Chris McColpin (1999-2001)
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Three-year letterwinner at Texas ... originally came to Texas as a freshman in the fall of 1996 before transferring to Collin County Community College in the spring of 1997 ... transferred back to Texas as a walk-on after spending three semesters at Collin County ... earned a basketball scholarship prior to the 1999-2000 season.
As a Senior in 2000-01
Provided a steadying influence for the young team, especially on the offensive side of the court ... split time with Fredie Williams at point guard during the final five games of the regular season, and the duo served as the catalysts to Texas' late-season surge ... Big 12 All-Academic first-team pick (3.2 cumulative GPA or higher), marking his third consecutive year on the league's All-Academic squad ... named to the Big 12 Commissioner's honor roll for the Fall 2000 semester ... played in 23 games (two starts) and averaged 10.1 minutes per contest ... top free throw shooter on the club at 88.0% (22-of-25) ... posted a season-high eight points on 2-of-3 shooting (all three-pointers), two assists and one steal in 22 minutes during the TiVo Preseason NIT second round game vs. Cal (Nov. 15) ... also sank the final two free throws with 15 seconds left to seal the victory over Cal ... had a career-high eight assists against just two turnovers and three steals in 29 minutes vs. Southwest Texas (Dec. 2) ... earned his first collegiate start at South Florida (Dec. 9) but had four turnovers in just seven minutes ... found his role diminished during the middle portion of the season, as he played just 32 total minutes during the next 19 games after the South Florida contest ... did not play in 10 of those 19 games ... saw 14 minutes of work in mop-up duty in the loss at #12 Arizona (Jan. 27) and produced two assists with no turnovers ... had his breakthrough performance in the overtime win at Oklahoma State (Feb. 17), recording four points, five boards, two steals and one assist in a career-high 30 minutes ... registered five points and an assist in 13 minutes during the upset of #6 Iowa State (Feb. 24) ... earned his second career start for the Senior Night win over Missouri (Feb. 26) ... of his 88 minutes played in Big 12 action on the season, 82 came in the final five league games ... played 12 minutes and recorded two steals during the Big 12 quarterfinal victory over Oklahoma State (Mar. 9).
As a Junior in 1999-2000
Earned a scholarship prior to the start of the season ... top backup at point guard ... first-team Big 12 All-Academic selection (minimum 3.2 GPA) ... named to the Big 12 Commissioner's honor roll for the Fall 1999 and Spring 2000 semesters ... played in 31 of 33 games, averaging 1.5 points and 1.2 assists in 7.2 minutes per contest ... one of the top pure shooters on the squad who hit 12-of-27 (.444) three-pointers on the year ... ranked fourth on the team in assists (37) ... third in the Big 12 in assist/turnover ratio (2.31) ... recorded 21 assists against just four turnovers in the last 14 games of the year ... made nine of his first 12 three-point attempts to start the season ... posted three points, one board, one assist and one steal in 13 minutes vs. UL-Lafayette (Nov. 20) ... had three points, two rebounds, three assists and a steal in 16 minutes vs. San Diego (Dec. 11) ... registered career highs in points (12), field goals made (four), three-pointers made (four) and rebounds (three) in 15 minutes vs. Wofford (Dec. 18) ... hit 4-of-5 field goals, including 4-of-4 from three-point range, in the Wofford game ... recorded four assists without a turnover in 11 minutes at Utah (Dec. 22) ... registered three points, three assists and two steals in 12 minutes vs. Nebraska (Jan. 25) ... posted three points and three assists without a turnover in 15 minutes at Massachusetts (Feb. 5) ... had two points, one rebound and three assists without a turnover in 16 minutes vs. Texas A&M (Feb. 26) ... recorded three assists without a turnover at Kansas State (Mar. 4) ... tied a season high with four assists against no turnovers in 11 minutes during the Big 12 quarterfinal vs. Colorado (Mar. 11) ... did not see game action during UT's two NCAA Tournament contests due to a sprained right ankle suffered in practice.
As a Sophomore in 1998-99
Walk-on who earned the backup spot at point guard ... named the winner of the school's Jack Gray Award, presented in recognition of outstanding character, citizenship, academic achievement and contributions reflective of the Texas basketball program ... also earned a spot on the 12-person honorable mention Academic All-Big 12 team ... played in 30 of the 32 games, averaging 1.7 points, 1.1 assists and 0.5 rebounds in 8.9 minutes per contest ... did not see action against Utah (Dec. 12) and at LSU (Dec. 19) ... best pure shooter on the team ... connected on 46.4% (13-of-28) of his field goals, and 44.4% (12-of-27) from three-point range ... excellent free throw shooter (82.4%, 14-of-17) ... became the team's designated technical free throw shooter ... saw at least 10 minutes of action on 13 occasions during the season ... had a season-best outing in the first round win over Mississippi State (Dec. 28) at the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic ... posted nine points on 3-of-4 shooting (all from three-point range), while also picking up three assists and three steals in 16 minutes of work ... played a season-high 25 minutes of action in the Big 12 opener at Colorado, as he spelled a foul-plagued Ivan Wagner for much of the second half ... hit a momentum-swinging three-pointer at the halftime buzzer to cut a nine-point Oklahoma State lead to six (35-29) during UT's upset of the #23 Cowboys at the Erwin Center (Jan. 23) ... recorded eight points while connecting on 3-of-3 shots from the floor (2-of-2 on threes) with one assist and no turnovers in the home win over Texas A&M (Feb. 3) ... saw 16 minutes of work in the Big 12 tourney semifinal game vs. Oklahoma State (Mar. 6).
In Junior College
Collin County Community College in Plano, Texas (head coach Jim Sigona) ... transferred into Collin County prior to the spring, 1997 semester but did not play during the final part of the 1996-97 season ... started all 31 games at the point guard or shooting guard spot as a freshman in 1997-98 ... earned honorable mention All-Conference (North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference) accolades while averaging 7.5 ppg and leading the squad in assists (6.2 apg) and steals (2.7 spg) ... reached double-digits in points eight times ... had double-digits in assists four times ... recorded a season-high 25 points vs. Cisco ... had a season-high 12 assists at Cisco later in the year ... posted at least five steals in a game five times during the season ... his team posted a 20-11 overall record (10-6, third place in conference) ... the 20 overall wins and 10 conference victories were both team records ... helped the team reach the state junior college tournament.
R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton, Texas (head coach Dave Richardson) ... earned first-team All-District honors while averaging 14.5 points and 7.9 assists during his senior season ... led his team to the state playoffs as a senior ... his squad's 70-69 win over North Mesquite in the first round of the playoffs marked the first playoff victory by his school in 26 years ... his team lost to Chris Owens' Duncanville squad in the second round of the playoffs, although McColpin actually outscored Owens 12-10 in the game.
Full name is Christopher Patrick McColpin ... son of Patrick and Sherry McColpin ... born May 9, 1978 in Austin, Texas ... majoring in accounting ... spent part of the summer of 1999 interning with the Big Five accounting firm KPMG in Dallas.