Corey Wayne Brewer is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the Florida Gators, winning back-to-back NCAA national championships in 2006 and 2007, he was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2007 NCAA tournament. Brewer was born in Tennessee, he attended Portland High School. As a senior in the 2003–04 season, Brewer averaged 29.4 points and 12.8 rebounds per game and was named the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association Class 2A "Mr. Basketball", McDonald's All American, a fourth-team Parade All-American. Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Brewer was listed as the No. 7 small forward and the No. 31 player in the nation in 2004. Brewer accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida, where he played for coach Billy Donovan's Florida Gators men's basketball team from 2004 to 2007. Brewer was one of four key freshman members of Donovan's 2004 recruiting class who would have a dramatic impact on the Gators' fortunes over the next three seasons.
Propelled by the 2004 class, the Gators would win the first three SEC basketball tournament championships in team history, two back-to-back NCAA Tournament national championships with the same starting line-up. Brewer recorded the first triple-double in Gators team history on December 18, 2005, posting 15 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists, he was projected by ESPN.com's Chad Ford to be a lottery pick to mid-first round pick in the 2006 NBA draft if he had entered the draft that year. However, along with teammates Joakim Noah and Al Horford announced at the championship pep rally that they would be returning for their junior seasons in pursuit of their second NCAA Tournament championship. Following the Gators' second NCAA championship, Brewer chose to enter the NBA draft on April 5, 2007 along with teammates Noah and Horford. Brewer was selected seventh overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2007 NBA draft. Due to the retirement of the No. 2 jersey in Minnesota worn by the deceased Malik Sealy, Brewer expressed the desire to wear No. 22 instead.
He adopted the No. 22 for the season's summer leagues, in Las Vegas, Nevada. On December 1, 2008, it was announced that Brewer had sustained an ACL tear and would miss the rest of the 2008–09 NBA season. On February 22, 2011, Brewer was traded to the New York Knicks in a three-way blockbuster trade that brought Carmelo Anthony from the Nuggets to New York. On March 1, 2011, he was waived by the Knicks without playing a game for them. On March 3, 2011, Brewer signed a three-year, $8 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks, he went on to win his first NBA Championship with the Mavericks when they defeated the Miami Heat in six games in the 2011 NBA Finals. On December 13, 2011, Brewer and Rudy Fernández were traded to the Denver Nuggets for a future second-round pick. On July 12, 2013, Brewer signed a reported three-year, $15 million contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, returning to the franchise for a second stint. On April 11, 2014, Brewer scored a career-high 51 points in a 112–110 win over the Houston Rockets.
In doing so he joined Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson and Rick Barry as the only players to record 50-plus points and 6-plus steals in one game. He tied Kevin Love's then-franchise record for most points in a game. On December 19, 2014, Brewer was acquired by the Houston Rockets in a three-team trade that involved the Timberwolves and the Philadelphia 76ers. Three days he made his debut for the Rockets against the Portland Trail Blazers. In just under 23 minutes of action off the bench, he recorded 12 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals and 1 block in a 110–95 win. On February 21, 2015, he recorded season-highs of 26 points and 10 rebounds in a 98–76 win over the Toronto Raptors. On July 14, 2015, Brewer re-signed with the Rockets to a three-year, $23.4 million contract. On January 22, 2016, he picked up the team's starting small forward role. On February 4, in his ninth start of the season, Brewer scored a season-high 24 points in a 111–105 win over the Phoenix Suns. On February 23, 2017, Brewer was traded, along with a 2017 first round draft pick, to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Lou Williams.
On February 28, 2018, he was waived by the Lakers after reaching a buyout agreement. On March 3, 2018, Brewer signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder. On March 16, 2018, he scored 22 points and matched a career high with six steals in a 121–113 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. On January 15, 2019, Brewer signed a 10-day contract with the Philadelphia 76ers. On January 25, he signed a second 10-day contract with the 76ers. Following the expiration of his second 10-day contract, the 76ers parted ways with Brewer, deciding not to sign him for the rest of the season. On February 8, 2019, Brewer signed a 10-day contract with the Sacramento Kings, he went on to sign a second 10-day contract on February 18, a rest-of-season contract on February 28. List of Florida Gators in the NBA Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com Brewer's official website Florida Gators bio
The Academic All-America program is a student-athlete recognition program. The program selects an honorary sports team composed of the most outstanding student-athletes of a specific season for positions in various sports—who in turn are given the honorific "Academic All-American". Since 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-American recognition on male and female athletes in Divisions I, II, III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association as well as NAIA athletes, covering all championship sports; the award honors student-athletes who have performed well academically while competing for their institution. It is sponsored by and presented as the Google Cloud Academic All-America® Award, having been sponsored by Capital One, ESPN The Magazine, Verizon and GTE, is administered by the College Sports Information Directors of America; the award was known as the CoSIDA Academic All-America until 1985. The phrases "Academic All-America" and "Academic All-American" are protected trademarks of CoSIDA.
Prior to 2011, there were two sets of teams chosen: One for Division I and one for all other Divisions, NAIA, two-year colleges and Canadian schools. In 2011, the program was expanded to include four sets of honorary teams: one for each of NCAA Divisions I, II and III as well as a "College Division" for NAIA, two-year colleges and Canadian schools; the College Division was dissolved after the 2017–18 school year and replaced by an NAIA division restricted to members of that governing body. In each program, regional Academic All-District selections are made with the first-team All-District selections being eligible for Academic All-America team selections. CoSIDA is responsible for the annual selection of 816 Academic All-Americans in men's baseball, football and track & field/cross country and women's basketball, softball and track & field/cross country, as well as at-large teams for both men and women in Division I, II and III and NAIA in all NCAA championship sports; the sports that CoSIDA recognizes as eligible for at-large Academic All-American recognition are men's and women's golf, ice hockey, lacrosse and diving, water polo.
Athletes in each sport are selected by their respective governing bodies On May 7, 2018, Google Cloud was announced as the title sponsor of the Academic All-America program. Capital One had become the previous named sponsor of the program on January 31, 2011. CoSIDA has registered a trademark for the name, "Academic All-America" which it uses for its student-athlete recognition program; the Academic All-America program administered by CoSIDA is not related to such programs administered or sponsored by coaches' organizations. As a result and desist orders have been granted to protect the trademark at times. Various sports that have similar programs have had to use names such as All-Academic to recognize scholar athletes. Prior to the relationship with Capital One, the Academic All-American Award has had other named corporate sponsors such as ESPN, Verizon and Verizon's corporate predecessor GTE who were sponsors from 1985 until the mid-2000s. In 1981, the National Collegiate Athletic Association sponsored the program.
From 1985 until the 1999–2000 academic year the honorees were called GTE All-Americans, but during the 2000–01 academic year they became known as Verizon All-Americans when Verizon acquired GTE. Verizon continued to be the named sponsor through the 2003–04 academic year when they did not renew their rights. ESPN the Magazine became the sponsor during the 2004–05 academic year and remained sponsor until September 2010. Fall 2010 teams, continued to bear the ESPN sponsorship name. Capital one took over the sponsorship in January 2011. Team selections were composed of both a University Division, made up of Division I participants, a College Division, made up of Division II, Division III, NAIA, 2-year colleges. First and third team selections are made for both divisions in most Academic All-America programs. However, the football programs only select a second team; the football University Division includes both Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision. In 2011, the program was expanded to incorporate four sets of teams: Division I, Division II, Division III and a College Division that included NAIA institutions, two-year colleges and Canadian schools.
After the 2018 award cycle, the College Division was replaced by a dedicated NAIA division, two-year schools and Canadian institutions that were not members of the NCAA or NAIA were removed from the program. Nominations must be made on the CoSIDA website by a current dues-paying member with a CoSIDA-issued user name and password for the academic year at issue. Nominations were made by pen and ink and with typewritten nominations; the CoSIDA members nominate student-athletes only from the academic institution that they are affiliated with. The nominees must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average at his/her current institution. Nominees must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games at the position listed on the nomination form. In baseball and softball, pitchers must have at least 10.0 innings pitched. Nominees are ineligible until the completion of one full calendar ye
Gawen DeAngelo "Bonzi" Wells is an American former professional basketball player. He was drafted in the 1998 NBA Draft. In the NBA, Wells played for five teams from 1998 to 2008: the Portland Trail Blazers, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, New Orleans Hornets. Wells attended Muncie Central High School and went on to play at Ball State University in Muncie. There he was named the Mid-American Conference Freshman Player of the Year in the 1994–1995 season. Wells broke Ron Harper's conference record of 2,377 career points on a one-handed dunk against Northern Illinois on February 21, 1998; the dunk sent the sell-out crowd at University Arena into a frenzy. A timeout was called and Wells was awarded the game ball by Ball State president John Worthen. Wells led the Mid-American Conference in steals in 1998 with 73, averaging 3.55 steals in 29 games. Wells led the conference in steals during all four years at Ball State and finished his career as the Mid-American Conference all-time career records in points and steals.
While at Ball State he averaged 21.4 PPG, 3 SPG, 7.3 RPG. He was selected eleventh overall by the Detroit Pistons in the 1998 NBA Draft, but he never played for the Pistons as his draft rights were traded to the Portland Trail Blazers for the Blazers' 1999 first round pick. Six years Ball State would retire his jersey number, 42, in recognition of his achievements; as a swingman in Portland, Wells achieved career highs in scoring and improved somewhat on defense, picked up what some would call a bad-boy image while sharing the role of co-captain with Rasheed Wallace. Bonzi, did have his share of on- and off-court incidents. During his tenure with the Blazers, Bonzi was suspended for two games for publicly cursing at his coach after being taken out of a game. Bonzi was fined in a separate incident for making an obscene gesture to a fan in a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers; when asked by a media reporter about the incident, he said, "I black out sometimes." Wells was suspended one game without pay and fined $10,000 for intentionally striking and verbally abusing an official in 2000.
Bonzi and teammate Erick Barkley in 2001 were cited for criminal trespass after they refused to follow the order of an officer to leave the scene of a fight near a downtown nightclub. This only went to further the team's derisive nickname, The Jail Blazers. Trail Blazers management made an oath to the City of Portland to have a team of upstanding Portlanders and drastically restructured the team. In an exchange that emphasized the urgency to release Wells, he was sent to the Memphis Grizzlies in a trade for reserve guard Wesley Person. Bonzi's legacy in Portland has been positive, he set the franchise record for most points scored in a playoff game at 45 against the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 2003 NBA Playoffs. The co-captains would carry the sixth-seeded Trail Blazers to a decisive Game 7 versus the Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki led three-seeded Mavericks; the Mavericks won the series, thirteen games into the following season Wells was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies for Wesley Person and a 2004 first-round pick.
The unorthodox coaching methods of Hubie Brown and his strict 10-man rotation limited Wells to just under 25 minutes per game for the Grizzlies. This tactic helped. After Brown quit as coach midway through the 2004–05 season, Mike Fratello took over as head coach, it appeared Wells was going to be given a chance to pose a threat on the court. This would not come to be, highlighted by the fact that Wells played a total of 27 minutes in the Grizzlies' second playoff appearance in 2005. Citing undisclosed reasons, Fratello suspended him for Game 2 of the series against the powerhouse Phoenix Suns, he returned in Game 3. Wells did not dress for the series-ending Game 4. Prior to the start of the 2005–06 NBA season, Wells was acquired from the Grizzlies by the Kings in a trade for point guard Bobby Jackson and center Greg Ostertag, he was forced to change his jersey number from 6 to 42 upon arrival. In Sacramento the number 6 has been retired in honor of the fans, as in they are the "sixth man" of the team.
In the early part of the season, Wells had been a rebounding force for the Kings, recording career-best numbers in rebounds, while recording excellent assists and steals totals. In the playoffs, Wells was productive, averaging 23.2 points and 12 rebounds per game in 6 games against the San Antonio Spurs, though the Kings lost the series. When Wells entered free agency at the closing of the season, teammate Ron Artest offered to forgo his entire salary in order to keep him on the team; the day before the 2006 training camp began, Wells signed with the Houston Rockets, with a salary of "only" $2 million in the initial season. This was considered to be a great bargain for the Rockets, as Wells had turned down a 5-year, $38.5 million offer from the Kings. Wells missed the beginning of training camp recovering from a groin injury, missed several days following dental work. In addition, he was absent on more than one occasion for "personal reasons". Wells played only 30 minutes total, scoring only six points, in the Rockets' second and third games of the season.
Wells was not pleased with his playing time, neither was coach Jeff Van Gundy with Wells' weight and lack of conditioning. Van Gundy placed Wells on the inactive list, dismissed him from team practices for over a month, relegated him to working with trainers and on the exercise bicycle to improve his conditioning. Unsatisfied with his progress, Van Gundy told him
Javaris Cortez Crittenton is an American former professional basketball player who played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association, the Zhejiang Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association, the Dakota Wizards of the NBA D-League. He was the starting point guard for the Georgia Tech men's basketball team. After pleading guilty to manslaughter in 2015, he was sentenced to 23 years in prison. Crittenton was born to Sonya Dixon in Georgia, he attended Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, where, as a high school sophomore, he played alongside Dwight Howard. Crittenton and Howard led Southwest Atlanta to victory in the GHSA class A state championship that season; as a junior, in 2005, Crittenton averaged 28.4 points, 7.5 assists, 8.2 rebounds. He once again led Southwest Atlanta to the GHSA class A state finals, where they lost to powerhouse Randolph-Clay; as a senior, Crittenton averaged 29 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds, led Southwest Atlanta to the GHSA class A semi-finals against Randolph-Clay.
After dismissing Randolph-Clay they headed to the championship game once again. This time they were successful in beating rivals. Following the season he was named a McDonald's All American, he was named Mr. Georgia Basketball by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Crittenton carried a 3.5 GPA in high school, was a member of the Future Business Leaders of America and the Senior Beta Club. While at Georgia Tech, Crittenton excelled and was considered a team leader, a rare accolade for a freshman. Tech coach Paul Hewitt urged Crittenton to take over a leadership role on the team after his play in several games in February 2007, he recorded a career high of 29 points in a February 13 game against Florida State. After a single season, he left school to go pro. Crittenton was drafted with the 19th pick in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. During an NBA Summer League game on July 8, 2007, he had 18 points, including a game winning jump-shot with 1.6 seconds left in the game.
In the Lakers' first preseason game against the Golden State Warriors in Honolulu, Crittenton had 18 points along with one assist in a 111–110 loss. On February 1, 2008, Crittenton was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies along with Kwame Brown, Aaron McKie, rights to Marc Gasol and 2008 and 2010 first round draft picks for Pau Gasol and a 2010 second round draft pick. On April 2, 2008, as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies, Crittenton had a career high of 23 points in a 130–114 win over the New York Knicks. On December 10, 2008, Crittenton was part of a three-team trade that sent him to the Washington Wizards along with Mike James from the New Orleans Hornets. In exchange the Wizards sent a conditional first-round draft pick to the Memphis Grizzlies and Antonio Daniels to the Hornets. In December 2009, Crittenton and teammate Gilbert Arenas were involved in a locker room confrontation involving guns. In a recent interview, former Washington Wizards teammate Caron Butler stated that "you never know, that's the crazy thing about it" when questioned if there was going to be a triggered pulled in the incident between Crittenton and Arenas.
On January 25, 2010 Crittenton pleaded guilty and was given a year of probation on a misdemeanor gun possession charge stemming from this incident. Two days Crittenton and Arenas were suspended for the rest of the season by NBA commissioner David Stern. Crittenton had not played a single minute, he was released by the Wizards following the suspension. On September 22, 2010, the Charlotte Bobcats signed him to a non-guaranteed contract, they released him three weeks on October 15. In December 2010, Crittenton played five games for the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association, he averaged 25.8 points per game. In February 2011, Crittenton joined the Dakota Wizards of the NBA D-League, he played 21 games for the minor league team, including five starts. On August 26, 2011, Crittenton was charged with the August 19 murder of Jullian Jones, a 22-year-old mother of four. Atlanta Police Department indicated. Jones was died during surgery. Crittenton was arrested by the FBI in John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California on August 29, while waiting to board a flight back to Atlanta.
His lawyer stated that Crittenton's sole purpose for the trip to Atlanta was to surrender himself to custody. Crittenton was extradited to Atlanta to stand trial for the murder. After his arrest, he denied any involvement. Crittenton was released on a $230,000 bond. Crittenton and his cousin Douglas Gamble were indicted on April 2, 2013 on 12 counts in connection with Jones' death, including charges of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, giving false statements, attempted murder, participation in criminal street gang activity. Crittenton joined the Crips after signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Fulton County assistant district attorney Gabe Banks, also shot at Demontinez Stephens earlier in August 2011; the target in both shootings was Trontavious Stephens, Demontinez's brother and a member of the R. O. C. Crew, part of the Bloods. While out on bond on the murder charges, Crittenton was arrested pursuant to a January 10, 2014, indictment of him and 13 other persons who were accused of selling multi-kilo quantities of cocaine and several hundred pounds of marijuana.
Joakim Simon Noah is a professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association. Born in New York City to a Swedish mother and a French father, he holds American and French citizenship, he played college basketball for the Florida Gators, winning back-to-back NCAA championships in 2006 and 2007. The Chicago Bulls selected Noah with the ninth overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft. Noah is a two-time NBA All-Star and was named to the All-NBA First Team in 2014 when he was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Noah was born in New York City, to French singer and former world No. 3 tennis player Yannick Noah, winner of the French Open in 1983, Cécilia Rodhe, Miss Sweden and fourth runner-up at Miss Universe 1978. His grandfather Zacharie Noah was a Cameroonian professional football player, winner of the Coupe de France in 1961. Noah lived in Paris, France from 1988 to 1998 and returned to New York City at age 13, he played high school basketball for the United Nations International School, Poly Prep Country Day School and Lawrenceville School.
Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Noah was listed as the No. 19 power forward and the No. 75 player in the nation in 2004. Noah accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida, where he played for coach Billy Donovan's Florida Gators men's basketball team from 2004 to 2007. Noah was a member of Donovan's 2004 recruiting class, a group that included four freshmen who would have a dramatic impact on the Gators basketball program during the next three seasons. During his 2004–05 freshman year, he played 9.4 minutes per game and averaged only 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. During Noah's 2005–06 sophomore year, he was listed as power forward but was moved to center to replace Al Horford, in that position he led his team in points and blocks, while ranking second in rebounds behind teammate Al Horford. Unknown at the beginning of the season, Noah's projected draft position improved over time. By the end of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, he had declared for the 2006 NBA draft.
However, along with teammates Al Horford and Corey Brewer, announced at the Gators' national championship celebration that they would return for their junior seasons. Noah and the Florida Gators would go on to repeat as 2006–07 national champions. Noah was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament's Minneapolis Regional after leading the Gators over top-seeded Villanova in the final game with 26 points, 15 rebounds, 5 blocks. On April 3, 2006, 2006 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship Game Noah paced the Gators to a 73–57 victory over the UCLA Bruins for the school's first NCAA basketball championship and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. In the final game, he scored 16 points, made 9 rebounds, blocked a championship game record 6 shots; the next year after the Gators won the 2006 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, they went forward to the next year with five returning starters. Noah started off the tournament with 17 points and 12 rebounds in 24 minutes of play in a win vs. the Jackson State Tigers.
In the second round, Noah scored nine points and had nine rebounds in a win vs. the Purdue Boilermakers. The Purdue game, Butler Bulldogs game, Ohio State championship game were the only three games he did not have double digit rebounds in the tournament, he had a tournament high, 14 points and 14 rebounds in the Elite Eight in a win vs. the Oregon Ducks. In the championship game vs. the Ohio State Buckeyes, he was in a match-up against the future 2007 NBA Draft number one pick, Greg Oden. Regardless, he was still able to score eight points and grab three rebounds, although getting into foul trouble, he was perfect from the free throw line, making six shots on six attempts. With the help of Noah on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, the Florida Gators were able to win their second championship in two years; the Chicago Bulls selected Noah as the ninth overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft. Noah and his teammates at Florida, Corey Brewer and Al Horford, became the highest-picked trio from the same college in the history of the NBA.
Horford was chosen third overall by the Atlanta Hawks, Brewer was chosen seventh overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves. On November 6, 2007, Noah made his regular season debut off the bench after missing the first three games with a sprained ankle, he had 4 rebounds. Noah had a rocky start with his team after being given a suspension by a unanimous vote from his teammates in January 2008. Noah averaged 7.6 rebounds per game during the 2008 -- 09 regular season. Noah played a key role in Game 6 of the 2009 Eastern Conference first-round playoff series between the Bulls and the Boston Celtics. In the final minute of the game's third overtime period, with the score tied at 123–123, he stole the ball from Paul Pierce and dribbled down the court for a dunk, drawing Pierce's sixth foul in the process; the Bulls went on to win the game 128–127, though they would lose the series in Game 7. During the 2009 -- 10 season, Noah averaged 11.0 rebounds per game. He only played 64 games due to injury; the Bulls once again made the playoffs.
In the playoffs, Noah averaged 14.8 points per game and 13.0 rebounds, but the Bulls lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round in five games. On October 4, 2010, Noah signed a five-year, $60 million contract extension with the Bulls. On December 15, 2010, the Bulls announced that due to ligament damage in Noah's hand, he would have surgery and miss 8 to 10 wee
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.
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Iowa State Cyclones men's basketball
The Iowa State Cyclones men's basketball team represents Iowa State University and competes in the Big 12 Conference of NCAA Division I. The team is coached by Steve Prohm, in his 4th year at Iowa State; the Cyclones play their home games at Hilton Coliseum on Iowa State's campus. From 1907 to 1928, the Cyclones played in the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association, managing a few winning records in-conference but no championships. In 1929, the Cyclones named Louis Menze as head coach. Over the next 19 years, Menze would lead the Cyclones to four conference championships. Two of these teams earned consideration for the eight-team NCAA Tournament. Three years the 1944 team beat Pepperdine to reach the semifinals in the tournament proper before losing its next game against eventual champion Utah, good for a spot in history as a Final Four participant. After Menze's last conference win in 1945 and subsequent resignation as coach in 1947, the Cyclones floated between the bottom and the middle of the conference for decades, their main claim to fame being two wins of the conference's annual "Holiday Tournament", played between Christmas and New Year's Day in Kansas City, in 1955 and 1959.
Neither these tournament wins, nor their regular season performances, qualified the Cyclones for postseason play in the 33 years between Menze's and Johnny Orr's stints in the head coaching position. However, the 1957 Cyclones were ranked #3 in the nation after handing Wilt Chamberlain's #1 Kansas its first loss. Gary Thompson outscored Chamberlain, while Don Medsker held Chamberlain to a career low in scoring and hit the game winner at the buzzer. No. 3 remains the school's highest-ever national ranking. From the introduction of the Big Eight's postseason tournament in 1977 until Johnny Orr's fifth season in 1985, the Cyclones did not advance past their first game. In 1971, Maury John left Drake University to move to Iowa State. John led Drake to the 1969 NCAA Final Four and the Elite Eight in 1970 NCAA Tournament and 1971 NCAA Tournament. John inherited an Iowa State team, 5-21 the previous season. John was excited about the new Hilton Coliseum and led Iowa State to a 12-14 record in 1971-1972 and a 16-10 record in 1972-1973, a 15 year best.
On Dec. 2, 1971, in the first game played at Hilton Coliseum, John led the Cyclones to a victory over Arizona 71-54. Said Cyclone announcer Eric Heft, a player for Coach John: "The place was sold out for the Arizona game and we doubled the capacity of season tickets from the season before. We didn't have all the fanfare you have today, it was my first game and Maury John's first game as the head Cyclone coach as well."In the 1973-74 season, Iowa State was off to a 4-1 start. But, John sat out the remainder of the 1973-74 season after a cancer diagnosis. Assistant Gus Guydon finished the season. In October 1973, John had seen a doctor after having health concerns. Two months on the day his Iowa State team lost at Drake, John was told he had an inoperable malignant tumor at the base of his esophagus. "It was a bolt out of the blue for someone who lived his life free of smoking or drinking," His son John said later. "There was high stress. But he was always healthy."John was optimistic about returning to Iowa State in 1974-75, but his health worsened and he resigned on July 30, 1974.
John said "It's going to be hard for me not to be on that bench. I won't have to sweat out all those games down on the floor, but truthfully, I'd rather be down there sweating them out." John died on October 15, 1974 at the age of 55. During a 28‐year coaching career, John had a 528-214 record. Johnny Orr came to Iowa State from Michigan in 1980. Iowa State's athletics director had called Orr to inquire about Michigan assistant Bill Frieder; when Orr learned of the salary Iowa State would offer Frieder, he negotiated the Iowa State head coaching job for himself. Orr is credited with building "Hilton Magic" and laying the foundation for Iowa State's success in men's basketball. A number of Cyclone greats played for Orr, including Jeff Grayer, Barry Stevens, walk-on Jeff Hornacek, Lafester Rhodes, Justus Thigpen, Victor Alexander, Fred Hoiberg, Julius Michalik, Loren Meyer, many of whom would go on to success in the NBA. Orr's first team, led by junior forward Robert Estes produced a lackluster 9–18 record.
Freshman forward Ron Harris, whom Orr considered his first prominent Cyclone recruit, contributed per-game averages of 13.7 points and 5.9 rebounds. Led by sophomore Ron Harris and freshman recruit Barry Stevens of Flint, Orr's 1981–82 team finished the season with a 10–17 overall record and a 5–9 record in Big Eight play. Harris gave the Cyclones 13.3 points per game. Senior Robert Estes added 10.3 points per game. The Cyclones improved to a 13–15 overall record in the 1982–83 season, but again finished 5–9 in conference play. Many of the Cyclone faithful regard sophomore Barry Stevens' buzzer-beating shot against 10th-ranked Missouri during the 1982–83 season as the foundational example of "Hilton Magic." Stevens tallied per-game averages of 5.2 rebounds for the season. Ron Harris contributed 14.3 points per game. Orr's 1983–84 team recorded the first winning season of his tenure at Iowa State—and the first winning season for Cyclone basketball since Lynn Nance's 1977–78 team finished 14–13—with a 16–13 overall mark and a 6–8 record in conference play.
The Cyclones played in the 1984 National Invitation Tou