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
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
Larry Johnson (basketball, born 1969)
Lawrence Demetric Johnson is an American retired basketball player who spent his professional career in the National Basketball Association with the Charlotte Hornets and New York Knicks. At an listed height of 6'7" tall, he played at the power forward position, due to his strength. In his senior year of high school Johnson was a member of the 1987 McDonald's High School All-American Team that included future NCAA and NBA stars like Marcus Liberty, Elliot Perry, Mark Macon, Rodney Monroe, Dennis Scott, Elmore Spencer, Chris Corchiani, fellow Texas prep star LaBradford Smith. Johnson made a verbal commitment to Southern Methodist University, but began his collegiate career at Odessa College in Texas, he played in the 1987–88 and 1988–89 seasons where he averaged 22.3 points per game as a freshman and over 29 points per game his sophomore year, became the first—and to this day, only—player to win the National Junior College Athletic Association Division 1 Player of the Year award both years he played.
There were some basketball analysts who believed Johnson could have been a first round selection in the 1989 NBA draft if he had declared for early entry. Johnson transferred to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to play under head coach Jerry Tarkanian. Alongside future NBA players Stacey Augmon and Greg Anthony, Johnson faced the Duke Blue Devils in the title game of the 1990 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. UNLV went on to win the contest by a score of 103–73, with Johnson contributing 22 points and 11 rebounds; the Runnin' Rebels set simultaneous NCAA records for the largest margin of victory and highest score in an NCAA Tournament championship game. In a post-season mired by charges of recruiting violations and misconduct by UNLV, an agreement was reached between the university and the NCAA to allow for the defense of their title for the 1990–91 season, which would be followed by a suspension from post-season play the following season. Johnson and the Runnin' Rebels responded with a perfect regular season record of 27–0, with an average scoring margin of 26.7 points per game.
In the 1991 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, UNLV won the West Regional Tournament only to be upset by eventual champion Duke in the Final Four. Johnson was named a First Team All-American twice, won the Big West Conference Player of the Year and tournament Most Valuable Player awards in 1990 and 1991, he won the prestigious John R. Wooden Award and was named Naismith College Player of the Year in 1991. To this day, Johnson is ranked 12th in career scoring and 7th in rebounding at UNLV despite playing only two seasons, he holds the record for single-season and career field goal percentage. In 2002, Johnson and teammates Augmon and Anthony were inducted into the UNLV Athletic Hall of Fame along with the 1990–91 UNLV men's basketball team. To date they are the only UNLV team to make back-to-back Final Four appearances. Johnson was selected first overall in the 1991 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets, won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in his first season, he competed in the 1992 Slam Dunk Contest at the NBA All-Star Weekend in Orlando, finishing second to Cedric Ceballos of the Phoenix Suns.
In 1993, Johnson was voted to start in that year's All-Star Game, making him the first Hornet in franchise history to receive that honor. Along with Alonzo Mourning, Muggsy Bogues and Dell Curry, Johnson played with the Hornets at the height of their popularity in the early to mid-1990s. During this time, who went by his initialism "LJ" and the nickname "Grandmama", was featured on the cover of the premiere issue of SLAM. In October 1993, Johnson signed what was at the time the most lucrative contract in NBA history, a 12-year, $84 million deal with the Hornets. However, he missed 31 games after spraining his back on December 27, 1993 in a game against the Detroit Pistons. During the summer he played for the U. S. national team in the 1994 FIBA World Championship, winning the gold medal. Johnson had entered the league as an explosive power forward, averaging over 20 points and 10 rebounds per game. However, after the injury to his back, Johnson was forced to develop an all-around game with an improved outside shot.
In the 1994–95 season, he made 81 three-pointers, nearly 60 more than in his first three years combined, was selected to the 1995 NBA All-Star Game. Friction between Johnson and Mourning forced the organization to make a change, the resulting moves made by the Hornets left both players on other teams. Prior to the 1995 -- 96 season, Mourning was traded to the Miami Heat for Matt Geiger. Following that season Johnson was dealt to the New York Knicks for Brad Lohaus. Johnson averaged 12.8 points, a career-low, in his first season as a Knick, although he would never return to his former All-Star form, he was a key member of the Knicks' 1999 Eastern Conference championship team. During Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, he was involved in a critical play in which he was fouled by Antonio Davis of the Indiana Pacers. Standing outside the three-point line with 11.9 seconds left, Johnson held the ball, began to dribble. He leaned into defender Davis before jumping up; the referee called the foul about a half-second before Johnson released the ball, b
Brian Keith Shaw is an American retired professional basketball player and former head coach for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association. He could play both guard positions, but was used at point guard over the course of his 14 seasons in the league. Shaw grew up in Oakland, California with other future basketball stars such as Antonio Davis, Jason Kidd, Gary Payton, as well as Demetrius "Hook" Mitchell. In his youth, he was a participant at the East Oakland Youth Development Center, a local community organization where he played basketball, he attended Westlake Middle School and Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland. For college, he attended St. Mary's College of California for his freshman and sophomore years of college transferred to UC Santa Barbara for his junior and senior seasons. In his senior year, he was named Pacific Coast Athletic Association player of the year as he led the Gauchos to their first NCAA tournament berth, he was taken with the 24th overall pick by the Boston Celtics in the 1988 NBA draft.
In 1988, Shaw signed a one-year contract with the Celtics. In 1989, Shaw signed a two-year contract to play with Il Messaggero Roma. At the end of January 1990, Shaw signed a 5-year deal with the Celtics. In June of that year, Shaw told the Celtics he planned to play for Il Messaggero during the 1990 season; the ensuing contract dispute, Boston Celtics v. Brian Shaw, which Shaw lost, became a famous sports law case and is read in many law school contracts classes. During his NBA career, he played for the Celtics, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers, he was a member of four squads that made NBA Finals appearances: the 1995 Magic and the 2000, 2001, 2002 Lakers. He played for the US national team in the 1986 FIBA World Championship, winning the gold medal. In the final between the US and Soviet Union, Shaw hit a key three-pointer in the closing seconds; the American team won the game by two points. Shaw joined the Los Angeles Lakers in 1999, re-uniting with former Orlando teammate Shaquille O'Neal.
He served as a backup to All-Star shooting guard Kobe Bryant throughout the season and playoffs as the Lakers had the league's best record winning 67 games. Shaw played in all 22 of the Lakers' playoff games as they advanced past the Sacramento Kings and the Phoenix Suns before facing the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals; the Lakers took a 3–1 lead in the series before the Trail Blazers won games 5 and 6 to tie the series at three games apiece. In game 7, the Trail Blazers took a 71–58 lead into the fourth quarter; the Blazers shot 5 for 23 in the final quarter as the Lakers made a comeback bolstered by two clutch three-point baskets by Shaw. The Lakers made the NBA Finals to face the Indiana Pacers. Shaw started in game 3 in place of the injured Bryant, played critical minutes in the Lakers overtime win in game 4; the Lakers won the series 4–2, Shaw won his first NBA championship. Shaw started a total of 28 games, he once again played a key role for the Lakers as they steamrolled through the playoffs and defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 4 games to 1 in the 2001 NBA Finals.
The Lakers won a third title in the 2001–2002 season before losing in the Western Conference Semifinals to the San Antonio Spurs in the 2002–2003 season. Shaw retired following the 2003 season. While a member of the Heat, on April 8, 1993, Shaw hit a then-NBA record ten three-point field goals against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center, finishing with 32 points. Starting in 1994, he was one-half of the popular "Shaw-Shaq Redemption", an alley-oop from Shaw to Shaquille O'Neal, popular with fans in both Orlando and Los Angeles. In an interview with The Miami Herald in 2007, O'Neal claimed that the teammate he had most respected in his career was Shaw. On NBA All-Star Weekend in 2000, held in Oakland, Shaw received a key to the City of Oakland along with his fellow Oakland natives Jason Kidd and Gary Payton. Shaw retired following the 2002–03 season, he worked for the Lakers as an Oakland-based scout during the 2003–04 season. He was appointed assistant coach of the Lakers during the 2004–05 season.
He was considered for the Lakers head coaching job following Phil Jackson's retirement, but was passed over in favor of Mike Brown. Shaw left the Lakers to join the Indiana Pacers as an assistant coach, he was promoted to associate head coach. Shaw was a respected assistant coach by other NBA coaches as well as the media. After spending two years on the Pacers' bench, on June 25, 2013, Shaw was announced as the head coach of the Denver Nuggets, replacing former coach George Karl. On March 3, 2015, he was fired by the Nuggets after compiling a record of 56–85 in just under two seasons. In June 2016, Shaw returned to the Los Angeles Lakers as the team's newest associate head coach under new head coach Luke Walton's coaching staff. On June 26, 1993, both of Shaw's parents and his sister were killed in an auto accident in Nevada, his sister's daughter survived Shaw, with help from his aunt, helped raise her. Shaw's wife, Nikki, is a professional chef, they have three children. NBA.com Profile Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com Media related to Brian Shaw at Wikimedia Commons
Long Beach State 49ers men's basketball
The Long Beach State 49ers Basketball team represents California State University, Long Beach in Long Beach, California. The school's team competes in the Big West Conference; the team last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2012. The 49ers are coached by Dan Monson. In 2008, the team began a three-year probation term, vacated 18 victories from their 2005-2006 season, reduced scholarships and recruiting in order to keep eligibility for postseason play; the 49ers have appeared in nine NCAA tournaments. Their combined record is 7–10. * vacated by NCAA The 49ers have appeared in eight National Invitation Tournaments. Their combined record is 2–8; the following Long Beach 49ers players have played professionally for the National Basketball Association: Three numbers have been retired in Long Beach State basketball history: Official website
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.
General"United Press International Player of the Year". AmericasBestOnline.com. Retrieved 12 April 2010. "Men's College Basketball: Player of the Year Awards → United Press International". HickokSports.com. 2006. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2010. Specific
San Diego State Aztecs men's basketball
The San Diego State Aztecs men's basketball team is the college basketball program that represents San Diego State University, located in San Diego, California. The school's team competes in the Mountain West Conference, play their home games in Viejas Arena; the team began play in 1921 and have been to 6 NAIA tournaments winning in 1941, 3 NCAA Division II tournaments, 5 NIT tournaments, 12 NCAA Division I tournaments. Since joining the Mountain West Conference, the Aztecs have won 5 MWC tournaments. Former players who went on to achieve notable success in other areas are Art Linkletter and Tony Gwynn; the Aztecs first began playing during the 1921–22 basketball season as part of the Southern California JC conference. They competed in Division III until 1956, they competed in 6 NAIA tournaments. Runners up in 1939 and in 1940, the Aztecs prevailed and won the 1941 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, they became a NCAA Division I school in 1970 and moved to the Western Athletic Conference in 1978.
In 1999 the Aztecs became a charter member of the Mountain West Conference. Prior to entering the Mountain West, they went to 3 NCAA Conference tournaments. During their time in the MWC, the Aztecs have won 4 conference tournaments and have been to 8 NCAA tournaments and 4 NIT tournaments. In 2010–11 season, the Aztecs were ranked as high as 4th in the nation and won their first games in the NCAA tournament, reaching the Sweet Sixteen; the Aztecs have three major rivalries, the UNLV Rebels, the USD Toreros, the BYU Cougars. Their primary rival is the UNLV Rebels in recent years with some memorable showdowns; the USD Torereos are the Aztecs crosstown rivals and play them annually through non-conference play known as the City Championship. The Aztecs rivalry with the BYU Cougars is inactive since 2011 when the Cougars left the MWC for the WCC, although it is now recognized that the New Mexico Lobos have since filled that position; the Aztecs play their home games at Viejas Arena, located on the west side of campus.
Viejas Arena seats 12,414 for basketball games. In 2009, the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians purchased the naming rights for ten years; the arena features an octagonal scoreboard with video-replay system, that includes up-to-the-minute statistical information on individual players. The facility is equipped with seven locker rooms, two of which are complete with team rooms, equipment rooms, a shared training room. Prior to the opening of the arena, men's basketball played its games at Peterson Gym and, for more than 30 years, at the San Diego Sports Arena. A major portion of information retrieved from the San Diego State Aztecs Men's Basketball Website ArchivesSDSU Basketball Archives * Jim Harrick Jr. coached the final 7 games of 1991–92 season. The Aztecs have appeared in the NCAA Division I Tournament 12 times, their combined record is 6–12. The Aztecs have appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament three times, their combined record is 5–3. The Aztecs have appeared in the NAIA Tournament six times.
Their combined record is 15–5. They were NAIA National Champions in 1941; the Aztecs have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament six times. Their combined record is 8–6. Official record against all current MWC opponents as of the completion of the 2017–2018 season: Lead conference All stats are from the Aztecs official record book and are updated through the 2010–2011 basketball season. San Diego Hall of Champions Breitbard Hall of Fame San Diego sports curse Official website