Uc Irvine Anteaters Best Players of All Time

Morgan Wolf

The UC Irvine Anteaters are the athletic teams that represent the University of California, Irvine. Competing at the Division I level in the Big West Conference and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, the Anteaters have established a reputation for excellence and success.

From the time of their founding, UC Irvine has had a proud history of athletic achievement and continues to strive for excellence in all their sports. With a strong commitment to their teams and fans, the UC Irvine Anteaters are a force to be reckoned with.

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1. Drew Davis

Drew Davis Career

  • High school: Montbello, (Denver, Colorado)
  • College: Oregon
  • Undrafted: 2011
  • Receptions: 16, Receiving yards: 256, Receiving TDs: 3
  • Receptions: 16
  • Receiving yards: 256
  • Receiving TDs: 3

Drew Davis is a director of player development with the Atlanta Falcons. Davis played college football at Oregon. He was undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft, but has since worked his way up the Atlanta Falcons' organization.

Davis is passionate about player development and has worked with a number of NFL players. He was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. Davis is a member of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. He is married with two children.

Davis is a member of the NFLPA. Davis is a dedicated family man and enjoys spending time with his wife and children. 

Drew Davis was a standout player at UCF and was drafted in the 7th round by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2011 NFL draft. As a rookie with the Falcons, Davis caught 15 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns.

In 2012, Davis had a career-high 43 receptions for 536 yards and four touchdowns. Davis was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in 2013 and had a breakout year with the team, catching 69 passes for 956 yards and seven touchdowns. 

Davis was released by the Seahawks in 2014 and signed with the Dallas Cowboys the following year. With the Cowboys, Davis had one more good season, catching 54 passes for 611 yards and six touchdowns.

Davis signed with the UCF Knights in 2016 and has been a big part of their success. Davis was named UCF's Director of Player Development in 2018.

2. Russell Turner

Russell Turner Career

  • 1988–1992: Hampden–Sydney
  • 1993–1994: Hampden–Sydney (assistant)
  • 1994–2000: Wake Forest (assistant)
  • 2000–2004: Stanford (assistant)
  • 2004–2010: Golden State Warriors (assistant)
  • 2010–present: UC Irvine

Turner played college basketball at Hampden–Sydney and was a two-time All-American. He was an assistant coach at Virginia Tech before being named the head coach of UC Irvine in 2009.

Turner has led the Irvine team to a 255–164 record in his seven seasons as head coach. Turner was named the Big West Coach of the Year in 2016. Turner is married with two kids. Turner is the current head coach of UC Irvine, where he has led the team to a 255–164 record in eight seasons.

Turner was an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors for eight seasons before taking the reins at UC Irvine. Turner is a three-time Big West Coach of the Year and has led UC Irvine to two conference championships. Turner is a prolific scorer and played collegiately at Wake Forest.

Turner has a keen eye for detail and is known for his defensive prowess.

3. Ben Orloff

Ben Orloff Career

  • 2006–2009: UC Irvine
  • 2009: Greeneville Astros
  • 2009–2010: Tri-City ValleyCats
  • 2011: Lexington Legends
  • 2012: Lancaster JetHawks
  • 2012–2013: Corpus Christi Hooks
  • Position(s): Shortstop
  • 2016–2018: UC Irvine (asst)
  • 2019–present: UC Irvine

Ben Orloff is currently the head coach of UC Irvine, and his team is currently in the Big West conference. Orloff has led the team to a record of 120–66 in his three years as head coach.

Orloff attended the University of California, Irvine and played for the UC Irvine Golden Eagles from 2006 to 2009. During his time at UC Irvine, Orloff was a two-time First-Team All-Big West performer and a member of the 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Team.

Orloff was drafted by the Greeneville Astros in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft and played for the team for two seasons before joining the Tri-City ValleyCats in 2010. Orloff spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons with the Lexington Legends before signing with the Lancaster JetHawks in 2012.

In 2013, Orloff joined the Corpus Christi Hooks as head coach. Orloff's teams have consistently been among the top teams in the American Association during his time with the team.

4. Evan Leonard

Evan Leonard is a freshman guard for the UC Irvine Anteaters men's basketball team. He is averaging 14.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2 assists per game this season.

Leonard has been a starter for UC Irvine for the last 3 seasons and has helped the team win at least a share of 3 of the last 4 Big West Regular season titles. Leonard is a top-tier shooter and passer and is expected to be a major contributor for the Anteaters in the future.

The 2019–20 UC Irvine Anteaters men's basketball season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

However, Leonard is expected to continue his play for the Anteaters in the 2020 Big West Conference men's basketball tournament. Leonard is a top-tier talent and represents the future of UC Irvine men's basketball.

He is a must-watch player for fans of the Anteaters.

5. Jonathan Galloway

Jonathan Galloway Career

  • College: UC Irvine (2015–2019)
  • Playing career: 2019–present
  • 2019–2020: Bakken Bears
  • 2020: Zadar
  • 2020–2021: Monthey-Chablais
  • 2021: TED Ankara Kolejliler
  • 2021–2022: Bisons Loimaa
  • 2022-present: Spinelli Massagno
  • 3× Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Year (2017–2019), Basketligaen champion (2019)
  • Medals, , Representing  Guam, Pacific Games, : 2015 Papua New Guinea: Team, : 2019 Samoa: Team
  • Representing  Guam
  • Pacific Games
  • : 2015 Papua New Guinea: Team
  • : 2019 Samoa: Team

Jonathan Galloway is a Swiss Basketball League power forward/center who was born on June 19th, 1996 in Brentwood, California. Galloway played college basketball at UC Irvine and has since started his professional career with the Bakken Bears in the 2019–2020 season.

Galloway has also played for the Zadar in the 2020–21 season. Jonathan Galloway is a prolific scorer and defender who has enjoyed success in both the Big West Conference and in the Basketligaen. 

Galloway has been a key player for Monthey-Chablais in the past two seasons, helping the team to back-to-back Big West Conference championships.

Galloway was named Defensive Player of the Year in the Big West Conference in 2017 and 2018, and he was also the Basketligaen champion in 2019. Galloway is a versatile player who can score from anywhere on the court, and he has the potential to be a top-level player in the European leagues. 

Galloway is a hard worker who is always looking to improve his game, and he has the potential to be a superstar in the European leagues. Galloway is a passionate player who is always looking to give his all on the court, and he has the potential to be a cornerstone player for a European team. 

Galloway is a versatile player who can play both the shooting guard and the small forward positions, and he has the potential to be a key player for a European team. 

Galloway has a high basketball IQ and a good sense of spacing on the court, and he has the potential to be a top-level leader on a European team.

Galloway has a bright future in the European leagues, and he has the potential to be a superstar in the European leagues.

6. Max Hazzard

Max Hazzard is a forward for the UC Irvine Anteaters men's basketball team. Hazzard played high school basketball at Westlake High School in Westlake Village, California.

In his freshman season at UC Irvine, Hazzard averaged 10.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game. Hazzard led UC Irvine to a 31-6 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

In the NCAA Tournament, UC Irvine defeated Kansas State before losing to Oregon. Hazzard is a senior at UC Irvine and is a key player for the Anteaters. In the 2017-2018 season, Hazzard averaged 17.0 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game.

Hazzard is a two-time Big West Player of the Year and was named to the preseason All-Big West Team. He is also a three-time All-Big West Tournament selection. Hazzard is a native of Los Angeles and is majoring in business administration.

Final Words

UC Irvine has had some great athletes pass through its doors, and while many have left their mark on the school’s athletics program, there are a few that stand out above the rest.

These players have helped the Anteaters achieve success on the field, and their contributions will never be forgotten.

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Morgan Wolf

Journalist with experience covering the intersection of sports with business. Demonstrated expertise in digital, video and social media content covering major sports including soccer, NBA, NFL, MLB, tennis and Olympic sports. But basketball is his passion. Specialties: expert for sports related content management LinkedIn

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