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Marcus Camby

At UMass

Roster photo

  • One of the most decorated athletes UMass has ever produced.
  • Naismith National Player of the Year in 1996. (Camby has said the trophy remains at his mother's house.)1)
  • First unanimous first team All-American in UMass history (1996).
  • Led UMass to their only NCAA Tournament Final Four appearance in 1996.
  • 1996 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year.
  • Atlantic 10 Player of the Week selection 9 times, at the time the highest ever.
  • During each of his three seasons at UMass, the team won the A-10 Regular Season Championship and the A-10 Tournament.
  • Two-time selections to A-10 First Team, and NABC All-District.
  • Scored 1,387 points in three seasons (15.1 ppg average), to earn a spot on the 1000 Point Scorers list.
  • First UMass player to top 100 blocks in three consecutive seasons.
  • At the time, held UMass records for single-game (9), single-season (128) and career (336) blocks. (All since surpassed by Stephane Lasme.)
  • 3.7 blocks per game career average finished near the top in A-10 history. (See current stats here.)
  • Atlantic 10 Freshman of the Year for the 1993-94 season.
  • Inducted into the UMass Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.
  • Jersey retired by UMass on 1/19/2013.2)3)4)5)6)7)8)9)10)11) Photo gallery
  • Selected to ESPN's Atlantic 10 Silver Anniversary team (2004).
  • Inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004.
  • Named to the Atlantic 10's Legends Class of 201612)13)
  • Highest NBA Draft pick in UMass history. Selected second overall by Toronto in the 1996 NBA Draft. (Coverage when he declared for Draft)
  • Returned to school and graduated in 2017. Majored in Urban Studies with a minor in African American studies.14)15)

1995-96 Junior year

Full list of 1996 Player of the Year awards

Source: Atlantic 10 Media Guide

Full list of 1996 All-American selections

Source: Atlantic 10 Media Guide

  • Associated Press
  • U.S. Basketball Writers Association
  • John R. Wooden Award
  • Basketball Times
  • United Press International
  • National Association of Basketball Coaches
  • Basketball Weekly

1994-95 Sophomore year

Roster photo 1994-95

  • Averaged 13.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.4 blocks per game.
  • 8th in the country in blocked shots (103).
  • A-10 First Team selection.
  • Ninth in A-10 in rebounding at 6.2 rpg.
  • Named to the A-10 Tournament's All-Championship.
  • Named A-10 Player of the Week three times.

1993-94 Freshman year

  • Averaged 10.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 3.6 blocks per game.
  • 105 blocks in the season set a new A-10 record for blocks by a freshman.
  • A-10 Third Team selection.
  • A-10 Freshman of the Year and Newcomer of the Year.17)
  • A-10 Freshman Team selection.
  • Five-time honoree in the A-10's Rookie of the Week Honor Roll.



Game high in points: 38 vs Dayton (1/6/96)
Game high in rebounds: 17 vs Central Florida (3/14/96)

Agent scandal

Realizing Camby's earning potential in professional basketball, sports agents began dealing with Camby during his time at UMass. The NCAA later determined that Camby accepted agents' gifts in violation of rules, and vacated the Minutemen's 1996 NCAA Tournament appearance.

In a 2020 interview with the Hartford Courant, Camby said: “I was a poor kid who grew up in the inner city and made bad choices. I’m not the first and I wasn’t the last. But I take it. I own it. And I was able to persevere.”18)
2024 column: It’s time for NCAA to restore UMass’ Final Four, Marcus Camby’s good name


NBA, 1996-2013

  • Played 17 seasons, in 973 games. Averaged 9.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game.
  • Led the league in blocks four times.21)
  • Three of those times were in consecutive seasons (2005-08), marking only the second time in NBA history that a player accomplished that feat.22)
  • Defensive Player of the Year in 2006-07.23)
  • Four-time selection to the All-Defensive Team.24)
  • Stats and more on Basketball Reference

Camby is in unique company in NBA stats, as he is one of only five players to have games with 20+ rebounds but zero points.25) Camby had two of those nights. Dennis Rodman had seven.26)

Source: Stathead.com27)

Final stops, 2012-13

  • 2013 pre-season: Signed with HOU, but was waived before the season opener.28)29)
  • 7/10/13: Traded from NYK to TOR, but contract was bought out shortly after, making him a free agent.30)31)
  • 7/11/12: Traded from HOU to NYK.32) Played in only 24 games with NYK in the 2012-13 season.
  • 3/15/12: Trade deadline move from POR to HOU33)

Portland Trail Blazers, 2008-10

Los Angeles Clippers, 2008-10

  • In his 1½ seasons with LAC, rated Camby as their highest Win Share generator.36)
  • Traded from Denver to LAC in the 2008 off-season.37) Camby felt “blindsided, distraught, disrespected” by the trade.

Denver Nuggets, 2002-08

  • Nuggets had missed the playoffs for seven straight seasons prior to Camby's arrival. After a rebuild season in 2002-03, they made the playoffs in each of Camby's last five seasons with the team.
  • 2007-08: First in the NBA in rebounds per 48 minutes (18.0).38)
  • 2006-07: Camby won the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year Award. He also had the Nuggets' highest Win Share generator during the regular season, according to
  • 2002-03: Appeared in just 29 games after hip surgery. Agent accuses the Knicks of mis-managing the injury.

New York Knicks, 1998-2002

1999 NBA Playoffs

Toronto Raptors, 1996-98


  • Averaged 27 points, 11 rebounds, 8 blocks and 8 assists in his senior season at Hartford Public High School en route to a 27-0 record and state title. Public inducted him into their Hall of Fame in 2016.40)
  • Named as a Parade Magazine fourth-team All-American.
  • UMass assistant coach Bill Bayno started recruiting Camby in his high school freshman year, and their early interest in him went a long way in his decision to commit.41)42)
  • Chose UMass over UConn, as the Huskies recruited him late in the process, and Camby felt like he wouldn't get much opportunity to play behind Donyell Marshall.43)
At the time, the A-10 had these separate awards.
Five players, through the end of the 2019-20 season.
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