A. Byron Beck is an American former professional basketball player. A 6'9" forward/center from the University of Denver, Beck was one of six players who participated in all nine seasons of the original American Basketball Association, he played for the Denver Rockets, who became the Denver Nuggets. Beck was not blessed with superior athleticism, but he was a hard worker known for his tenacious rebounding and efficient hook shot, he represented Denver in two ABA All-Star Games. Beck played one season in the National Basketball Association after the Nuggets joined the NBA through the ABA–NBA merger in 1976, he retired in 1977 with 8,603 career ABA/NBA points and 5,261 career rebounds. On December 16, 1977, he became the first player in the Denver franchise to have his jersey number retired. Profile at Remember the ABA Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
Oliver High School
David B. Oliver High School known as Oliver High School, was a public school in the Northside area of Pittsburgh, United States. Oliver was one of ten high schools in the Pittsburgh Public Schools; the school was closed in 2012 but the building remained open as offices. Established February 3, 1925 it is named in the honor of David B. Oliver, President of Pittsburgh Public Schools from 1911–1922. Oliver was responsible for the increase in the number and size of Pittsburgh Public Schools; the school sits on land that once was a landfill and is one of ten high schools in the Pittsburgh Public Schools area. The school colors are orange and seal brown in reference to Oliver's name; the school's newspaper has run an advice column "Dear Moppet" since the 1920s. The school's alma mater, written in 1925 had as many as seven verses which can be found in several copies of the "Omicron" from the 1970s. Today, only one verse is known and is sung each day during morning announcements; the school is home to the Zeta Rho Chapter of the National Honor Society.
The school's original motto'On, Sail On!' was changed to "Believe, Succeed!"The school serves as a neighborhood school for the surrounding North Side area, attracts non-local students to its magnet programs, JROTC and Law and Public Service. Oliver offers all academic programs at the Gifted, Advanced Placement and standard academic levels. Oliver offers eight Applied Technology and Career Development Programs for students interested in vocational training. On November 23, 2011, the Pittsburgh Board of Education approved a facility reform plan that would close Oliver as an active city high school for the 2012-13 school year; the staff and students would be relocated to the Pittsburgh Perry High School, the Oliver building would remain open as the new home of the district special education offices. Oliver High School
Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws; the team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play is mandated. Players advance the ball by bouncing it while walking or running or by passing it to a teammate, both of which require considerable skill. On offense, players may use a variety of shots -- a dunk, it is a violation to lift or drag one's pivot foot without dribbling the ball, to carry it, or to hold the ball with both hands resume dribbling.
The five players on each side at a time fall into five playing positions: the tallest player is the center, the tallest and strongest is the power forward, a shorter but more agile big man is the small forward, the shortest players or the best ball handlers are the shooting guard and the point guard, who implements the coach's game plan by managing the execution of offensive and defensive plays. Informally, players may play three-on-three, two-on-two, one-on-one. Invented in 1891 by Canadian-American gym teacher James Naismith in Springfield, United States, basketball has evolved to become one of the world's most popular and viewed sports; the National Basketball Association is the most significant professional basketball league in the world in terms of popularity, salaries and level of competition. Outside North America, the top clubs from national leagues qualify to continental championships such as the Euroleague and FIBA Americas League; the FIBA Basketball World Cup and Men's Olympic Basketball Tournament are the major international events of the sport and attract top national teams from around the world.
Each continent hosts regional competitions for national teams, like FIBA AmeriCup. The FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup and Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament feature top national teams from continental championships; the main North American league is the WNBA, whereas strongest European clubs participate in the EuroLeague Women. In early December 1891, Canadian James Naismith, a physical education professor and instructor at the International Young Men's Christian Association Training School in Springfield, was trying to keep his gym class active on a rainy day, he sought a vigorous indoor game to keep his students occupied and at proper levels of fitness during the long New England winters. After rejecting other ideas as either too rough or poorly suited to walled-in gymnasiums, he wrote the basic rules and nailed a peach basket onto a 10-foot elevated track. In contrast with modern basketball nets, this peach basket retained its bottom, balls had to be retrieved manually after each "basket" or point scored.
Basketball was played with a soccer ball. These round balls from "association football" were made, at the time, with a set of laces to close off the hole needed for inserting the inflatable bladder after the other sewn-together segments of the ball's cover had been flipped outside-in; these laces could dribbling to be unpredictable. A lace-free ball construction method was invented, this change to the game was endorsed by Naismith; the first balls made for basketball were brown, it was only in the late 1950s that Tony Hinkle, searching for a ball that would be more visible to players and spectators alike, introduced the orange ball, now in common use. Dribbling was not part of the original game except for the "bounce pass" to teammates. Passing the ball was the primary means of ball movement. Dribbling was introduced but limited by the asymmetric shape of early balls. Dribbling was common by 1896, with a rule against the double dribble by 1898; the peach baskets were used until 1906 when they were replaced by metal hoops with backboards.
A further change was soon made, so the ball passed through. Whenever a person got the ball in the basket, his team would gain a point. Whichever team got; the baskets were nailed to the mezzanine balcony of the playing court, but this proved impractical when spectators in the balcony began to interfere with shots. The backboard was introduced to prevent this interference. Naismith's handwritten diaries, discovered by his granddaughter in early 2006, indicate that he was nervous about the new game he had invented, which incorporated rules from a children's game called duck on a rock, as many had failed before it. Frank Mahan, one of the players from the original
Spencer Haywood is an American former professional basketball player and Olympic Gold Medalist. Haywood is a member of the Hall of Fame, being inducted in 2015. In 1964, Haywood moved to Michigan. In 1967, while attending Pershing High School, Haywood led the school's basketball team to the state championship. Haywood attended Trinidad State Junior College in Trinidad, during the 1967–68 college season, where he averaged 28.2 points and 22.1 rebounds per game. Due to his exceptional performance and talent, Haywood made the USA Olympic Basketball team in 1968. Haywood was the leading scorer on the USA's gold medal winning basketball team during the 1968 Olympics at 16.1 points per game, he set a USA field goal percentage record of.719. Haywood transferred to the University of Detroit in the fall of that year, led the NCAA in rebounding with a 21.5 average per game while scoring 32.1 points per game during the 1968–69 season. Haywood decided to turn pro after his sophomore year, but National Basketball Association rules, which required a player to wait until his class graduated, prohibited him from entering the league.
As a result, he joined the Denver Rockets of the American Basketball Association. In his 1969-70 rookie season, Haywood led the ABA in scoring at 30.0 points per game and rebounding at 19.5 rebounds per game while leading the Rockets to the ABA's Western Division Title. In the playoffs, Denver defeated the Washington Capitols in 7 games in the Western Division Semifinals before falling to the Los Angeles Stars in the division finals, 4 games to 1, he was named both the ABA Rookie of the Year and ABA MVP during the season, became the youngest recipient of the MVP at the age of 21. His 986 field goals made, 1,637 rebounds, 19.5 rebound per game average are the all-time ABA records for a season. Haywood won the ABA's 1970 All-Star Game MVP that year after recording 23 points, 19 rebounds, 7 blocked shots for the West team. In 1970, despite the NBA's eligibility rules, Haywood joined the Seattle SuperSonics, with SuperSonics owner Sam Schulman launched an anti-trust suit against the league; the case went all the way to the U.
S. Supreme Court before the NBA agreed to a settlement. Haywood was named to the All-NBA First Team in 1972 and 1973 and the All-NBA Second Team in 1974 and 1975. Haywood's 29.2 points per game in the 1972–73 season and 13.4 rebounds per game in 1973–74 are still the single-season record averages for the SuperSonics for these categories. Haywood played in four NBA All-Star Games while with Seattle, including a strong 23 point 11 rebound performance in 1974. In the 1974–75 season, he helped lead the SuperSonics to their first playoff berth. Overall, during his five seasons with Seattle, Haywood averaged 24.9 points per game and 12.1 rebounds per game. In 1975, the SuperSonics traded him to the New York Knicks where he teamed with Bob McAdoo. Haywood played for the New Orleans Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers, Washington Bullets. During the late 1970s, Haywood became addicted to cocaine, he was dismissed from the Lakers by then-coach Paul Westhead during the 1980 NBA Finals for falling asleep during practice due to his addiction.
The next season Haywood played in Italy for Reyer Venezia Mestre along with Dražen Dalipagić before returning to the NBA to play two seasons with the Washington Bullets. Haywood's no. 24 jersey was retired by the SuperSonics during a halftime ceremony on February 26, 2007. Haywood was married to fashion model Iman from 1977 until 1987; the union produced a daughter, Zulekha Haywood, born in 1978. He remarried in 1990, he and his wife, have three daughters. Haywood resides in Las Vegas. Haywood was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in September 2015. List of NCAA Division I men's basketball season rebounding leaders Career statistics Spoken Word: Spencer Haywood Interview with Michael Tillery of Blacksportsnetwork.com
AAU Men's Basketball All-Americans
The Amateur Athletic Union Men's Basketball All-Americans were players who competed in the Amateur Athletic Union between 1920–21 and 1967–68 and were chosen as the best players in the league during their respective seasons. Founded in 1888, the Amateur Athletic Union is one of the largest non-profit, sports organizations in the United States, it is dedicated to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs. The era between 1921 and 1968 is referred to as the "Golden Era" of AAU basketball while companies began vying for players to compete on their teams. There was a great allure to playing AAU basketball besides job security. Only amateurs were allowed to compete in the Olympic Games, many AAU basketball alumni went on to compete for the United States during their careers. During this time period, thirty-three AAU All-Americans played on the United States men's national basketball team in seven different Olympic Games: Joe Fortenberry, Carl Knowles, Frank Lubin, Art Mollner, Bill Wheatley.
Pitts, Cab Renick. Jones, Ron Tomsic, Gerry Tucker, Jim Walsh. Eleven AAU All-Americans have been enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as players; these players include Roger Brown, Ace Gruenig, Richie Guerin, Chuck Hyatt, K. C. Jones, Bob Kurland, Hank Luisetti, Jack McCracken, Andy Phillip, Jim Pollard, George Yardley. Two other AAU All-Americans have been enshrined in other roles: Don Barksdale as a contributor and Larry Brown as a coach; this is a list for all of the All-Americans. 10 selectionsAce Gruenig7–9 selectionsNone6 selectionsShorty Carpenter, Bob Kurland, Jack McCracken5 selectionsForrest DeBernardi, Chuck Hyatt4 selectionsDon Barksdale, Berry Dunham, Burdie Haldorson, Frank McCabe, Jimmy McNatt, Bill Reigel, George Starbuck3 selectionsGlen Anderson, Vern Benson, George "Pidge" Browning, Howie Crittenden, Chuck Darling, Joe Fortenberry, Roy Lipscomb, Pete McCaffrey, Les O'Gara, George Reeves, Gary Thompson, Ron Tomsic, Jerry Shipp, George Williams, Howie Williams NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans – similar honor presented to men's basketball players in NCAA Division I competition
Saint Francis University
Saint Francis University is a private Catholic liberal arts university in Loretto, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1847 and conducted under the tradition of the Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular; the university is farmland of Loretto. Saint Francis College was established in 1847 by six Franciscan teaching Brothers from Mountbellew, given land in Loretto by Michael O'Connor, the first Bishop of Pittsburgh, to establish a school; the university was one of the first Catholic universities in the United States and the first Franciscan college in the nation. Although it only admitted males, it became one of the first Catholic Universities to become co-educational. Loretto is the site of the first English-language Roman Catholic settlement established west of the Allegheny Front, in what is now the United States, by Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin in 1799. In 2001 Saint Francis College was approved to change to become a university by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and renamed to Saint Francis University.
Saint Francis University enrolls 1704 undergraduate students and 605 graduate students. The university offers 7 graduate fields of study to its students; the university maintains an average graduation rate of 70.3%. The main building for the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, which has a number of smaller facilities across the local region, is located on campus. On the campus are The DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness, the Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation, Center for Watershed Research & Service, The Institute for Contemporary Franciscan Life. Immergrün Golf Course is a semi-private, nine-hole, regulation-length 3,234-yard, par-36 course on rye grass located on the campus of Saint Francis University at 105 Saint Elizabeth Street. Immergrün has not been altered since Donald Ross built it for the steel magnate Charles M. Schwab in 1917. Saint Francis University runs a campus at Ambialet France in the Midi-Pyrénées. All classes are in English. Athletically, Saint Francis competes in the NCAA's Northeast Conference.
Their nickname is the Red Flash. The University has a total of 22 varsity sports teams, with nine men's teams and 13 women's programs all competing in NCAA Division I. Men's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and track & field competing in the Northeast Conference and volleyball, which competes in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Saint Francis University will be adding Women's Water Polo in 2016-2017 school year as its 23 varsity sport at the Division 1 level. In addition to this, there are two club sport teams, ice hockey and baseball. Tony Bova – Pittsburgh Steelers 1942–1947, he crossed the English Channel in 24 hours. Boyton opened the first "permanent" amusement park in Chicago in 1894, as well as Sea Lion Park on Coney Island, New York in 1895, Chutes Park in San Francisco, California in 1895. James Casorio – Representative Pennsylvania House of Representatives 1997–2010 Robert Conway – Vice Admiral in United States Navy Dominic Joseph Mike Ryba – known as the "One Man Team," he was a right-hander for the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox and he pitched in the 1946 World Series.
Calvin Fowler – 1968 Olympic gold medalist in men's basketball, captain of gold medal team at 1967 Pan American Games. ABA professional basketball player. Fowler was an Amateur Athletic Union All-America in 1967 and again in 1968 for Akron Goodyear Wingfoots Mike Iuzzolino – former basketball player, played for NBA's Dallas Mavericks from 1991–1993 Lorenzo Jerome - NFL defensive back Fred R. Klenner – author and ground-breaking medical researcher in Vitamin C studies. Brennan Manning – Christian author, friar and speaker John McCarthy – college football All-American in 1941 at Saint Francis University and former starting quarterback in National Football League John A. Nagy – author on espionage and mutinies of the American Revolution John Naioti – Pittsburgh Steelers 1942 and 1945 National Football League Steve Oroho – Republican Party politician, who has served since January 2008 in the New Jersey Senate, where he represents the 24th Legislative District Tadeusz Piotrowski – author and sociologist Teresa S. Polley – President and Chief Operating Officer of the Financial Accounting Foundation, organization responsible for oversight and finances of Financial Accounting Standards Board, the G
Bill Hosket Jr.
Wilmer Frederick Hosket is an American former professional basketball player. A 6'8" forward/center, Hosket played basketball at Belmont High School in Dayton, where he won an Ohio state championship in 1964, he was named Ohio Player of the Year and was MVP of the state tournament. He played college basketball at the Ohio State University from 1965 to 1968, he led his Ohio State team in scoring and rebounding during each of his three varsity seasons and was named to three All Big Ten Conference Academic First Teams. In fall 1968, he competed at the Summer Olympics, winning a gold medal with the United States national basketball team. Hosket played four seasons in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Buffalo Braves and New York Knicks, he averaged 4.0 points per game in his career and won a league championship with the Knicks in 1970. After retiring as a player, Hosket served on three United States Olympic Basketball Committees, he founded Buckeye Basketball Camp in his home state of Ohio.
In 1998, Hosket was named as the President of the OHSAA Foundation and served as the foundation's first executive director. He is a principal at an independent insurance agency. Hosket and his wife, have three grown sons and reside in Columbus. Hosket's father, Bill Hosket, Sr. and his son, Brad Hosket played basketball at Ohio State. Hosket is a member of the Ohio State Hall of Fame and was named in 1993 to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Silver Anniversary team, he was honored in 2002 by the Ohio High School Athletic Association with its highest honor – the Ethics and Integrity Award. In 2006, he was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame