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Eschmeyer is the only player in Northwestern men's basketball history to be named a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection and the last player to receive All-America honors. Eschmeyer is the Wildcats' second-leading all-time scorer with 1,805 career points. He was named the team's MVP for the same three years he earned All-Big Ten accolades (1997, '98 and '99). Eschmeyer, who was slowed by a foot injury early in his career, led the 'Cats in scoring, field goal percentage, rebounding and blocks all three of those years.
While he finished second in all-time scoring, he ranked first on NU's career charts for field goal percentage (.595) and rebounds (995) at the time of his induction. The 6-foot-11 center was second in career blocks with 132, one behind NU leader Kevin Rankin. On the school's single-season charts, he posted NU bests for points (585 in 1997-98), field goal percentage (.613 in 1996-97) and free throws (208 in 1998-99). Eschmeyer led the Wildcats to an NIT postseason appearance his senior season (1998-99), the year in which he earned All-America recognition.
Following his collegiate career, Eschmeyer was drafted by the New Jersey Nets and had a four-year NBA career, which ended Oct. 23, 2004 when he announced his retirement after a long bout with knee problems. His best year came in 1999-2000, when he averaged 3.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game for the Nets. He also played with the Golden State Warriors before retiring as a Dallas Maverick.