Offense sells tickets, but these rim protectors did the dirty work for UNLV. Here’s our look at the best shot blockers in Rebels history:
1. Keon Clark
Set the Rebels’ single-season record with 112 blocks in 1996-97. With his wiry 6-foot-11 frame, long arms and grasshopper-like leaping ability, Clark could seemingly swat shots from anywhere on the court.
2. Joel Anthony
Ranks second in UNLV history for blocks in a season (109) and career (157). Had a team-record 13 blocks vs. TCU in 2007 before moving on to the NBA.
3. Elmore Spencer
The 7-foot center started just one season (1991-92) for the Rebels but has the fourth- and fifth-highest season totals in team history. Ranks third on UNLV’s career list with 146 swats.
4. Khem Birch
The reigning Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year is one of the nation’s leading shot-blockers this season (5.2 per game). The 6-foot-9 junior forward could end up topping this list by the time he leaves UNLV.
5. George Ackles
His violent swats were key to the Rebels’ imposing defense during the near-perfect 1990-91 season. Ranks third in team history in blocks for a season (77) and fourth in career blocks (141).
6. Richie Adams
With exceptional leaping ability and instincts, this 6-foot-9 forward led the Rebels in blocks three times in the 1980s. Ranks fifth on the career list with 139.
7. Dalron Johnson
The four-year starter (1999-2003) blocked the most shots in UNLV history (194), but never had more than 58 in a season.
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