Thursday, December 18, 2008
Where are they now? Checking in with the '99 UConn and Gonzaga teams
By Andy Katz
It's hard to believe it's been almost a decade since the 1999 Elite Eight game between Connecticut and Gonzaga. The 67-62 win sent the Huskies to their first Final Four -- and propelled them to their first national championship -- while the Zags entered the national consciousness, where they've remained ever since.
Here's a look at what the participants in that game are up to these days:
|With his playing days in Spokane over, Australia native Axel Dench found work as a Wookiee in "Star Wars: Episode III."|
Richie Frahm -- Lives in Spokane and is trying to sign with a professional team
Mike Nilson -- Owns physical therapy business in Spokane and works with Gonzaga strength and conditioning
Mike Leasure -- Policeman in Portland, Ore.
Casey Calvary -- Works in construction and development in Spokane
Jeremy Eaton -- Yellow Pages information systems
Axel Dench -- Lives in Australia, appeared as a Wookiee in "Star Wars: Episode III" in 2005
Zach Gourde -- Playing in France
Mark Spink -- Accountant in Bristol, Conn.
Ryan Floyd -- Pharmaceutical salesman in Spokane
Matt Santangelo -- Financial advisor in Spokane
Quentin Hall -- Lives in his native Bahamas, where he teaches and coaches
Mark Few -- Head coach at Gonzaga
Dan Monson -- Head coach at Long Beach State
Bill Grier -- Head coach at San Diego
Scott Snider -- Salesman in the Pacific Northwest
Beau Archibald -- Director of Basketball Operations at UConn
Justin Brown -- Playing professionally in Australia
Khalid El-Amin -- Playing for Azovmash Mariupol of the Ukrainian basketball league
Kevin Freeman -- Unknown
Richard Hamilton -- In his 10th season in the NBA and a three-time NBA All-Star with the Detroit Pistons
E.J. Harrison -- Played 10 years in England and is now back in Connecticut
Rashamel Jones -- Manager of a sports complex in Mount Vernon, N.Y.
Antric Klaiber -- Living in Maryland
Ricky Moore -- Playing professionally in Austria
Albert Mouring -- Unknown
Edmund Saunders -- Living in Connecticut
Jake Voskuhl -- Re-signed with the Toronto Raptors and is now in his ninth season in the NBA
Souleymane Wane -- Working as a French teacher in the Boston area
Jim Calhoun -- Head coach at UConn
Dave Leitao -- Head coach at Virginia
Karl Hobbs -- Head coach at George Washington
Tom Moore -- Head coach at Quinnipiac
Andy Katz is a senior writer for ESPN.com.