Vallo Allingu is a retired Estonian professional basketballer who last played for Tartu Ülikool/Rock at the center position. Allingu started his club career with Korvpalli Meistriliiga teams like Puuviljaparadiis. In 2002 he joined with Tartu Ülikool/Rock and won the Estonian Championship titles in 2004,2007,2008 and 2010, vallo Allingu was a member of the Estonia national basketball team. He made his team debut in 2001 against Latvia national basketball team. 2003–04 Estonian League 2004–05 Estonian Cup 2006–07 Estonian League 2007–08 Estonian League 2009–10 Estonian Cup 2009–10 Estonian League 2010–11 BBL Cup 2010–11 Estonian Cup 2011–12 Estonian Cup
Cole David Aldrich is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association. He previously played for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, New York Knicks and he played three seasons of college basketball for the University of Kansas before being drafted by the New Orleans Hornets with the 11th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft. Aldrich attended Bloomington Jefferson High School in Bloomington, Minnesota, as a senior, he was named state player of the year by the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals. com, Aldrich was listed as the No.6 center and the No.30 player in the nation in 2007. During the 2007–08 season at Kansas, Aldrichs freshman season, his time was limited due to playing behind future NBA draft picks Darrell Arthur, Sasha Kaun. He averaged three rebounds and 2.8 points a game on 8.3 minutes a game during the regular season, Aldrichs best performance was an 11-point, 11-rebound outing in a win over Texas Tech on March 3,2008.
They defeated the Memphis Tigers to win their first Championship since 1988, with the departure of the other Jayhawk big men to the NBA draft, Aldrich became the premier big-man going into his sophomore season. Through the first 29 games, he averaged a double-double with 15.1 points and 10.8 rebounds in 29.7 minutes of play and he grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds in an 87–78 win over Oklahoma on February 23,2009. On March 8,2009, Aldrich was named to the 2008–09 Big 12 All-conference first team, on March 22,2009 Aldrich recorded the first official triple-double in the history of Kansas basketball against Dayton in the second round of the NCAA tournament. On Monday, April 13, Aldrich announced that he would return to KU for his Junior season and he won the 2009–10 mens college basketball Academic All-American of the Year as selected by CoSIDA and presented by ESPN the Magazine. He ended his career a perfect 55–0 at Allen Fieldhouse. On March 29,2010, Aldrich announced that he would forgo his final season of collegiate eligibility and he was the 11th pick, selected by the New Orleans Hornets, who traded his rights on draft day to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
On August 6,2010, Aldrich signed a contract with the Thunder with a two-year option. On November 24,2010, the Thunder assigned Aldrich to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA D-League and he was recalled on December 6,2010, but sent back to Tulsa on December 30,2010. He was again recalled on February 2,2011, and assigned for a time on March 30,2011. Aldrich reached the 2012 NBA Finals with the Thunder, but the team lost to the Miami Heat, in October 2012, James Harden, Daequan Cook, and Lazar Hayward were traded to the Houston Rockets for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, and draft picks. On February 20,2013, Aldrich was traded to the Sacramento Kings along with Toney Douglas and Patrick Patterson in exchange for Francisco García, Thomas Robinson, on September 24,2013, Aldrich signed with the New York Knicks. On January 29,2014, he was assigned to the Erie BayHawks and he was recalled the next day
Danielle EShawn Adams is an American forward-center. She played college basketball at Texas A&M and she is the first Texas A&M player to be named an Associated Press first-team All-American. She captured first team All-American honors from the WBCA and she was the Most Outstanding Player in the 2011 NCAA Womens Division I Basketball Tournament Championship, scoring 30 points. The 30 points rank second in NCAA Championship Game history, born in Kansas City, Adams began her college career at Jefferson College. She earned Junior College All-American honors both years at the school, and as a sophomore, led her team to a finish at the NJCAA DI Womens Basketball Championship. Following the completion of her year at the two-year school. Two of the schools she considered were Louisville and Texas A&M, although her coach recommended Louisville, she decided that Texas A&M would be a better choice to prepare her for the future. She came into A&M weighing 280 pounds, with support from the coaching staff, including conditioning coach Jen Jones, she slimmed down to 230 pounds her senior year.
As a result, she was able to play longer and harder which helped her to become a first team All-American, in her junior year, she came off the bench and played just over 23 minutes per game. As a senior, she started, and was able to play 35 minutes per game, to get to the Final Four, Adams would have to help her team beat Baylor, a task that has been difficult recently. Baylor beat Texas A&M in both regular season meetings, and in the Big Twelve conference tournament game, in that game, Texas A&M held a lead late, but could not hold on to win. In the Dallas regional Final, Texas A&M pulled out to a lead, and was leading by 16 points almost halfway through the second half. Baylor cut the margin to seven points, but could not get any closer, and Texas A&M went on to win the first game in their last nine meetings, and move on to the Final Four. In the National Championship game against Notre Dame, the Irish were leading at halftime by two points, but extended the lead with a 7–3 run to start the second half, during a media time out the Texas A&M coaching staff told Adams to go inside.
She ended up scoring 30 points, second most in NCAA Championship history and she is only the second player, after Sheryl Swoopes to come from the junior college ranks and go on to win a Most Outstanding Player award. Swoopes is the player to score more than Adams in a title game. After scoring only eight points in the first half, she scored ten points by herself in the second half. Notre Dame would tie the game later, but Adams responded with two consecutive baskets to give her team a lead it would never relinquish, source Adams was selected in the second round of the 2011 WNBA Draft by the San Antonio Silver Stars
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Pablo Aguilar Bermúdez is a Spanish professional basketball player who plays for Herbalife Gran Canaria. He is a 6 ft 8.75 in tall power forward, Aguilar signed with the Spanish League club CAI Zaragoza in 2011. In July 2013, he signed a deal with Valencia Basket. Aguilar has been a member of the senior mens Spanish national basketball team and he played at EuroBasket 2013, where he won a bronze medal, and at EuroBasket 2015, where he won a gold medal. Pablo Aguilar on Twitter Euroleague. net Profile FIBA Archive Profile Eurobasket. com Profile Spanish League Profile Draftexpress. com Profile
Alfred Aboya Baliaba is a Cameroonian professional basketball player who last played for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League. He played college basketball for the UCLA Bruins, advancing to three Final Fours and he was a member of the winningest class in UCLA history with 123 wins. Aboya grew up and attended school in Cameroon before attending prep school in the United States. He attended college at the University of California, Los Angeles, Aboya began his professional career in France, followed by Japan and Turkey before returning to Japan. Aboya was born in Yaoundé, Cameroon to his mother, Kedi Kofane Angele and he graduated from high school in Cameroon and attended prep school at Tilton School in Tilton, New Hampshire. He was recruited by Tilton coach Scott Willard, who had seen a picture of Aboya soaring for a slam dunk. The school was looking to grow its international student population, Tilton had never had any students from Africa, while Aboya spoke a couple of languages—none of them English—and he was a star in two sports including basketball.
Though he had graduated from high school, Aboya was willing to sacrifice two years at Tilton as a path toward an American university education. He was a raw player when he began at Tilton and he became a dominant center by his senior year, and he drew attention from colleges like Georgetown and UCLA. On a visit to the West Coast, Aboya became friends with Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, joined by Mbah a Moute, Aboya began attending UCLA in the fall of 2005. The two teammates relied on each other for support, UCLA advanced to the Final Four in each of Aboyas first three seasons. In his freshman year, he was set to be a starter until he had arthroscopic surgery on both knees, delaying his debut until the seventh game of the season. He played 33 games, starting two, in 2005–06, in his sophomore year, he played in 35 of the Bruins 36 games, including one start. That season, he had almost as many offensive rebounds as he did defensive rebounds, as a junior in 2006–07, Aboya was one of four teammates to play in all 39 games.
He made 17 starts, playing 15.2 minutes per game while averaging 2.9 points and 2.2 rebounds. In his senior year in 2008–09, UCLA relied on him as a rebounder after Mbah a Moute, Aboya averaged 9.9 points and 6.3 rebounds a game, both personal bests. He drew praise for his defense, and developed a 12-foot jump shot and fellow senior teammates Darren Collison and Josh Shipp finished their careers as the winningest class in UCLA history with 123 wins. The distinction was relative, as John Woodens legendary teams played shorter seasons, Aboya felt he had fallen behind during his two years in prep school
Natalie Achonwa is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Indiana Fever of the Womens National Basketball Association. She played on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish womens basketball team, natalie was born in Toronto, started playing basketball in Guelph, and is 193 centimetres tall. Achonwa was recruited as the first ever player on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish womens basketball team. In 2011, Achonwa was named to the Big East All-Freshman Team along with being selected Big East Freshman of the Week in her freshman season, in 2012, She was named to the NCAA Raleigh Regional All-Tournament Team. In her Junior season, She was named as an Honorable Mention for the Associated Press All-America Team, since her freshman season and her team have had four Final Four appearances and three National Championship appearances. This win helped push the Irish into the NCAA Final Four, in 2015, Achonwa was selected as the Notre Dame Representative in the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Womens Legends Class.
At age 16, Achonwa became the youngest player to play on the Canadian national team in 2009. She competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics as well as the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women, Achonwa was invited to join the national team, to play in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship for Women, held in Xalapa, Mexico from September 21–28,2013. She averaged 7.5 points per game, and helped the Canadian National team to a second place, Canada faced Cuba in a preliminary round and won 53–40, but in the championship game, Cuba prevailed 79–71. Achonwa missed the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women due to injury, Achonwa was invited to play for Canada at the 2016 Summer Olympics, making it her second olympic appearance. Achonwa was a member of the Canada womens national team which participated in basketball at the 2015 Pan American Games held in Toronto. Canada opened the preliminary rounds with an easy 101–38 win over Venezuela, the following day they beat Argentina 73–58. The final preliminary game was against Cuba, both teams were 2–0, so the winner would win the group, the game went down to the wire with Canada eking out a 71–68 win.
Canada would face Brazil in the semifinal, Canada opened the game with an 11–2 run on seven consecutive points by Miranda Ayim. In the third quarter Canada strongly out rebounded Brazil and hit 69% of their goals to score 33 points in the quarter. Lizanne Murphy and Nirra Fields hit three-pointers to help extend the lead to 68–39 at the end of three quarters, Canada continued to dominate in the fourth quarter with three-pointers by Kia Nurse and Kim Gaucher. Canada went on to win the game 91–63 to earn a spot in the game against the USA. The gold-medal game matched up the host team Canada against USA, in a sold out arena dominated by fans in red and white, the Canadian team, arm in arm, sang Oh Canada as the respective national anthems were played
The center, known as the five or the big man, is one of the five positions in a regular basketball game. The center is normally the tallest player on the team, and often has a deal of strength. The tallest player to ever be drafted in the NBA was the 78 Yasutaka Okayama from Japan, the tallest players to ever play in the NBA, at 77, are centers Gheorghe Mureșan and Manute Bol. Standing at 72, Margo Dydek is the tallest player to have played in the WNBA. The center is considered a component for a successful team. But recently, the NBA has turned into a point guard league, great centers have been the foundation for most of the dynasties in both the NBA and NCAA. In the 1960s, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain further transformed basketball by combining height with a level of athleticism than previous centers. Following the retirement of George Mikan, the rivalry of the two big men came to dominate the NBA, many of the records set by these two players have endured today. Most notably and Russell hold the top eighteen season averages for rebounds, Bill Russell led the University of San Francisco to two consecutive NCAA Championships.
He joined the Boston Celtics and helped make them one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history, Russell revolutionized defensive strategy with his shot-blocking and physical man-to-man defense. His principal rival, Wilt Chamberlain, listed at 71,275 pounds, Chamberlain played college ball for the Kansas Jayhawks, leading them to the 1957 title game against the North Carolina Tar Heels. Although the Jayhawks lost by one point in overtime, Chamberlain was named the tournaments Most Outstanding Player. He won seven scoring titles, eleven rebounding titles, and four regular season Most Valuable Player awards, including the distinction, in 1960, stronger than any player of his era, he was usually capable of scoring and rebounding at will. Most notably, Chamberlain is the player in NBA history to average more than 50 points in a season. He holds the NBAs all-time records for rebounding average, rebounds in a single game, in contrast to the Celtics dynasty of the 1960s, the 1970s were a decade of parity in the NBA, with eight different champions and no back-to-back winners.
At the college level, the UCLA Bruins, under Coach John Wooden, built the greatest dynasty in NCAA basketball history, UCLA had already won two consecutive titles in 1964 and 1965 with teams that pressed and emphasized guard play. After not winning in 1966, Woodens teams changed their style when Lew Alcindor became eligible and he led UCLA to three championships-in 1967,68 and 69-while winning the first Naismith College Player of the Year Award. During his college career, the NCAA enacted a ban on dunking primarily because of Alcindors dominant use of the shot
Japeth Paul Cabrera Aguilar is a Filipino professional basketball player currently playing for the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel of the Philippine Basketball Association. Aguilars father, Peter Aguilar, was a professional basketball player in the PBA. Japeth Aguilar suited up as a freshman for the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines in 2004. However, his first season stint was cut due to appendicitis. He led the University Athletic Association of the Philippines in rejections during his sophomore season, Japeth Aguilar transferred to Western Kentucky University, where he saw action with the Hilltoppers mostly as a reserve. He entered the NCAA as a junior in 2007, during the season he posted eight points, eight rebounds, four blocked shots, three assists and two steals in just 32 minutes of action in the Hilltopper’s first two contests. He recorded four points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in his collegiate début against Kennesaw State on November 9,2007 and he collected two points, five rebounds and a game-best three blocks on November 13 against Kentucky Wesleyan.
He was injured in practice after the victory over Kentucky Wesleyan, after his stint with the Hilltoppers and NBA tryouts, Aguilar returned to the Philippines without much fanfare mostly due to his poor performance in the United States. Nonetheless, he decided to suit up for the Yeng Guiao-coached Powerade Team Pilipinas that participated in the 2009 FIBA Asia Championship held in Tianjin and he was sparingly used by Guiao in that tournament. As expected, the Burger King Whoppers nabbed Aguilar as its overall No, PBA Governor Lito Alvarez, even went to the extent of banning Aguilar from the league for his refusal to sign with the Whoppers. An amicable settlement was reached on October 9,2009, two days before the 35th PBA season, Alvarez even said that before Aguilar signed their contract, the former already has had the latters No.18 uniform which the Whoppers made. Aguilar played his only game with the Whoppers against the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants in the PBA season opener. As expected, TNT loaned him to Smart Gilas where he stayed there until after the 2012 London Olympics Asian Qualifier as per his Gilas contract, Aguilar is the first player born and raised in the Philippines to ever receive an invitation to work out with an NBA team.
Days before the evaluation, Aguilar attended some open workouts hosted by the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Developmental League, Aguilars team lost but he had managed to put up some notable statistics. He finished the game with 10 points, five blocks, four rebounds and his performance included three electrifying dunks. After the workout with the Jam, Aguilar is said to have made it to the top 20 amongst 80 players who had attended the open workout, in late September 2012, Aguilar was invited to a two-day workout with the New Orleans Hornets. After the workout, Hornets scout Don Sellers liked Aguilars athleticism and potential, shortly after, in early October 2012, Aguilar worked out with NBA D-League team, the Santa Cruz Warriors. The Warriors expressed that they would draft him if he was available when their turn came in the draft
Solomon Makfan Alabi is a Nigerian professional basketball player for Toyotsu Fighting Eagles Nagoya of the B. League. He attended Florida State University where he helped them to a finish in the ACC standings. The 7-foot-1 Alabi was a two-time ACC All-Defensive team selection in both his freshman and sophomore years and he played soccer before taking up basketball at age 15. Alabi grew up in Kaduna, Nigeria before moving to Clermont and he attended high school at Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida where he was an all-state performer and helped lead Montverde Academy to a perfect 30–0 record during his senior season. He attended the high school as Minnesotas Luc Mbah a Moute. Alabi started for the Nigerian Junior National Team at the 2007 Nike All-American camp and he helped Nigeria qualify for the 2007 FIBA Under-19 World Championship. He was selected for the 2007 Nike Hoop Summit, representing the World Select Team, after breaking his leg 10 games into his freshman year, Alabi had to take a medical redshirt.
As a redshirt freshman, he earned All-ACC Freshman Team honors by averaging 8.4 points per game, for his great shot-blocking ability, he was named to the ACC All-Defensive team in 2008–2009. As a redshirt sophomore, Alabi ranked 26th in the nation in blocked shots with an average of 2.39 while increasing his average to 11.7 points per game. On April 23,2010, he declared himself eligible for the 2010 NBA draft, on June 24,2010, Alabi was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks with the 50th pick, and traded to the Toronto Raptors for cash considerations. On July 8,2010, he signed a contract with the Toronto Raptors, the Raptors assigned him to the Erie BayHawks on November 15,2010. He was recalled on December 9,2010, sent back to Erie on January 6,2011, the Raptors assigned him to the BayHawks for a third time on March 9,2011. Afterwards, Alabi was recalled back up to Toronto for a time on April 5,2011. On January 4,2012, Alabi was assigned to the Bakersfield Jam of the D-League and he was recalled on January 22,2012.
On April 26,2012, against the New Jersey Nets, on October 1,2012, Solomon signed with the New Orleans Hornets. However, he was released on October 27, on December 28,2012, Alabi joined the Idaho Stampede. He was released on March 1,2013, on March 21,2013, he signed with the Greek first division basketball club Ikaros Kallitheas B. C. On September 28,2013, Alabi signed with the Philadelphia 76ers, however, he was waived on October 5