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PHOTO HISTORY: Before Mo Bamba, Austin area product Chris Mihm was the Texas block party king

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Posted February 13th, 2018

Texas freshman Mo Bamba has 98 blocks this season. That’s almost four blocks a game (3.92 to be exact).

Bamba is going to leave Texas after one season as the program record holder for most blocks in a season — he already has that — and a program record for blocks in a Big 12 game (8 against Kansas). Can he break Cameron Ridley’s record for most blocks in a game at nine? He’s been close twice.

Bamba won’t leave Texas as the all-time leader in blocks but that’s just because he’s only going to play one season at Texas.

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So who is the all-time leader in blocks?

That would be this man, Chris Mihm: 

Texas center Chris Mihm rejects a shot by Nebraska’s Louis Truscott during first period of play of the teams’ matchup in 2000. (Taylor Johnson/ American-Statesman)

Like last season’s block leader, Jarrett Allen, Mihm was a local product. The 6-foot-11-inch Westlake Chaparral was an All-Central Texas selection by the Statesman. He was high school classmates with NFL great Drew Brees.

SEE MORE PHOTOS: After standout career at Westlake, Chris Mihm became a Longhorn basketball great

He and fellow Westlake standout Luke Axtell joined coach Tom Penders at Texas. The Axtell-Penders relationship didn’t end well  and by the start of his sophomore season both were gone, Rick Barnes was in at coach, and Mihm helped start the most successful era of Texas basketball.

At Texas, Mihm broke and set almost every block record the program has. Most blocks in a half (6), most blocks in a game (at the time, the record was 8) and four other block records including all-time blocks at 264.

He set records for rebounds, double-doubles and scored 1,404 points.

This was all in three seasons.

In the above photo, Texas beat Nebraska 82-55 to improve to 13-5 overall. Texas finished 24-9 on the year and 13-2 in the Big 12.

On March 21, 2000, Mihm declared for the NBA Draft, saying it was the “toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make in my life.”

Here’s the photo:

University of Texas basketball player Chris Mihm announces to the press that he has declared himself eligible for the 2000 NBA Draft. (Deborah Cannon/American-Statesman)

Mihm was taken seventh in the draft by the Chicago Bulls but was traded on draft night to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Jamal Crawford. Injuries derailed him in Cleveland, and he was traded to Boston. He played one season in Boston before moving to the Lakers, where he had the most success, playing from 2004-2009 in Los Angeles. He helped the Lakers win an NBA title in 2009.

Mihm was dealt to the Grizzles in 2009, but never played for Memphis before retiring with a career average of one block per game, 5.3 rebounds and 7.5 points.

What’s he doing now?

Mihm moved back to Austin and completed his degree in 2012:

 

He graduated with a degree in psychology major and a minor in communications. On Jan. 27, Texas honored Mihm during the Longhorns’ victory over Ole Miss. That same game, Bamba scored 25 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked four shots — a very Chris Mihm-like day for the freshman.

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