Sam Jones (basketball)
Samuel Jones is an American retired professional basketball player at shooting guard. He was known for his quickness and game-winning shots during the NBA Playoffs, he has the second most NBA championships behind his teammate Bill Russell. He was one of only 3 Boston Celtics to be part of the Celtics's 8 consecutive championships from 1959 to 1966, he is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Jones attended and graduated from North Carolina Central University, where he was a four-year letterwinner for Hall of Fame coach John McLendon and coach Floyd Brown. Jones scored 1,745 points, still second in school history, he was a three-time All-CIAA league selection. His jersey, no. 41, hangs in the Eagles' arena. Jones weighed 200 lb. Boston Celtics Hall of Fame coach Red Auerbach took a trip south to scout North Carolina players who had just won the national championship. Former Wake Forest coach Bones McKinney told Auerbach he could visit Chapel Hill, but the best player in the state was a few miles away.
In the 1957 NBA draft, the Philadelphia Warriors selected North Carolina's Lennie Rosenbluth with the sixth pick. Boston selected Jones two picks even though Auerbach had never seen Jones play. Jones played all of his 12 seasons in the National Basketball Association NBA with the Celtics, he was known with more than 15,000 points in his career. He participated in five All-Star Games, is recognized as one of the best shooting guards of his generation. Jones was named to the All-NBA Second Team three straight years and he played on 10 championship teams — a total exceeded only by teammate Bill Russell in NBA history. Jones was claimed by the Minneapolis Lakers, but he returned to college to earn his degree upon completion of military service, therefore voided NBA rules. Jones’ perfect form when shooting a jump shot, along with his great clutch shooting, led opponents to nickname him "The Shooter." He was adept shooting the bank shot, in which the shooter bounces the ball off the backboard en route to the basket.
Many coaches, including UCLA's great John Wooden, believe that when a shooter is at a 20- to 50-degree angle to the backboard and inside 15 feet, a bank shot is always the preferred shot. At 6-foot-4, Jones was the prototype of the tall guard who could run the floor, bang the boards and had a rangy offensive game that gave opponents fits. One of the "Jones Boys" in Boston, Sam teamed with K. C. Jones in the Celtics' backcourt to create havoc in NBA arenas around the country, he led Boston in scoring in the 1962 -- 63 NBA season, 1964 -- 1965 -- 66 NBA season. He produced four consecutive seasons averaging 20 points or better, he owns Boston's fourth-best single-game scoring output. He scored 2,909 points in 154 playoff games, 26th best in history. In 1962, Jones was inducted into the NAIA Basketball Hall of Fame. 1969, Jones was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame – the first African-American thus honored. Jones was named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984.
In 1970 he was named to the NBA 25th Anniversary Team, in 1996, he was named as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. After retiring from basketball, Jones coached at Federal City College from 1969–73 and at North Carolina Central University, his alma mater, in 1973–74, he was an assistant coach for the New Orleans Jazz in 1974–75. Jones resides in Jacksonville, Florida. In 2013, he gave an inspirational talk to players for North Carolina Central after the Eagles played a game in Florida. List of National Basketball Association players with 50 or more points in a playoff game List of NBA players with most championships List of NBA players who have spent their entire career with one franchise Sam Jones - Hoophall Biography Hoopedia bio Sam Jones Statistics
Wayne Yates is a retired American basketball player and coach. He played for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association and was a college coach, most notably at Memphis State University. Wayne Yates, a 6'8 center from North Little Rock High School in North Little Rock, first enrolled at New Mexico State University in 1956, he played there two years, earning first team all-Border Conference honors as a sophomore in 1957–58. Yates transferred to Memphis State University following his sophomore year. After sitting out the 1958–59 season per NCAA transfer rules, Yates played his junior and senior seasons in Memphis. After a junior year where he averaged 5.3 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, Yates broke out as a senior. He tallied 17.5 points and 14.4 rebounds and leading the Tigers to a berth in the 1961 National Invitation Tournament. At the end of the season, Yates earned All-America honors from Converse. After finishing his college career at Memphis State, Yates was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1961 NBA Draft with the fifth pick overall.
Yates played one season for the Lakers. He averaged 2.5 rebounds in 37 games in a season shortened by injury. In the offseason, he was traded to the Saint Louis Hawks for future draft picks. Instead of reporting to the Hawks, Yates signed with the Oakland Oaks of the fledgeling American Basketball League. While Yates found a productive role with the team, averaging 10.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, the league folded before the season ended. Yates was invited to the New York Knicks training camp prior to the 1963–64 NBA season, however he failed to make the team. Yates returned to his alma mater, Memphis State, as an assistant to head coach Moe Iba in 1969; when Iba was dismissed in 1970, new coach Gene Bartow retained Yates as an assistant. Yates helped MSU to their first Final Four, as the upstart Tigers made it all the way to the 1973 NCAA tournament final, losing to UCLA. After one more season, Bartow left for Yates was elevated to head coach; the young coach had a successful tenure at Memphis State, leading the Tigers to three straight postseason appearances and four straight 19+ win seasons.
However, a subpar 1978–79 season, allegations of NCAA violations, the academic suspension of Tigers star Tony Rufus all led to Yates announcing his resignation on February 8, 1979. He would be replaced by Dana Kirk at the conclusion of the season, his final record in five seasons at Memphis was 111-49. After a year off from coaching, Yates was named head coach at Northwestern Louisiana in 1980, he coached there for five seasons. Yates resigned following a 3-25 season in 1984–85. Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
Frederick Appleton Schaus was an American basketball player, head coach and athletic director for the West Virginia University Mountaineers, player for the National Basketball Association's Fort Wayne Pistons and New York Knicks, general manager and head coach for the Los Angeles Lakers, head coach of Purdue University basketball, a member of the NCAA Basketball Committee. He was born in Ohio. Schaus played basketball at West Virginia, where he earned the record of first to score 1,000 career points, he was selected to the All-American team in 1949. Schaus left West Virginia to join the Fort Wayne Pistons in the 1949–1950 season, he scored 14.3 points a game and a year scored a career-best 15.3 points a game. He was scored eight points for the West. However, he only averaged 14.1 points per game in 1952, in 1953 it dropped to 10.1 points per game. He was traded to the New York Knicks halfway through the 1954 season and ended his NBA career that season with 7.1 points per game average. After his retirement from the NBA, Schaus returned to his alma mater to coach the Mountaineers.
In his first season, he led the Mountaineers to a 19 -- an NCAA tournament appearance. In the next five seasons, he posted an amazing 127–26 record, which included five consecutive NCAA tournament berths, he led WVU to the NCAA finals in 1959, but lost to Pete Newell's California team, 71–70. After leaving NBA coaching and management in 1972, he returned to the college ranks to coach at Purdue University, taking over for George King, he held a 104–60 overall record as the Boilermaker's head coach, while leading them to the 1974 NIT Championship and a berth in the 1977 NCAA tournament. He owned the distinction of being the only coach to reach the NIT finals, NCAA finals, the NBA Finals. At Purdue, Schaus was the successor to George King, Schaus' successor at West Virginia. After 1981, Schaus returned to WVU to serve as the athletic director. After the 1960 season, he left college coaching for the Los Angeles Lakers and reunited with his former WVU star, Jerry West. Schaus guided the Lakers to seven consecutive playoff appearances, including 4 Western Conference Championships in 5 years in 1967 he moved to the front office to become the Lakers GM.
He rebuilt the Lakers winning the 1972 NBA title. Schaus died in Morgantown, West Virginia in February 2010. List of NCAA Division I Men's Final Four appearances by coach