Naismith College Player of the Year
The Naismith College Player of the Year is an annual basketball award given by the Atlanta Tipoff Club to the top men's and women's collegiate basketball players. It is named in honor of the inventor of Dr. James Naismith. First awarded to male players in 1969, the award was expanded to include female players in 1983. Annually before the college season begins in November, a "watchlist" consisting of 50 players is chosen by the Atlanta Tipoff Club board of selectors, comprising head coaches and media members from across the United States. By February, the list of nominees is narrowed down to 30 players based on performance. In March, four out of the 30 players are placed in the final ballot; the final winners are selected in April by both the board of selectors and fan voting via text messaging. The winners receive the Naismith Trophy. Since its beginning in 1969, the trophy has been awarded to 23 female players. Lew Alcindor of the University of California, Los Angeles and Anne Donovan of Old Dominion University were the first winners, respectively.
Bill Walton of UCLA and Ralph Sampson of the University of Virginia have been the only men to win this award multiple times, with both winning three times. Eight women in all have won this award multiple times. Cheryl Miller of the University of Southern California and Breanna Stewart of the University of Connecticut are the only three-times winners, while seven others won it twice: Clarissa Davis of the University of Texas, Dawn Staley of the University of Virginia, Chamique Holdsclaw of the University of Tennessee, Diana Taurasi and Maya Moore of the University of Connecticut, Seimone Augustus of Louisiana State University, Brittney Griner of Baylor University. Davis and Moore are the only ones of either sex to have won multiple times in non-consecutive years. Two award winners were born in United States territories: Alfred "Butch" Lee, born in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Tim Duncan, born in the U. S. Virgin Islands; the only three award winners who have been born outside the jurisdiction of the United States were: Andrew Bogut, born in Melbourne, Australia.
Patrick Ewing, born in Kingston, Jamaica. Buddy Hield, born in Freeport, Bahamas. Three of these players were developed at least in the U. S. proper—Lee was raised in Harlem from early childhood, Ewing immigrated to the Boston area at age 12, Hield attended high school in suburban Wichita, Kansas. Duncan did not move to the U. S. proper until he arrived at Wake Forest University, Bogut lived in Australia until his arrival at the University of Utah. Duke has had the most male winners with eight, while Connecticut has had the most female winners, with ten awards won by six individuals; the award has been won by a freshman three times: Kevin Durant playing for Texas in 2007, in 2012 by Anthony Davis of Kentucky and Zion Williamson of Duke in 2019 List of U. S. men's college basketball national player of the year awards Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award Official website
Andre Lloyd Miller is a former American professional basketball player. Miller has played professional basketball for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets, Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs, he ranks tenth all-time in NBA career assists and only missed three games to injury in his 17-year career. He's the only player in NBA history to have at least 16,000 career points, 8,000 assists and 1,500 steals without making an NBA All-Star Game. Miller played high school basketball at Verbum Dei in Los Angeles where during his time there, the team found great success under coach Mike Kearney. Miller played college basketball at the University of Utah, he became a starter at point guard early in his freshman season, remained a team leader throughout his career at the school. In 1997, following the graduation of Keith Van Horn and Michael Doleac took charge of the team, they led the Runnin' Utes to the championship game of the 1998 Final Four.
It was during that tournament run. Utah faced Arizona in the West Regional finals; the Wildcats were defending national champions and the top seed in the region, thus were favored over the Utes. Arizona boasted an All-American guard line of Mike Bibby, Miles Simon, Jason Terry, but Miller wasn't intimidated, he single-handedly dominated the Wildcats, totaling 18 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists in the game. It was just the fourth triple-double in the recorded history of the NCAA tournament. Utah won in a rout, 76-51. With Miller leading the way, the Utes continued their surprising run all the way to the title game, where they lost to Kentucky 78-69. Miller was a national star during his senior season, earning First Team All-America honors from the Associated Press, the NABC, the Sporting News, USBWA, he was named Player of the Year in the Western Athletic Conference, in addition to First Team All-WAC and WAC All-Defensive Team honors. Miller averaged 12.1 points, 5.4 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game over his four-year collegiate career at Utah.
He finished his career as Utah's all-time leader in steals and second in all-time assists. He left the school with a bachelor's degree in Sociology. Miller was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the eighth overall pick in the 1999 NBA draft, he averaged 5.8 assists per game in his rookie year. In his second year, he averaged 8 assists per game. In his final year as a Cavalier, his averages increased to 10.8 assists per game. During his career as a Cavalier, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team, became the first player in Cleveland history to win player of the week twice, set a franchise record for total assists in a season, was the only NBA player to average 10+ assists and points during the 2001–02 NBA season. On January 31, 2002 against the Washington Wizards he was shot behind by Michael Jordan who gave a game winning shot for the third time in Cleveland from inbound pass by Popeye Jones, he played for the United States national team in the 2002 FIBA World Championship. On July 30, 2002, Miller was traded, along with Bryant Stith, to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Darius Miles and Harold Jamison.
He averaged 13.6 points, 6.7 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.24 steals in 80 games for the Clippers in 2002–03. He ranked ninth in the NBA in assists and led the Clippers in games played, games started and minutes played. On August 1, 2003, Miller signed a six-year deal with the Denver Nuggets, his first season in Denver he averaged 15.8 points and 6.1 assists along with 4.5 rebounds and a career-high 1.7 steals per game. They made the playoffs but the Nuggets were eliminated in the first round 4 games to 1 by the Minnesota Timberwolves. In the 2004–05 he averaged 13.6 points, 6.9 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 82 games. In the playoffs after winning game one in San Antonio, the Nuggets proceeded to lose the next four games and lost the series 4–1. In his last full season with the Nuggets his averages would go down. With his 13.7 points, 8.2 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals he helped the team to win the Northwest division. They lost to the Los Angeles Clippers in 5 games. In the 2006 -- 07 season he played 23 games with the Nuggets.
On December 19, 2006, Miller was traded by the Nuggets to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of a trade for guard Allen Iverson. Miller's statistics went up in multiple categories, he recorded 19 double-doubles in 2006–07, the Sixers were 7–5 in games in which he had a double-double and 17–8 when he scored 15+ points. He finished the final 35 games in 2006–07, shot 47.7% from the floor and 82.4% shooting from the line after shooting 44.5% FGs and 74.8% FTs in his first 22 games as a Sixer. On July 24, 2009, Miller signed a 3-year deal worth $21 million with the Blazers. On January 30, 2010, Miller scored a career high of 52 points while making 22 of 31 field goals in an overtime win against the Dallas Mavericks. Miller tied his playoff career high of 31 points in a first-round opening win against the Phoenix Suns on April 18, 2010. In December 2010, Miller's streak of 632 straight games ended because of a suspension for a game after shoving Clippers player Blake Griffin; the shove was missed by the refs and not called as a foul during the game with the suspension handed after review.
During the 2011 NBA draft on June 23, 2011, Miller was involved in
Buffalo Bulls men's basketball
The Buffalo Bulls men's basketball team represents the State University of New York at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York, United States. The team competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division I level as a member of the Mid-American Conference East Division. Buffalo began play in 1915 and joined the MAC in 1998, they won their first MAC East Division title in 2009, won a third MAC East Division title in 2015 along with their first outright MAC Regular-Season championship and first MAC Tournament title to earn the program's first bid to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. The Bulls have six appearances in the NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Championship between 1957 and 1965 and one appearance in the National Invitation Tournament, they were coached by Nate Oats, hired as head coach in April 2015. Home games are played at the 6,783-seat Alumni Arena, which opened in 1982. 1915–16 to 1942–43 – Independent 1943–44 to 1944–45 – 1945–46 to 1977–78 – Independent 1978–79 to 1987–88 – State University of New York Athletic Conference 1988–89 to 1990–91 – Mid American Conference 1991–92 to 1993–94 – East Coast Conference 1994–95 to 1997–98 – Mid-Continent Conference 1998–99 to present – Mid-American Conference The Bulls have appeared in the NCAA Division I Tournament four times.
Their combined record is 2–4. The Bulls have appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament six times, their combined record is 5–8. The Bulls have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament one time, their record is 1–1. The Buffalo Bulls play their home games at Alumni Arena, located in New York; the arena seats 6,100 spectators and features a state of the art video-board and lighting systems. Notable alumni include: Turner Battle: MAC Player of the Year, former Bulls assistant coach Yassin Idbihi: basketball player for Bayern Munich Javon McCrea: basketball player for Medi Bayreuth of the Bundesliga Sam Pellom: Played for the Atlanta Hawks & Milwaukee Bucks Mitchell Watt, basketball player for Ironi Nes Ziona of the Israeli Basketball Super League The following Buffalo players were named NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans: Turner Battle – 2005 Mitchell Watt – 2012 Javon McCrea – 2014 Justin Moss – 2015 C. J. Massinburg – 2019 The following Buffalo players were named Academic All-Americans: Turner Battle – 2005 Turner Battle – 2005 Mitchell Watt – 2012 Javon McCrea – 2014 Justin Moss – 2015 C. J. Massinburg – 2019 Xavier Ford – 2015 Willie Conner – 2016 Wes Clark – 2018 Jeremy Harris – 2019 Reggie Witherspoon – 2004 Nate Oats – 2018 Nate Oats – 2019 Dontay Caruthers – 2017 Dontay Caruthers – 2019 Javon McCrea – 2011 Mark Bortz – 2005 Nick Perkins – 2017 Nick Perkins – 2018 Nick Perkins – 2019 Turner Battle – 2005 Rodney Pierce – 2009, 2010 Mitchell Watt – 2012 Javon McCrea – 2012, 2013, 2014 Justin Moss – 2015 C. J. Massinburg – 2018, 2019 Nick Perkins – 2018, 2019 Turner Battle – 2004 Calvin Cage – 2006 Byron Mulkey – 2011 Shannon Evans II – 2015 Blake Hamilton – 2017 Jeremy Harris – 2018, 2019 Lamonte Bearden – 2016 Blake Hamilton – 2016 Wes Clark – 2018 Willie Conner – 2016 Dontay Caruthers – 2017, 2019 Davonta Jordan – 2018, 2019 Official website
Duke Blue Devils men's basketball
The Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represents Duke University in NCAA Division I college basketball and competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The team is fourth all-time in wins of any NCAA men's basketball program, is coached by Mike Krzyzewski. Duke has won 5 NCAA Championships and appeared in 11 Championship Games and 16 Final Fours, has an NCAA-best.755 NCAA tournament winning percentage. Eleven Duke players have been named the National Player of the Year, 71 players have been selected in the NBA Draft. Additionally, Duke has 36 players named 14 Academic All-Americans. Duke has been the Atlantic Coast Conference Champions a record 21 times, lays claim to 19 ACC regular season titles. Prior to joining the ACC, Duke won the Southern Conference championships five times. Duke has finished the season ranked No. 1 in the AP poll seven times and is the all time leader in total weeks ranked as the number one team in the nation by the AP with 135 weeks. Additionally, the Blue Devils have the second longest streak in the AP Top 25 in history with 200 consecutive appearances from 1996 to 2007, trailing only UCLA's 221 consecutive polls from 1966 to 1980.
Adapted from Duke University ArchivesIn 1906, Wilbur Wade Card, Trinity College's Athletic Director and a member of the Class of 1900, introduced the game of basketball to Trinity. The January 30 issue of The Trinity Chronicle headlined the new sport on its front page. Trinity's first game ended in a loss to Wake Forest, 24–10; the game was played in the Angier B. Duke Gymnasium known as The Ark; the Trinity team won its first title in 1920, the state championship, by beating the North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering 25 to 24. Earlier in the season they had beaten the University of North Carolina 19–18 in the first match-up between the two schools. Trinity college became Duke University. Billy Werber, Class of 1930, became Duke's first All-American in basketball; the Gothic-style West Campus opened that year, with a new gym to be named for Coach Card. The Indoor Stadium opened in 1940, it was referred to as an "Addition" to the gymnasium. Part of its cost was paid for with the proceeds from the Duke football team's appearance in the 1938 Rose Bowl.
In 1972 it would be named for Eddie Cameron, head coach from 1929 to 1942. In 1952, Dick Groat became the first Duke player to be named National Player of the Year. Duke left the Southern Conference to become a charter member of the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1953; the Duke team under Vic Bubas made its first appearance in the Final Four in 1963, losing 94–75 to Loyola in the semifinal. The next year, Bubas' team reached the national title game, losing to the Bruins of UCLA, who claimed 10 titles in the next 12 years. Bob Verga was Duke's star player in 1967; the basketball program won its 1000th game in 1974, making Duke only the eighth school in NCAA history to reach that figure. In a turnaround, Coach Bill Foster's 1978 Blue Devils, who had gone 2–10 in the ACC the previous year, won the conference tournament and went on to the NCAA championship game, where they fell to Kentucky. Gene Banks, Mike Gminski and Jim Spanarkel ran the floor. Mike Krzyzewski has been at Duke since 1980, his many accomplishments include: 5 National Championships – 2nd most all time 12 Final Fours as well as five in a row from 1988 to 1992.
Now tied for most all time with John Wooden at 12. 15 Elite Eights 23 Sweet Sixteens and nine straight from 1998–2006 33 NCAA tournament berths 91 NCAA tournament wins 13 No. 1 seeds 25 conference titles, 10 of the 14 ACC Tournament Titles from 1998–99 through 2016–17 14 30-win seasons 32 20-win seasons Number 1 AP ranking in 17 of the past 28 seasons 7 Naismith College Player of the Year Awards 9 National Defensive Players of the Year Awards 26 AP All-Americans 14 consensus first team All-Americans 11 NBA top-10 picks: T-1st 23 NBA Draft first round picks 1071 Career winsKrzyzewski's teams made the Final Four in 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2010 and 2015. Duke upset the favored UNLV Runnin' Rebels 79–77 in the Final Four in 1991, a rematch of the 1990 final in which Duke lost by 30 points; the team, led by Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley, Grant Hill, Thomas Hill, went on to defeat Kansas 72–65 to win the university's first NCAA Championship. Ranked #1 all season and favored to repeat as national champions in 1992, Duke took part in a game "acclaimed by many the greatest college basketball game played," according to ESPN.
In the Elite Eight, Duke met the Rick Pitino-led Kentucky Wildcats. It appeared Kentucky had sealed the win in overtime when guard Sean Woods hit a running shot off the glass in the lane to put Kentucky up by one with 2.1 seconds left on the clock. After a timeout, Duke's Grant Hill threw a full-court pass to Christian Laettner. Laettner took one dribble and nailed a turn-around jumper at the buzzer to send Duke into the Final Four with a 104–103 victory. Duke went on to defeat the Sixth-seeded Michigan 71 -- 51, they would meet Kentucky for another classic regional final game, but blow a 17-point second half lead in losing to the Wildcats. The Blue Devils would lose the 1994 title game to Arkansas and their "Forty Minutes of Hell" defense; the next two seasons would see them fall to just 31–31, though they made the 1996 tournament with an 18–12 record, 8–8 in conference play. They would fall in the 1999 title game, this time to Jim Calhoun and the UCONN Huskies
NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
The NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament known and branded as NCAA March Madness, is a single-elimination tournament played each spring in the United States featuring 68 college basketball teams from the Division I level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, to determine the national championship. The tournament was created in 1939 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, was the idea of Ohio State coach Harold Olsen. Played during March, it has become one of the most famous annual sporting events in the United States; the tournament teams include champions from 32 Division I conferences, 36 teams which are awarded at-large berths. These "at-large" teams are chosen by an NCAA selection committee announced in a nationally televised event on the Sunday preceding the "First Four" play-in games held in Dayton and dubbed Selection Sunday; the 68 teams are divided into four regions and organized into a single-elimination "bracket", which pre-determines, when a team wins a game, which team it will face next.
Each team is "seeded", or ranked, within its region from 1 to 16. After the First Four, the tournament occurs during the course of three weekends, at pre-selected neutral sites across the United States. Teams, seeded by rank, proceed through a single-game elimination bracket beginning with a "first four" consisting of 8 low-seeded teams playing in 4 games for a position in the first round the Tuesday and Wednesday before the first round begins, a first round consisting of 64 teams playing in 32 games over the course of a week, the "Sweet Sixteen" and "Elite Eight" rounds the next week and weekend and – for the last weekend of the tournament – the "Final Four" round; the Final Four is played during the first weekend of April. These four teams, one from each region, compete in a preselected location for the national championship; the tournament has been at least televised since 1969. The games are broadcast by CBS, TBS, TNT, truTV under the trade-name NCAA March Madness. Since 2011, all games are available for viewing nationwide and internationally.
As television coverage has grown, so too has the tournament's popularity. Millions of Americans fill out a bracket, attempting to predict the outcome of 63 games of the tournament. With 11 national titles, UCLA has the record for the most NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championships; the University of Kentucky is second, with eight national titles. The University of North Carolina is third, with six national titles, Duke University and Indiana University are tied for fourth with five national titles; the University of Connecticut is sixth with four national titles. The University of Kansas & Villanova are tied for 7th with three national titles. Since 1985, when the tournament expanded to 64 teams, Duke has won five championships; the NCAA has changed the tournament format several times since its inception, most being an increase of the number of teams. This section describes the tournament as it has operated since 2011. A total of 68 teams qualify for the tournament played during April. Thirty-two teams earn automatic bids as their respective conference champions.
Of the 32 Division I "all-sports" conferences, all 32 hold championship tournaments to determine which team receives the automatic qualification. The Ivy League was the last Division I conference. If two or more Ivies shared a regular-season championship, a one-game playoff was used to decide the tournament participant. Since 2017, the league conducts their own postseason tournament; the remaining 36 tournament slots are granted to at-large bids, which are determined by the Selection Committee in a nationally televised event on the Sunday preceding the First Four play-in tournament and dubbed Selection Sunday by the media and fans, by a group of conference commissioners and school athletic directors who are appointed into service by the NCAA. The committee determines where all sixty-eight teams are seeded and placed in the bracket; the tournament is divided into four regions and each region has at least sixteen teams, but four additional teams are added per the decision of the Selection Committee.
The committee is charged with making each of the four regions as close as possible in overall quality of teams from wherever they come from. The names of the regions vary from year to year, are broadly geographic. From 1957 to 1984, the "Mideast" corresponding to the Southeastern region of the United States, designation was used. From 1985 to 1997, the Mideast region was known as "Southeast" and again changed to "South" starting from 1998; the selected names correspond to the location of the four cities hosting the regional finals. From 2004 to 2006, the regions were named after their host cities, e.g. the Phoenix Regional in 2004, the Chicago Regional in 2005, the Minneapolis Regional in 2006, but reverted to the traditional geographic designations beginning in 2007. For example, during 2012, the regions were named South, Midwest (St. Louis, Mis
Walter Robert Szczerbiak is an American retired basketball player and color analyst for the New York Knicks on MSG Network. He played ten seasons for four teams in the National Basketball Association. Szczerbiak was born in Madrid, Spain, to Marilyn and Walter Szczerbiak, a former ABA player who helped lead Real Madrid to three FIBA European Champions Cup championships. While there, he set a Spanish League single-game scoring record, with 65 points. Wally spent much of his childhood during his father's playing career; when Walt retired, he moved his family back to New York. Wally played basketball at Cold Spring Harbor High School in New York; as a senior in the 1994 -- 95 season he averaged 36.6 points per 15.9 rebounds. He was named the winner of the Richard Sangler Award as Nassau County's outstanding boys' basketball player. Szczerbiak competed for the Long Island team in the 1994 Empire State Games. Despite his outstanding high school statistics, the small size of Szczerbiak's school did not win him the attention of East Coast college coaches, he went unrecruited.
During the fall of his high school senior year and his parents visited the Miami University campus. The following Monday, despite Walt's wishes for Wally to wait on making a decision, Szczerbiak called coach Herb Sendek and committed to play for Miami. In his first two seasons there he averaged 12.8 points. As a junior in 1997–98, he burst onto the scene as one of college basketball's leading scorers, averaging 24.4 points per game and earning first-team All-MAC honors despite missing several games with a broken right wrist. In his senior season, he averaged 24.2 points per game and led the Redhawks to the Sweet 16 in the 1999 NCAA Tournament as a #10 seed. Szczerbiak scored a career-high 43 points in a first-round win over #7 seed Washington, he followed that with 24 points in a second round toppling of #2 seed Utah, leading the Redhawks to the Sweet 16. Despite Szczerbiak's 23-point performance they would lose to Kentucky 58-43. Miami finished the season 24-8. Szczerbiak was named MAC Player of the Year, first-team All-American by Basketball News and Sports Illustrated and second-team All-American by the Associated Press.
He finished his college career with a degree in marketing as Miami University's second all-time leading scorer, with 1,847 points.. In 2001, Szczerbiak became the fifth Miami player to have his jersey retired. In 2009, he was inducted into the Miami University Athletic Hall of Fame; the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Szczerbiak 6th overall in the 1999 NBA draft. His best year as a pro was in 2002, when he was a coaches' selection to the Western Conference All-Star team, he tied a Timberwolves franchise record of 44 points on April 13, 2003, since broken by Kevin Love, Corey Brewer, Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Mo Williams, Derrick Rose. Szczerbiak was coming off the bench for the 2004–05 NBA season, he wanted to be a starter. In the 2005–06 season, the former All–Star returned to the starting role. On January 26, 2006, along with Michael Olowokandi, Dwayne Jones and a conditional first–round draft pick, was traded to the Boston Celtics for Ricky Davis, Mark Blount, Marcus Banks, Justin Reed, two second-round draft picks.
Szczerbiak underwent surgery in the 2006 offseason to fix a knee, injured for several months. In the 2006–07 season, Szczerbiak played well early on, including a 35-point performance against the Charlotte Bobcats early in the season. However, he was soon plagued by several injuries to both ankles, which affected his shooting and jumping ability. Szczerbiak decided to have season-ending surgery on his ankles. On June 28, the Celtics traded Szczerbiak to the Seattle SuperSonics along with Delonte West and Jeff Green for Ray Allen and Glen Davis. On February 21, 2008, Szczerbiak and West were traded by the SuperSonics to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three-way deal involving the Chicago Bulls that sent Ira Newble and Donyell Marshall from Cleveland to Seattle, Adrian Griffin from Chicago to Seattle, Cedric Simmons, Drew Gooden, Larry Hughes, Shannon Brown, from Cleveland to Chicago, Ben Wallace and Joe Smith from Chicago to Cleveland. Szczerbiak played in 25 regular season games with the Cavaliers averaging 8.2 points and 3.2 rebounds.
He scored 18 points against Detroit on April 16, 2008. Between the SuperSonics and the Cavaliers, Szczerbiak played in 75 games and averaged 11.5 points and 2.9 rebounds. During the 2008 NBA Playoffs Szczerbiak started at shooting guard for the Cavaliers, helping the Cavs defeat the Washington Wizards in the first–round by putting up 26 points and shooting 6–13 from the 3 point line in game six. For the playoffs, Szczerbiak averaged 10.8 points per game. During the 2008 -- 2009 NBA season, Szczerbiak played starting in 5 of them. Given 20 minutes a game, Szczerbiak averaged 7 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists while shooting.450% from the field and.411% from the 3-point line. Szczerbiak was in discussions with the Denver Nuggets in August 2009, about joining the team on a one-year contract, he rejected a veteran's minimum contract offer from Denver, opting instead to continue to rehabilitate his knee and test the free agent market later. Szcerbiak harbored hopes of signing a one-year contract with the New York Knicks.
However, on November 5, 2009, Szczerbiak revealed he'd had a third surgery performed on his left knee, which doctors told him would certainly end his career. According to his doctors, so little cartilage was left in that knee that a fo
James A. Calhoun is the current men's basketball coach for the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut. Calhoun is the former head coach of the University of Connecticut men's basketball team, his teams won three NCAA national championships, played in four Final Fours, won the 1988 NIT title, seven Big East tournament championships. With his team's 2011 NCAA title win, the 68-year-old Calhoun became the oldest coach to win a Division I men's basketball title, he won his 800th game in 2009 and finished his NCAA Division I career with 873 victories, ranking 11th all-time as of Feb. 2019. Calhoun is one of only six coaches in NCAA Division I history to win three or more championships and is considered one of the greatest coaches of all time. In 2005, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. A self-described Irish Catholic, Calhoun was born and raised in Braintree, where he was a standout on the basketball and baseball teams at Braintree High School. After his father died of a heart attack when Calhoun was 15, he was left to watch over his large family that included five siblings.
Although he received a basketball scholarship to Lowell State, he only attended the school for three months after which he returned home to help support his mother and siblings. He worked as a granite cutter, headstone engraver, scrapyard worker, shampoo factory worker, gravedigger. After a 20-month leave from higher education, Calhoun returned to college, this time at American International College in Springfield, where he was given another basketball scholarship, he was the leading scorer on the team his junior and senior seasons, captained the team in his final year, during which AIC advanced to the Division II playoffs. At the time he graduated, he was ranked as the fourth all-time scorer at AIC. Calhoun graduated in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in sociology. Jim Calhoun began his coaching career at Lyme-Old Lyme High School in Old Lyme, Connecticut in the 1968–1969 season after accepting a sixth grade teaching position in that town over the summer. After finishing 1–17 that season, Calhoun returned to Massachusetts after deciding not to complete the necessary certification paperwork to renew his teaching contract.
After one season at Westport High, he accepted a position at Dedham High School and began building a strong program. He completed a 20–1 season in 1971. In 1972 he helped his Dedham High School team have a perfect season and win the Massachusetts High School Bay State Championship. Calhoun was recruited by Northeastern University in Boston to serve as their new head coach, he took the position in October 1972. He transitioned the team from Division II to Division I in 1979; the team advanced to the Division I tournament 4 times under Calhoun. During his final three seasons, Northeastern achieved automatic bids to the NCAA tournament and had a 72–19 record, he received six regional Coach of the Year accolades at Northeastern and remains the institution's all-time winningest coach. Former Boston Celtics captain Reggie Lewis, who played for Calhoun at Northeastern, was a first-round pick in the 1987 NBA draft. On May 14, 1986, Calhoun was named the head coach at the University of Connecticut. After completing his first season just 9–19, Calhoun led the Huskies to a 20–14 record in 1988 and a bid to National Invitation Tournament, where they defeated Ohio State to win the NIT championship.
In 1990, Calhoun was named the consensus National Coach of the Year after leading the Huskies to their first Big East championship, the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight, a 29–6 record in only his fourth year at the helm. Calhoun won his first NCAA national championship in 1999, as he led UConn to its first-ever Final Four and national championship over favored Duke in St. Petersburg, Florida. Future NBA standout Richard "Rip" Hamilton led the team to a 77–74 victory. Earlier that year, he'd passed Hugh Greer to become the winningest coach in UConn history. Calhoun led the Huskies to another national championship in 2004, at the conclusion of a season that saw UConn start and complete the year as the number one team in the nation. UConn standouts Emeka Okafor and Ben Gordon were selected No. 2 and No. 3 in the NBA Draft, respectively. Calhoun now holds a 35–12 record with UConn in NCAA tournament play including 6–1 in the Final Four, they lost in the first round for the first time on March 2008 in overtime to San Diego.
During the Jim Calhoun era, the UConn Huskies have done well in the Big East Conference with an impressive 220–112 record. The Huskies have won or shared conference titles in 1990, 1994–1996, 1998–1999, 2002, 2003 and 2005–2006. UConn has won seven Big East Men's Basketball Tournament championships in 1990, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2011. On March 2, 2005, he achieved his 700th win at Gampel Pavilion over the Georgetown Hoyas, his friend and Big East rival coach Jim Boeheim won his 700th game during the previous week. In 2005, Coach Calhoun was honored by induction into the Dr. James Naismith National Basketball Hall of Fame, along with Jim Boeheim. On February 25, 2009, he achieved his 800th win at the Bradley Center over Marquette. Calhoun was the first coach in NCAA history to have won at least 240 games at two different Division I schools. Eddie Sutton achieved this same feat. Calhoun has coached 23 UConn players. Calhoun signed a 5-year, $16 million contract until 2014. On April 4, 2011, Calhoun won his 3rd NCAA Men's Championship as the Connecticut Huskies defeated the Butler