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LEXINGTON, KY – AUGUST 06: Rick Barry, coach of the Ball Hogs, is introduced during week seven of the BIG3 three on three basketball league at Rupp Arena on August 6, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Forward Rick Barry 1962-65

Any discussion of Miami Hurricanes basketball should begin and end with Barry. He is the undisputed, unquestioned best player in program history. In three seasons with Miami Barry averaged 29.8 points per game and 16.8 rebounds.

In Barry’s three seasons in Coral Gables, he and Hale led the Hurricanes to a 65-16 record. In Barry’s Senior season be became the only Miami Hurricanes player to earn consensus first-team All-American. Some of the other players who earned the honor that season were Princeton’s Bill Bradley, UCLA’s Gail Goodrich and Michigan’s Cazzie Russell.

In 1996 Barry was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history. It was in honor of the league’s 50th season. Barry posted some of the greatest numbers in NBA history. He averaged 23.2 points per game, 6.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists and two steals in 14 seasons in the NBA and ABA.

Barry’s 89.3 free throw percentage ranks seventh all-time combined in NBA and ABA history. In the 1978-79 season, Barry set what was then an NBA record by making 94.7 percent of his free-throws. The record has since been broken multiple times.

Barry holds an almost immeasurable amount of Miami Hurricanes basketball records. He holds the top eight scoring games in school history. Barry holds the school record for points, rebounds and field goals made.