Don Newman (basketball)
Donald David Newman was an American professional athlete in basketball and Canadian football. Following his playing career, he was the head basketball coach at Arizona State for the 1997–98 season, Sacramento State from 1992 to 1997, he was an assistant coach in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets, San Antonio Spurs, Washington Wizards. Born and raised in New Orleans, Newman was a multi-sport athlete at its Brother Martin High School and graduated in 1975. In his junior year, he was a teammate of Rick Robey on the Crusaders' state championship basketball team. Newman attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge as a freshman in the 1975–76 season and played on the LSU Tigers basketball team. After the year, he transferred to Lake City Community College and Grambling State University and in fall 1977 to the University of Idaho in Moscow. Newman played only one game with Lake City. After sitting out a year due to transfer rules, Newman played for the Idaho Vandals from 1978 to 1980 under new head coach Don Monson.
Following five consecutive years in the Big Sky cellar, Idaho rose to second place in the conference standings in Newman's senior season and qualified for the four-team conference tournament for the first time. Prior to his senior year, Newman was selected in fourth round of the 1979 NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers. Veteran guard Nate Archibald was a holdout during training camp, but after he agreed to terms in October, Boston head coach Bill Fitch cut Newman two days before their first regular season game. Newman played center field for the Vandal baseball team in 1979, was inducted into the UI athletics hall of fame in 2018. Although he had not played high school or college football, Newman tried out for the Seattle Seahawks as a cornerback in 1981, he played in the Canadian Football League with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Montreal Concordes, Ottawa Rough Riders, Hamilton Tiger-Cats as a wide receiver. While playing pro football, Newman played pro basketball for three seasons in the Continental Basketball Association with the Montana Golden Nuggets, with George Karl as head coach.
Returning to northern Idaho in 1985, Newman was an assistant football coach at Lewiston High School for a season an assistant football coach and sophomore basketball coach at Moscow High School. Newman completed his bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Idaho in 1987. From 1987 to 1992, Newman was an assistant coach at neighboring Washington State in Pullman under Kelvin Sampson, earned his master's degree in education from WSU in 1989; the Cougars made the NIT in his final year as an assistant there. From 1992 to 1997, Newman was head coach of Sacramento State. In five seasons with a Hornets program, transitioning from Division II to Division I, he had a 20–114 record, he became an assistant at Arizona State in Tempe, was appointed the head coach in September 1997 following the resignation of Bill Frieder. In his only season at ASU, Newman had an 18–14 record, concluded with a first-round loss in the NIT. In 1999, Newman became an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks under George Karl, moved to the New Jersey Nets in 2003.
In 2004, Newman joined Gregg Popovich's staff at the San Antonio Spurs. After eight seasons with the Spurs that included two NBA titles in 2005 and 2007, he joined Randy Wittman's staff at the Washington Wizards in 2012. After a long battle with brain cancer, Newman died at age 60 at his New Orleans home on September 11, 2018. Don Newman coaching record: Sports Reference – Playing stats Sports Reference – Coaching stats NBA.com – Don Newman
John R. Wooden Award
The John R. Wooden Award is an award given annually to the most outstanding men's and women's college basketball players; the program consists of the men's and women's Player of the Year awards, the Legends of Coaching award and recognizes the All–America Teams. The awards, given by the Los Angeles Athletic Club, are named in honor of John Wooden, the 1932 national collegiate basketball player of the year from Purdue. Wooden taught and coached men's basketball at Indiana State and UCLA. Coach Wooden, whose teams at UCLA won ten NCAA championships, was the first man to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and coach, his 1948 Indiana State team was the NAIB National Finalist. The award, given only to male athletes, was first given in 1977. Starting in 2004, the award was extended to women's basketball. Additionally, the Legends of Coaching Award was presented first in 1999; the 2015 presentation was broadcast on ESPN2 and the show was presented by Wendy's at Los Angeles' Club Nokia on Friday, April 10, 2015.
Each year, the Award's National Advisory Board, a 26-member panel, selects 20 candidates for Player of the Year and All-American Team honors. The candidates must be full-time students and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher throughout their college career. Players who are nominated must have made outstanding contributions to team play, both offensively and defensively, be model citizens, exhibiting strength of character both on and off the court; the selection ballot is announced prior to the NCAA basketball tournament. The voters sportscasters representing the 50 states; the top ten vote-getters are selected to the All-American Team, the results are announced following the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament. The person who receives the most votes is named the Player of the Year, the winner is announced following the NCAA championship game; the Player of the Year is awarded a trophy consisting of five bronze figures. The player's school receives a duplicate trophy, as well as a scholarship grant.
The other top four members of the All-American Team receive an All-American Team trophy, a jacket, a scholarship grant which goes to their school. Each coach of the top five All-American Team members receives a jacket; the All-American Team members ranked six through ten receive an All-American Team trophy and a jacket, but their schools do not receive a scholarship. The criteria for the women's Player of the Year award and All-American Team honors are similar to those for the men. For the women's award, the National Advisory Board consists of 12 members, 15 candidates are selected for the ballot; the voters are 250 sportscasters. In contrast to the men's All-American Team, only five members are selected for the women's team; the Player of the Year receives a trophy, her school receives a duplicate trophy and a scholarship grant. The trophy features five bronze figures, each depicting one of the five major skills that Wooden believed that "total" basketball player must exhibit: rebounding, shooting and defense.
The concept for the trophy originated with Richard "Duke" Llewellyn. Work began on the trophy in 1975, sculptor Don Winton, who had sculpted many top sports awards, was given the task of designing the model of the trophy; the figures are bronze attached to a pentagonal base plate. The tallest figure is 10¼ inches high; the trophy's base is 7½ inches high, is made from solid walnut. The total height of the trophy is 17 3⁄4 inches, it weighs 25 lb; the Wooden family announced in August 2005 that he would no longer participate because of a trademark dispute concerning the use of his name. However, he never contested the use of his name prior to his death in 2010, the award continues to bear his name. “I don’t want anything to interfere with the continuation of the award,” told The Associated Press at the time. In 2011 the Wooden Family began participation. Coach John Wooden’s son, presented the Wooden Award to Brigham Young senior Jimmer Fredette. In 2012 John Wooden’s grandson, Greg, on behalf of The Los Angeles Athletic Club, presented the Wooden Award to University of Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis.
Greg Wooden made the announcement on ESPN College GameDay. The John R. Wooden High School Player of the Year awards are given to the most valuable player in each of the five divisions of the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section, one Los Angeles City division; the Legends of Coaching Award recognizes the lifetime achievement of coaches who exemplify Coach Wooden's high standards of coaching success and personal achievement. When selecting the individual, the Wooden Award Committee considers a coach's character, success rate on the court, graduating rate of student athletes, his or her coaching philosophy, identification with the goals of the John R. Wooden Award. List of U. S. men's college basketball national player of the year awards John R. Wooden Classic Official website
Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard Sr. is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the Weber State Wildcats and earned third-team All-American honors in 2012. After being selected by Portland with the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, Lillard was unanimously voted the NBA Rookie of the Year, he has received four NBA All-Star selections, is one of four players in Trail Blazers franchise history to become a four-time All-Star. During his sophomore year, Lillard transferred to St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda, California, a private school that produced former NBA point guard Jason Kidd, but by year's end he looked to transfer again due to the lack of playing time. Lillard played for coach Orlando Watkins at Oakland High School his final two years of high school where he was first team all-league; as a junior at Oakland, he averaged 19.4 points per game. He led Oakland to a 23-9 record.
Lillard was not recruited out of high school and only regarded as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com. He would accept a scholarship offer to play for Weber State, a Big Sky Conference program located in Ogden, Utah; as a freshman at Weber State, Lillard averaged 11.5 points per game and was named the Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year and first-team All-Big Sky. In his sophomore year, Lillard raised his scoring average to 19.9 points per game and led the Wildcats to the regular season conference championship. At the end of the season, Lillard was named the Big Sky Player of the Year and was an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press. In 2010–11, Lillard suffered a foot injury ten games into the season and was forced to take a medical redshirt. Lillard led the Big Sky in scoring with 19.7 points per game before his injury sidelined him for the year. As a redshirt junior, Lillard averaged 24.5 points and led the nation in scoring throughout most of the year but ended up finishing second to Oakland University's Reggie Hamilton.
On December 3, 2011, against San Jose State, Lillard scored a college career-high 41 points, including a game-winning three-point play that gave Weber State a 91–89 double-overtime win. At the end of the year, he was named to his third first-team all-conference selection and won his second Big Sky Player of the Year award. Lillard was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award. After his strong year, Lillard was regarded as the top point guard prospect in the country and decided to forgo his senior season to enter the 2012 NBA draft, he finished his college career as the No. 2 scorer in Weber State history and the No. 5 scorer in Big Sky history. Lillard was selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. In the season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers on October 31, Lillard recorded 23 points and 11 assists to join Oscar Robertson and Allen Iverson as the only players in NBA history with at least 20 points and 10 assists in their NBA debut. In addition, his 11 assists were the most by an NBA rookie in his first game since Jason Kidd in 1994, the most by a Trail Blazer in his NBA debut.
Lillard made a career-high 15 field goals and a Trail Blazer rookie-record seven 3-pointers on January 11 against the Golden State Warriors, where he finished with 37 points, six rebounds and four assists. He became the first Trail Blazer to win an event at the NBA All-Star Weekend, winning the Skills Challenge, he participated in the Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star weekend and finished with 18 points, three rebounds and five assists in a game-high 28 minutes. Lillard became the first NBA rookie to record 35 points, nine assists and zero turnovers in a game since turnovers became a stat in 1978–79 against the San Antonio Spurs on March 8. On April 10 against the Lakers, Lillard scored a season-high 38 points, he earned Western Conference Rookie of the Month honors for every month, becoming one of just eight players to sweep NBA Rookie of the Month honors since the inaugural award in 1981–82. He finished fifth in the NBA in 3-pointers made, 12th in points per game, tied for 16th in assists per game and tied for 23rd in free throw percentage.
He was one of 10 NBA players to score 1,500 points and he led all rookies in scoring, field goals and free throws. Lillard averaged 19.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 0.90 steals and 38.6 minutes in 82 games, as he won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, joining Blake Griffin, David Robinson and Ralph Sampson as the only players to win the award unanimously. He became the fourth Trail Blazer to win the award and joined Robertson and Iverson as the only rookies in NBA history to record 1,500 points and 500 assists in a season. Lillard became one of two Trail Blazers to finish with 1,500 points and 500 assists in a season. In the season opener on October 30, Lillard scored 32 points against the Phoenix Suns, he had a second 32-point effort on December 7 against the Dallas Mavericks. On December 17, he had 10 assists and eight rebounds against the Cleveland Cavaliers; the following day, he had a second straight 36-point effort against the Minnesota Timberwolves. On January 7, in a 123–119 loss to the Sacramento Kings, Lillard scored a career-
The small forward known as the three, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. Small forwards are shorter and leaner than power forwards and centers, but taller and larger than either of the guard positions; the small forward is considered to be the most versatile of the five main basketball positions. In the NBA, small forwards range from 6' 6" to 6' 10" while in the WNBA, small forwards are between 5' 11" to 6' 2". Small forwards are responsible for scoring points, defending and as secondary or tertiary rebounders behind the power forward and center, although a few have considerable passing responsibilities. Many small forwards in professional basketball are prolific scorers; the styles with which small forwards amass their points vary widely. Some players at the position are accurate shooters, others prefer to initiate physical contact with opposing players, still others are slashers who possess jump shots. In some cases, small forwards position as off-the-ball specialists.
Small forwards who are defensive specialists are versatile as they can guard multiple positions using their size and strength
Helms Foundation College Basketball Player of the Year
The Helms Foundation College Basketball Player of the Year was an annual basketball award given to the most outstanding intercollegiate men's basketball player in the United States. The award was first given following the 1904–05 season and ceased being awarded after the 1978–79 season, it was the first major most valuable player award for men's basketball in the United States, the Helms Athletic Foundation was considered within the basketball community to be the authority on men's college basketball for that era. Thus, the award was viewed as the premier player of the year award one could receive up until the 1960s, at which point the Naismith College Player of the Year and John R. Wooden Award took over as the national season MVP awards. "Helms Foundation Player of the Year Winners". Sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2010. Archived from the original on June 19, 2014. Retrieved December 7, 2010. Bjarkman, Peter. Hoopla: A Century of College Basketball. Masters Press. ISBN 1-57028-039-8
Rodney Norvell Stuckey is an American former professional basketball player. He played seven seasons for the Detroit Pistons and three seasons for the Indiana Pacers and played college basketball for Eastern Washington University. Born in Seattle and raised in the suburb of Kent. Stuckey prepped at Kentwood High School in Covington, where he led the Conquerors to a 4A State Title in 2004. Stuckey played college basketball at Eastern Washington University; as a sophomore, Stuckey averaged 24.6 points, 5.5 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 2.4 steals per game. Against Portland State, he scored a season high 36 points, he had three 10-assist games. He had a career high 7 steals against Idaho. In just two seasons, he scored 1,438 points, made 98 3-point field goals, collected 279 rebounds, dished out 283 assists, collected 145 steals. On January 11, 2009, Stuckey's No. 3 jersey was retired at half time. On June 28, 2007, Stuckey was taken 15th overall in the 2007 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons. Stuckey got off to a quick start with strong play in summer league and averaged 32.1 PPG, 5.5 RPG and 9.1 APG in pre-season play before breaking his hand in the final pre-season game.
He had left-hand surgery prior to the regular season and was expected to miss 6–8 weeks before making his NBA debut. Stuckey was cleared December 20 to practice and play again, nearly two months after undergoing surgery, he made his professional debut December 21, 2007 against the Memphis Grizzlies and scored 11 points in 6 minutes off the bench. On May 13, 2008, Stuckey was elected to the NBA NBA All-Rookie Second Team, with 22 ballot votes, including six first-place votes. During the 2008 NBA Playoffs, Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce said of Stuckey's performance in game 2, "I thought Stuckey gave us problems, I think he was the X factor in the game." That night Stuckey came off the bench to score 13 points in 17 minutes helping the Pistons win game 2 in Boston. On December 23, 2008, Stuckey scored a career high 40 points in a win over the Chicago Bulls, he recorded a career high field goal attempts and made field goals. He scored 38 points in a win against the Sacramento Kings, he played in the 2009 Rookie Challenge contest with the sophomore team during All-Star weekend.
On July 21, 2014, Stuckey signed with the Indiana Pacers. On March 10, 2015, he scored a season-high 34 points against the Orlando Magic. On July 21, 2015, Stuckey re-signed with the Pacers to a three-year, $21 million contract. Stuckey missed most of January and February of the 2015–16 season due to a bone bruise in his right foot. On March 28, 2017, Stuckey was ruled out for four to six weeks with a left patellar tendon strain, he was subsequently waived by the Pacers the following day. In May 2014, Stuckey became engaged to Cassandra Ferguson, a contestant on the 18th season of The Bachelor; the couple have a son named Trey. Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com Eastern Washington bio
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