|50 Udonis Haslem
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A four-year starter… A wide body with good post moves and a soft touch… .Ability to seal defenders makes him tough to stop one-on-one in the post… One of the hardest workers on the team, he dropped 40-plus pounds and reduced his body fat from more than 15 percent to 9.8 percent since his arrival in Gainesville… The all-time winningest player in Florida basketball history, taking part in 97 Gator victories… The first player in UF history to play on four consecutive NCAA Tournament teams… Only the second player in UF history to be named to one of the first three Associated Press All-America teams (joining Neal Walk)… The first player in school history to be named All-Southeastern Conference by the league coaches four times (First Team in 2002 and 2001, Third Team in 2000 and 1999)… Third on Gators' all-time scoring list with 1,781 points… Ranks in the top 10 at UF in 11 career categories (4th in FG Pct - .584; 3rd in free throws - 515; 2nd in free throws attempted - 773; 5th in blocked shots - 120; 6th in blocked shots per game - 0.92; 4th in dunks - 101; 7th in double doubles - 25; 2nd in personal fouls - 409, 2nd in starts - 125 and T-1st in games played - 130)… One of two players in school history to score 1,700 or more points and grab 800 rebounds… Did not miss a game in his career, seeing action in 130 games and finished his career with 99 consecutive starts… Had 99 double figure scoring games, including 26 20-point contests… Had 28 double figure rebounding games and 25 double doubles… Three of his double doubles were in season openers… Drew 57 charges… Florida's all-time leader in NCAA Tournament action in games (12), scoring (157), field goals (56), field goals attempted (95), free throws made (45) and free throws attempted (66)… The least publicized recruit in the 1998-99 freshman class, but made an immediate impact on UF's inside game… Gave UF its first inside scoring presence in Donovan's tenure…
AS A SENIOR IN 2001-02… .Team captain… Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American… Second Team All-American by NABC/Pontiac… First-Team NABC/Pontiac District VI… First-Team USBWA District IV… Basketball Times All-South Team… First-Team All-SEC (Coaches and AP)… Finalist for the 2001-2002 Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year Award… Finalist for the Wooden All-American Team… One of three finalists for the inaugural Senior CLASS Award, which will be given annually to the top male and female college basketball senior… CLASS stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School… One of three finalists for ESPN The Magazine Center of the Year… Led the team in scoring for the second consecutive year, averaging 16.0 ppg… Also led the team in rebounding (8.3), double doubles (11), free throws (177), free throws attempted (255) and blocked shots (39)… 39 blocked shots was the most by a Gator senior in school history… Led the Southeastern Conference in field goal percentage (.562) and ranked 26th nationally… 255 free throw attempts was second best single-season effort in school history and 177 free throws was third best… Attempted (142) and made (98) a school record number of free throws in SEC games only… 11 double doubles was second best in the SEC… Scored in double figures in 29 of 31 games… Led UF in scoring eight times and had top rebounding honors in 16 games… Had a team-high 31 dunks and team-best 12 charges… Had nine 20-point games… Tied a career high and set a IKON Coaches vs. Cancer Classic single game record with 16 rebounds vs. Temple… 16 rebounds was best season opening performance in 20 years and fourth best on opening day overall… Also had 16 rebounds vs. LSU, the eighth best effort by a Florida player in O'Dome history… Had back-to-back 20-point games vs. New Orleans and Stetson… Named SEC Co-Player of the Week for Dec. 10-16th for his 22-point effort vs. Charlotte… Tied UF SEC Tournament single game record with 7-of-7 shooting performance vs. Auburn… He also canned 8-of-8 from the line… Shot double digit free throws in nine of the last 15 games… Shot .682 (15-of-22) in three post-season games… 17 free throw attempts at Arkansas was sixth best single-game effort in school history… Shot .600 (48-of-80) from the field and .755 (40-of-53) from the foul line in the month of December…
AS A JUNIOR IN 2000-01 - Associated Press Third-Team All-American… NABC District VI First Team… USBWA District IV First Team… First-Team All-SEC (Coaches' and AP)… One of 20 finalists for Wooden Award… Voted by his peers as the strongest player in the league an a Sports Illustrated College Basketball Preview… Led the SEC in field goal percentage (.592), ranked second in defensive rebounds and 10th in free throw percentage (.709)… Led UF in scoring (16.8 ppg), blocked shots (31), free throws (146), free throws attempted (206)… Only Gator to start every game… Led UF in scoring 14 times and 12 times was the top rebounder… Scored in double figures in 27 of 31 games, including a season-long stretch of 19 consecutive games (snapped vs. South Carolina Jan. 7, 2001)… Had nine double doubles, including consecutive double doubles vs. Florida Atlantic and DePaul… Had team-best 12 20-point games… His three consecutive 20-point games vs. Georgia, Vanderbilt and Auburn) were the first by a UF player since December 1996 and the first in SEC action since February 1996… Had team-best 31 dunks and drew 10 charges… Averaged 20.0 ppg in NCAA Tournament, fifth best among all players in NCAA Tournament… Averaged team-best 17.1 ppg and shot .663 (53-of-80) vs. ranked teams… Had a career high 28 points vs. Alabama, including 17 in the first half and had career high 16 rebounds vs. Mississippi State… Played 146 of a possible 160 minutes (36.5 mpg) during a four-game stretch (Mississippi State - Auburn)… Connected on 33-of-40 (.825) from the foul line during a five-game stretch… Hit two free throws with two seconds left in regulation to send the LSU game into overtime…
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 1999-2000 - Named to NCAA All Final Four Tournament Team… Also named to NCAA East Regional All Tournament Team… Third-team All-SEC (Coaches and Associated Press')… NABC District VI Second-Team… The starter at center who has also made nine starts at the power forward spot when Donnell Harvey started at center… Set a UF NCAA Tournament record with 27 points in Championship game vs. Michigan State… Named "Chevrolet Player of the Game" in NCAA Championship Game vs. Michigan State… His 10-of-12 performance from the field (.833) was second only to Bill Walton's 21-of-22 performance in a Championship game… Was 15-of-19 at the Final Four (.789), third best in NCAA Final Four history… 85 points in NCAA Tournament was third best among all players in 2000 NCAA Tournament and was also a UF NCAA Tournament record… Led UF in scoring with 14.2 ppg in NCAA Tournament action… Scored in double figures 26 times, including the last eight games of the season and had three 20-point games… Had three double doubles (vs. FSU, New Hampshire and Bethune-Cookman)… Drew a team-high 21 charges on the year… Averaged 13.5 ppg (108 points) during last eight games of season… 44-of-57 (.771) from the line during the last 18 games after hitting 55-of-98 (.561) during the first 19 games… Hit two free throws vs. Butler with 15 seconds left to send the game into overtime… 16-of-24 from the field in back-to-back games vs. Tennessee and Arkansas… Bounced back from a career-low six minutes vs. Kentucky to score a season-best 24 points at Tennessee… Put-back vs. Alabama with 51 seconds left gave UF the lead for good… Averaged 17.0 ppg during a four game stretch (VMI-Ole Miss)… Had his second straight opening night double-double with 18 points, 10-rebound effort vs. FSU…
AS A FRESHMAN IN 1998-99 - Named Third-Team All-SEC by league coaches… The first freshman center in Gator history to be named All-SEC… Knoxville News Sentinel All-Freshman… Started the first 26 games at center, but came off the bench in the post-season… Set a UF freshman record with team-best .603 field goal percentage (ninth best overall in UF history)… Led UF in scoring four times and 10 times was UF's top rebounder… Scored in double figures in 17 games… Had two 20-point games… Had a team-best four games in double figure rebounding… Shared the team lead with three double doubles… Had a team-best 13 charges drawn and his 14 dunks was second best on the team… Led the team in offensive rebounds, free throws and free throw attempts… Was one of five Gators to average double figures… Joined senior Eddie Shannon as the only Gators to start every SEC game… Averaged 15.7 ppg while shooting .789 (30-of-38) from the field in December… Set a UF SEC Tournament game record with his 14 free throw attempts vs. Arkansas… His 26-point effort vs. Tennessee was the best by a UF freshman since Craig Brown scored 28 vs. Ole Miss on Feb. 2, 1991… Had 19 points vs. Duke's Elton Brand… Joined Mike Miller as the third and fourth frosh in school history to record a double double in his debut (13 points/11 rebounds vs. Georgia Southern)…
PREP - A 1998 graduate of Miami Senior where he was coached by Frank Martin…
AS A SENIOR… Averaged 14.2 points and 8.0 rebounds a game… Led Miami to third straight 6A State Championship and final national ranking of No. 6 by USA Today (Miami won its eighth title in the last 12 years and its state-record 18th overall)… Named to All-Tournament Team at state tournament and scored 10 points in championship game…
AS A JUNIOR… .Named one of the top 10 power forwards in the nation after his junior year by Recruiting USA… 1996-97 All-USA Honorable Mention by USA Today… Named as the 80th top prospect by All-Star Sports heading into his senior season… Ranked among the top 100 players in the nation after his junior season by Van Coleman… Averaged 12.5 ppg, 9.3 rpg and 1.6 blocks per game on 6A state championship team… Scored 16 points and pull down 17 rebounds in the state championship game… Set a school record with his .680 FG percentage… Also a good student… Attended Wolfson Senior High School (Jacksonville) as a freshman and sophomore…
PERSONAL - Born Udonis Johneal Haslem on June 9, 1980 in Miami, Fla… Raised by his mother, Barbara Wooten… Father, John Haslem, was the Dade County Player of the Year at Miami before a collegiate career at Stetson… Has two brothers and three sisters… Lists English as his favorite class and is interested in computer technology.
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|Haslem Game Highs|
|Season||26, Georgia (2/12/02)|
|Career||28, vs. Alabama (2/24/01)|
|Season||16, 2x, last vs. LSU (1/16/02)|
|Career||16, 3 times last vs. LSU|
|Season||10, Georgia (2/12/02)|
|Career||10, 5x, Georgia (2/12/02)|
|Field Goal Attempts|
|Season||15, 2x, Georgia (2/12/02)|
|Career||17, DePaul (12/2/00)|
|3-Point FG Attempts|
|Season||1, vs. Charlotte (12/15/01)|
|Career||1, 3x, last vs. Charlotte (12/15)|
|Season||11, vs. Vanderbilt (2/9/02)|
|Career||11, 2x, last vs. Vanderbilt (2/9/02)|
|Free Throw Attempts|
|Season||17, Arkansas (1/26/02)|
|Career||17, Arkansas (1/26/02)|
|Season||5, vs. Belmont (12/30/01)|
|Career||5, 2x last vs. Belmont (12/30/01)|
|Season||3, New Hampshire (11/28/01)|
|Career||5, Morehead State (12/22/98)|
|Season||4, New Orleans (12/22/01)|
|Career||4, 4x, last vs. UNO (12/22/01)|
|Season||38, Arizona (11/09/01)|
|Career||43, LSU (2/13/01)|
|Times Led UF in Scoring||8||30|
|Times Led UF in Rebounding||16||44|
|Times Led UF in Assists||1||5|
|Double Figure Scoring Games||29||99|
|Double Figure Rebounding Games||11||28|
|Scored UF's First Points||4||24|
|First Player off the Bench||0||2|
|Three Point Plays||14-20||47-80|
|Final Three Minutes from Line||17-28||51-78|
Off the Court with Udonis Haslem
- Has a copy of his brother's obituary taped to his bedroom mirror. Sam Wooten died of cancer at age 37 in September of 1999
- Wore the initials KH and SW for his three-year old son Kedonis and Sam Wooten on his shoes during the 2000-01 season
- Wears elbow pads after leading the team in charges the past two years
- Enjoyed dance class he took at UF
- Has a pet snake named "Tango"
- Raised by his step-mother, Barbara Wooten
- Good friends with former Missouri hoop standout and current LA Clipper Keyon Dooling
- Father, John Haslem, was the Dade County Player of the Year at Miami Northwestern before a collegiate career at Stetson
- A big cartoon fan who loves watching X-Men
- Tries to emulate Karl Malone
- Would like to learn how to play the piano
- Broke a backboard dunking in the ninth grade
- Also played football until 10th grade before a knee injury forced him to the sidelines
- Attended Gator basketball camp as a junior and senior
- Born in Miami and was a Miami Hurricane and Dolphin fan before moving to Jacksonville when he was nine years old
- Was shy as an elementary school student because teachers mispronounced his name
What They Are Saying About Udonis Haslem
"Udonis epitomizes this program. When people think of Florida basketball, they should think of Udonis Haslem. He always tells the whole team what's on his mind. And usually what's on his mind is what should be on all our minds. That's a sign of leadership-when you can get us all on the same page."
- Matt Bonner on Udonis Haslem in February of 2002
"Udonis will go down as one of the greatest players in UF history. I'm proud to have the opportunity to have coached him - people will always remember Udonis."
- Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan on Feb. 25th, 2002
"I think what really made him great right form the start for us was, he had no expectations on himself other than going in and working really hard. But he has obviously blossomed. He has just grown and developed as a person."
- Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan
"I'm learning how to be a leader on the court. Obviously, I learned a lot about the game of basketball and fine-tuned my skills, but right now I'm learning how to lead. Brent Wright and Major Parker are not here and I have to lead this team."
- Udonis Haslem on his role as a leader
"Udonis did a very classy thing. At the start of practice, he got in front of the team and told James he didn't want to blame himself for what happened."
- Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan on Feb. 25th, 2002 after James White missed free throw attempt at Alabama gave the Tide a chance to win the game
"There is a lot more basketball to be played. I'll cry when it's all over. When the game is taken away from me forever, that is when I will cry."
- Udonis Haslem after his last home game on Feb. 26th, 2002
"If you combine the stats and the winning, there's not another player in the history of the school who has done what he's done. I don't know if there has been another athlete on this campus who has turned a program around for four years and made the type of impact he's made."
- Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan on Feb. 25th, 2002
"I've had some NBA scouts say they've talked around the league and a lot of people feel that he's the most-feared front-court player in our league. He's a great, great player, not from a talent standpoint, but just from a mental standpoint and the way he approaches the game and how much he's grown up. He's just focused totally on winning."
- Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan on Feb. 26th, 2002
"He's the most feared player in the SEC. There is not another player in this conference who has created more headaches for opposing coaches than he has."
- Georgia Head Coach Jim Harrick in February of 2002
"Our entire game plan was to stop Udonis Haslem." He's one of the best big men in the nation."
- South Carolina Head Coach Dave Odom in February of 2002
"My goal is to win a national championship. I didn't feel ready. I wanted to continue to work on my game. I have a son, and I want him to graduate from college. It's hard for me to tell him I want him to graduate from college when I didn't do it. I want him to see my degree and know how important it is."
- Udonis Haslem on returning to college after his junior season
"I want to be the guy that led the Gators to a national championship."
- Udonis Haslem
"The records are good to have, but the goal when I came in here was not to be in the record books, it was to do whatever I can do to put my team in a position to win it all."
- Udonis Haslem
"He's a great, great player. Not from a talent standpoint, but just from the mental standpoint. He understands what it's all about. He's just focused totally on winning. Over a four-year period, he's the best player I've ever coached."
- Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan on Feb. 25th, 2002
"I've been in the position of looking up to older guys before, and I've been around a lot of different teams. I've never seen anyone like Udonis. The heart he has for the team is unmatched by anyone I've ever played against or with."
- David Lee on Udonis Haslem's leadership in February of 2002
"I've gotten a lot more mature. I went through a season last year where I lost a brother, I lost a grandfather - different trials and tribulations. For all those things I'm a better person, a stronger person."
- Udonis Haslem on last year's challenges
"Anybody two inches shorter than me or anybody two inches taller than me - I'm going to destroy them. That's how I feel about the two inches everybody wishes I had."
- Udonis Haslem on his 6-9 height
"I didn't expect any of this. I just came in ready to learn and let them make me a better basketball player. I'm just trying to pass that on. As a leader, that's my job."
- Udonis Haslem
"Combine the statistics and the wins, and there's not another player in the history of this school that has done what he's done."
- Coach Donovan on Haslem's presence
"If I do (cry), it's going to be after the game, not during the game. We've got a lot more basketball to play. I'll hold my tears until after the season… The toughest thing will be leaving the fans, just the people. It's not about me leaving. It's about missing the people. I'm not going to cry for myself. I'm going to cry for the people I'm leaving."
-Udonis Haslem on his final home game on February 26, 2002
"He is the most feared player in the SEC. There is not another player in this conference who has created more headaches for opposing coaches than he has."
-Georgia Head Coach Jim Harrick on February 26, 2002
"I don't know if there has been another athlete on this campus that has turned a program around-not just for one year, but four years-and has made the type of impact that he has made."
-Billy Donovan on February 25, 2002
"I thought Haslem was the best guy in the league going into the season, and I don't know if anything's changed, yet. Both of them are really good players, and there's no question, it'll be a huge matchup down there in Florida."
-Mississippi State Head Coach Rick Stansbury on the matchup between Udonis and Mississippi State's Mario Austin on February 2, 2002
"My job when teams are focusing is to be a decoy and knock down shots and to try and be more aggressive. I wasn't frustrated, I just want my teammates to understand that even if they double me, I can make passes and make the game easier for them."
-Udonis Haslem on Florida's play against Kentucky on January 29, 2002
"Udonis is such a presence on the inside. He is probably one of the most difficult players to guard in all of college basketball."
-Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings on January 12th, 2002
"He's so good that I just don't know if you can do anything with him man-to-man. You kind of have to go by committee. You let him get it inside and he can really bury you and get you in foul trouble."
-Tennessee Coach Buzz Peterson on January 7, 2002
"He's the best player I've ever coached anywhere from a standpoint of coaching. He understands every time he steps across the line if he does not show up and perform, he will be outplayed. He's a coach's dream. He's about one thing - winning."
-Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan on January 7th, 2002
"He's continually gotten better. He's lighter this year. He runs the floor. He has a great feel for getting position in the low post. He has great footwork. He has expanded his game from just playing with his back to the basket."
-Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan on January 7th, 2002
"Haslem is the leader for the Gators. It's Haslem who sets the examples. It was Haslem who teaches the lessons, even to Brown, the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft."
-Joe Schad from the Orlando Sentinel on November 5, 2001
"Udonis Haslem is one of the best finishers in the game in the low post this season. Haslem can be dominant on both ends of the backboard."
-Andy Katz from ESPN.com on October 10, 2001
"Nothing's ever been easy. Nothing's ever been given to me. I think that's the way I like it and that's the way I want it to be. Obviously, I'm never going to be 7 feet. So I've got to make the best of what I've got."
- Junior Udonis Haslem after his 24-point, 11-rebound performance vs. 7-1 Chris Marcus of Western Kentucky in the first round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament
"Sam was a guy who was sick from cancer and he never complained and he never asked to be pampered. He woke up every morning with a positive attitude… .Every day when I'm tired or I think I have it bad I look at what he went through and things don't seem that quite so bad anymore. He always treated me like a man and he helped me grow up to be the man I am today."
- Udonis Haslem on the relationship with his brother, Sam, who died of cancer at age 37
"Haslem is so strong that he once he makes his move, you're helpless."
- CBS Analyst James Worthy on March 4th, 2001
"I don't think there's any question Udonis is an outstanding player, but I think the thing that makes him outstanding is he has a real, real understanding of what it is like to play for a team."
- Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan in March of 2001
"Posting up down low and banging -- that's what I do best. I'm only 6-8, and often times I may have a guy a little taller on me. So I have to use my strength to move people around and get the job done."
- Florida Center Udonis Haslem on his game in March of 2001
"He has a win-first attitude. I think that made him understand, really understand, what it means to play for a title. At Miami Senior he didn't average a lot of points or rebounds, but he just won. He's a selfless guy who knows what is best for the team."
- Florida head coach Billy Donovan in February of 2001
"He'll cause us some problems. He knows how to scare people. He knows how his man's defending him in relationship to where the ball is on the floor. He's got great hands. He's position-conscious. And he can score around the goal and draw a foul. It's going to be a challenge to be able to defend him-particularly because he's got good perimeter players around him who can shoot it behind the arc, which will stretch us out defensively."
- LSU Coach John Brady, February 2001
"I think Haslem, and I haven't seen him play all the teams, but he's the best center I've seen. Haslem is the guy that makes them awfully good. He's the best low post player I've seen with hands, positioning, competitiveness, runs the court as good as anybody. The key is foul trouble. Now we don't intentionally go after him. He's too smart for that. I think Haslem is terrific and I'm going to vote him first-team All SEC right now. I don't care what he does for the rest of the year. I think he's the best man in the league."
- South Carolina Coach Eddie Fogler in January of 2001
"If he catches it in the paint, he's going to score. He's one of the best post players in the league. The only way to really slow him down is to get him on the bench in foul trouble or something. "
- Mississippi State junior center Robert Jackson in January of 2001
"I don't know of another player in America that plays in the low post stronger, more competitive, more physically powerful than Udonis Haslem."
- South Carolina Coach Eddie Fogler in January of 2001
"Haslem has improved tremendously. That's a credit to him and their staff. They really work on developing their players. He puts a tremendous amount of foul pressure on you when he takes the ball to the basket. Then a kid that big steps up and knocks down free throws."
- Gonzaga coach Mark Few in December of 2000
"He plays taller than 6-8 because he is 6-8 wide. If he gets position, he plays like he's 7 feet. He's always been a very intelligent player when it comes to gaining position, sealing, posting and catching the ball in the low post. He's very effective."
- Billy Donovan in November of 2000
"I've never seen anybody stop him. The only person I've ever seen stop Udonis Haslem is Udonis Haslem."
- Major Parker in November of 2000
"I think he is going to be the best center in the SEC. Because last year, late in the season, there was not a bigger force offensively in the league than he was in scoring."
- Former Auburn Coach Sonny Smith now a Birmingham sports radio personality in November of 2000
"The Florida Gators find confidence in their big man. When they need a basket, a play, a momentum-breaker, Udonis Haslem always seems to be there - reliable, ready to deliver."
- Gainesville Sun Robbie Andreau on November 17th, 2000
"I'm loving the hype and the exposure and the recognition. But it doesn't matter until we prove it on the court. Donovan is a guy who has plans and ideas and wants to build something."
- Freshmen Udonis Haslem in November of 1999
"He's good, he's big and his guys look for him. I like the way he uses his legs to get post-up position. And the way you have to cover Florida's three's, he gets isolated one-on-one, then does something with it."
- Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski in December of 1999
"We couldn't stop Haslem. He had a great night."
- Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski in December of 1998
"The thing that impressed us most about Haslem is that not only is he big, but he has good hands and makes a good target."
- Jacksonville Head Coach Hugh Durham in December of 1998
"It's been great playing well, but I'm not really doing anything spectacular."
- Freshmen Udonis Haslem in February of 1999
"He's got a great feel how to play in the low post. He's got great footwork, great hands, great moves. He remembers a lot. We've got a lot of sets, a lot of defenses and a lot of out-of-bounds plays, and he understands them. He's got a very, very high basketball IQ."
- UF Head Coach Billy Donovan in February of 1999
"If anyone goes back and looks at the comments I've made about Udonis the whole time, I've said that with his back to the basket, he is the best post-player in the country. He understands that aspect of the game better than any high school kid I saw in the country last year. There are some kids that run faster and jump higher than he does. But nobody was as good as he was as far as positioning and finishing."
- Miami Senior High School Coach Frank Martin in February of 1999
"The inside success of Udonis Haslem has opened up the floor for Billy's Bombers. Dump it down low for a high-percentage shot and if it's not there, kick it out for a good look from beyond the arc."
- Gator Bait Columnist Marty Cohen in February of 1999