Mississippi State University
The Mississippi State University for Agriculture and Applied Science known as Mississippi State University, is a public land-grant research university adjacent to Starkville, Mississippi. With 21,353 students at its main campus, it is the largest campus by enrollment in the state, it is classified in the category of "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity" by the Carnegie Foundation and has a total research and development budget of $239.4 million, the largest in Mississippi. It is listed as one of the state's flagship universities; the university was chartered as Mississippi Agricultural & Mechanical College on February 28, 1878 and admitted its first students in 1880. Organized into 12 colleges and schools, the university offers over 180 baccalaureate and professional degree programs, is home to Mississippi's only accredited programs in architecture and veterinary medicine. Mississippi State participates in the National Sea Grant College Program and National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program.
The university's main campus in Starkville is supplemented by auxiliary campuses in Meridian and Vicksburg, Mississippi. The 19th and current president of Mississippi State is Mark E. Keenum, a former United States Under Secretary of Agriculture. Mississippi State's intercollegiate sports teams, known as the Mississippi State Bulldogs, compete in NCAA Division I athletics as members of the Southeastern Conference's western division. Mississippi State was a founding member of the SEC in 1932. In their more-than 120-year history, the Bulldogs have won 21 individual national championships and 30 regular season conference championships; the school is noted for a pervasive baseball fan culture, with Dudy Noble Field holding 17 of the top 25 all-time NCAA attendance records and the school's Left Field Lounge being described as an epicenter of college baseball. The university began as The Agricultural and Mechanical College of the State of Mississippi, one of the national land-grant colleges established after Congress passed the Morrill Act in 1862.
It was created by the Mississippi Legislature on February 28, 1878, to fulfill the mission of offering training in "agriculture and the mechanical arts... without excluding other scientific and classical studies, including military tactics." The university received its first students in the fall of 1880 in the presidency of General Stephen D. Lee. In 1887 Congress passed the Hatch Act, which provided for the establishment of the Agricultural Experiment Station in 1888; the Cooperative Extension Service was established in 1914 by the Smith-Lever Act. The university redefined by the Legislature. In 1932, the Legislature renamed the university as Mississippi State College. In 1958 the Legislature renamed the university Mississippi State University in recognition of its academic development and addition of graduate programs; the Graduate School had been organized, doctoral degree programs had begun, the School of Forest Resources had been established, the College of Arts and Sciences had replaced the General Science School.
The university was uneventfully desegregated in July 1965, when Richard E. Holmes, a graduate of Henderson High School in Starkville, became the first African-American student to enroll; the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed by Congress the year before, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was being debated, the United States Supreme Court had ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that segregation of public schools was unconstitutional; the School of Architecture admitted its first students in 1973, the College of Veterinary Medicine admitted its first class in 1977. The MSU Vet school is the largest veterinary school under one roof in the nation; the School of Accountancy was established in 1979. The University Honors Program was founded in 1968 to provide more rigorous course curricula for academically talented students and support guest lecture series and distinguished external scholarships; the program has a separate college. This was made possible by funding by Bobby Shackouls, an MSU alumnus and retired CEO, who donated US$10 million to found the Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College in April 2006.
MSU started a joint Ph. D. program in engineering with San Jose State University in California, allowing an increase in research for both universities, as well as enhancing the stature of both engineering colleges. In March 2009, Mississippi State announced the conclusion of the university's seven-year capital campaign, with more than $462 million received in private gifts and pledges. Mississippi State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master's, doctoral degrees. Today, the university has the following colleges and schools: As of Fall 2011, Mississippi State's enrollment was 20,424; the university has 160 buildings, the grounds comprise about 4,200 acres, including farms and woodlands of the Experiment Station. The university owns an additional 80,000 acres across the state. Mississippi State University operates an off-campus, degree-granting center in Meridian that offers undergraduate and graduate programs.
In cooperation with the U. S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station, the College of Engineering offers the Master of Science degree to students in Vicksburg. Mississippi State's campus is centered on the main quadrangle, called the Drill Field due to its heavy use by the Corps of Cadets prior to the end of World War II; the Drill Field is defined at its north and south ends by the mirror-image buildings, Lee Hall (th
The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. The Rockets compete in the National Basketball Association, as a member of the league's Western Conference Southwest Division; the team plays its home games at the Toyota Center, located in downtown Houston. The Rockets have won four Western Conference titles; the team was established as the San Diego Rockets, an expansion team based in San Diego, in 1967. In 1971, the Rockets moved to Houston; the Rockets won only 15 games in their debut season as a franchise in 1967. In the 1968 NBA draft, the Rockets, picking first overall, selected power forward Elvin Hayes, who would lead the team to its first playoff appearance in his rookie season; the Rockets did not finish a season with a winning record until the 1976–77 season, when they traded for center Moses Malone. Malone went on to win the NBA Most Valuable Player award twice and led Houston to the conference finals in his first year with the team, he led the Rockets to the NBA Finals in 1981 where they were defeated in six games by the Boston Celtics, led by Larry Bird and future Rockets coach Kevin McHale.
In the 1984 NBA draft, the Rockets drafted center Hakeem Olajuwon, who would be paired with 7 feet 4 inches Ralph Sampson, forming one of the tallest front courts in the NBA. Nicknamed the "Twin Towers", they led the team to the 1986 NBA Finals—the second NBA Finals appearance in franchise history—where Houston was again defeated by the Boston Celtics; the Rockets continued to reach the playoffs throughout the 1980s, but failed to advance past the first round for several years following a second-round defeat to the Seattle SuperSonics in 1987. Rudy Tomjanovich took over as head coach midway through the 1991–92 season, ushering in the most successful period in franchise history; the Olajuwon-led Rockets went to the 1994 NBA Finals and won the franchise's first championship against Patrick Ewing and the New York Knicks. The following season, reinforced by another All-Star, Clyde Drexler, the Rockets repeated as champions with a four-game sweep of the Orlando Magic, who were led by a young Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway.
Houston, seeded sixth in the Western Conference during the 1995 playoffs, became the lowest-seeded team in NBA history to win the title. The Rockets acquired all-star forward Charles Barkley in 1996, but the presence of three of the NBA's 50 greatest players of all-time was not enough to propel Houston past the Western Conference Finals; each one of the aging trio had left the team by 2001, the Rockets of the early 2000s, led by superstars Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming, followed the trend of consistent regular season respectability followed by playoff underachievement as both players struggled with injuries. After Yao's early retirement in 2011, the Rockets entered a period of rebuilding dismantling and retooling their roster; the acquisition of franchise player James Harden in 2012 has launched the Rockets back into championship contention in the mid-2010s. Moses Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon and James Harden have been named the NBA's Most Valuable Player while playing for the Rockets, for a total of four MVP awards.
The Rockets, under general manager Daryl Morey, are notable for popularizing the use of advanced statistical analytics in player acquisitions and style of play. The Rockets were founded in 1967 in San Diego by Robert Breitbard, who paid an entry fee of US $1.75 million to join the NBA as an expansion team for the 1967–68 season. The NBA wanted to add more teams in the Western United States, chose San Diego based on the city's strong economic and population growth, along with the local success of an ice hockey team owned by Breitbard, the San Diego Gulls; the resulting contest to name the franchise chose the name "Rockets", which paid homage to San Diego's theme of "a city in motion" and the local arm of General Dynamics developing the Atlas missile and booster rocket program. Breitbard brought in Jack McMahon coach of the Cincinnati Royals, to serve as the Rockets' coach and general manager; the team, that would join the league along with the Seattle SuperSonics built its roster with both veteran players at an expansion draft, college players from the 1967 NBA draft, where San Diego's first draft pick was Pat Riley.
The Rockets lost 67 games in their inaugural season, an NBA record for losses in a season at the time. In 1968, after the Rockets won a coin toss against the Baltimore Bullets to determine who would have the first overall pick in the 1968 NBA draft, they selected Elvin Hayes from the University of Houston. Hayes improved the Rockets' record to 37 wins and 45 losses, enough for the franchise's first playoff appearance in 1969, but the Rockets lost in the semi-finals of the Western Division to the Atlanta Hawks, four games to two. Despite the additions of Calvin Murphy and Rudy Tomjanovich and the management of Hall of Fame coach Alex Hannum, the Rockets tallied a 67–97 record in the following two seasons and did not make the playoffs in either season; because of the low performance and attendance, Breitbard looked to sell the team, in 1971, Texas Sports Investments bought the franchise for $5.6 million, moved the team to Houston. The franchise became the first NBA team in Texas, the nickname "Rockets" took on greater relevance after the move, given Houston's long connection to the space industry.
Before the start of the 1971–72 season, Hannum left for the Denver Rockets of the American Basketball Association – renamed Denver Nuggets, who joined the NBA in 1976 – and Tex Winter was hired in his place. However, Winter's clashes with Hayes, due to a system that contrasted with the offensive style
Bruce Eric Bowen Jr. is an American former professional basketball player. Bowen graduated from Edison High School and Cal State Fullerton, he went on to play for the National Basketball Association's Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs and the Continental Basketball Association's Rockford Lightning, played abroad in France. One of the most feared perimeter "lockdown" defenders in NBA history, Bowen was elected to the NBA All-Defensive First and Second Teams eight times, was a member of the Spurs teams that won the NBA championships in 2003, 2005 and 2007. Off the court, Bowen became an informal ambassador for child obesity awareness. Bruce Bowen Jr. was born in California as son of Bruce Bowen Sr. and Dietra Campbell. Bowen had a problematic childhood growing up in Merced, because, he claims, his mother took drugs and sold the family TV to feed her habit. Bruce Jr. spent his days playing basketball and became a star in the local West Fresno Edison High School squad.
He played four seasons at Cal State Fullerton, appearing in 101 games, averaged 11.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. After averaging 16.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 36.6 minutes in 27 games as a senior in 1992–93, he was named to the All-Big West Conference First Team. Bowen is seventh all-time in rebounds. After finishing his four-year college eligibility, Bowen was eligible for the 1993 NBA draft, but went undrafted. Instead, he seemed to be destined to become a journeyman athlete. Between 1993 and 1997, Bowen played for five different teams, starting his professional career for the French teams of Le Havre in 1993–94 and Évreux the following season. In 1995–96 he played in the CBA with Rockford Lightning. Bowen made his NBA debut when he was signed to a ten-day contract by the Miami Heat the following month, his output consisted of 1 minute and 1 block. In the 1997 -- 98 NBA season, Bowen reappeared in the NBA. With the Celtics, Bowen established himself in the NBA. In his first full year as an NBA player, he appeared in 61 games with the Celtics, averaging 5.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.43 steals in 21.4 minutes per game, shooting.409 from the field.339 from three-point land and.623 from the free throw line.
The next year was a disappointment for him, as Bowen appeared in only 30 Celtics games, averaging 2.3 points and 1.7 rebounds in 16.5 minutes per game. In the 1999–2000 NBA season, Bowen signed with the Philadelphia 76ers, was traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived picked up off waivers by the Miami Heat. In that season, he wore jersey #12 instead of #30 and appeared in 69 games, averaging 2.8 points and 1.4 rebounds in 12.7 minutes per game, scored in double-figures six times. In the following year, Bowen was retained by the Heat. In that year, he had his breakout season. For the first time in his career, he played in all 82 regular season games, averaged 7.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.01 steals in 32.7 minutes per game and set new single season career-highs in games, rebounds, blocks, field goals made and attempted, three-point goals made and attempted and free throws made and attempted. Bowen logged more minutes, scored more points and hit more threes than he had in his first four seasons combined.
Bowen earned himself a reputation as a defensive stopper. For his strong perimeter defense, he was voted into the All-Defensive Second Team. In the 2001–02 NBA season, Bowen was signed by the San Antonio Spurs, he joined a championship-caliber team, led by veteran Hall-of-Fame center David Robinson and young power forward Tim Duncan, complemented by talented role players like Steve Smith, Malik Rose, Antonio Daniels and point guards Terry Porter and Tony Parker. Bowen established himself beginning in each of his 59 regular-season games. In that season, Bowen received his first of several fines: he had to pay $7,500 for kicking Wally Szczerbiak in the face during a March 1, 2002 game. In the 2002 NBA Playoffs, Bowen started in all 10 Spurs playoffs games, where the team succumbed to the Los Angeles Lakers. For his feats, Bowen earned himself his second All-Defensive Second Team nomination, although some peers and sports analysts accused him of being a "dirty" defender. In the next season, Bowen started in all 82 regular season games for the second time in his career and averaged 7.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 31.3 minutes per game.
Again, he was voted into the All-Defensive Second Team and was a member of the Spurs team which won the 2003 NBA Finals. At age 31, the one-time journeyman Bowen had won his first championship ring as a starter. In the following three seasons, Bowen established a reputation as one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA, earning three straight All-Defensive First Team elections and ending as runner-up in the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award votings twice, losing to post defender Ben Wallace. Having established himself as the premier defensive backcourt player, Bowen's effective, but hard nosed style of play came under discussion. In particular, rival guards Vince Carter and Steve Francis accused him of encroaching into their landing space during their jumpshot. Inside Hoops columnist M. J. Darnell commented: "They're whining because Bruce Bowen has frustrated, hurt or angered them in some way.... He just plays tough, physical defense, does not play with any intent to injure, but isn't afraid to get in someone's grill".
2004 NBA draft
The 2004 NBA draft was held on June 24, 2004, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, was broadcast live on ESPN at 7:00 pm. In this draft, National Basketball Association teams took turns selecting amateur college basketball players and other first-time eligible players; the NBA announced that 56 college and high school players and 38 international players had filed as early-entry candidates for the 2004 draft. On May 26, the NBA draft lottery was conducted for the teams that did not make the NBA Playoffs in the 2003–04 NBA season; the Orlando Magic, who had a 25 percent chance of obtaining the first selection, won the lottery, while the Los Angeles Clippers and the Chicago Bulls were second and third respectively. As an expansion team, the Charlotte Bobcats had been assigned the fourth selection in the draft and did not participate in the lottery; the Minnesota Timberwolves forfeited their first-round pick due to salary cap violations. By the end of the draft, around 40% of the players selected in it were born from countries outside the United States.
It would remain the highest influx of international players selected in the modern NBA draft era until the 2016 NBA draft, where half of the selected players were born in countries outside the US. In addition, four of the players selected in the draft were Russians, which not only marked the highest number of players born in that region to be taken in one draft, but was the highest representation of a country in one draft until 2016 when five Frenchmen would be taken in the draft. After the completion of the regular season, Emeka Okafor, the Bobcats' historical first rookie draft pick back when they were considered an expansion franchise, was named Rookie of the Year, while Ben Gordon earned the Sixth Man Award, becoming the first rookie in NBA history to do so. Dwight Howard has become an eight-time All-Star and has received seven All-NBA selections, a three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, he had the distinction as the only NBA player straight out of high school to start all 82 games as a rookie.
There are four other players that would be named All-Stars at some point in their careers, Al Jefferson would be named to an All-NBA team. The draft is notable for many high schoolers being drafted within a few picks from each other; these players not selected in the draft have played at least one game in the NBA. "NBA.com Draft 2004". NBA. Archived from the original on April 20, 2007. Retrieved April 20, 2007. "Player profiles with their career transaction information". NBA. Archived from the original on April 19, 2007. Retrieved April 20, 2007. 2004 NBA Draft
Fabricio Raúl Jesús Oberto is an Argentine-Italian former professional basketball player. At 6 ft 10 in and 256 pounds, he played as a center. With the LNB club Atenas, in his native Argentina, Oberto began playing professionally in 1993, played overseas with teams in Spain and Greece. In 2005, Oberto signed with the San Antonio Spurs, a team of the American National Basketball Association, won a championship with the Spurs in 2007, he is a former member of the senior Argentina national basketball team. At age 17, Oberto went to a trial at Atenas de Córdoba, one of the most important basketball clubs in Argentina, was selected to start the following year, started playing professionally that year. In 1998, after being chosen MVP of the finals of the Argentine league, he transferred to the Greek League club Olympiacos, starting his EuroLeague experience that would take him to the Spanish League's TAU Cerámica a year later. After 3 seasons with TAU, he moved to Pamesa Valencia in 2002. In 2005, after voiding his contract with Pamesa, Oberto signed a 3-year, US$7.5 million contract with the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA, where he joined fellow Argentine Manu Ginóbili.
He kept the same number used with the Argentine national team. Oberto was the oldest rookie in Spurs history at the age of 31. During the first year of his NBA stint, Oberto was no longer the key player he had been in Europe, playing less than 9 minutes per game on average, he nonetheless was satisfied with his role on the Spurs, a perennial championship contender. In his second NBA season, Oberto became more of a factor in the Spurs rotation—starting in some games and getting his first double-double on November 8 when he scored 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, he became a pivotal player for the Spurs during the 2006–2007 Western Conference Finals, averaging 31 minutes and 14 points in the first two games of the series. Oberto won an NBA championship with the Spurs in 2007. On June 23, 2009, Oberto was traded to the Detroit Pistons as a part of a three-team trade among Pistons and the Milwaukee Bucks, which included Richard Jefferson, he was waived by the Pistons. On August 11, 2009, he was signed by the Wizards.
Since jersey number 7 was taken by Andray Blatche, he chose to wear number 21 because of his birth date and in honor of one of his idols, former teammate Tim Duncan. After a single season in which he got limited playing time as the team struggled through the Gilbert Arenas gun incident and began to rebuild, he became a free agent once more in the summer of 2010. Oberto once more was part of the Argentine National Team for the 2010 FIBA World Championship, was an important contributor to Argentina's fifth-place finish. After his solid play during the World Championship in Turkey, he received multiple offers from European teams, most notably Efes Pilsen and Real Madrid. Oberto, decided to continue to wait for an opportunity to sign with an NBA team, he reached an agreement to join the Portland Trail Blazers for the 2010–11 season. However, on November 4, 2010, after playing five games for Portland, he began experiencing palpitations related to a previous heart condition and decided to retire in order to preserve his health.
On January 2013, Oberto signed a contract with his former team, Atenas de Córdoba, returning to the Liga Nacional de Básquetbol after 14 years. Oberto was hired for the remainder of the season as a replacement for center Julián Aprea, separated from the team by coach Alejandro Lotterio and dismissed at the end of 2012. Oberto started playing with the Argentine national team shortly before his 20th birthday in 1995, after that he won a number of tournaments, including the 2004 Olympic gold medal match. In July 2011, Oberto announced that he was coming out of retirement to play in the FIBA Americas Championship, he said. However, he could not participate in the 2012 Summer Olympics because of personal problems. 1993 Argentine Youth League Champion: 1994 South American Club Championship Champion: 1996 Pan American Club Championship Champion: 1997 FIBA South American League Champion: 1998 FIBA South American League Champion: 1998 Argentine League Champion: 2002 Spanish King's Cup Winner: 2002 Spanish League Champion: 2003 EuroCup Champion: 2007: NBA Champion 1995 Pan American Games: Gold 1995 Tournament of the Americas: Silver 1997 FIBA South American Championship: Bronze 2001 Tournament of the Americas: Gold 2002 FIBA World Championship: Silver 2003 Tournament of the Americas: Silver 2004 FIBA Diamond Ball: Bronze 2004 Summer Olympics: Gold 2008 FIBA Diamond Ball: Gold 2008 Summer Olympics: Bronze 2011 FIBA Americas Championship: Gold Oberto was born in Las Varillas, Córdoba, Argentina.
Oberto and his wife, have a daughter, born in the summer of 2005. He enjoys playing the guitar and his favorite bands include Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, U2 and Metallica. On June 4, 2009, Oberto underwent a successful ablation procedure; the procedure was done to correct the electrical system of the heart, sending Oberto into atrial fibrillation. Oberto's procedure was performed at the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute in Austin by Dr. Andrea Natale. Official Site / NBA.com Profile Euroleague.net Profile Spanish League Profile FIBA.com Profile Basket Stats Fabricio Oberto´s Verified Twitter Account
Matthew Robert Bonner known as the Red Rocket, is an American retired professional basketball player. Bonner played college basketball for the University of Florida before being selected by the Chicago Bulls with the 45th overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft. During his career Bonner played for the Toronto Raptors and the San Antonio Spurs with whom he won two NBA championships. Born in Concord, New Hampshire, Bonner attended Concord High School, where he helped lead them to three state championships. Bonner was the Valedictorian of his graduating class. Bonner accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida, where he played for coach Billy Donovan's Florida Gators men's basketball team from 1999 to 2003. In his four seasons, he amassed 778 rebounds and 165 three-point field goals; as a senior in 2003, he was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection and an Associated Press honorable mention All-American. Bonner graduated with a bachelor's degree, with high honors, in business administration and a 3.96 grade point average.
He won Academic All-American of the Year for the sport of basketball in both 2002 and 2003. Bonner was selected with the 45th overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls but was traded to the Toronto Raptors; the Raptors did not have a roster spot available at the time and asked Bonner to play overseas and hone his skills with a verbal promise to make the team the following season. Bonner signed with Sicilia Messina of the Italian league in Sicily. Sicilia stopped paying its players. Many players left the team but Bonner continued to play and finished the year averaging 19.2 points and 9.3 rebounds. In September 2004, Bonner signed a one-year deal with the Toronto Raptors. In 2004 -- 05, he averaged 7.2 points. He remains the only Raptors rookie to play all 82 games in a season. In August 2005, Bonner re-signed with the Raptors on a two-year deal. On June 21, 2006, Bonner was traded with Eric Williams and a second round draft pick to the San Antonio Spurs for Rasho Nesterović and cash considerations.
In his first season with the Spurs, he averaged 4.9 points in just 11.7 minutes per game. The team went on to win the NBA championship that season. In July 2007, Bonner re-signed with the Spurs on a three-year deal. On December 11, 2007, in a loss to the Golden State Warriors, Bonner recorded career-highs of 25 points and 17 rebounds. In July 2010, Bonner again re-signed with the Spurs on a multi-year deal, he went on to lead the NBA in three-point field goal percentage for 2010–11 after he shot 45.7%. After a social media campaign from his brother Luke, Bonner participated in the 2013 NBA Three-Point Shootout during All-Star Weekend, he recorded a score of 19 in the first round to knock out Ryan Anderson and Stephen Curry and advanced to the final where he lost 20-23 to Kyrie Irving. That year and the Spurs reached the NBA Finals where they lost to the Miami Heat in seven games. On June 15, 2014, Bonner won his second NBA championship after the Spurs defeated the Miami Heat 4–1 in the 2014 NBA Finals.
On July 21, 2014, Bonner re-signed with the Spurs,On July 15, 2015, Bonner again re-signed with the Spurs. He announced his retirement on January 6, 2017. On January 12, 2017, the Spurs jokingly "retired" Bonner's iconic flannel shirt in a locker room ceremony. 2013–14 NBA champion 2006–07 NBA champion 2010–11 NBA three-point field-goal percentage leader 2002–03 Honorable Mention All-American 2001–02 Honorable Mention All-American 2002–03 Academic All-American of the Year 2001–02 Academic All-American of the Year 2002–03 All-SEC First Team 2001–02 All-SEC Second Team 2000–01 All-SEC Third Team 2002–03 SEC three-point field-goal percentage leader 2002–03 All-SEC Academic 2001–02 All-SEC Academic 2000–01 All-SEC Academic 1998–99 NHIAA Champions – Concord HS 1997–98 NHIAA Champions – Concord HS 1996–97 NHIAA Champions – Concord HS After retiring from professional basketball, Bonner joined San Antonio Spurs TV Broadcast as a studio analyst. Bonner and his wife Nadia have one daughter, Evangeline-Vesper Lynne Bonner and one son, August Bonner.
He has a younger brother, a professional basketball player. Luke served as Matt's best man at his wedding. Bonner applied for Canadian citizenship in February 2009, but did not qualify, due to the amount of time he spent outside the country. Bonner is a sandwich enthusiast, he has a blog titled "The Sandwich Hunter: The Quest for the Hoagie Grail" in which he documents his search for the "world's best sandwich."During his tenure with the Toronto Raptors, he received the nickname the "Red Rocket" for his red hair and constant use of the public transit in Toronto, the Toronto Transit Commission, whose slogan is "Ride the Rocket."Kobe Bryant coined Bonner's other nickname, the "Red Mamba", on Twitter while live-tweeting during a televised replay of his 81-point game against the Toronto Raptors. After his contract with New Balance expired, Bonner signed a basketball shoe deal with Adidas in January 2014. Bonner and his brother Luke run a nonprofit organization called the Rock On Foundation, in which they look to support community involvement in arts and athletics.
In March 2016, Bonner was featured on the season-premiere episode of FYI's Tiny House Nation, where he and his wife Nadia had a 276-sq.-foot house custom-built. List of Florida Gators in the NBA List of University of Florida alumni Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
Jacque Vaughn is an American former professional basketball player and coach, an assistant coach for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association. A native of Los Angeles, Vaughn attended John Muir High School in nearby Pasadena, where he maintained a 3.94 GPA in honors and AP courses, became the best high school player in that area since former Muir and NBA standout Stacey Augmon. Vaughn excelled both on and off the court, by his senior year was ranked as high as the #7 high school recruit in the country and the #2 point guard in the class of 1993 behind arguably the nation's top player that year, Randy Livingston. Over the course of the season, Vaughn averaged over 21 points and 19 assists per game, while compiling six triple-doubles. Named a First-Team All-American by nearly every publication on the market, Vaughn rounded off his special season with a selection to participate in the prestigious McDonald's All-American Game where he put on a show, scoring only 6 points but amassing 13 assists, while thoroughly outplaying the higher-ranked Livingston once again—this time on a national stage, was named co-MVP with North Carolina's Jerry Stackhouse in the process.
After considering Georgetown, Indiana, UNLV, Arizona and UCLA, Vaughn decided to play for coach Roy Williams at Kansas, along with fellow recruit and college roommate Scot Pollard, the California pipeline of high school hoopsters to Lawrence, started by former standouts Adonis Jordan and Rex Walters, continuing in years with Paul Pierce, Eric Chenowith. As a senior in high school in 1993, Vaughn was awarded the Dial Award as the nation's top male high school scholar-athlete, becoming the first basketball player to win that award. In his college career Vaughn became the starting point guard as a freshman after being chosen to replace incumbent starter Calvin Rayford. Among his first-year highlights were earning the MVP award at the 1993 Pre-Season NIT at Madison Square Garden in New York City and hitting a game-winning three pointer at the overtime buzzer to beat Indiana in an early season game at Allen Fieldhouse. Throughout his four years at Kansas, Vaughn was known as a good distributor of the basketball and effective defender with great speed and court awareness.
By the end of his college career, he was the all-time leader in assists in Kansas basketball history with 804 total, as well as the Big Eight Conference's all-time record holder. In 1997, the award given annually to the school's assist leader was renamed to include Vaughn and original assists leader, Cedric Hunter, as the Hunter/Vaughn/Miles Assists Award. Vaughn earned a 3.72 GPA as a Business Administration major. He was a two-time Academic All-American at Kansas and the 1997 GTE Academic All-American of the Year, he was a two-time all-conference pick and was named the Big Eight Player of the Year in 1996. His college jersey hangs in the rafters of Allen Fieldhouse. In 1997, Vaughn was selected 27th overall by the Utah Jazz in the 1997 NBA draft. In addition to playing four seasons in Utah, Vaughn played with the Orlando Magic, the Atlanta Hawks, New Jersey Nets, San Antonio Spurs, he appeared in 64 games for the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs during the 06-07 season and finished his career there, retiring after the 08-09 season.
Over his career, he averaged 2.5 assists per game. He set an NBA record for consecutive missed field goal attempts to open a season, missing his first 22 to start the 2001 season with the Atlanta Hawks. After those 22 straight misses he shot a career best 47% that season. Vaughn was an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs from 2010 to 2012. On July 28, 2012, Vaughn was named the new head coach of the Orlando Magic. On February 5, 2015, he was fired by the Magic. Vaughn and his wife Laura, his college girlfriend, have two sons and Jeremiah, he enjoys writing poetry. Career statistics and player information from NBA.com