Steven Smith (basketball)
Steven Alexander Smith is an American professional basketball player. He is a 6'9" tall power forward, he played college basketball for the La Salle University. Smith is a graduate of Northeast High School, La Salle University, where he won the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Award twice, in the years 2005 and 2006, while playing the La Salle's men's basketball team, the Explorers. After starting the 2006-07 NBA season with the Philadelphia 76ers, Smith was waived in January 2007. In eight total NBA games, he averaged 0.8 rebounds per game. He played for the Anaheim Arsenal of the D-League during the 2007-08 season. In February 2008, he joined the Italian League pro club Solsonica Rieti and finished the 2007-08 season there, he signed with the Greek League pro club Kolossos Rodou for the 2008-09 season. After averaging 18.3 points per game in 21 games, he suffered an Achilles tendon rupture and missed the rest of the season. In August 2010, he signed with the German Eurocup team EWE Baskets Oldenburg, but he was released in December.
He played in Greece with Panellinios, with Panathinaikos. On March 24, 2014 he was signed by the Austin Toros. On August 8, 2014 he was signed by French team Bourg-en-Bresse. On August 19, 2015, he signed with Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez. On June 23, 2016, Smith signed with Champagne Châlons-Reims. On October 2, 2017, Smith signed in Argentina with Quimsa of the Liga Nacional de Básquet. NBA.com Profile NBA Stats NBA D-League Stats FIBA.com Profile Euroleague.net Profile Eurobasket.com Profile Draftexpress.com Profile Spanish League Stats Italian League Profile
David West (basketball)
David Moorer West is an American retired professional basketball player who played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the Xavier Musketeers, earning national college player of the year honors from the Associated Press and United States Basketball Writers Association as a senior in 2003. West is a two-time NBA champion. West attended Garner Magnet High School in Garner, North Carolina and Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia; as a senior in 1998–99, he earned first-team all-state honors playing for Hargrave. In his freshman season at Xavier, West was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team after leading the A-10 in rebounding and finishing fourth on the Musketeers in scoring. In his sophomore season, West led Xavier in scoring and blocks, he recorded five 20-point, 20-rebound games throughout the 2000–01 season as he earned his first A-10 Player of the Year award. In his junior season, West was named the A-10 Player of the Year and the league's Defensive Player of the Year, while winning A-10 Tournament MVP honors.
He averaged 9.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game, recorded the first triple-double in school history with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Long Island University. In his senior season, West garnered two of the five major college basketball Player of the Year honors, being named AP National Player of the Year and National Player of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association, he became the first three-time Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, was named first-team All-America by the Associated Press in 2002–03. In addition, he became just the third player in Xavier history to surpass 2,000 points and only the second to eclipse 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, joining Tyrone Hill. In October 2007, Sports Illustrated released Sports Illustrated: The Basketball Book, which featured West on its NCAA All-Decade Team for the decade beginning in 2000, he was joined by Connecticut's Emeka Okafor and three Duke players, Jay Williams, J. J. Redick and Shane Battier. West was drafted by the New Orleans Hornets with the 18th overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft.
After recording modest production in his first two seasons, in 2005–06, West enjoyed a breakthrough as he averaged 17.4 points and 7.4 rebounds with a.512 FG% in 74 games. That year, he finished second in the voting for the NBA Most Improved Player Award, behind Boris Diaw of the Phoenix Suns, he saw some time at center, due to the team's lack of a true big man and demonstrated an ability to perform under pressure, as he converted three game-winning jump shots. In 2006 -- 07, West ended the season averaging 8.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Despite missing 30 games due to an elbow injury, West recorded five games of 30 or more points and 13 games of 20 or more points. West again increased his statistical production in 2007–08, was selected to his first NBA All-Star Game as a reserve, along with teammate Chris Paul. Paul stated that he would rather not play with a power forward in the league other than West, because "he's not in it for the spotlight, all he cares about is getting buckets."
West reinforced his desire to be a team player in a 2008 postseason interview, saying that he does not care about being overlooked but would rather "play and be as effective as possible" when he is out on the court. In 2008–09, West repeated as an all-star and posted a new career high by scoring 21.0 points per game. On March 25, 2011, during one of the Hornets' last games of the season against the Utah Jazz, West came down awkwardly after a dunk; the event occurred with 22.3 seconds left in the fourth quarter. West tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and was ruled out for the rest of the season. On June 27, 2011, West opted out of the final year of his contract to become a free agent. On December 13, 2011, West signed a two-year, $20 million contract with the Indiana Pacers. On January 12, 2013, West recorded his first career triple-double with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in the 96-88 win over the Charlotte Bobcats. On July 10, 2013, West re-signed with the Pacers to a three-year, $36.6 million contract.
In June 2015, he opted out of his contract with the Pacers to become a free agent. On July 17, 2015, West signed with the San Antonio Spurs, he made his debut for the Spurs in the team's season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder on October 28, recording 8 points and 2 rebounds off the bench in a 112–106 loss. On January 6, 2016, starting in place of LaMarcus Aldridge, recorded season-highs of 18 points and 13 rebounds in a 123–98 win over the Utah Jazz, helping the Spurs extend its franchise-record home winning streak to 30 straight regular-season games dating to 2014–15. On July 9, 2016, West signed with the Golden State Warriors. West emerged as a key bench player for the Warriors for his skilled passing abilities. Throughout January and February 2017, West missed 14 games with a non-displaced fracture in his left thumb. On March 29, 2017, West recorded a season-high 15 points and a game-high plus-23 in a large comeback win against the San Antonio Spurs; the Warriors finished the season as the first seed in the West with a 67–15 record.
Following a 129–115 victory in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals over the Spurs, the Warriors were undefeated in the first three playoff series, reaching their third straight NBA Finals series. West played in every playoff game, as the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 4–1 in the 2017 NBA Finals; the Warriors' 16–1 playoff record was the best postseason winning percentage in NBA history. On Ju
Naismith College Player of the Year
The Naismith College Player of the Year is an annual basketball award given by the Atlanta Tipoff Club to the top men's and women's collegiate basketball players. It is named in honor of the inventor of Dr. James Naismith. First awarded to male players in 1969, the award was expanded to include female players in 1983. Annually before the college season begins in November, a "watchlist" consisting of 50 players is chosen by the Atlanta Tipoff Club board of selectors, comprising head coaches and media members from across the United States. By February, the list of nominees is narrowed down to 30 players based on performance. In March, four out of the 30 players are placed in the final ballot; the final winners are selected in April by both the board of selectors and fan voting via text messaging. The winners receive the Naismith Trophy. Since its beginning in 1969, the trophy has been awarded to 23 female players. Lew Alcindor of the University of California, Los Angeles and Anne Donovan of Old Dominion University were the first winners, respectively.
Bill Walton of UCLA and Ralph Sampson of the University of Virginia have been the only men to win this award multiple times, with both winning three times. Eight women in all have won this award multiple times. Cheryl Miller of the University of Southern California and Breanna Stewart of the University of Connecticut are the only three-times winners, while seven others won it twice: Clarissa Davis of the University of Texas, Dawn Staley of the University of Virginia, Chamique Holdsclaw of the University of Tennessee, Diana Taurasi and Maya Moore of the University of Connecticut, Seimone Augustus of Louisiana State University, Brittney Griner of Baylor University. Davis and Moore are the only ones of either sex to have won multiple times in non-consecutive years. Two award winners were born in United States territories: Alfred "Butch" Lee, born in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Tim Duncan, born in the U. S. Virgin Islands; the only three award winners who have been born outside the jurisdiction of the United States were: Andrew Bogut, born in Melbourne, Australia.
Patrick Ewing, born in Kingston, Jamaica. Buddy Hield, born in Freeport, Bahamas. Three of these players were developed at least in the U. S. proper—Lee was raised in Harlem from early childhood, Ewing immigrated to the Boston area at age 12, Hield attended high school in suburban Wichita, Kansas. Duncan did not move to the U. S. proper until he arrived at Wake Forest University, Bogut lived in Australia until his arrival at the University of Utah. Duke has had the most male winners with eight, while Connecticut has had the most female winners, with ten awards won by six individuals; the award has been won by a freshman three times: Kevin Durant playing for Texas in 2007, in 2012 by Anthony Davis of Kentucky and Zion Williamson of Duke in 2019 List of U. S. men's college basketball national player of the year awards Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award Official website
Harper Terry Williams is a retired American basketball player and a current administrative assistant on the Auburn Tigers coaching staff. He played professionally for 17 years, including ten in Spain's Liga ACB. Williams, a 6'8" power forward from Bridgeport, led Bassick High School to a 29-0 undefeated state championship season as a senior and was named 1989 Connecticut player of the year, he went to the University of Massachusetts to play for coach John Calipari, where he became one of the key players in the Minutemen's resurgence. Williams led the Minutemen to two straight Atlantic 10 Tournament titles as a junior and senior in 1992 and 1993 - their first in thirty years - and was tournament MVP in both events. In 1992, the Minutemen advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. Williams was named first team All-Atlantic 10 his last two seasons and was the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year in 1992, he finished his career with 854 rebounds. Following his UMass career, Williams was not drafted in the 1993 NBA Draft.
He instead began a long international career in Spain with Elmar León of Liga ACB. Williams would play ten total seasons in ACB, he was a league All-Star in 2003 with Manresa. He ranks in the top 30 all-time in the Liga ACB in points and blocked shots, he led the league in blocked shots in 2002. Williams played in the top leagues in France and Italy and was named an All-Star in Greece's HEBA A1 and in France's LNB Pro A, he played in Mexico and Brazil in the latter stages of his career. On September 9, 2011, Williams was named as an administrative assistant on former UMass teammate Tony Barbee's staff at Auburn. Italian League profile Auburn coaching profile
VCU Rams men's basketball
The VCU Rams men's basketball team is the intercollegiate men's basketball team that represents Virginia Commonwealth University. The Rams joined the Atlantic 10 Conference in the 2012–13 season after competing in the Colonial Athletic Association. In 2017, VCU was ranked the fortieth most valuable men's basketball program in the country by The Wall Street Journal. With a valuation of $56.9 million, VCU ranks second in the Commonwealth of Virginia, second in the A10 Conference. The team is coached by Mike Rhoades. Since 1999, the team has played home basketball games at the E. J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center in Richmond, Virginia on the university's Monroe Park campus. Virginia Commonwealth has made it to the NCAA Final Four once in its program's history, in 2011. Additionally, the Rams have nine conference tournaments; the Rams have won ten regular season championships. The official student supporter group is known as the Rowdy Rams; the team is known for its Final Four run in the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.
While the team had made nine NCAA Tournament appearances beforehand, never had the Rams made it beyond the second round of the tournament. In 2011, the Rams' journey to the Final Four began in one of the four opening round games called "play-in" games, intended to narrow the field from 68 to 64 teams. Thus, VCU became the first team to advance from the "First Four" to the Final Four. VCU reached the NCAA tournament a state record seven consecutive times from 2011–2017; the VCU Rams men's basketball program was founded in 1968, at the same time as the merger of the Richmond Professional Institute and the Medical College of Virginia. In the 1968–69 season as an independent team, the program played its first season. Coached by Benny Dees and assisted by Landy Watson and Vann Brackin for their first two seasons, Dees led the team to two winning records, before being replaced by Chuck Noe, it would take 10 more seasons before the Rams appeared in a postseason tournament, earning a berth into the 1978 National Invitation Tournament being eliminated in the first round by the University of Detroit.
Under the coaching of J. D. Barnett, the Rams earned fourth berths into the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship, each being their first four berths, the first coming in 1980. During Barnett's six years coaching the team, only twice did the Rams not win the Sun Belt Conference; the Rams became the first team to sweep the best of 3 championship series in the CBI post-season tournament on their way to becoming the 2010 CBI Champions. It is the first post-season tournament championship, excluding conference tournaments, in the history of the program. VCU received their first bid to the NCAA Tournament in the 1979–1980 season with an 18–12 overall record and Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championship led by first-year VCU Head Coach J. D. Barnett in VCU's first season in the Sun Belt, they entered the tournament as a #12 seed in the East Region and were eliminated in the first round by #5 Iowa. It would not be long before the Rams returned to the tournament; the following year the Rams posted a 24–5 record on their way to the Sun Belt Conference regular season and Conference Tournament Championships.
The Rams entered the tournament as the #5 seed in the East region and defeated #12 Long Island before being eliminated by #4 Tennessee in overtime in the second round 56–58. The Rams would return to the tournament in 1983; the Rams, the #5 seed in the East region, defeated #12 seed La Salle in the first round and were eliminated in the second round by #4 seed Georgia 54–56. The Rams lost their second-round game by the same margin to #4 Tennessee in 1981; the 1984 tournament held similar results for the Rams squad. They entered the tournament as a #6 seed in the East Region and defeated #11 Northeastern before being eliminated by #3 Syracuse, it should be noted that the second-round losses in the NCAA Tournament by VCU in 1981, 1983, 1984 were to teams with first-round byes before the tournament expanded to 64 teams for the 1984–1985 season and byes were eliminated. In the 1984–85 season the Rams once again made it to the newly expanded 1985 NCAA Tournament; the Rams entered the tournament as the #2 seed in the West region, the highest seeding they have received in the tournament.
The Rams defeated #15 Marshall in the first round, but their luck had not changed in the second-round and they were upset by #7 Alabama 63–59. During his tenure, Head Coach J. D Barnett led VCU and the Rams to five NCAA Tournament appearances while capturing four Sun Belt regular season conference championships and three Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championships, he was 132–48 overall and 59–19 in conference play during his time at VCU. The Rams next stint in the post-season came under Head Coach Mike Pollio in the 1988 NIT Tournament where they would reach the quarter-finals before falling to UConn 60–69; the Rams posted wins over Marshall and Southern Mississippi in the first and second rounds, respectively. The Rams remained in the Sun Belt Conference until 1991. VCU was left out of the 1995 merger of the Metro and Great Midwest Conference that created Conference USA, they instead joined the Colonial Athletic Association for the 1995–1996 season. In their first season as members of the CAA, the Rams posted a 24–9 overall record, going 14–2 in conference play en route to the CAA regular season and conference tournament championships.
The point guard called the one or point, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. A point guard has the most specialized role of any position. Point guards are expected to run the team's offense by controlling the ball and making sure that it gets to the right player at the right time. Above all, the point guard must understand and accept their coach's game plan. While the point guard must understand and accept the coach's gameplan, they must be able to adapt to what the defense is allowing, they must control the pace of the game. A point guard, like other player positions in basketball, specializes in certain skills. A point guard's primary job is to facilitate scoring opportunities for his/her team, or sometimes for themselves. Lee Rose has described a point guard as a coach on the floor, who can handle and distribute the ball to teammates; this involves setting up plays on the court, getting the ball to the teammate in the best position to score, controlling the tempo of the game.
A point guard should know when and how to instigate a fast break and when and how to initiate the more deliberate sets. Point guards are expected to be vocal floor leaders. A point guard needs always to have in mind the times on the shot clock and the game clock, the score, the numbers of remaining timeouts for both teams, etc. Among the taller players who have enjoyed success at the position is Ben Simmons, who at 6’ 10” won the 2018 National Basketball Association Rookie of the Year Award. Behind him is Magic Johnson, who at 6’ 9” won the National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player Award three times in his career. Other point guards who have been named NBA MVP include Russell Westbrook, Bob Cousy, Oscar Robertson, Allen Iverson, Derrick Rose and two-time winners Steve Nash and Stephen Curry. In the NBA, point guards are about 6' 4" or shorter, average about 6' 2" whereas in the WNBA, point guards are 5' 9" or shorter. Having above-average size is considered advantageous, although size is secondary to situational awareness, speed and ball handling skills.
Shorter players tend to be better dribblers since they are closer to the floor, thus have better control of the ball while dribbling. After an opponent scores, it is the point guard who brings the ball down court to begin an offensive play. Passing skills, ball handling, court vision are crucial. Speed is important. Point guards are valued more for their assist totals than for their scoring. Another major evaluation factor is assist-to-turnover ratio, which reflects the decision-making skills of the player. Still, a first-rate point guard should have a reasonably effective jump shot; the point guard is positioned on the perimeter of the play, so as to have the best view of the action. This is a necessity because of the point guard's many leadership obligations. Many times, the point guard is referred to by announcers as a "coach on the floor" or a "floor general". In the past, this was true, as several point guards such as Lenny Wilkens served their teams as player-coaches; this is not so common anymore, as most coaches are now specialized in coaching and are non-players.
Some point guards are still given a great deal of leeway in the offense. Point guards who are not given this much freedom, are still extensions of their coach on the floor and must display good leadership skills. Along with leadership and a general basketball acumen, ball-handling is a skill of great importance to a point guard. Speaking, the point guard is the player in possession of the ball for the most time during a game and is responsible for maintaining possession of the ball for his team in the face of any pressure from the opponents. Point guards must be able to maintain possession of the ball in crowded spaces and in traffic and be able to advance the ball quickly. A point guard that has enough ball-handling skill and quickness to be able to drive to the basket in a half-court set is very valuable and considered by some to be a must for a successful offense. After ball-handling and scoring are the most important areas of the game for a point guard; as the primary decision-maker for a team, a point guard's passing ability determines how well a point guard is able to put his decision into play.
It is one thing to be able to recognize the player, in a tactically advantageous position, but it is another thing to be able to deliver the ball to that player. For this reason, a point guard is but not always, more skilled and focused on passing than shooting. However, a good jump shot and the ability to score off a drive to the basket are still valuable skills. A point guard will use his ability to score in order to augment his effectiveness as a decision maker and play maker. In addition to the traditional role of the point guard, modern teams have found new ways to utilize the position. Notably, several modern point guards have used a successful style of post play, a tactic practiced by much larger centers and forwards. Working off of the fact that the opposing point guard is in all probability an undersized player with limited strength, several modern point guards have developed games close to the basket that include being able to utilize the drop step, spin move, fade away jump shot. In recent years, the sport's shift from a fundamental style of play to a more athletic, scoring-oriented game resulted in the proliferation of so-called combo guards at the po
UPI College Basketball Player of the Year
The UPI College Basketball Player of the Year was an annual basketball award given to the best men's basketball player in NCAA Division I competition. The award was first given following the 1954–55 season and was discontinued following the 1995–96 season, it was given by United Press International, a news agency in the United States that rivaled the Associated Press but began to decline with the advent of television news. Five players—Oscar Robertson, Jerry Lucas, Lew Alcindor, Bill Walton and Ralph Sampson—won the award multiple times. Of these five, only Robertson and Sampson were three-time UPI Players of the Year. UCLA had the most all-time winners with six. Ohio State was second with four winners, while Cincinnati and Virginia were tied for third with three winners apiece. Five other schools had two winners and sixteen schools had only one UPI Player of the Year. Eight of the winners were sophomores, seven were juniors, the remaining 27 were seniors. No freshman was presented the award. A Lew Alcindor changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1971 after converting to Islam.
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