Who was the Greatest? Part 2

For the next two weeks, FightinGators.com's Larry Vettel breaks down the best to wear each number for Florida Gators basketball. It's an encore of Larry's series last year when he listed the best to wear each number for Gator football. In this installment, Larry tackles No. 1-5.

Well now let's pick up the pace in our review of the best players to wear the Gator Basketball Jersey number by number with the single digits.

#1 ----- Anthony Roberson ----- His nickname was "Peep" but he made a lot more than a peep during his three years as a Gator. Roberson was a tremendous shooter and competitor during his three seasons with the Gators. He set Florida's single-season record for three-pointers with 99 his sophomore year, but Lee Humphrey saw to it that it was a mark that didn't last long. Roberson scored over 15-hundred points, averaging almost 16 points a game. He also had a very solid plus-75 assist/turnover differential. The Gators were 69-27 in those seasons.

#2 ----- Corey Brewer ----- I spent three years hoping the nickname I gave him would catch on, but I'm still the only one calling him "Spiderman". One of the most entertaining and unique players in Gator history, Brewer was the guy you couldn't take your eyes off of. His cat-quick hands helped him to be a superb defender and his fearlessness made every drive to the basket something special. His 176 ranks in the top five of UF history and his rather modest scoring (11.3) and rebounding (4.3) stats are more of a reflection of the incredible balance of the Florida squad the last two years.

#3 ----- Sonny Powell ----- This Jacksonville native was a major scorer for the Gators in the mid-fifties. He averaged 12.9 for his career, topped by a 16.1 mark his senior season (1955) when he was named third team All-SEC.

#4 ----- Craig Brown ----- With apologies to the incredible physical gifts of Donnell Harvey and sweet shooting of Joe Lawrence this is an easy call. To this day I don't believe there's been a better "leader" on this campus. Brown's value wasn't fully appreciated until 1995 when the Gators floundered without him despite having four other starters and two key reserves back from a 29-win team. Oh yeah, he was a helluva player too with over 14-hundred points. No one will ever forget his three-pointers off the curl against Boston College that send the Gators to their first Final Four.

#5 ----- Andrew Moten ----- One of only three Gators to reach 19-hundred career points, Moten is perhaps one of the most under-appreciated players in UF history. Just a shade over six feet tall, Moten was strong taking the ball to the basket and a fine outside shooter as well. He was also a good rebounder for a guard averaging 3.6 a game to go with his 15.4 points over his entire career. Moten was crucial to three N.I.T. teams and Florida's first NCAA squad.

Tomorrow, the best Gators to wear numbers 10-thru-15.

Monday's look at #0-00

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