During the 2006-2007 NCAA basketball season the UConn Huskies established the “Huskies of Honor” paying a visible tribute in the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion to the top players and coaches in UConn men’s and women’s basketball history. Many of these players and coaches made helped make the programs the national powers they have become.
In December of 2006 the women were first. Honored in the inaugural class of the “Huskies of Honor” were Hall of Fame head coach Geno Auriemma who has won 5 National Championships since taking over the program in 1985. Among the ten players who were named first team All-Americans, five of them were National Players of the Year. They are Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird, Kara Wolters, Jennifer Rizzotti and Rebecca Lobo. The other five All-Americans are Swin Cash, Svetlana Abrosimova, Shea Ralph, Nykesha Sales and Kerry Bascom.
The men were honored in February of 2007 with their inaugural class into the “Huskies of Honor”. Consisting of 13 players and three coaches the class of sixteen was 12 members of the UConn Men’s Basketball All-Century Team as well as 2004 NCAA National Player of the Year Emeka Okafor. Plus former coaches Dee Rowe and Hugh Greer and Hall of Fame head coach Jim Calhoun who has won two National Championships since coming to Storrs in 1986.
In addition to Okafor the 12 other players were All-Americans Donyell Marshall, Ray Allen and Richard Hamilton. Plus Husky greats Walt Dropo, Vin Yokabaskas, Art Quimby, Toby Kimball, Wes Bialosuknia, Tony Hanson, Corny Thompson, Clifford Robinson and Chris Smith.