Who was the Greatest? Part 4

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. 20-25.

We reach the midway point of our series on the best Gator Basketball players to wear each uniform number. We had three parts before this one with three more articles yet to come. Today we reach the "roaring twenties", so to speak.

#20 ----- Bob Emrick ----- A guy who left Kentucky to wear Orange and Blue, Emrick played four incredibly consistent seasons in Gainesville and finished his career as the All-time leading scorer (at the time) with 1,544 points. Emrick never averaged fewer than 15.9 points or more than 17.8. He also averaged 9.5 rebounds a game for his career and averaged a double-double his sophomore and junior seasons.

#21 ----- Dick Hoban ----- To be honest I know very little about this guy, but he was a teammate of Emrick's for a year. Hoban played in 57 games, averaging 11.4 points and 8.1 rebounds. This has not been a great number for the Gators over the years.

#22 ----- Chip Williams ----- Choosing between Williams and Stacey Poole was one of the toughest decisions of this entire process. Poole was a superb player and overcame two torn Achilles tendons to score 1,678 points and grab 688 rebounds. We'll never know how good he could have been. Williams, however is one of a very few Gators to average a double-double for his career. He was first, second or third team All-SEC for all three years of his Gator career and over 76 games averaged 16.4 points and 10.2 boards.

#23 ----- Gene Shy ----- I love Clifford Lett and he was the key guy in Florida's first SEC Championship season in 1989, but Shy deserves the nod. One of the first black players at Florida, Shy was also one of the best and still ranks in the top ten for career points. He averaged 15.1 points and 6.9 rebounds for his 104-game Gator career. He was All-SEC as a senior and went to the Pan-Am games trials as a junior.

#24 ----- David Lee ----- Greg Stolt wore this number proudly, but David Lee is at a different level. He was a McDonald's All American coming in and a first round draft pick on the way out. He scored 1,426 points and grabbed 869 rebounds and averaged a double-double against SEC teams his senior season. One of his best games came in the SEC Tournament two years ago when Lee grabbed 17 rebounds helping the Gators beat Kentucky for the first tournament title in school history.

#25 ----- Ronnie Williams ----- One of the first players to sign with Norm Sloan upon his return to Gainesville, Williams had a tremendous career. He is one of two Gators to score over two thousand points and his 954 rebounds are fourth best. Williams is the only Gator to lead the team in scoring all four years and was second-team All-SEC each of those campaigns. He gets the nod over Brooks Henderson and Rick Clarson.

Three more groups of players to go. Tomorrow we look at the Gators in their thirties, numerically speaking.

  • Wednesday's look at #10-15
  • Tuesday's look at #1-5
  • Monday's look at #0-00

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