2005–06 Florida Gators men's basketball team
The 2005–06 Florida Gators men's basketball team represented the University of Florida in the sport of basketball during the 2005–06 college basketball season. The Gators competed in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference, they were led by head coach Billy Donovan, played their home games in the O'Connell Center on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus. The Gators started the season looking to end their recent steak of losing in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, they finished the season with a 24–6 record entering the SEC Championship. They won all three games and received a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament playing in the final against UCLA. On April 3, 2006 Florida beat UCLA 73–57 to win their first NCAA Championship. First National Championship in school history
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs basketball
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs basketball program, nicknamed the Dunkin' Dawgs, represents intercollegiate men's basketball at Louisiana Tech University. The program competes in Conference USA in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and plays home games at the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston, Louisiana. Eric Konkol is in his fourth season as the Bulldogs' head coach. 1925–1939: Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association 1939–1948: Louisiana Intercollegiate Conference 1948–1971: Gulf States Conference 1971–1987: Southland Conference 1987–1991: American South Conference 1991–2001: Sun Belt Conference 2001–2013: Western Athletic Conference 2013–present: Conference USA The Bulldogs have appeared in the NCAA Division I Tournament five times. Their combined record is 4–5; the Bulldogs have appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament two times. Their combined record is 2–2. Louisiana Tech has appeared in nine National Invitation Tournaments, their combined record is 12–9. The Bulldogs have appeared in one Vegas 16.
Their record is 0–1. Louisiana Tech has appeared in one CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Their combined record is 1–1; the Bulldogs have appeared in the NAIA Tournament four times. Their combined record is 1–4. In 1952, Memorial Gymnasium was constructed on the Louisiana Tech University campus in Ruston to serve as the home of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs basketball team. Today Memorial Gym serves as a practice facility for the basketball team; the Thomas Assembly Center is an 8,000-seat multi-purpose arena in Louisiana. The arena, named for its benefactor and businessman Samuel M. Thomas, is home to the Division I NCAA Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs men's basketball team; the Dunkin' Dawgs nickname emerged during the 1982–83 season led by Karl Malone and Willie Simmons making highlight reel dunks. The tradition has continued through time as the current Dunkin' Dawgs led by Raheem Appleby, Michale Kyser, Alex Hamilton have made several dunks featured nationally on ESPN's SportsCenter Top Plays and Fox Sports Live's The 1.
Leon Barmore, 2003 Karl Malone, 2010 Leon Barmore, #12 Karl Malone, #32 Jackie Moreland, #44 Jackie Moreland – 1958, 1959, 1960 Ray Germany – 1959, 1960 Mike Green – 1971, 1972, 1973 Mike McConathy – 1976 Karl Malone – 1983, 1984, 1985 Randy White – 1989 Jackie Moreland – 1960 Mike Green – 1973 Mike McConathy – 1976 Karl Malone – 1983 Randy White – 1988, 1989 Ron Ellis – 1992 Gerrod Henderson – 2000 Speedy Smith – 2015 Alex Hamilton – 2016 P. J. Brown – New Jersey Nets, Miami Heat, Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics Ron Ellis – Phoenix Suns Mike Green – Denver Rockets, Virginia Squires, Seattle SuperSonics, San Antonio Spurs, Kansas City Kings Karl Malone – Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers Erik McCree - Utah Jazz Paul Millsap – Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets Jackie Moreland – Detroit Pistons, New Orleans Buccaneers C. T. Parker – Washington Capitols Richard Peek – Dallas Chaparrals Magnum Rolle – Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks Kendrick Spruel – Toronto Raptors Randy White – Dallas Mavericks Cecil Crowley – 1953, 1955, 1964 Scotty Robertson – 1967, 1971 Emmett Hendricks – 1975, 1976 J.
D. Barnett – 1979 Andy Russo – 1983, 1985 Tommy Joe Eagles – 1987, 1988 Keith Richard – 1999 Michael White – 2013, 2015 Kyle Keller – Stephen F. Austin Mike McConathy – Northwestern State List of NCAA Division I men's basketball programs Official website
John R. Wooden Award
The John R. Wooden Award is an award given annually to the most outstanding men's and women's college basketball players; the program consists of the men's and women's Player of the Year awards, the Legends of Coaching award and recognizes the All–America Teams. The awards, given by the Los Angeles Athletic Club, are named in honor of John Wooden, the 1932 national collegiate basketball player of the year from Purdue. Wooden taught and coached men's basketball at Indiana State and UCLA. Coach Wooden, whose teams at UCLA won ten NCAA championships, was the first man to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and coach, his 1948 Indiana State team was the NAIB National Finalist. The award, given only to male athletes, was first given in 1977. Starting in 2004, the award was extended to women's basketball. Additionally, the Legends of Coaching Award was presented first in 1999; the 2015 presentation was broadcast on ESPN2 and the show was presented by Wendy's at Los Angeles' Club Nokia on Friday, April 10, 2015.
Each year, the Award's National Advisory Board, a 26-member panel, selects 20 candidates for Player of the Year and All-American Team honors. The candidates must be full-time students and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher throughout their college career. Players who are nominated must have made outstanding contributions to team play, both offensively and defensively, be model citizens, exhibiting strength of character both on and off the court; the selection ballot is announced prior to the NCAA basketball tournament. The voters sportscasters representing the 50 states; the top ten vote-getters are selected to the All-American Team, the results are announced following the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament. The person who receives the most votes is named the Player of the Year, the winner is announced following the NCAA championship game; the Player of the Year is awarded a trophy consisting of five bronze figures. The player's school receives a duplicate trophy, as well as a scholarship grant.
The other top four members of the All-American Team receive an All-American Team trophy, a jacket, a scholarship grant which goes to their school. Each coach of the top five All-American Team members receives a jacket; the All-American Team members ranked six through ten receive an All-American Team trophy and a jacket, but their schools do not receive a scholarship. The criteria for the women's Player of the Year award and All-American Team honors are similar to those for the men. For the women's award, the National Advisory Board consists of 12 members, 15 candidates are selected for the ballot; the voters are 250 sportscasters. In contrast to the men's All-American Team, only five members are selected for the women's team; the Player of the Year receives a trophy, her school receives a duplicate trophy and a scholarship grant. The trophy features five bronze figures, each depicting one of the five major skills that Wooden believed that "total" basketball player must exhibit: rebounding, shooting and defense.
The concept for the trophy originated with Richard "Duke" Llewellyn. Work began on the trophy in 1975, sculptor Don Winton, who had sculpted many top sports awards, was given the task of designing the model of the trophy; the figures are bronze attached to a pentagonal base plate. The tallest figure is 10¼ inches high; the trophy's base is 7½ inches high, is made from solid walnut. The total height of the trophy is 17 3⁄4 inches, it weighs 25 lb; the Wooden family announced in August 2005 that he would no longer participate because of a trademark dispute concerning the use of his name. However, he never contested the use of his name prior to his death in 2010, the award continues to bear his name. “I don’t want anything to interfere with the continuation of the award,” told The Associated Press at the time. In 2011 the Wooden Family began participation. Coach John Wooden’s son, presented the Wooden Award to Brigham Young senior Jimmer Fredette. In 2012 John Wooden’s grandson, Greg, on behalf of The Los Angeles Athletic Club, presented the Wooden Award to University of Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis.
Greg Wooden made the announcement on ESPN College GameDay. The John R. Wooden High School Player of the Year awards are given to the most valuable player in each of the five divisions of the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section, one Los Angeles City division; the Legends of Coaching Award recognizes the lifetime achievement of coaches who exemplify Coach Wooden's high standards of coaching success and personal achievement. When selecting the individual, the Wooden Award Committee considers a coach's character, success rate on the court, graduating rate of student athletes, his or her coaching philosophy, identification with the goals of the John R. Wooden Award. List of U. S. men's college basketball national player of the year awards John R. Wooden Classic Official website
Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball
The Gonzaga Bulldogs are an intercollegiate men's basketball program representing Gonzaga University. The school competes in the West Coast Conference in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association; the Gonzaga Bulldogs play home basketball games at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Washington on the university campus. Gonzaga has had 15 of its players receive the WCC Player of the Year award, two players, Frank Burgess in 1961 with 32.4 points per game, Adam Morrison in 2006 with 28.1 points per game, have led the nation in scoring. Adam Morrison was named the Co-National Player of the year for the 2005–06 season. Since the mid-1990s, Gonzaga has established itself as one of the closest things to a major basketball power in a mid-major conference, they have been to every NCAA Tournament since 1999, a year in which they made a Cinderella run to the Elite Eight, have appeared in every final AP poll since the 2008–09 season. They have appeared in all but one WCC conference title game since 1995, in every conference title game since 1998, winning 16 of them.
This culminated in 2016–17, when the Bulldogs went to their first Final Four in school history, advancing all the way to the national championship game. Gonzaga introduced a basketball program during the 1907–08 basketball season. During that season, they had no coach, but managed to achieve a record of 9–2. In the 1908/09 season, George Varnell became the first official coach for Gonzaga, earning a 10–2 record during his only season with Gonzaga. Varnell was replaced by William Mulligan the following season. Frank McKevitt took over for Mulligan during the 1910 -- 11 basketball season. From 1944 to 1994 the Bulldogs compiled a record of 628–531, earning regular season titles in 1965–66, 1966–67 and 1993–94. 1993–94 saw the team qualify for its first postseason tournament, the NIT. A year the 1994–95 team would make the school's first appearance into the NCAA tournament, under coach Dan Fitzgerald. In 1997, Gonzaga assistant coach Dan Monson, the son of veteran Oregon and Idaho basketball coach Don Monson, became head coach of Gonzaga as Dan Fitzgerald wanted to focus on his athletic director's duties.
During his first season, Monson led the Zags to a 24–10 record and a WCC regular-season title, not enough to land Gonzaga an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. However, the Bulldogs would earn a bid into the 1998 National Invitation Tournament, where they beat Wyoming 69–55 in the first round before falling to Hawai'i 78–70 in the second round. During the 1998–99 season, the Bulldogs finished with a 28–7 record and the conference tournament championship, which gave Gonzaga a 10-seed into the 1999 NCAA Tournament. In what would be the tournament's "Cinderella" run and Gonzaga's "coming out party" the Zags beat seventh-seeded Minnesota 75–63 in the first round and followed it with an 82–74 win over second-seeded Stanford to advance to the regional semifinals; the Zags would go on to beat Florida 73–72 to advance to the regional finals after Casey Calvary tipped in the winning basket with four seconds remaining. They trailed eventual national champion UConn by one point with a minute remaining before losing 67–62 in the regional finals.
After Dan Monson took the head coaching position at Minnesota, assistant coach Mark Few was named the new head coach on July 26, 1999. In his inaugural season, Few led the Zags to a 26–9 record, highlighted by winning the WCC Tournament and advancing to the Sweet 16 of the 2000 NCAA Tournament with wins over Louisville and St. John's. In the 2000–01 season, the Bulldogs faced a tough schedule highlighted by games against Arizona, Washington and New Mexico. Despite starting the season 5–1, the Zags dropped four of their next five games. Gonzaga rebounded and finished the regular season 15–6 before winning their third consecutive WCC Tournament title; the win gave the Bulldogs an automatic bid into the 2001 NCAA Tournament, where they were given a 12-seed. In the first-round game against fifth-seeded Virginia, Casey Calvary put back a blocked shot with nine seconds left to give the Zags an 86–85 victory. Gonzaga would go on to beat 13th-seeded Indiana State 85–68 in the second round to advance to their third consecutive Sweet 16 appearance.
The Zags would go on to lose to defending national champion Michigan State 77–62 and finished the season with a 26–7 record. Before the 2001–02 season started, the Bulldogs were unanimously favored to win the WCC title in the 2001–02 WCC preseason coaches poll. Few led the Zags to a share of the WCC regular season title, as Pepperdine had a 13–1 conference record; the Bulldogs would avenge their only conference loss of the season by defeating Pepperdine 96–90 for their fourth straight WCC title. The win gave the Zags an automatic bid as a six-seed in the 2002 NCAA Tournament, where they would face 11th-seeded Wyoming. Despite beating the Cowboys in the 1998 National Invitation Tournament, they would end up losing 73–66, marking the first time the Zags lost in the first round of the tournament in the Mark Few era. In the 2002–03 season, Few led the Bulldogs to their fifth regular season title in six years with a 12–2 conference record. Despite this, Gonzaga lost to San Diego in the WCC Tournament championship game 72–63, marking the first time the Zags had lost in the championship game in four years.
Gonzaga garnered a nine-seed in the 2003 NCAA Tournament, where they beat Cincinnati 74–69 to advance to the second round of the tournament for the fourth time in five years. The Bulldogs would go on to lose to Arizona 96–95 in double overtime to finish 24–9; the 2003–04 season marked the first time that the team participated in the annual Battle
The RCA Dome was a domed stadium in Indianapolis. It was the home of the Indianapolis Colts NFL franchise for 24 seasons, it was completed at a cost of $77.5 million, as part of the Indiana Convention Center, with the costs split between private and public money. The largest crowd to attend an event at the Dome was 62,167 for WrestleMania VIII in 1992, it was demolished as part of a project to expand the attached convention center. The dome was made up of teflon-coated fiberglass and weighed 257 short tons, held up by the air pressure inside the building; the ceiling was 193 feet high, though the height varied up to five feet as the materials expanded and contracted with the weather. Like other domes of this style there were warning signs posted cautioning patrons of the high winds at the doors when exiting the facility; the domed stadium was similar in design and appearance to the Metrodome and the previous BC Place roof, owing in great part to the involvement of engineers David Geiger and Walter Bird, pioneers in air-supported roofs.
The stadium was named the Hoosier Dome until 1994 when RCA paid $10 million for the naming rights for 10 years, with two 5-year options to RCA at a cost of $3.5 million if invoked. The stadium seated 56,127 for football, the smallest in the NFL. Modifications were made to the stadium in 1999 to add club seating. Before that, the maximum seating for a football crowd was 60,272; the stadium was built to lure a National Football League team to Indianapolis. The still under construction dome was used to lure the Baltimore Colts to town on March 29, 1984; the Dome was dedicated on August 11, 1984, as a sellout crowd watched the Indianapolis Colts defeat the NY Giants in an NFL preseason game. The Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears played a preseason game at the Hoosier Dome on August 26, 1984; the game had been scheduled prior to the Colts moving to Indianapolis. The football playing surface was AstroTurf; the stadium was replaced by a new retractable-roof stadium, Lucas Oil Stadium, in time for the 2008 NFL season.
The RCA Dome was replaced by additional space for the adjacent Indiana Convention Center. The new convention space connects to Lucas Oil Stadium in much the same way that the existing Indiana Convention Center had been connected to the RCA Dome. On September 24, 2008, the roof of the Dome was deflated; the dome was imploded on December 20, 2008. The implosion of the RCA Dome was featured on the second series premiere of the National Geographic show, Blowdown. An Indianapolis nonprofit, People for Urban Progress, rescued 13 acres of the Dome roof, they work with local Indianapolis designers to upcycle the material into community shade structures and art installations, as well as wallets and bags. In addition to football, the Dome hosted several basketball games; the first game was an exhibition game in 1984 between an NBA All-Star team led by home-state hero Larry Bird and the United States Olympic Men's Basketball team, coached by Bob Knight, at the time the coach of Indiana University. The Dome was the site of the NBA All-Star Game in February 1985, where a record NBA crowd of 43,146 saw the Western Conference beat the Eastern Conference 140–129.
Since it hosted many NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship games, including four Final Fours. The NCAA, whose headquarters are in Indianapolis, has committed to holding the Final Four in Indianapolis once every five years; the RCA Dome hosted its only Women's Final Four in 2005. It served as one of two sites for the FIBA Men's Basketball World Championship in 2002, sharing the honors with Conseco Fieldhouse, the home of the Indiana Pacers; the closing ceremony and the gymnastics and handball events of the 1987 Pan American Games were held in the Hoosier Dome. In 1991, the Dome hosted. In 1992, the Dome hosted WrestleMania VIII for the World Wrestling Federation. In addition, it hosted the NCAA Men's Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships from 1989 to 1999, the 1990 General Conference Session of Seventh-day Adventists, the World Gymnastics Championships in 1991, the Indiana High School Athletic Association's annual boys and girls championships. Additionally, the RCA Dome served as the site of the Indiana State School Music Association State Marching Band Competition, the Bands of America Grand Nationals, the Drum Corps International Midwestern Regional, along with the NFL Scouting Combine in February of each year.
The 2004 U. S. Olympic Team Wrestling Trials were held in the dome, it hosted a PBR Built Ford Tough Series bull riding event in 2004. The Dome hosted an AMA Supercross Championship round from 1992 to 2008. Many concerts took place in the "Hoosier Dome" such as Farm Aid in 1990, Monsters of Rock, the 1987 Pink Floyd reunion and the Rolling Stones, The Monsters of Rock Festival, it hosted events such as Indiana State University college football, Black Expo, Promise Keepers, truck pulls and many high school events
2006–07 NCAA Division I men's basketball season
The 2006–07 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 7, 2006, progressed through the regular season and conference tournaments, concluded with the 2007 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game on April 2, 2007 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. The Florida Gators defended their national championship with an 84–75 victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes; the Florida Gators defended their National Championship, becoming the first team in 15 years to win consecutive titles. The Gators became the first team to win both the NCAA football and basketball championships during the same academic year; the Gators' Lee Humphrey broke Bobby Hurley's NCAA tournament record for three-pointers. Humphrey hit 55 threes in 14 games over his career, it was the year of the freshman as Texas' Kevin Durant became the first freshman to be named National player of the year. Meanwhile, Ohio State's Greg Oden was an AP first-team All-American, as well as National defensive player of the year.
Texas Tech coach Bob Knight won his 880th game in a 70–68 win over New Mexico on January 1, 2006. The win moved Knight ahead of Dean Smith for the most career coaching wins in Division I history. Florida coach Billy Donovan made headlines as he accepted the Orlando Magic head coaching job, only to return to the Gators. Five Duquesne players were shot and injured at an altercation following a campus dance party on September 17, 2006. Coach Ron Everhart drew praise from the media and coaching community as he brought the team together after the tragedy. Two players broke the NCAA Division I career free throw percentage record, held by Villanova's Gary Buchanan since 2004. Blake Ahearn of Missouri State became the new record-holder, finishing his career with a 94.6%. Derek Raivio of Gonzaga finished second in Division I history at 92.7%. Alabama A&M's Mickell Gladness broke the NCAA single-game blocked shot record, swatting 16 shots in a February 24 game against Texas Southern; the previous record had been 14, held by four players.
The preseason AP All-American team was named on November 8. Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina was the leading vote-getter; the rest of the team included Joakim Noah of Florida, Ronald Steele of Alabama, Glen Davis of LSU and Brandon Rush of Kansas. Wisconsin's Alando Tucker, Boston College's Jared Dudley, Nevada's Nick Fazekas, Albany's Jamar Wilson, Jackson State's Trey Johnson, San Diego State's Brandon Heath, Texas Tech's Jarius Jackson, Hofstra's Loren Stokes, Liberty's Larry Blair, Towson's Gary Neal all eclipsed the career 2000-point mark during the season. Oral Roberts had a pair of teammates – Caleb Green and Ken Tutt – both reach the career 2000-point milestone during the season. Jackson State's Trey Johnson had the highest single-game scoring output of the season, scoring 49 points in a game against UTEP on December 22, 2006. Winston-Salem State and NJIT moved up to Division I competition. Conference realignments: Chicago State moved out of the Mid-Continent Conference and became independent.
Florida Atlantic moved from the Atlantic Sun Conference to the Sun Belt Conference. Northern Colorado joined the Big Sky Conference after being independent. Central Arkansas and Texas A&M – Corpus Christi joined the Southland Conference. TAMU-CC had been independent while Central Arkansas moved up to division I. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Austin Carr, Dick Groat, Dick Barnett, Adolph Rupp, Lefty Driesell, Phog Allen, Guy Lewis, John McLendon, Norm Stewart and Vic Bubas were inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame. Beginning in 2006–2007, the following rules changes were implemented: Players can no longer call a time out while they are in the air; the top 25 from the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls, November 6, 2006: These schools joined new conferences for the 2006–07 season. 30 conference seasons conclude with a single-elimination tournament. Traditionally, all conference schools are eligible, regardless of record. However, some conferences, most notably the Big East, do not invite the teams with the worst records.
The conference tournament winner receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. A school that wins the conference regular season title is guaranteed an NIT bid; the NCAA Tournament tipped off on March 13, 2007 with the opening round game in Dayton and concluded on April 2 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. A total of 65 teams entered the tournament. Thirty of the teams earned automatic bids by winning their conference tournaments; the automatic bid of the Ivy League, which does not conduct a post-season tournament, went to its regular season champion. The remaining 34 teams were granted "at-large" bids, which are extended by the NCAA Selection Committee; the Atlantic Coast Conference led the way with seven bids, while the Big East, Big Ten and Pac-10 each placed six teams in the field. Florida defended their title, beating Ohio State 84–75 in the final and becoming the first team since the 1991–92 Duke Blue Devils to repeat as champions. Florida swingman Corey Brewer was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, while guard Lee Humphrey broke the career NCAA Tournament record for three-pointers made.
After the NCAA Tournament field was announced, the National Invitation Tournament invited 32 teams to participate, reducing the field's size from 40. Eight teams were given automatic bids for winning their conference regular seasons, 24 other teams were invited; the field came from 18 conferences, with the Big East and Southeastern Conference tying for the most teams invited with four. For the first time since the NIT began seeding teams, all four No. 1 seeds reached the final four. John Beilein's
Alfred Joel Horford Reynoso is a Dominican professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the University of Florida, was the starting center on the Gators teams that won back-to-back NCAA national championships in 2006 and 2007, he was drafted with the third overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks, a team he played nine seasons with before joining the Celtics in 2016. He is a five-time NBA All-Star, he represents the Dominican Republic national team. Horford was born in Dominican Republic, his father, Tito Horford, played three years in several more overseas. In the summer of 2000, Horford and his family moved to Lansing, where he attended Grand Ledge High School in Grand Ledge and was a star on its basketball team. Horford holds seven school records, including most career points; as a senior, he was named Class A Player of the Year after averaging 21 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks per game. While at Grand Ledge, Horford played AAU basketball for the Michigan Mustangs, who were runners-up in the Adidas Big Time National Tournament.
Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Horford was listed as the No. 7 power forward and the No. 36 player in the nation in 2004. Horford accepted an athletic scholarship to attend Florida, where he played for coach Billy Donovan and teamed up alongside Joakim Noah, Corey Brewer and Taurean Green, he made an immediate impact as a Gator in 2004–05, starting at center in the front court with David Lee, helped the Gators win the 2005 Southeastern Conference Tournament championship. The Gators surged through the 2005–06 season, winning the SEC championship for a second straight year, they entered the 2006 NCAA Tournament as the No. 3 seed. The Gators swept through the first four rounds to reach the Final Four. There they defeated George Mason to reach the final. In the final, they defeated UCLA for the 2006 championship behind Horford's 14 points and seven rebounds. In December 2006, midway through his junior year, Horford missed a series of games due to injury. Coach Donovan held him out of a game against Stetson in hopes that he would be adequately healed for a game in Gainesville against the third-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes on December 23.
One day before the game, Donovan announced that Horford would be unable to play, but Horford entered the game from the bench to guard Ohio State player Greg Oden, a touted 7'0" freshman. Oden scored just seven points, well below his season average of 15. Horford scored 11 points and added 11 rebounds in limited action, as the Gators defeated the Buckeyes. In the final home game of the season, on March 4, 2007 against Kentucky, Horford became the fourth player on his team to score 1,000 career points, he required 14 points during the game to reach the milestone, scored 14. On April 2, 2007, the Gators became the first team to repeat as national champions since the 1991–92 Duke Blue Devils, the first to do so with the same starting lineup. Three days Horford, Joakim Noah, Corey Brewer and Taurean Green all declared for the NBA draft. On June 28, 2007, Horford was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the third overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft. On July 9, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Hawks.
As a rookie in 2007–08, Horford was the only player unanimously selected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. He became the first Atlanta draftee to earn first team honors since Stacey Augmon in 1991–92. Horford averaged 10.1 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.9 blocks, 0.7 steals and 31.4 minutes in 81 games. The Hawks finished the regular season with a 37–45 record and entered the playoffs as the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. In their first round match-up with the Boston Celtics, Horford helped the Hawks take the eventual champions to seven games, losing the series 4–3. In the series, Horford averaged 10.4 rebounds per game. In 2008–09, Horford started all 67 games he played in, averaging 11.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.4 blocks and 0.8 steals in 33.5 minutes. With a 47–35 record, the Hawks entered the playoffs as the fourth seed in the East. Horford helped the Hawks advance to the second round where they were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Horford had an outstanding season in 2009–10, becoming the first Hawks draft pick to earn an All-Star berth since Kevin Willis did so in 1992.
Horford contributed 14.2 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.1 blocks and 0.7 steals in 35.1 minutes, appearing in 81 games. He ranked eighth in the NBA in field goal percentage, 10th in rebounds, tied for ninth in offensive rebounds, 26th in blocks, he had a team-leading 39 double-doubles, tied for 11th in the NBA. Playing alongside Mike Bibby, Jamal Crawford, Joe Johnson, Josh Smith and Marvin Williams, the Hawks entered the playoffs as the third seed in the East with a 53–29. However, the team failed to get past the second round for a second straight year, getting swept again, this time by the Orlando Magic. On November 1, 2010, Horford signed a five-year, $60 million contract extension with the Hawks. During the 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend, Horford was an All-Star for the second straight year, he was a member of the Atlanta team that won the Shooting Stars Competition. In 77 games in 2010–11, he posted averages of 15.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.0 blocks and 0.8 steals. He ranked fifth in 28th in blocks and 16th in efficiency.
He was one of the top all-around rebounders in