Tara Ann VanDerveer is an American basketball coach, the head women's basketball coach at Stanford University since 1985. Designated the Setsuko Ishiyama Director of Women's Basketball, VanDerveer led the Stanford Cardinal to two NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championships: in 1990 and 1992, she stepped away from the Stanford program for a year to serve as the U. S. national team head coach at the 1996 Olympic Games. VanDerveer is a ten-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year, she is one of only nine NCAA Women's Basketball coaches to win over 900 games, one of ten NCAA Division I coaches – men's or women's – to win 1,000 games. VanDerveer was born on June 26, 1953, to Dunbar and Rita VanDerveer, who named their first child "Tara" after the plantation in Gone with the Wind, she was born in Melrose, Massachusetts, a part of Greater Boston, but grew up in a small town in West Hill, near Schenectady, New York. Her parents were interested in a well-rounded education, her father was studying for a doctorate at the school now known as the University at Albany.
He took the family to Chautauqua in the summer. At the age of ten, her parents bought her a flute, arranged for lessons. Two years one of the premier flutists in the world was staying in Chautauqua, her father arranged for lessons with this distinguished teacher. Although she learned to play, she did not enjoy the experience, gave up the flute in ninth grade; the love of music stayed with her though, in years she would take up the piano. There were no sports teams for girls when she was in high school, but she played a number of sports including basketball, in rec leagues and pickup; when she was younger, she played with both girls. As she entered her high school years, the girls dropped out for other interests, so she was more apt to play with boys. To help make sure she would be chosen, she bought the best basketball she could afford, so if the boys wanted to play with her basketball, they would have to pick her, her father wasn't supportive of her basketball interest, calling her in from the neighbor's basketball hoop, telling her, "Basketball won't take you anywhere.
Come in and do your algebra." Tara was certain that algebra wasn't going to take her anywhere. Her family moved to Niagara Falls in her sophomore year in high school; the house in West Hill had a gravel driveway, making a basketball hoop impractical, but her parents got her a hoop for Christmas when they were in Niagara Falls. By she thought she was too old for basketball, although she would take it up again after she transferred to Buffalo Seminary, an all-girls college preparatory school, in her junior year, she ended up earning a place in the Buffalo Seminary's Athletic Hall of Fame. VanDerveer was determined to play basketball in college, her first choice was Mount Holyoke, but as one of five children, it wasn't financially possible for her to attend Mount Holyoke, so she chose Albany where her father had studied for his doctorate. It wasn't a great team; the team turned out not be challenging enough. Although a guard, she jumped center, led the team in many categories, despite being the freshman on the team.
She decided she needed a bigger challenge so she talked some of her friends into attending the AIAW National Championship, where she watched many teams, took notes, decided where she wanted to go. She chose Indiana where she transferred and spent three years, making the Dean's List each of the three years. In her sophomore year, 1973 she helped the team reach the Final Four of the AIAW championship, losing in the semi-finals to Queens College. At that time, the men's basketball team at Indiana was coached by future Hall of Fame coach Bobby Knight. While Knight was not a direct influence on VanDerveer's choice of school, he may have been had an indirect effect; the Indiana women's coach, Bea Gorton, patterned her style of play and practices after Knight, it was the observation of the style of play at the AIAW event that persuaded her to choose Indiana. The effect would become more direct; because Gorton designed her practices based upon what she observed from Knight, VanDerveer started attending Knight's practices to see what she would be doing that day in practice.
VanDerveer carried. After completing college, VanDerveer took a year off, with a plan to return to law school; when she ran out of money she returned home. When her parents realized she was doing little beyond playing chess and sleeping, they urged her to help with her sister Marie's basketball team, her sister was five years younger, by the time Marie reached high school, the school had basketball teams for girls. The experience was exasperating in some ways, as the girls did not take it but VanDerveer realized coaching was something she loved. VanDerveer sent out resumes to twenty schools, looking for a graduate assistant job, an unpaid position, she only got two responses, one of, for Ohio State, where the athletic director had remembered her from Indiana. To prepare herself, she attended; when she had attended his practices, she had stayed out of sight, but enrolled in a class, she followed her parents advice and sat up front. One of the coaches asked. Knight embarrassed her with one of his questions, but she didn't stop attending, although she moved back a few rows.
She was hired as an assistant coach to the varsity and the head coach of the JV. In her first year, she coached the JV team to an 8–0 season; that caught the attention of Marianne Stanley at Old Dominion, who offered her an ass
The Silvio O. Conte Forum known as Conte Forum, Kelley Rink, or Conte, is an 8,606-seat multi-purpose arena which opened in 1988 on the campus of Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts that lies within the Brighton neighborhood of Boston. Conte Forum is home to the Boston College Eagles men's and women's basketball and ice hockey teams as well as the Boston College Marching Band. Conte Forum is named for former United States congressman Silvio O. Conte, an alumnus of Boston College and Boston College Law School; the ice rink is named in honor of long-time BC hockey coach John "Snooks" Kelley. The entire arena is traditionally called "Kelley Rink" during hockey games. Before the arena opened in 1988, the BC basketball teams played their home games in Roberts Center to the immediate southwest of Alumni Stadium, on the site of the present-day Merkert Chemistry Center; the Eagles hockey teams played at McHugh Forum, positioned parallel to Alumni Stadium. Conte Forum was built on the site of McHugh Forum, is situated perpendicular to the football stadium.
The arena is directly adjacent to Alumni, with some luxury boxes overlooking both the football field and arena floors. Conte Forum seats 8,606 spectators in 7,884 when set up for hockey; the facility houses 950-seat Power Gym, used for BC volleyball games and as an auxiliary basketball court. As the largest indoor venue on the BC campus, Conte Forum hosts larger university-related events including conferences and debates, it is the site of the annual "Pops-on-the-Heights" during the annual Parents' Weekend in the fall, a gala concert featuring the Boston Pops Orchestra which raises over $1.5 million for BC's academic scholarship fund. In the event of inclement weather, Conte Forum hosts the university's commencement exercises. Since 2008, Conte Forum has hosted the Boston College AHANA Leadership Council Showdown in the spring, an popular dance competition between BC's various dance and cultural organizations. Conte has hosted numerous concerts, including in recent years Akon, Third Eye Blind, The Roots, Kanye West, The Academy Is, as well as Will Ferrell's Funny or Die Comedy Tour.
On January 5, 2014, the Conte Forum was the venue for Boston mayor Marty Walsh's inauguration. In Boston's proposed bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, Conte Forum was selected as a potential venue for various events, such as Wrestling and Judo. However, the city withdrew the bid. List of NCAA Division I basketball arenas Conte Forum Homepage Boston College Athletics Home
Chinenye "Chiney" Ogwumike is an American professional basketball player for the Connecticut Sun of the Women's National Basketball Association. She is 6 plays power forward, she played in three Final Fours with Stanford University. She holds the record for most rebounds in the history of Stanford Women's Basketball and the Pac-12 Conference, as of January 3, 2014. In 2014, Ogwumike signed an endorsement deal with Nike soon after being drafted first overall in the WNBA; as of 2016, Ogwumike was elected Vice-President of the WNBA Players Association, signed an endorsement deal with Adidas. In May 2018, Ogwumike signed a multi-year contract with ESPN to become a full-time in-sports analyst. Born in Tomball, Ogwumike attended Cypress Fairbanks High School in nearby Cypress, winning the 5A State Championship in her sophomore and senior seasons. Ogwumike was named a McDonald's All-American, she participated in the 2010 WBCA High School All-America Game, where she scored 24 points, earned MVP honors for the White team.
Ogwumike chose Stanford over Notre Dame, joining her sister Nneka Ogwumike. Ogwumike ended her Stanford career in 2014 as the all-time career scoring leader for either sex in Pac-12 Conference history, a record that fell in 2016 to Kelsey Plum of Washington. Source In the 2014–15 European season, Ogwumike played in Italy for Famila Schio. During the 2016 WNBA season, Ogwumike had signed with Henan Phoenix of the WCBA for the 2016–17 Chinese season. In her fifth game with the team, Ogwumike scored 56 points along with 12 rebounds She would end up winning first round MVP, averaging 33.6 points per game and 12.4 rebounds per game, prior to her achilles injury. Ogwumike was drafted first overall in the 2014 WNBA draft by the Connecticut Sun. In her rookie season, Ogwumike became a starter, averaging a career-high 15.5 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game. She was named a WNBA All-Star along with her sister Nneka Ogwumike, becoming the first pair of sisters to be selected into a WNBA All-Star game.
Ogwumike would win the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award in 2014. Ogwumike sat out the entire 2015 season while recovering from a micro-fracture on her right knee that she sustained months before the season. Ogwumike came back healthy for the 2016 season, playing 33 games with 18 starts while averaging 12.6 points per game. She had scored a career-high 26 points along with 15 rebounds in a regular season game win against the Dallas Wings. In December 2016, it was announced that Ogwumike had undergone surgery after injuring her achilles while playing overseas in China during the WNBA offseason, she was ruled out with an estimated recovery period of 6–9 months, which caused her to miss the 2017 WNBA season. In April 2017, Ogwumike was suspended by the Sun for the entire 2017 season to free up a roster spot due to her injury and that same month she signed a contract extension. On May 20, 2018, Ogwumike made her return to the Sun in the their season debut, playing her first WNBA game in two years. In 17 minutes of play, she scored 9 points in the starting lineup in a 101-65 victory over the Las Vegas Aces.
On June 30, 2018, Ogwumike scored a new career-high of 30 points in a 103-92 loss to the Seattle Storm. On in the 2018 season, it was announced that Ogwumike was voted into the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game, making it her second all-star appearance; the Sun finished as the number 4 seed in the league with a 21-13 record, receiving a bye to the second round elimination game. The Sun would lose 96-86 to the Phoenix Mercury. Ogwumike was named to the USA Basketball U18 team; the USA team was one of eight teams from North and Central America, along with the Caribbean, invited to participate in the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship For Women, held at the U. S. Olympic Training Center, in Colorado Springs, Colorado; the team was coached by Jennifer Rizzotti. Ogwumike was the leading scorer with 13.2 points per game. She was the leading rebounder with 7.4 rebounds per game. The USA team captured the gold medal; the usual sequence is for the players on the U18 team to move to the U19 team. However. Ogwumike played so well as a U18 that she was promoted to the World University Games team for the 2011 World University Games held in Shenzhen, China.
Chiney was not the only Ogwumike on the team, as her sister, Nneka Ogwumike, was on the team. Both started every game, with Chiney scoring ten points per game, she hit 25 of 37 shot attempts for a team leading 67.6% shooting percentage. She helped the USA earn the gold medal. 2010—WBCA High School Coaches' All-America Team 2011—All-Pacific-10 Conference Team 2011—All-Pac-10 All-Defensive Team 2011—All-Pac-10 Tournament Team 2011—Pac-10 Freshman of the Year 2013—Pac-12 Player of the Year 2013—Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year 2014—ESPNW First Team All-American 2014—USBWA All-American team 2014—John R. Wooden Award 2014—Pac-12 Player of the Year 2014—Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year 2014—WNBA Rookie of the Year USA Basketball Player Profile Stanford Cardinal player profile
Fox Sports Networks
Fox Sports Networks known as Fox Sports Net, is the collective name for a group of regional sports channels in the United States. Formed in 1996 by News Corporation, the group was acquired by The Walt Disney Company in March 2019 following its acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Under an agreement with the U. S. Department of Justice, Disney must sell the channels off to third parties by June 18, 2019, 90 days after the completion of its acquisition; each of the channels in the group carry regional broadcasts of sporting events from various professional and high school sports teams, along with regional and national sports discussion and analysis programs. Depending on their individual team rights, some Fox Sports Networks maintain overflow feeds available via digital cable and satellite providers in their home markets, which may provide alternate programming when not used to carry game broadcasts that the main feed cannot carry due to scheduling conflicts. Fox Sports Networks is headquartered in Houston, with master control facilities based in both Houston and Los Angeles.
At the dawn of the cable television era, many regional sports networks vied to compete with the largest national sports network, ESPN. The most notable were the SportsChannel network, which first began operating in 1976 with the launch of the original SportsChannel in the New York City area and branched out into channels serving Chicago and Florida. On October 31, 1995, News Corporation, which ten years earlier launched the Fox Broadcasting Company, a general entertainment broadcast network that formed its own sports division in 1994 with the acquisition of the television rights to the National Football Conference of the National Football League, entered into a joint venture with TCI's Liberty Media, acquiring a 50% ownership interest in the company's Prime Sports affiliates. On July 3, 1996, News Corporation and Liberty Media/TCI announced that the Prime Sports networks would be rebranded under the new "Fox Sports Net" brand; that same year, Fox rebranded that network as Fox Sports South.
On June 30, 1997, the Fox/Liberty joint venture purchased a 40% interest in Cablevision's sports properties including the SportsChannel America networks, Madison Square Garden, the New York Knicks and New York Rangers professional sports franchises, a deal worth $850 million. In early 1998, SportsChannel America was integrated into the Fox Sports Net family of networks. On July 11, 2000, Comcast purchased a majority interest in the Minneapolis-based Midwest Sports Channel and Baltimore-based Home Team Sports from Viacom. News Corporation, a minority owner in both networks, wanted to acquire them outright and integrate the two networks into Fox Sports Net; the company filed a lawsuit against Comcast ten days on July 21, in an attempt to block the sale. On September 7, 2000, as part of a settlement between the two companies, Comcast traded its equity interest in Midwest Sports Channel to News Corporation in exchange for exclusive ownership of Home Team Sports. In September 2004, Fox Sports Net became known as "FSN".
On February 22, 2005, Fox's then-parent company, News Corporation, acquired full ownership of FSN/Fox Sports Local, following an asset trade with Cablevision Systems Corporation, in which Fox sold its interest in Madison Square Garden and the arena's NBA and NHL team tenants in exchange for acquiring sole ownership of Fox Sports Ohio and Fox Sports Florida. Cablevision gained sole ownership of Fox Sports Chicago and Fox Sports New York, a 50% interest in Fox Sports New England. Fox Sports Chicago ceased operations in June 2006, after losing the regional cable television rights to local professional teams two years earlier to the newly launched Comcast SportsNet Chicago. On December 22, 2006, News Corporation sold its interest in four Fox Sports regional networks – FSN Utah, FSN Pittsburgh, FSN Northwest and FSN Rocky Mountain – as well as its 38.5% ownership stake in satellite provider DirecTV to Liberty Media for $550 million in cash and stock, in exchange for Liberty's 16.3% stake in News Corporation.
On May 4, 2009, DirecTV Group Inc. announced it would become a part of Liberty's entertainment unit, with plans to spin off certain properties into a separate company under the
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Chestnut Hill is an affluent New England village located six miles west of downtown Boston, United States. Like all Massachusetts villages, Chestnut Hill is not an incorporated municipal entity. Unlike most Massachusetts villages, it encompasses parts of three separate municipalities, each located in a different county: the town of Brookline in Norfolk County. Chestnut Hill's borders are defined by the 02467 ZIP Code. Chestnut Hill is not a topographical designation. Chestnut Hill is best known as the home of Boston College, part of the Boston Marathon route, as well as the Collegiate Gothic canvas of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. While most of Chestnut Hill remained farmland well into the early 20th century, the area around the reservoir was developed, in 1870, by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of Central Park in New York City and of the Emerald Necklace in Boston and Brookline; because of the significance of its landscape and architecture, the National Register of Historic Places, in 1986, designated parts of Chestnut Hill as historic districts.
Examples of Colonial, Shingle, Tudor Revival, Victorian architectural styles are evident in the village's country estates and mansions. The Boston College campus is itself an early example of Collegiate Gothic architecture. Hammond Pond Reservation, an extensive forest preserve and protected wetlands, goes through Chestnut Hill and Newton; the Kennard Park and Conservation Area is a post-agricultural forest grown up on 19th century farmland. The mixed and conifer woodlands reveal colonial stone walls, a red maple swamp with century-old trees, a sensitive fern marsh; the Mall at Chestnut Hill The Street at Chestnut Hill Chestnut Hill Square Chestnut Hill is served by three branches of the Green Line of the MBTA, Boston's light rail system. Stations include: B Line: Chestnut Hill Avenue, South Street, Boston College C Line: Cleveland Circle D Line: Reservoir, Chestnut HillThe area is served by various MBTA buses. Boston College Main Campus Historic District—140 Commonwealth Ave. Chestnut Hill Historic District—roughly bounded by Middlesex Rd. Reservoir Ln.
Denny Rd. Boylston St. and Dunster Rd. Chestnut Hill Reservoir Historic District—within Boston city limits Old Chestnut Hill Historic District—along Hammond St. and Chestnut Hill Rd. bounded by Beacon St. and Essex Rd. and Suffolk Rd. within Newton city limits The village is served by the Public School District of Brookline and the Newton Public Schools. There are a number of private schools including Mount Alvernia Academy and May School and The Chestnut Hill School. Children may opt to attend school in Boston. Chestnut Hill is home to Pine Manor College. Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots Tom Brady, quarterback of the New England Patriots Mary Baker Eddy, founder of The First Church of Christ and The Christian Science Monitor newspaper, 1908–1910 Reginald Fessenden, called the father of broadcast radio, the Reginald A. Fessenden House in Chestnut Hill is a US National Landmark as well as a US Historic Place. Theo Epstein, general manager of the Chicago Cubs Terry Francona, former manager of the Boston Red Sox John W. Henry, principal owner of the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool F.
C. Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt, the first wife of Theodore Roosevelt, mother of Alice Roosevelt Longworth Leverett Saltonstall, Governor of Massachusetts and United States Senator Thomas G. Stemberg, founder of Staples Inc. Alan Trefler, founder and CEO of Pegasystems John A. Wilson, sculptor Seth Klarman, Founder and CEO of the Baupost Group Paul Fireman, purchased American distribution rights to Reebok, Chairman of Fireman Capital Partners, Inc. Jarome Iginla, retired NHL player List of Registered Historic Places in Brookline, Massachusetts List of Registered Historic Places in Newton, Massachusetts List of Registered Historic Places in Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Leland Stanford Junior University is a private research university in Stanford, California. Stanford is known for its academic strength, proximity to Silicon Valley, ranking as one of the world's top universities; the university was founded in 1885 by Leland and Jane Stanford in memory of their only child, Leland Stanford Jr. who had died of typhoid fever at age 15 the previous year. Stanford was a U. S. Senator and former Governor of California who made his fortune as a railroad tycoon; the school admitted its first students on October 1, 1891, as a coeducational and non-denominational institution. Stanford University struggled financially after the death of Leland Stanford in 1893 and again after much of the campus was damaged by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Following World War II, Provost Frederick Terman supported faculty and graduates' entrepreneurialism to build self-sufficient local industry in what would be known as Silicon Valley; the university is one of the top fundraising institutions in the country, becoming the first school to raise more than a billion dollars in a year.
The university is organized around three traditional schools consisting of 40 academic departments at the undergraduate and graduate level and four professional schools that focus on graduate programs in Law, Medicine and Business. Stanford's undergraduate program is the most selective in the United States by acceptance rate. Students compete in 36 varsity sports, the university is one of two private institutions in the Division I FBS Pac-12 Conference, it has gained the most for a university. Stanford athletes have won 512 individual championships, Stanford has won the NACDA Directors' Cup for 24 consecutive years, beginning in 1994–1995. In addition, Stanford students and alumni have won 270 Olympic medals including 139 gold medals; as of October 2018, 83 Nobel laureates, 27 Turing Award laureates, 8 Fields Medalists have been affiliated with Stanford as students, faculty or staff. In addition, Stanford University is noted for its entrepreneurship and is one of the most successful universities in attracting funding for start-ups.
Stanford alumni have founded a large number of companies, which combined produce more than $2.7 trillion in annual revenue and have created 5.4 million jobs as of 2011 equivalent to the 10th largest economy in the world. Stanford is the alma mater of 30 living billionaires and 17 astronauts, is one of the leading producers of members of the United States Congress. Stanford University was founded in 1885 by Leland and Jane Stanford, dedicated to Leland Stanford Jr, their only child; the institution opened in 1891 on Stanford's previous Palo Alto farm. Despite being impacted by earthquakes in both 1906 and 1989, the campus was rebuilt each time. In 1919, The Hoover Institution on War and Peace was started by Herbert Hoover to preserve artifacts related to World War I; the Stanford Medical Center, completed in 1959, is a teaching hospital with over 800 beds. The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, established in 1962, performs research in particle physics. Jane and Leland Stanford modeled their university after the great eastern universities, most Cornell University and Harvard University.
Stanford opened being called the "Cornell of the West" in 1891 due to faculty being former Cornell affiliates including its first president, David Starr Jordan. Both Cornell and Stanford were among the first to have higher education be accessible and open to women as well as to men. Cornell is credited as one of the first American universities to adopt this radical departure from traditional education, Stanford became an early adopter as well. Most of Stanford University is on one of the largest in the United States, it is located on the San Francisco Peninsula, in the northwest part of the Santa Clara Valley 37 miles southeast of San Francisco and 20 miles northwest of San Jose. In 2008, 60% of this land remained undeveloped. Stanford's main campus includes a census-designated place within unincorporated Santa Clara County, although some of the university land is within the city limits of Palo Alto; the campus includes much land in unincorporated San Mateo County, as well as in the city limits of Menlo Park and Portola Valley.
The academic central campus is adjacent to Palo Alto, bounded by El Camino Real, Stanford Avenue, Junipero Serra Boulevard, Sand Hill Road. The United States Postal Service has assigned it two ZIP Codes: 94305 for campus mail and 94309 for P. O. box mail. It lies within area code 650. Stanford operates or intends to operate in various locations outside of its central campus. On the founding grant: Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve is a 1,200-acre natural reserve south of the central campus owned by the university and used by wildlife biologists for research. SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is a facility west of the central campus operated by the university for the Department of Energy, it contains the longest linear particle accelerator in the world, 2 miles on 426 acres of land. Golf course and a seasonal lake: The university has its own golf course and a seasonal lake, both home to the vulnerable California tiger salamander; as of 2012 Lake Laguni
The five basketball positions employed by organized basketball teams are the point guard, the shooting guard, the small forward, the power forward, the center. The point guard is the leader of the team on the court; this position requires substantial ball handling skills and the ability to facilitate the team during a play. The shooting guard, as the name implies, is the best shooter; as well as being capable of shooting from longer distances, this position tends to be the best defender on the team. The small forward has an aggressive approach to the basket when handling the ball; the small forward is known to make cuts to the basket in efforts to get open for shots. The power forward and the center are called the "frontcourt" acting as their team's primary rebounders or shot blockers, or receiving passes to take inside shots; the center is the larger of the two. Only three positions were recognized based on where they played on the court: Guards played outside and away from the hoop and forwards played outside and near the baseline, with the center positioned in the key.
During the 1980s, as team strategy evolved. More specialized roles developed. Team strategy and available personnel, still dictate the positions used by a particular team. For example, the dribble-drive motion offense and the Princeton offense use four interchangeable guards and one center; this set is known as a "four-in and one-out" play scheme. Other combinations are prevalent. Besides the five basic positions, some teams use non-standard or hybrid positions, such as the point forward, a hybrid small forward/point guard; the point guard known as the one, is the team's best ball handler and passer. Therefore, they lead their team in assists and are able to create shots for themselves and their teammates, they are quick and are able to hit shots either outside the three-point line or "in the paint" depending on the player's skill level. Point guards are looked upon as the "floor general" or the "coach on the floor", they should study the game and game film to be able to recognize the weaknesses of the defense, the strengths of their own offense.
They are responsible for directing plays, making the position equivalent to that of quarterback in American football, playmaker in association football, center in ice hockey, or setter in volleyball. Good point guards increase team efficiency and have a high number of assists, they are referred to as dribblers or play-makers. In the NBA, point guards are the shortest players on the team and are 6 feet 4 inches or shorter; the shooting guard is known as the two or the off guard. Along with the small forward, a shooting guard is referred to as a wing because of its use in common positioning tactics; as the name suggests, most shooting guards are prolific from the three-point range. Besides being able to shoot the ball, shooting guards tend to be the best defender on the team, as well as being able to move without the ball to create open looks for themselves; some shooting guards have good ball handling skills creating their own shots off the dribble. A versatile shooting guard will have good passing skills, allowing them to assume point guard responsibilities known as combo guards.
Bigger shooting guards tend to play as small forwards. In the NBA, shooting guards range from 6 feet 4 inches to 6 feet 8 inches; the small forward known as the three, is considered to be the most versatile of the main five basketball positions. Versatility is key for small forwards because of the nature of their role, which resembles that of a shooting guard more than that of a power forward; this is why the small forward and shooting guard positions are interchangeable and referred to as wings. Small forwards have a variety such as quickness and strength inside. One common thread among all kinds of small forwards is an ability to "get to the line" and draw fouls by aggressively attempting plays, lay-ups, or slam dunks; as such, accurate foul shooting is a common skill for small forwards, many of whom record a large portion of their points from the foul line. Besides being able to drive to the basket, they are good shooters from long range; some small forwards have good passing skills, allowing them to assume point guard responsibilities as point forwards.
Small forwards should be able to do a little bit of everything on the court playing roles such as swingmen and defensive specialists. In the NBA, small forwards range from 6 feet 6 inches to 6 feet 9 inches; the power forward known as the four plays a role similar to that of the center, down in the "post" or "low blocks". The power forward is the team's most versatile scorer, being able to score close to the basket while being able to shoot mid-range jump shots from 12 to 18 feet from the basket; some power forwards have become known as stretch fours, since extending their shooting range to three-pointers. On defense, they are required to have the strength to guard bigger players close to the basket and to have the athleticism to guard quick players away from the basket. Most power forwards tend to be more versatile than centers since they can be part of plays and are not always in the low block. In the