The shooting guard known as the two or off guard, is one of the five traditional positions in a regulation basketball game. A shooting guard's main objective is to steal the ball on defense; some teams ask. A player who can switch between playing shooting guard and small forward is known as a swingman. In the NBA, shooting guards range from 6' 3" to 6' 7" and 5' 9" to 6' 0" in the WNBA; the Basketball Handbook by Lee Rose describes a shooting guard as someone whose primary role is to score points. As the name suggests, most shooting guards are good long-range shooters averaging 35–40 percent from three-point range. Many shooting guards are strong and athletic, have the ability to get inside the paint and drive to the basket. Shooting guards are taller than point guards. Height at the position varies. Shooting guards should be good ball handlers and be able to pass reasonably well, though passing is not their main priority. Since good shooting guards may attract double-teams, they are the team's back-up ball handlers to the point guard and get a fair number of assists.
Shooting guards must be able to score in various ways late in a close game when defenses are tighter. They need to have a good free throw percentage too, to be reliable in close games and to discourage opposing players from fouling; because of the high level of offensive skills shooting guards need, they are a team's primary scoring option, sometimes the offense is built around them. In the NBA, there are some shooting guards referred to as "D" players; the term 3 and D implies that the player is a good 3 point shooter who can play solid defense. The 3 and D player has become important as the game sways to be perimeter oriented. Good shooting guards can play point guard to a certain extent, it is accepted that point guards should have the ball in their hands at most times in the game, but sometimes the shooting guard has a significant enough influence on the team where he or she handles the ball often, to the point where the point guard may be reduced to a backup ball handler or spot-up shooter.
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Ron Williams (basketball)
Ronald Robert Williams was an American basketball player. A 6'3" guard from Weirton, West Virginia, Williams starred at West Virginia University in the mid-1960s, where he was one of the school's first African American basketball players, he was selected by the San Francisco Warriors with the ninth pick of the 1968 NBA draft, was drafted as a defensive back by the Dallas Cowboys in the 14th round of the 1968 NFL Draft. He played eight seasons in the NBA as a member of the Warriors, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Los Angeles Lakers. Williams averaged 9.3 points and 3.5 assists per game in his professional career and ranked third in the league in free throw percentage during the 1970–71 NBA season. After his playing career ended, Williams held several basketball coaching positions, including stints as an assistant coach at the University of California and Iona College, he died of a heart attack in 2004
East Tennessee State University
East Tennessee State University is a public university in Johnson City, Tennessee. Despite being part of the State University and Community College System of Tennessee, the university is governed by an institutional Board of Trustees; as of May 2017It is the fourth largest university in the state and has off-campus centers in nearby Kingsport and Elizabethton. ETSU hosts the James H. Quillen College of Medicine, ranked as one of the top schools in the United States for rural medicine and primary care education. Unique programs include an accredited program in Bluegrass, Old Time, Country Music, America's lone master's degree in Storytelling, the Appalachian Studies programs, focused on the surrounding Appalachian region. ETSU was founded as East Tennessee State Normal School in 1911 to educate teachers. East Tennessee State became a college in 1925 when it changed its name to East Tennessee State Teachers College, subsequently gaining accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools in 1927.
By 1930, the school's name had changed again to East Tennessee State Teacher's College, Johnson City. In 1943, East Tennessee State Teacher's College was expanded into a college with a range of liberal arts offerings, becoming East Tennessee State College; the college became East Tennessee State University in 1963. In 1973, Shelbridge became the president's official residence. ETSU announced plans to open a College of Pharmacy in 2005 receiving local support to secure the approval. Full accreditation was granted in June 2010, shortly after the first class of the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy graduated. In December 2007, the College of Public and Allied Health split into two new colleges, the College of Public Health and the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences. Both are part of ETSU's Health Sciences Division, which includes the James H. Quillen College of Medicine, the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, the College of Nursing. In late 2009, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and the Tennessee Board of Regents authorized the formation of a Ph.
D program in Sport Performance. This program, the first of its kind in the United States, focuses on sports science and physiology in athletics, it features concentrations in sport physiology and sport performance and started in 2010. The research mission of ETSU advances scholarly and creative activity that enhances the teaching and learning environment and benefits the regional and global communities served. ETSU supports and encourages faculty and student research. In FY12, ETSU was awarded over $50 million in research, public service, training/instruction grants; the ETSU Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Administration organizes an annual event, the Appalachian Student Research Forum, for students to showcase their research via poster and/or oral presentations. At the April 2012 event, over 150 student poster and oral presentations were made and over $5000 was given in prize money to undergraduate, medical students, medical residents and postdoctoral fellows. ETSU collegiate athletic teams, nicknamed Buccaneers, compete in the NCAA Division I Southern Conference.
The Buccaneers rejoined the Southern Conference in July 2014 after competing in the Atlantic Sun since 2003, when they dropped football. In the 2006-07 year, ETSU won both the conference's men and women's All-Sport trophies, winning seven team titles, they repeated as the overall and men's All-Sport champions in 2007-08 with three team titles, in 2008-09 with five team titles, in 2009-10 with three team titles. ETSU has won the Bill Bibb Trophy for the best overall Atlantic Sun athletic program all six years since it was first awarded for the 2006-07 season. Current men's sports at ETSU are football, basketball, cross country, soccer and track and field. Women's sports are basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis and field and volleyball. Men's soccer competed at the club level in the fall of 2007, before entering NCAA and Atlantic Sun competition as a scholarship program in the 2008 season. A new on-campus soccer field, Summers-Taylor Stadium, opened in fall 2007. In the 2007-08 season, the women's basketball team made their first trip to the NCAA tournament.
In 2009 and 2010, both the men's and women's teams earned automatic berths to the NCAA championship by winning the Atlantic Sun Conference tournaments. In May 2013, the ETSU Baseball team won their first ASUN Conference Championship and their second NCAA Regional berth. Kerry Doane received the Conference pitcher of the year award, he was drafted in the 24th round by the Cleveland Indians. In May 2014, ETSU Pitcher and 1st baseman, Clinton Freeman was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. On January 29, 2013, the Student Government Association voted 22-5 for a $125 per semester fee increase that would fund the reinstatement of the football program. University President Dr. Brian Noland, in attendance for the vote, said that fee would be sufficient to support football and Title IX requirements that support additional women's athletics. Noland told the student senators a team could be on the field by fall 2015, if the Tennessee Board of Regents approved the proposal. On March 29, 2013, the TBR approved the $125 fee increase to reinstate football at ETSU.
Dr. Noland and Athletic Director Dr. Sander hired former UNC head football coach, Carl Torbush to lead the restart of football in Johnson City, TN. Coach Torbush signed his fi
Rodney King Thorn is an American basketball executive and a former professional player and coach, Olympic Committee Chairman, with a career spanning over 50 years. In 2018, Thorn was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Thorn attracted nationwide attention after a high school basketball career at Princeton High School in his hometown of Princeton, West Virginia that saw him average more than 30 points per game as a senior, he was a two-time High School All-American. Thorn was a regarded high school baseball player, before a head injury took him away from the sport for a time. Thorn was looking at colleges, including Duke University, when the West Virginia State Legislature passed a resolution designating Thorn as a state Natural Resource; this in order to persuade him to emulate native Jerry West and attend West Virginia University. Thorn did just that. Thorn attended West Virginia University, he wore the same number as Jerry West, who had just graduated. At WVU, he was an All-American guard in basketball, as well as playing three seasons on the WVU baseball team.
In 1960-1961, as a sophomore, Thorn averaged 18.5 points and 12.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists for Coach George King and the 23-4 West Virginia Mountaineers men's basketball team. Thorn improved and West Virginia finished 24-6 in 1961-1962; the Mountaineers were invited to the 1962 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament, where they lost to Villanova 90-75. Thorn averaged 23.7 12.1 rebounds. He was the Southern Conference Player of the Year and a 2nd Team All-American selection, beside John Havlicek of Ohio State University, among others. In 1962-1963, Thorn averaged 9.0 rebounds as a senior. West Virginia finished 23-8 and qualified for the 1963 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament. In the NCAA's, they defeated Connecticut 77-71, as Thorn had 7 rebounds. Thorn was outstanding in the Mountaineers' 97-88 loss to St. Josephs, scoring 44 points in a 96-88 loss, he scored 33 points with 9 rebounds in a 83-73 win over New York University in the East Region 3rd place game, his final collegiate game.
Thorn was again selected as a 2nd Team All-American among others. Overall, Thorn averaged 21.8 points and 11.1 rebounds in 81 games during his three seasons at West Virginia. Thorn was the No. 2 overall pick of the 1963 NBA draft, drafted by the Baltimore Bullets. In his rookie season 1963-1964, Thorn was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team averaging 14.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists for the Bullets under Hall of Fame Coach Slick Leonard. Following his first season, Thorn was traded on June 18, 1964. Baltimore traded Thorn, with Terry Dischinger and Don Kojis to the Detroit Pistons for Bob Ferry, future Hall of Famer Bailey Howell, Les Hunter, Wali Jones and Don Ohl. In 1964-1965, Thorn averaged 2.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists for the Pistons. The team didn't make the playoffs under 24 year old player/coach Dave DeBusschere. Detroit, with Thorn averaging 13.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists, traded him on December 24, 1965. The Pistons sent Thorn to the St. Louis Hawks for Chico Vaughn. Thorn averaged 2.4 rebounds in 46 games with the Hawks as a reserve.
Playing alongside Future Hall of Famers Richie Guerin, Zelmo Beaty, Lenny Wilkins and Cliff Hagan, as well as Joe Caldwell, Paul Silas and Bill Bridges, Thorn saw his minutes reduced. The Hawks lost the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Division Finals 4-3 after having beaten Baltimore 3-0 to advance. In 1966-1967, Thorn averaged 8.8 points and 2.4 rebounds for the Hawks as they added Lou Hudson and finished 39-42. The Hawks defeated the expansion Chicago Bulls 3-0 in the playoffs, before losing to the San Francisco Warriors with Rick Barry and Nate Thurmond 4-2 in the Western Division finals. Thorn averaged 10.2 points in the series. On May 1, 1967, Thorn was drafted by the expansion Seattle SuperSonics from the St. Louis Hawks in the NBA expansion draft, he concluded his career as a player with the Seattle SuperSonics. Thorn averaged a career high 15.2 points with 4.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists, in 1967-1968, as the expansion SuperSonics finished 23-58 under Coach Al Bianchi. The SuperSonics improved to 30-52 in 1968-1969, with Thorn averaging 11.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists at age 27.
Thorn's teammate from St. Louis, Lenny Wilkins became the player/Coach of the SuperSonics in 1969-1970 and the team improved to 36-46, in Wilkins' first Coaching season. Wilkins would lead the SuperSonics to the NBA Championship in 1979, would coach in the NBA until 2005, winning 1332 games in 32 seasons. Injured, Thorn averaged 2.9 points in 19 games. In 1970-1971, Thorn finished his playing career, playing in 63 games off the bench, averaging 5.6 points and 2.9 assists for the 38-44 SuperSonics. Overall, in eight NBA seasons, Thorn averaged 10.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 466 games. In 1971–72, Thorn joined his former teammate and coach Lenny Wilkins as an assistant with the SuperSonics and the team finished 47-35. In 1973, former teammate Kevin Loughery was head coach and hired Thorn as assistant coach of the New York Nets of the American Basketball Association for $15,000; the Nets won the 1974 ABA championship, led by Julius Erving. Thorn was hired the head coach of the Spirits of St. Louis with then-star Marvin Barnes for the 1975–76 ABA season.
The Spirits' roster included Hall of Famer Moses Malone, Caldwell Jones, Mike D'Antoni, Gus Gerard, Maurice Lucas, Ron Boone, M. L. Carr and Don Chaney But, after a 20-27 start he was fired in December, 1975 and replaced by Joe Mullaney. Thorn had discipline issues with Barnes. "Marvin would come late for e
Richard Morrow Groat is a former two-sport athlete best known as a shortstop in Major League Baseball. He played for four National League teams the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals, was named the league's Most Valuable Player in 1960 after winning the batting title with a.325 average for the champion Pirates. From 1956 to 1962 he teamed with second baseman Bill Mazeroski to give Pittsburgh one of the game's strongest middle infields. Groat led the NL in putouts four times and in assists twice. At the end of his career he ranked ninth in major league history in games at shortstop and fourth in double plays, was among the NL career leaders in putouts and total chances. An excellent basketball player, Groat attended Duke University and is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, he was twice an All-American at Duke and was voted as the Helms National Player of the Year in 1952 after averaging 25.2 points per game. He played one season as a guard in the National Basketball Association. In 2011 Groat was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame, becoming the first man inducted into both the college basketball and college baseball halls of fame.
From 1969 to 2019 he was the color commentator for Pittsburgh Panthers men's basketball radio broadcasts. Groat was signed by Pirates general manager Branch Rickey just days after graduating from Duke, where he had been a 2-time All-American in basketball and baseball. Both the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Giants were interested in him, but he had always hoped to play for the Pirates after growing up a few miles away from Forbes Field, he broke in with the Pirates in June, never playing in the minor leagues, batted.284 over the rest of the year. Afterwards, he pursued his basketball career before serving two years in the Army, he led Fort Belvoir teams to worldwide Army championships in both sports, the first time a single base had won both titles in the same year, hitting.362 in baseball and averaging 35 points per game in basketball. Returning to the Pirates in 1955, he batted second for the team, with leadoff hitter Bill Virdon recalling his particular skill at the hit and run; that year he led the NL in putouts for the first time.
In 1956, he set the all-time record for most at bats in a season without stolen base. He batted.315 in 1957, along with a career high of 7 home runs. In 1958 he again hit.300, led the NL in putouts and double plays as the Pirates finished in second place, the first time they had placed higher than seventh since 1949. He led the NL in putouts and double plays again in 1959, made his first of five All-Star teams. In the ensuing offseason he was nearly traded for Roger Maris, but the deal was cancelled by manager Danny Murtaugh. Groat responded with his best year as team captain, becoming the first Pirate to be named MVP since Paul Waner in their last pennant year of 1927, the first right-handed Pirates hitter to win the batting title since Honus Wagner in 1911, he missed a few weeks late in the season after having his wrist broken by a Lew Burdette pitch on September 6. In the 1960 World Series against the New York Yankees, he tied Game 1 at 1-1 with a first-inning double and scored to give Pittsburgh the lead.
In Game 7, he had an RBI single and scored in the eighth inning, in which the Pirates scored five runs to take a 9-7 lead. In 1961 Groat batted.275, together with Mazeroski led the league in double plays. In 1962 he batted.294, finishing third in the league in doubles, led the NL in putouts and double plays. In November 1962, in the hope of bolstering the team's pitching, general manager Joe L. Brown traded him to the Cardinals in exchange for Don Cardwell. Groat was hurt by the trade, having hoped to become a coach and manager after retiring, severed all contact with the team until a 1990 reunion of the 1960 champions, he had another outstanding year in 1963, finishing fourth in the league with a.319 batting average – just seven points behind champion Tommy Davis – and collecting 201 hits. He led the NL with 43 doubles, was third with a personal high of 11 triples. In 1964 he batted.292 for the pennant-winning Cardinals, again leading the league in assists and double plays and making his last All-Star team.
In the World Series against the Yankees, he reached base on Bobby Richardson's error in the sixth inning of Game 4, scored on Ken Boyer's grand slam in the 4-3 St. Louis victory. Groat tagged out Mickey Mantle in the third inning of that game on a pickoff play, he scored in the 3-run tenth inning of Game 5, a 5-2 win, had an RBI groundout in the final 7-5 win in Game 7. After hitting.254 in 1965, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in a six-player deal. He batted.265 for the 1966 Phillies, his contract was sold to the Giants in June 1967. In a fourteen-season career, Groat compiled a.286 batting average with 2138 hits, 39 home runs, 829 runs, 707 runs batted in, 352 doubles and 14 stolen bases in 1929 games. 5-time All-Star Led NL in singles Appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated thr
Hot Rod Hundley
Rodney Clark "Hot Rod" Hundley was an American professional basketball player and television broadcaster. Hundley was the No. 1 pick of the 1957 NBA draft by the Cincinnati Royals out of West Virginia University. In 2003, Hundley received the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Hundley's life revolved around the game of basketball, his love and talent for the game led him to achieve honors in high school and most notably during his college years. At West Virginia University, Hundley played to packed crowds at the Old Field House, his dribbling antics and daredevil maneuvers on the floor led to his popular nickname, "Hot Rod". He became known as a broadcaster for the Utah Jazz. Hundley was raised by various families in West Virginia. In high school, Hundley lived alone. A native of Charleston, West Virginia, Hundley showed evident talent for the game during his youth. At Charleston High School in West Virginia he averaged 30 points per game, breaking the state's four-year scoring record in just three years.
He was offered many scholarships to universities. Hundley played for WVU from 1954 to 1957; the Mountaineers made their first NCAA appearance and three total appearances between 1955 and 1957. During his junior year, Hundley averaged 13.1 rebounds per game. He scored more than 40 points in a game six times, which led to the Mountaineers scoring over 100 points in nine games; the Mountaineers were ranked No. 20 in the nation in 1955 and No. 4 in 1956. Hundley holds a varsity school record with 54 points in a single game against Furman and holds a freshmen team record of 62 points against Ohio; as a sophomore in 1955, Hundley averaged 23.7 points per game and 8.1 rebounds in 30 games, 27 of which he started. Hundley scored 24 points against Wake Forest followed up with 30 against Alabama, he scored another 47 points against Wake Forest two games later. He followed up with 24 points against Cornell 38 points against NYU. Two games he scored 35 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against Carnegie Tech, he followed up three games with 30 points against VMI.
He had 17 points against Virginia Tech and 25 points with 11 rebounds against Pittsburgh in the Backyard Brawl. He had 35 points in a loss to Duke, he had 21 against Penn State, 28 against Washington & Lee, 23 against William & Mary, 35 points with 13 rebounds against Pitt. He followed the five-game stretch with 39 points and 10 rebounds against George Washington 25 points and 7 rebounds against Rutgers, he had 27 points and 9 rebounds against VMI, 27 points and 12 rebounds against Washington & Lee, 30 points and 12 rebounds against George Washington. In the Southern Conference tournament, Hundley had the opportunity to set the tournament scoring record with two free throws in the final seconds of a game against George Washington with the Mountaineers having the game won. However, Hundley shot a behind-the-back shot that both resulted in air balls; as a junior in 1956, Hundley set 13.1 rebounds per game. Hundley's first six games of the season had scores of 34 points, 20 points, 27 points, 40 points, 20 points, 21 points.
He had games of 23 points and 29 points against Columbia and Washington & Lee. He followed up with 17 points & 9 rebounds against Villanova, 25 points & 10 rebounds against La Salle a career-game of 24 points, 26 rebounds & 9 assists against VMI, he had 28 points against Carnegie Tech and 29 points, 5 rebounds & 4 assists against Penn State. He followed it up with 29 points against Pittsburgh in the Backyard Brawl, 35 points & 6 rebounds against Furman, 28 points against VMI, 25 points & 24 rebounds against Richmond, he followed up with 25 points against Penn State and 28 points, 13 rebounds & 7 assists against Virginia Tech. He continued with 38 points against William & Mary, 40 points & 13 rebounds against St. John's, 31 points & 13 rebounds against William & Mary, 40 points & 7 rebounds against Pitt, he had a season-high 42 points & 9 rebounds against Furman 26 points against Richmond. In his final collegiate season, in 1957, Hundley averaged 10.5 rebounds per game. He began his senior season with 23 points and 9 rebounds in the first game, 25 points and 13 rebounds in the second game, 28 points and 12 rebounds in the third game of the season.
In the next contest against Penn State, Hundley totaled 16 rebounds. He had 25 points and 10 rebounds in the 83-82 upset over the Duke Blue Devils, he had consecutive games of 24 points, the first with 9 rebounds and the second with 12. In the January 5 game against Furman, Hundley scored a career-high 54 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in the victory, a school record for points in a game, he followed the game up with a game of 32 points and the following game with 34 points and 15 rebounds against Villanova. He had three games of 21 points, 19 points and 18 points, he had a game of 30 points with 13 points against St. John's followed by a game of 34 points and 10 rebounds against VMI, he had a five-game stretch of 32 points, 28 points, 23 points, 39 points, 27 points and 19 rebounds. Hundley was the fourth player in NCAA history to score more than 2,000 points during his career—and he did it in three years, because freshman could not play varsity basketball, he averaged 24.5 points and 10.6 rebounds per game for three seasons and finished his collegiate career with 2,180 points.
He was a two-time, first team All-American and holds eight school records. He remains the only Mountaineer to be drafted first overall in an NBA draft. Once on a trip back to West Virginia to play in a charity game at the
2002 NBA draft
The 2002 NBA draft was held on June 26, 2002, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. In this draft, National Basketball Association teams took turns selecting 57 amateur college basketball players and other first-time eligible players, such as players from non-North American leagues; the draft was broadcast on TNT at 7:30 PM. The NBA announced that about 42 college and high school players, five international players, had filed as early-entry candidates for the draft; the Chicago Bulls and the Golden State Warriors both had a 22.5 percent probability of acquiring the first overall pick, but the Houston Rockets, with an 8.9 percent probability, won the NBA draft lottery on May 19. The Bulls and Warriors were third, respectively; as punishment for salary-cap violations during the 2000–01 season, the Minnesota Timberwolves forfeited their first-round draft pick. The 2002 draft set a record with 17 international selections, with six coming in the first round alone. Number 2 pick Jay Williams violated his contract by riding a motorcycle, nearly lost his life in an accident that shattered his pelvis, severed a main nerve in his leg, tore three ligaments in his left knee including his ACL.
Although he underwent an intense rehabilitation program, Williams never played a game in the NBA again. When it became clear Williams would not be returning to the Bulls because of his injuries, he was waived; the Bulls could have voided Williams' contract, since riding a motorcycle was contractually prohibited. Instead the Bulls completed a $3 million buyout of the contract instead of having him walk away with nothing; the draft was notable for its relative weakness outside the top prospects, as well as the rampant injury concerns of those players. Top players had promising careers end prematurely due to injury, such as Yao Ming and Dajuan Wagner. Yao was named a Hall of Famer—a selection predicated as much on his role in popularizing basketball in China as it was his actual on-court play; these players were not selected in this draft but played at least one game in the NBA