National Basketball Association
The National Basketball Association is a men's professional basketball league in North America. It is considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world; the NBA is an active member of USA Basketball, recognized by FIBA as the national governing body for basketball in the United States. The NBA is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. NBA players are the world's best paid athletes by average annual salary per player; the league was founded in New York City on June 1946, as the Basketball Association of America. The league adopted the name National Basketball Association on August 3, 1949, after merging with the competing National Basketball League; the league's several international as well as individual team offices are directed out of its head offices located in the Olympic Tower at 645 Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. NBA Entertainment and NBA TV studios are directed out of offices located in New Jersey; the Basketball Association of America was founded in 1946 by owners of the major ice hockey arenas in the Northeastern and Midwestern United States and Canada.
On November 1, 1946, in Toronto, Canada, the Toronto Huskies hosted the New York Knickerbockers at Maple Leaf Gardens, in a game the NBA now refers to as the first game played in NBA history. The first basket was made by Ossie Schectman of the Knickerbockers. Although there had been earlier attempts at professional basketball leagues, including the American Basketball League and the NBL, the BAA was the first league to attempt to play in large arenas in major cities. During its early years, the quality of play in the BAA was not better than in competing leagues or among leading independent clubs such as the Harlem Globetrotters. For instance, the 1948 ABL finalist Baltimore Bullets moved to the BAA and won that league's 1948 title, the 1948 NBL champion Minneapolis Lakers won the 1949 BAA title. Prior to the 1948–49 season, however, NBL teams from Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and Rochester jumped to the BAA, which established the BAA as the league of choice for collegians looking to turn professional.
On August 3, 1949, the remaining NBL teams–Syracuse, Tri-Cities, Sheboygan and Waterloo–merged into the BAA. In deference to the merger and to avoid possible legal complications, the league name was changed to the present National Basketball Association though the merged league retained the BAA's governing body, including Podoloff. To this day, the NBA claims the BAA's history as its own, it now reckons the arrival of the NBL teams as an expansion, not a merger, does not recognize NBL records and statistics. The new league had seventeen franchises located in a mix of large and small cities, as well as large arenas and smaller gymnasiums and armories. In 1950, the NBA consolidated to eleven franchises, a process that continued until 1953–54, when the league reached its smallest size of eight franchises: the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia Warriors, Minneapolis Lakers, Rochester Royals, Fort Wayne Pistons, Tri-Cities Blackhawks, Syracuse Nationals, all of which remain in the league today.
The process of contraction saw. The Hawks shifted from the Tri-Cities to Milwaukee in 1951, to St. Louis in 1955; the Rochester Royals moved from Rochester, New York, to Cincinnati in 1957 and the Pistons relocated from Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Detroit in 1957. Japanese-American Wataru Misaka broke the NBA color barrier in the 1947–48 season when he played for the New York Knicks, he remained the only non-white player in league history prior to the first African-American, Harold Hunter, signing with the Washington Capitols in 1950. Hunter was cut from the team during training camp, but several African-American players did play in the league that year, including Chuck Cooper with the Celtics, Nathaniel "Sweetwater" Clifton with the Knicks, Earl Lloyd with the Washington Capitols. During this period, the Minneapolis Lakers, led by center George Mikan, won five NBA Championships and established themselves as the league's first dynasty. To encourage shooting and discourage stalling, the league introduced the 24-second shot clock in 1954.
If a team does not attempt to score a field goal within 24 seconds of obtaining the ball, play is stopped and the ball given to its opponent. In 1957, rookie center Bill Russell joined the Boston Celtics, which featured guard Bob Cousy and coach Red Auerbach, went on to lead the club to eleven NBA titles in thirteen seasons. Center Wilt Chamberlain entered the league with the Warriors in 1959 and became a dominant individual star of the 1960s, setting new single game records in scoring and rebounding. Russell's rivalry with Chamberlain became one of the greatest rivalries in the history of American team sports; the 1960s were dominated by the Celtics. Led by Russell, Bob Cousy and coach Red Auerbach, Boston won eight straight championships in the NBA from 1959 to 1966; this championship streak is the longest in NBA history. They did not win the title in 1966–67, but regained it in the 1967–68 season and repeated in 1969; the domination totaled nine of the ten championship banners of the 1960s.
Through this period, the NBA continued to evolve with the shift of the Minneapolis Lakers to Los Angeles, the Philadelphia Warriors to San Francisco, the Syracuse Nationals to Philadelphia to become the Philadelphia 76ers, the St. Louis Hawks moving to Atlanta, as well as the addition of its first expansion franchises; the Chicago Packers (now Wa
Norcross High School
Norcross High School is located in Norcross, United States. It is part of the Gwinnett County Public Schools, it serves the cities of Peachtree Corners. Norcross High School occupies a 440,000-square-foot facility at 5300 Spalding Drive which opened in August 2001. William Bishop is the current school principal. Norcross is the only high school in the Gwinnett County school system to have the IB Diploma Programme. Municipal bonds were issued for a new modern brick schoolhouse in 1903, another bond issue approved an additional school in 1914; these buildings stood side by side on College Street for many years in the center of Norcross and were preceded by an old wooden building at the same site. Before this older wooden school was destroyed, it became unsteady. After the second red-brick building was constructed as a grammar school, the first building became Norcross High School. Both of the brick schools were demolished several years ago, although the first building was in use until 1970. According to a booklet compiled in 1923 and reprinted, the rural schools surrounding Norcross were Beaver Ruin with 60 students, Glover with 172, Mechanicsville School with 87, Pittman with 60.
Crabapple School, located at Pinckneyville, had closed earlier. In 1933, a report printed in Flanigan's History, Volume I stated, "Norcross has three buildings valued at $60,000, used thirteen teachers. For many years this has been one of the best schools in the county and is accredited first class." A school for black children was located near Hopewell Baptist Church at that time, according to Clara Nesbit. Norcross Elementary School was built in 1939, the Board of Trustees of the Norcross Consolidated School System listed on the cornerstone were H. L. Sudderth, J. Howard Webb, B. F. Summerour, B. W. Westbrook and C. A. Garner; this school is still in use. With the completion of the new elementary school, the two older buildings "on the hill" became Norcross High School; when West Gwinnett High School was built in 1957, parents of Duluth students objected to consolidation and fought to have a new high school built in Duluth. The citizens of Norcross asked to have the name West Gwinnett changed back to Norcross High School.
The school colors and white, the school mascot, the Blue Devil, were chosen by the students in 1957 when football was played as a school sport for the first time. Norcross High School opened a 440,000-square-foot facility at 5300 Spalding Drive in Norcross in August 2001; this land was purchased by the Gwinnett County Public School System because a 1998 tornado cleared the land of trees. The new building shared the same design as its Gwinnett County neighbor, Peachtree Ridge High School; the former facility at 2595 Beaver Ruin Road was renamed Buchanan High School of Technology, which until July 2013 housed the Gwinnett Online Campus and GIVE Center West, a grade 6-12 alternative school. In January 2013, the Gwinnett County Board of Education voted to move GIVE and the online center to a new location, the original Norcross High School was demolished. All existing buildings with the exception of the 1996 gymnasium were removed making way for the relocated Summerour Middle School, which opened for the 2015-2016 school year.
The previous Summerour building had been next to the old NHS, was itself torn down to make way for the new Baldwin Elementary. The school opened with a student population of 2,400, as of 2015 had an estimated 4,000; the demographic breakdown of the 3,649 students enrolled in 2013-2014 was: Male - 50.8% Female - 49.2% Native American/Alaskan - 0.2% Asian/Pacific Islander - 6.8% Black - 33.1% Hispanic - 37.6% White - 18.9% Multiracial - 3.4%65.5% of the students were eligible for free or reduced lunch. Norcross competes in Region 7-AAAAAAA; the school's mascot is the Blue Devil. The school competes in football, softball, lacrosse and field, cross country and diving, golf, tennis, competitive cheerleading, roller hockey. Norcross varsity boys' basketball team won the Class AAAAA Georgia state championship in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011, the Class AAAAAA state championship 2013; the girls won the basketball state championship in 2010 and 2011. Norcross's football team won the 2013 state championships.
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2017 NBA draft
The 2017 NBA draft was held on June 22, 2017, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. National Basketball Association teams took turns selecting amateur U. S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. The draft lottery took place during the playoffs on May 16, 2017; the 53–29 Boston Celtics, who were the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference and reached the Eastern Conference Finals at the time of the NBA draft lottery, won the #1 pick with pick swapping rights thanks to a previous trade with the Brooklyn Nets, who had the worst record the previous season. The Los Angeles Lakers, who had risked losing their 2017 first round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers, moved up two spots to get the No. 2 pick, while Philadelphia moved up to receive the No. 3 pick due to the Sacramento Kings moving up in the draft, which activated pick swapping rights the 76ers had from an earlier trade. On June 19, four days before the NBA draft began, the Celtics and 76ers traded their top first round picks to each other, meaning the holders of the top four picks of this year's draft would be the same as the previous year's draft.
The draft class is the youngest draft class with the most freshmen and fewest seniors selected in the first round. It was the third time, the second in a row, that three players were selected from Serbian team KK Mega Basket in the same draft, with it occurring during the 2014 and 2016 NBA draft; the draft received a lot of media coverage from ESPN pertaining to eventual No. 2 pick Lonzo Ball and his outspoken father, LaVar Ball, much to the chagrin of many sports fans and some ESPN employees. This was one of the rare occasions where a player drafted from their year did not win rookie of the year. Despite a terrific season from rookie Donovan Mitchell the award went to 2016 first overall pick Ben Simmons the first player to win the award in a year they weren’t drafted since Blake Griffin These players were not selected in the 2017 NBA Draft, but have played at least one game in the NBA; the draft is conducted under the eligibility rules established in the league's 2017 collective bargaining agreement with its player's union.
The CBA that ended the 2011 lockout instituted no immediate changes to the draft, but called for a committee of owners and players to discuss future changes. All drafted players must be at least 19 years old during the calendar year of the draft. In terms of dates, players who are eligible for the 2017 draft, must be born on or before December 31, 1998. Since the 2016 draft, the NCAA Division I council has implemented the following rules for that division that changed the draft landscape for college players:Declaration for the draft no longer results in automatic loss of college eligibility; as long as a player does not sign a contract with a professional team outside the NBA, or sign with an agent, he will retain college eligibility as long as he makes a timely withdrawal from the draft. NCAA players have until 10 days after the end of the NBA Draft Combine to withdraw from the draft. Since the combine is held in mid-May, the current deadline is about five weeks after the previous mid-April deadline.
NCAA players may participate in the draft combine, are allowed to attend one tryout per year with each NBA team without losing college eligibility. NCAA players may now withdraw from the draft up to two times without loss of eligibility; the NCAA treated a second declaration of draft eligibility as a permanent loss of college eligibility. The NBA has since expanded the draft combine to include players with remaining college eligibility. Players who are not automatically eligible had to declare their eligibility for the draft by notifying the NBA offices in writing no than 60 days before the draft. For the 2017 draft, this date fell on April 23. After that date "early entry" players were able to attend NBA pre-draft camps and individual team workouts to show off their skills and obtain feedback regarding their draft positions. Under the CBA a player may withdraw his name from consideration from the draft at any time before the final declaration date, 10 days before the draft. Under current NCAA rules, players have until May 24 to withdraw from the draft and retain college eligibility.
A player who has hired an agent forfeits his remaining college eligibility regardless of whether he is drafted. At the time, a record-high 185 underclassed draft prospects had declared themselves for eligibility at the April 24 deadline, although college players who had not hired agents or signed professional contracts outside the NBA were able to decide to return to college by May 24, 10 days after the end of the NBA Draft Combine; these players have publicly indicated that they have hired agents, or had planned to do so around the start of the draft. By the end of the May 24 deadline, 73 draft candidates from college decided to return to their respective colleges for at least another year, leaving 64 underclassmen to enter the draft this year. Additionally, two more players left entry at the end of the international player deadline, meaning both Maverick Rowan from North Carolina State and Darin Johnson from Cal State Northridge would not return for college, but one player managed to enter the college underclassman deadline, thus leaving 63 entries at hand for the NBA Draft.
International players that had declared this year and did no
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida Gulf Coast University is a public university in Fort Myers, Florida. It belongs to the twelve-member State University System of Florida as its second youngest member; the university was established on May 3, 1991, is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award 58 different types of bachelor's, 25 different master's, 6 doctoral degrees, 12 graduate certificates. All of the university's undergraduate engineering degrees are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology; the university's academics are divided into six main colleges: U. A. Whitaker College of Engineering, Lutgert College of Business, Marieb College of Health & Human Services, College of Education, College of Arts and Sciences, Honors College; the prominent schools and departments within the colleges include. FGCU's intercollegiate athletic teams, the Eagles, compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference in NCAA Division I sports. In 1991, Charles B. Edwards, chair of the Board of Regents, lobbied the Florida Legislature to pass legislation recommending that Florida's 10th state university be built in the Florida Southwest Region.
Florida Governor Lawton Chiles signed the bill authorizing the school in May 1991. The Board of Regents selected a 760-acre site in the south Fort Myers area donated by Ben Hill Griffin III, on which to build the University. On April 26, 1993, Dr. Roy E. McTarnaghan, who served as the executive vice chancellor for the State University System of Florida, was appointed president of the yet-unnamed “New University of Southwest Florida.” Founding President McTarnaghan and a small number of employees set up temporary base in downtown Fort Myers in a space provided by the Lee County Commission. The school was established by then-governor Lawton Chiles in 1991, although FGCU commemorates August 25, 1997. Academic Building 5 at Florida Gulf Coast University was renamed "Charles B. Edwards Hall", in honor of Edwards. In July 1999, William C. Merwin became FGCU's second president. Merwin sought to create a traditional four-year university. Being an active fundraiser, Merwin raised more than $250 million for the university in a short eight-year period expanding the school.
New buildings included Lutgert College of Business, Holmes Hall, Whitaker Hall, Cohen Center, Alico Arena and an expansion of on-campus housing. Student enrollment at FGCU increased from 2,000 in its first year, to 15,000 as of 2017. In 2007, Dr. Wilson G. Bradshaw became the university's third president. Bradshaw announced that he would step down after the 2016–17 academic year, the Board of Trustees selected Dr. Michael V. Martin to replace Bradshaw in 2017. Responding to a challenge for state universities to improve their four-year graduation rate, FGCU in 2016 introduced a program called Soar in 4, which reimburses out-of-pocket tuition expenses for the freshman year of students who graduate within four years and meet certain other criteria. Mike Martin, former chancellor of Louisiana State University and the Colorado State University System, succeeded Bradshaw as Florida Gulf Coast University president on July 1, 2017; the transition from Dr. Bradshaw to Dr. Martin came during the university's celebration of its 20th anniversary.
In 2017, the College of Health Professions & Social Work was renamed the Marieb College of Health & Human Services after a $10 million gift from donor Elaine Nicpon Marieb, for whom Marieb Hall was named after her original $5 million pledge. FGCU's 760-acre campus is located in unincorporated Southwest Florida in Lee County, 21 miles from Naples and south of Fort Myers, it uses a Fort Myers postal code. The 150-acre center of the campus, known as the Academic Core, contains the buildings housing most of the school's classrooms and labs. There are three separate housing areas on the periphery of the campus: North Lake, South Village, West Lake Village. North Lake Village overlooks a lake with recreational activities including boating and water skiing, with a new boardwalk and dining facility opening along its waterfront in 2017; the Lutgert College of Business building opened in 2008, Holmes Hall opened in 2009, in 2008, the Herbert J. Sugden Hall opened. Academic Building 7 for the College of Arts and Sciences was completed in 2010 and named Seidler Hall in 2016 after donors Lee and Gene Seidler.
In 2012, Academic Building 8 was completed. Now Marieb Hall, it was dedicated to Elaine Nicpon Marieb in 2012; the $24 million, 60,000-square-foot building was designed for the College of Health Professions, which in 2017 was renamed the Marieb College of Health & Human Services after Dr. Marieb's second transformative gift, an additional $10 million pledge. Other construction projects include expansion of the Cohen Center, an addition to the fine arts building, a 2017 expansion of Alico Arena, an addition of one of the largest solar panel fields at a university, the construction of academic building 9. FGCU opened a new facility a few miles northeast of campus in 2016, the Emergent Technologies Institute. FGCU has created the Everglades Wetland Research Park, housed in the Kapnick Education and Research Center on the campus of the Naples Botanical Garden in Naples, Florida 35 miles south of the main FGCU c
Norcross is a city in Gwinnett County, United States. The population as of the 2010 census was 9,116, while in 2017 the estimated population was 16,845, it is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta metropolitan statistical area. Norcross was chartered as a town on October 26, 1870; the community was named for a former Atlanta Mayor and railroad official. Norcross is located in western Gwinnett County at 33°56′N 84°13′W, it is bordered to the north by the city of Peachtree Corners. Interstate 85 forms the southern boundary of the city, with access from Exits 99, 101, 102. Downtown Atlanta is 20 miles to the southwest via I-85. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city of Norcross has a total area of 4.65 square miles, of which 4.64 square miles is land and 0.01 square miles, or 0.25%, is water. Gwinnett County Transit serve the city. Norcross Greyhound Bus Terminal, 2105 Norcross Pkwy, Norcross, GA 30071 The Western Gwinnett Bikeway, is a multi-use trail along the Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.
It is a shared use path, cycle track, bike lane that connects Norcross to neighboring Duluth. In September 2015, the Norcross City Council approved plans to do a concept study on developing the Beaver Ruin Creek Greenway; the greenway could serve to connect Norcross residents to the Peachtree Creek Greenway, being developed in Atlanta, Brookhaven and Doraville. As of 2010, Norcross had a population of 9,116; the racial and ethnic composition of the population was 40.8% white, 19.8% black or African American, 0.7% Native American, 2.1% Asian Indian, 10.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 21.5% from some other race and 4.3% reporting two or more races. 39.4 % of the population was Latino. At the 2000 census, there were 8,410 people, 2,644 households and 1,768 families residing in the city; the population density was 2,050.4 per square mile. There were 2,750 housing units at an average density of 670.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 53.50% White, 20.82% African American, 0.54% Native American, 6.10% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 15.39% from other races, 3.63% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 40.93% of the population. There were 2,644 households of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.1% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.7% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.04 and the average family size was 3.35. Age distribution was 22.7% under the age of 18, 14.8% from 18 to 24, 40.9% from 25 to 44, 15.5% from 45 to 64, 6.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 130.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 134.8 males. The median household income was $44,728 and the median family income was $42,893. Males had a median income of $26,485 versus $27,347 for females; the per capita income for the city was $18,573. About 11.8% of families and 17.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.0% of those under age 18 and 17.2% of those age 65 or over.
Alvin Kamara, NFL running back for the New Orleans Saints Gwinnett County Public Schools serves Norcross. Elementary schools Susan O. Stripling Elementary School Beaver Ridge Elementary School Meadowcreek Elementary School Nesbit Elementary School Norcross Elementary School Rockbridge Elementary School Baldwin Elementary School Middle schools Pinckneyville Middle Summerour Middle High schools Meadowcreek High School Norcross High School Other Brenau University Atlanta Campus Greater Atlanta Christian School GIVE Center West Ashworth College Gwinnett County Public Library operates the Norcross Branch in Norcross. WestRock, a Fortune 500 paper and packaging manufacturer RentPath, a large apartment guide company Institute of Industrial Engineers, a professional society for industrial engineers LSI Corporation, which designs semiconductors and software that accelerate storage and networking in datacenters and mobile networks EMS Technologies, specializing in wireless communications American Megatrends, headquartered in Building 200 at 5555 Oakbrook Parkway in unincorporated Gwinnett County near Norcross Waffle House, headquartered in Norcross NanoLumens and manufacturer of digital LED displays The main newspaper of Greater Atlanta is the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Spanish language newspaper El Nuevo Georgia has its headquarters in unincorporated Gwinnett County near Norcross. The ABC Studios television show Resurrection was filmed in all around Norcross; the 2018 film Love Simon has a carnival themed scene filmed in the Norcross town square. City of Norcross official website Norcross Neighbors Historic Norcross Holiday Home Tour National Register of Historic Places City of Norcross historical marker Holy Row historical marker Brunswick Hotel historical marker Norcross Presbyterian Church historical marker
University of Central Florida
The University of Central Florida, or UCF, is a state university in Orlando, Florida. It has more students enrolled on campus than any other U. S. college or university. Founded in 1963 by the Florida Legislature, UCF opened in 1968 as Florida Technological University, with the mission of providing personnel to support the growing U. S. space program at the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Florida's Space Coast. As the school's academic scope expanded beyond engineering and technology, Florida Tech was renamed The University of Central Florida in 1978. UCF's space roots continue. Initial enrollment was 1,948 students. C. Most of the student population is on the university's main campus, 13 miles east of downtown Orlando and 35 miles west of Cape Canaveral; the university offers more than 200 degrees through 13 colleges at 10 regional campuses in Central Florida, the Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nona, the Rosen College of Hospitality Management in south Orlando and the Center for Emerging Media in downtown Orlando.
Since its founding, UCF has awarded more than 290,000 degrees, including over 50,000 graduate and professional degrees, to over 260,000 alumni worldwide. UCF is a space-grant university, its official colors are black and gold, the university logo is Pegasus, which "symbolizes the university's vision of limitless possibilities." The university's intercollegiate sports teams, known as the "UCF Knights" and represented by mascot Knightro, compete in NCAA Division I and the American Athletic Conference. Following President John F. Kennedy's September 1962 speech, in which he described his goal of accomplishing a manned space flight to the moon by the end of the decade, the space program grew in importance and scope in Central Florida because of its proximity to Cape Canaveral. Prominent residents and local leaders began lobbying the Florida State Legislature to increase access to higher education on the Space Coast. With the help of former State Senate President William A. Shands and Senator Beth Johnson, on June 10, 1963, the legislature passed and Governor Farris Bryant signed into law Senate Bill No.
125, which authorized the Florida Board of Regents to create a new state university in East Central Florida. The university was founded as a non-segregated and coeducational university, with the mission of educating students for space-age careers in engineering and other technological professions. On January 24, 1964, the Board of Regents purchased 1,000 acres of remote forest and pasture land along Alafaya Trail in northeast Orlando for $500,000 as the site of the new university. Local residents donated another 227 acres, raised more than $1 million in funds to secure the land acquisition. In December 1965, the Board of Regents appointed Charles Millican the first president of the new university. With the consultation of a citizen advisory group, Millican chose the name Florida Technological University, as well as co-designed the school's distinctive Pegasus seal. Millican is responsible for the university's slogan, "Reach for the Stars", for the two key principles of the school, "accent on excellence" and "accent on the individual", for the campus's unique pedestrian-oriented concentric-circle layout, based on plans by Walt Disney and has become a model for other universities.
Millican and then-Governor Claude Kirk presided over FTU's groundbreaking in March 1967. On October 7, 1968, the inaugural classes were held in the school's first academic building. 1,948 students were enrolled in 55 degree programs within five colleges, led by 90 instructors and aided by 150 staff members, during the university's first year. FTU graduated its first class of 423 seniors on June 14, 1970, with astronaut and Orlando native John Young giving the commencement address. Millican selected the university's official colors, had a role in selecting its first mascot, the Citronaut, a mix of an orange and an astronaut; the Citronaut proved unpopular, so in 1969 the student newspaper, The Central Florida Future, encouraged mascot suggestions from students and faculty. The search for a replacement proved unsuccessful until 1970, when Judy Hines, a night nurse, proposed Vincent the Vulture, he served as the university's unofficial mascot for more than a year. In late 1971, students voted and selected the Knight of Pegasus as the school's official athletic mascot.
After retiring as president in 1978, Millican identified his proudest moment leading the school as when President Richard Nixon delivered the university's spring 1973 commencement address. Entering office in 1978, the university's second president, Trevor Colbourn, recognized the diversification and growth of UCF's academic programs away from its technological and scientific beginnings; as the university developed strong business and liberal arts programs, Colbourn recognized the university's name no longer recognized its mission. From its establishment the university was known as Florida Technological University, nicknamed Florida Tech, until December 1978 when Governor Reubin Askew signed legislation changing the school's name to the University of Central Florida. Colbourn established the university's honors program, started the university's first satellite branch campus. In addition, he was responsible for constructing the Central Florida Research Park adjacent to the UCF campus, founded in 1978.
The park serves as a major focus of simulation for space and defense-related research. It was part of Colbourn's plan to make UCF a world-class partnership university. Among the university's first partners were Lockheed Martin and the United States Navy, Colbourn led the push to f
Field goal (basketball)
In basketball, a field goal is a basket scored on any shot or tap other than a free throw, worth two or three points depending on the distance of the attempt from the basket. Uncommonly, a field goal can be worth other values such as one point in FIBA 3x3 basketball competitions or four points in the BIG3 basketball league. "Field goal" is the official terminology used by the National Basketball Association in their rule book, in their box scores and statistics, in referees' rulings. The same term is the official wording used by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and high school basketball. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds the NBA record for field goals made in a career with 15,837. Wilt Chamberlain, one of the most prolific scorers of all time, holds the top four spots for most field goals made in a season and has the two top field goal percentages for a season. One of the greatest field-goal shooters of all time is Michael Jordan, who led the NBA in field goals made ten times. Shaquille O'Neal has the record for most seasons with the best field goal percentage, Artis Gilmore has the record for highest career field goal percentage.
Steve Nash was one of the greatest all-around shooters in the history of the NBA, holding the record for 50–40–90 seasons, a mark of all-around shooting for two-point field goals, three-point field goals, free throws. Nash recorded four of the eleven 50–40–90 seasons in NBA history. One type of field goal is called a slam dunk; this occurs when a player jumps near the basket with possession of the ball, throwing the ball down through the basket while airborne. The word "slam" is derived onomatopoeically from the sound of the player's hands hitting, grabbing releasing the hoop. NBA records