seed spot in the NCAA in 2009. This was only in his freshman year, and his play improved. In his junior year, he was the top scorer in the nation and won the NCAA Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament in 2011. This was on top of other awards, such as the Huskies of Honor and the Bob Cousy Award.

He spent only three years in UConn before being drafted ninth overall in the 2011 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets. He played with the Hornets from 2011 to 2019, before joining the Boston Celtics. He is currently playing with the Detroit Pistons. Walker is a 4x NBA all-star and has won the NBA Sportsmanship Award twice.

Diana Taurasi

Diana Taurasi is a legend in the world of women's basketball, and her glory days began during her time at UConn. Taurasi joined UConn and began playing for the women's basketball team in the 2000-01 season. She was instrumental in helping the team win three NCAA championship titles, especially in 2003 and 2004.

During her college years, the team recorded 139 wins against 8 losses. Taurasi set a precedent, which has not been reduced during her professional career. She was selected in the 2004 WNBA first overall draft by Phoenix Mercury and currently plays with them.

Taurasi has set several records and awards, including being a 5x Olympic gold medalist, one of the WNBA's Top 15 Players of All-Time, and a 5x WNBA scoring title in 2006 and from 2008-2011, respectively.

Donald Brown

Donald Brown showed his mettle at Connecticut and finished his college career as the all-time leading rusher.

He is a running back who played on the school's football team from 2006 to 2009. He beat the school's all-time rusher and was awarded Big East Offensive Player of the Year and Eastern College Athletic Player of the Year in 2009.

He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2009 NFL draft and was with the team until 2013. Brown also played with the San Diego Chargers and the New England Patriots before his retirement in 2016.

Chris Gbandi

While playing soccer at UConn, Chris Gbandi won the Hermann Trophy in 2000, after leading the Huskies to an NCAA win. He brought his style of play for the Huskies and was named 2x First Team All-American.

Gbandi began his professional career with FC Dallas, which he joined with the 2002 MLS Super Draft. His play started with a drag due to some injuries, but he regained his form and earned the Dallas Defender of the Year in 2006.

He joined Haugesund in 2008 and left again in 2010 before joining Miami FC. He officially retired in 2011 and became a coach. He was an assistant coach at UConn before becoming the head coach in 2021.

Melissa Gonzalez

Melissa is a distinguished field hockey athlete who started out playing during her college days at UConn. She was named First Team All-American and had consecutive Defensive Player of the Year Honors. She played on the national team at UConn, and on her first U-20 outing, she came home with a gold medal.

She was in the National Senior Team for 8 years and went on to win three Pan-American Golds and two trips to the Olympics in 2012 and 2016, respectively. Melissa is one of the most respected athletes in UConn's history.

UConn has produced some of the best track and field players in the US so far, and the players on this list are the "GOATs" of their respective categories. If UConn is your dream college and you want to play with the huskies, then we hope this list motivates you enough to go for it and achieve your dreams just like the men and women before you did.

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