Thursday, November 27, 2008

A Century of Tradition: Thanksgiving Edition

Happy Thanksgiving!

For this special holiday (and inaugural) edition of A Century of Tradition, we're going to serve a second (or maybe third) helping of stuffing and look at BU's all-time leader in blocks: Tunji Awojobi.

Awojobi, who graduated BU in 1997, is one of the most prolific players in Terriers history and holds the record for the most career points (2,308) scored by a Terrier as well as most career rebounds (1,237). There's sure to be more on Awojobi and all he brought to the program in the future, the type of player he was and what he meant to BU coach Dennis Wolff, who said this at the end of the Nigeria native's career:

"His skill level was the best of any player I have had in my eight years at BU," Wolff said. "Coaching Tunji was a privilege I will always be grateful for."

But for now, it's all about rejections. In terms of swatting opponents' shots, Awojobi is BU's undisputed authority. He holds BU's first four records for shots block in a season:

1994-95: 87
1993-94: 86
1996-97: 71
1995-96: 58

The next closest margin in blocked shots was totaled by Rashad Bell (49) in 2004-05 -- roughly 10 blocks less than Awojobi had in his worst season.

Naturally, he's also BU's all-time leader in career blocked shots with 302. Bell is second on the list with 114. Roughly 200 blocks less than the 2002 BU Hall of Fame inductee had in his career.

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