Thursday , Apr , 26 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

UConn C Thabeet to remain in school

Storrs, CT (Sports Network) – Connecticut freshman center Hasheem Thabeet
announced on Thursday that he will return for his sophomore season and not
enter the NBA Draft.

“I look forward to continuing my education as a person and as an athlete,”
said Thabeet. “We have all been working very hard since the season ended and
will continue doing everything we can to get better each day and have a great
season next year.”

Thabeet started all 31 games for the Huskies last season, averaging 6.2 points
and 6.4 rebounds. His 3.8 blocked shots per game ranked No.1 in the Big East
and No. 3 in the nation.

“We obviously have high expectations for Hasheem in the coming year,” said
UConn coach Jim Calhoun. “He had a very good freshman year for us and showed
great improvement as the year went on. He has the opportunity to take it to
the next level during this coming summer and heading into next season and can
really be a big part of our team achieving success in the future.”

Thabeet’s 119 blocked shots are the second most by a freshman in school
history, ranking only behind Emeka Okafor. He also tied the UConn single game
record of 10 blocked shots in a win over Texas Southern, equaling the mark set
by Okafor and Donyell Marshall.