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Thor Solverson
Thor Solverson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Lake Zurich, Ill.

High School:
Lake Zurich

Height / Weight:
6-11 / 243

Position:
C


2001-02 Highlights: Bounced back from knee surgery to have a successful senior campaign, averaging single-season bests of 6.1 points and a team-high 5.2 rebounds per game...played and started in 32 outings during the year...led the team in rebounding in 13 games...scored in double figures in nine contests...tabbed eight points and corralled a team-best seven rebounds versus #3 Oklahoma in the opening round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament in Dallas, Texas on March 15...tied his career best with 12 rebounds in win over Loyola on Feb. 16...tied his season high with 15 points versus Youngstown State on Jan. 21...first corralled a career-high 12 rebounds at Loyola on Jan. 17...dropped in a season-best 15 points while leading the team with seven rebounds at Purdue on Dec. 17...scored 14 points versus Northern Illinois on Dec. 15...tallied his first collegiate double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds at Southern Illinois on Nov. 29...led the Flames with a then season-high 14 points (career-high tying 6 FG) and seven rebounds in their win over Evansville on Nov. 27.

2000-01 Highlights: Played in the first four games of the season before having his year cut short as he suffered a torn medial collateral ligament and a partially torn medial meniscus in his right knee against Northern Illinois on Nov. 29 ? averaged 6.8 ppg and 7.0 rpg during his limited action while hitting 50% (8-of-16) of his field goal attempts ? tallied 10 points and nine rebounds in UIC?s season-opener at Saint Louis on Nov. 18 and also added 10 points to the win over Northern Illinois on Nov. 29 ? hauled in a career-high 11 rebounds at Central Michigan on Nov. 25.

1999-00 Highlights: As a junior, he saw action in all 31 games while earning a spot among the starting five in 13 games ? averaged 3.8 ppg and 3.3 rpg during the year and 3.5 ppg against MCC foes ? one of the squad?s better free throw shooters, he hit 80.4% (41-of-51) at the charity stripe ? connected on 38.8% of his field goal attempts ? scored a season-high 10 points against Loyola on Jan. 22 ? hauled in a season-best seven rebounds on four different occasions, including UIC's back-to-back home victories over UW-Green Bay on Feb. 10 and UW-Milwaukee on Feb. 12 ? added nine points to wins over St. Francis (Pa.) on Dec. 4 and American University of Puerto Rico on Dec. 23.

1998-99 Highlights: In his sophomore campaign, he played in 26 of 28 games while earning the starting nod in 15 games, including the final four outings of the year ? averaged 4.0 ppg and 2.8 rpg for the season and improved to 5.6 ppg and 3.7 rpg in conference action ? scored in double figures five times and finished the year strong, averaging 8.0 ppg in the final five outings ? tallied a career-high 18 points against Butler on Jan. 11 besting his performance of a week earlier with 17 points versus Wright State on Jan. 4 ? grabbed a (then) career-high nine rebounds and added nine points against Loyola on Feb. 20 ? continued to improve at the free throw line all season long and shot 90.9% at the stripe in the final 11 outings of the year and finished the season at 80.3%.

1997-98 Highlights: As UIC's tallest rookie in 13 years, he saw action in 19 games while starting in home outings against Bowling Green, Butler and Wright State...averaged 1.3 ppg and 1.5 rpg while playing an average of 7.2 minutes an outing ... hit 1-of-2 attempts from the field and grabbed 3 rebounds in UIC's NCAA Tournament first round game versus UNC Charlotte ... scored a (then) career-high four points, all at the free throw line, in the win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Feb. 14 ... played 18 minutes and had three points and a career-high five rebounds in the win at Northern Illinois on Dec. 2 ... hit just 50.0% (4-of-8) at the free throw line through the first eight games of the season, but improved to 82.4% (14-of-17) in the final 19 games of the regular season.

Prep/Personal Highlights: As a senior, was the Bears' top rebounder with 8.2 rpg while his 39 rejections in 27 games also led the squad ... finished second in the scoring department with 12.6 ppg and helped Lake Zurich to an 18-9 record and a second-place finish in the Fox Valley Conference race ... shot 49.6% (131-of-264) from the field and 71.3% (77-of-108) at the charity stripe ... hit in double digits 21 times and had eight "double-double" outings during the year ... tallied a season-high 22 points on two occasions while his career-high rebounding effort was 15 ... earned Fox Valley All-Conference honors and was awarded the NBA Sportsmanship Award ... selected to the Northwest Herald All-Star Team ... as a junior, he averaged 9.0 ppg and 10.0 rpg as the Bears captured a share of the Fox Valley Conference championship and a regional title ... transferred to Lake Zurich after playing his first two seasons of basketball at Elmwood Park High School ... a member of the National Honor Society, he was also presented the Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Award from the U.S. Marine Corps ... also played football and threw the discus for the track team ? was named to the 1999-2000 MCC Basketball All-Academic Team and was also the UIC men's basketball team's academic student-athlete of the year ? born November 8, 1978 ? son of Pete and Cindy Solverson and Sarah Solverson ? majoring in Finance.

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