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Chris Silva

  • position F
  • height 6-9
  • weight 220
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Libreville, Gabon
  • High school Roselle (N.J.) Catholic
  • position F
  • height 6-9
  • weight 220
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Libreville, Gabon
  • High school Roselle (N.J.) Catholic

Chris Silva Bio

2018-19 (SENIOR)

  First Team All-SEC (coaches/media)
  Karl Malone Award watch list
  Naismith Trophy watch list
  Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 watch list
  Senior CLASS Award candidate
March 11 SEC Player of the Week
First Team All-SEC (coaches)
SEC All-Defensive Team (coaches)
Second Team All-SEC (media)
NABC All-District Second Team

  • Saw action in all 32 games, averaging team highs of 15.2 points (ninth in the SEC), 7.6 rebounds (fifth) and 1.9 blocks (fourth) in 26.8 minutes per game
  • Posted 23 double-figure scoring games, 12 double-figure rebounding games, 18 games with two or more blocks and 12 double-doubles on the year
  • Led or shared the team lead in scoring 14 times, in rebounding 17 times and in blocks 23 times
  • Averaged 50.8 percent (150-295) from the field, and a career best 50.0 percent (23-46) from 3-point range
  • 12 double-doubles on the year marked a career best, and finished career with 27 double-doubles
  • Finished career in the Garnet and Black with 1,509 career points, which ranks 10th all-time in Gamecock history
  • Also in the record book, ranks sixth in rebounds (876), third in free throws made (577) and sixth in blocked shots (186)
  • Is the only player in Gamecock history to have at least 500 made free throws and 700 career rebounds
  • In SEC play, averaged 16.3 points (sixth), 7.9 rebounds (tied-fourth) and 2.1 blocks per game (tied-second)
  • Posted first double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds in season-opening win over USC Upstate (Nov. 6)
  • Scored 20 points, hitting a pair of 3-pointers, along with 10 rebounds in victory over George Washington (Nov. 18)
  • Blocked a career high six shots vs. Coastal Carolina (Nov. 30)
  • Strong in road contest at No. 5 Michigan (Dec. 8), scoring 18 points, to go along with 12 rebounds
  • Was also in double-figures vs. No. 5 Virginia (Dec. 19) and Clemson (Dec. 22), with 11 and 18 point performances, respectively
  • Hit the game-winning dunk with 2.5 seconds remaining in SEC opener road win at Florida (Jan. 5)
  • Had the best statistical game of his career, scoring 32 points, with 14 rebounds, in win over No. 16 Auburn (Jan. 22); was 11-of-12 from the field and 10-of-11 at the free throw line vs. the Tigers
  • Scored 28 points in home contest against top-ranked Tennessee (Jan. 29), also pulling down 10 rebounds with two blocks vs. the Vols
  • Tallied 16 points and pulled down a team high eight rebounds in comeback win over Arkansas (Feb. 2)
  • In road contest against No. 1 Tennessee (Feb. 13), tallied 17 points with a then-career high 15 rebounds
  • Posted second-straight double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds in home win over Texas A&M (Feb. 16)
  • Scored 23 points with 12 rebounds and four blocks vs. Alabama (Feb. 26)
  • Set career high with 17 rebounds, adding 22 points in road win at Texas A&M (March 5)
  • Posted three-straight double-doubles to finish the season, including a 27-point, 11-rebound performance vs. Auburn (March 15) at the SEC Tournament

2017-18 (JUNIOR)

SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year (coaches)
All-SEC First Team (coaches)
SEC All-Defensive Team (coaches)

  • Started all 33 games of his junior campaign
  • Led the team in points per game (14.3), rebounds (8.0), field goal percent (46.7%), blocks (1.4), free throws attempted (283) and free throws made (213)
  • In SEC games, averaged 14.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 6.6 free throws made and 1.3 blocks per game
  • Named to the All-SEC First Team (coaches), All-Defensive Team and was named the league’s co-Defensive Player of the Year
  • Ranked fourth in the SEC in rebounding (8.0) and third in offensive rebounding (3.3), which ranked 25th nationally
  • Posted 27 double-figure scoring games, 11 double-figure rebounding games and 10 double-doubles
  • Led or shared the team lead in scoring 14 times, in rebounding 25 times and in blocks 21 times
  • Led the SEC and ranked second nationally in free throw attempts (283) and sixth nationally in free throws made (213)
  • Five games with 10 or more made free throws during the season, and 15 games with seven or more
  • Posted first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds in home win over Western Michigan (Nov. 13)
  • Game vs. WMU marked the first of five-straight double-digit performances, capped by a then career-best 26 points in win at FIU (Nov. 27), connecting on a career high 10 attempts
  • Matched a career high with 13 rebounds in SEC opener at Ole Miss (Dec. 31), while also scoring 21 points for fourth double-double of the season
  • Scored a career high 27 points, hitting 9-of-15 from the floor in home win over Vanderbilt (Jan. 6)
  • Matched career high 10 days later in upset win over No. 18/16 Kentucky (Jan. 16), posting a team high 27 points, along with eight rebounds
  • 18 points, 12 rebounds and an 8-of-9 performance at the free throw line in road win at No. 20/22 Florida (Jan. 24), Carolina’s first in Gainesville since 2011
  • 14 points and 11 rebounds, to go along with two blocks and three steals in home win over No. 10/11 Auburn (Feb. 17), Carolina’s first over a top-10 opponent at Colonial Life Arena since 2010
  • Finished the season with three-straight double-doubles, beginning with a 19-point, 11-rebound performance in regular-season finale at Auburn (March 3)
  • Matched for a team high with 21 points in SEC Tournament win over Ole Miss (March 7), connecting on a career high 13-of-20 from the charity stripe
  • Scored the 1,000th point of his career, becoming the 45th member of the 1,000-point club, against the Rebels in March
  • Concluded the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds in SEC Tournament loss to Arkansas (March 8)
  • Following the season, declared for the NBA Draft, working out for several teams, before announcing he would return to Carolina for his senior season

2016-17 (SOPHOMORE)

SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll

  • Started all 37 games during breakout sophomore season
  • Averaged 10.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and team high 1.4 blocks in 21.0 minutes per game
  • In SEC action, averaged 10.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 20.6 minutes per game
  • Posted 22 double-figure scoring games, five double-doubles and 16 games with at least two blocks
  • Led or shared the team lead in scoring once, in rebounding 17 times and in blocks 20 times
  • Posted the first double-double of his career with 10 points and 10 rebounds in overtime victory over Monmouth (Nov. 15)
  • Blocked a career high five shots in home win vs. FIU (Dec. 4)
  • Tallied 11 points and nine rebounds vs. Seton Hall (Dec. 12) at the Under Armour Reunion at Madison Square Garden
  • Collected double-double in home victory over Ole Miss (Jan. 14), setting a then-career high with 16 points and 11 boards vs. the Rebels
  • Followed just a few games later with another 16-point effort in home victory over Auburn (Jan. 24)
  • Strong performance in win at LSU (Feb. 1), posting 16 points with eight rebounds
  • Tallied 15 points in victory at Mississippi State (Feb. 11), before hitting career high with another 16-point outing vs. Arkansas (Feb. 15)
  • Posted double-figures in all five NCAA Tournament games, including career high 17 points, along with 10 rebounds, in upset win over No. 2 seed Duke (March 19) to advance to the Sweet 16
  • Posted 13 points and nine rebounds in Elite Eight victory over No. 4 seed Florida (March 26), before a 13-point, 13-rebounds performance in Final Four matchup vs. top-seeded Gonzaga (April 1)

2015-16 (FRESHMAN)

SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

  • Saw action in 32 games with six starts, averaging 5.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 13.3 minutes per game
  • In SEC games, saw action in all 18 contests with six starts, averaging 4.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 12.3 minutes per game
  • Led or shared the team lead in scoring once, in rebounding five times and in blocks 10 times
  • Tallied six double-figure scoring games and one double-figure rebounding contest and posted 10 games with at least two blocks
  • Tallied 12 points with nine rebounds in college debut vs. Norfolk State (Nov. 14), connecting on 8-of-12 from the free throw line with two blocks
  • Collected season high 11 rebounds in home win vs. Western Carolina (Nov. 30), adding nine points for a near double-double
  • Posted 13 points, matching a season high with three blocks vs. Francis Marion (Dec. 30)
  • Pulled down seven rebounds in home win vs. Memphis (Jan. 2), a win that pushed Carolina’s non-conference record to 13-0 entering league play
  • Earned first start of his career and had his top offensive performance of the SEC campaign in home win vs. Alabama (Jan. 30), scoring 12 points, while also collecting six rebounds
  • Tallied nine points with nine rebounds in home win vs. Tennessee (Feb. 24)


  • Noted as an explosive athlete, good shot blocker and rebounder
  • A four-star prospect according to
  • Rated the No. 6 prospect in the state and the 80th overall prospect in the ESPN 100
  • A four-star prospect according to, and the No. 7 prospect in the state
  • Rated as the No. 32 power forward by
  • Averaged 8.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game during junior season in 2013-14


  • Has three brothers, Lucas, Matthew and Phillip
  • Speaks English, French and Portuguese
  • An integrated information technology major