Lawrence Roberts (basketball)
Lawrence Edward Roberts III is an American former professional basketball player. Standing at 6 ft 9 in, he played at the power forward position. Roberts attended Baylor University for two seasons, where he made the Big 12 All-Freshman Team, but transferred to Mississippi State University in 2003 following the basketball scandal that rocked Baylor's program that year, he was a first-team All-American and the SEC Player of the Year in 2004, leading Mississippi State to its first top-two seeding in the NCAA tournament. In the 2003–04 season he averaged 16.9 points and 10.1 rebounds. He was first-team All-SEC and a first-team All-American, finishing third to Jameer Nelson and Emeka Okafor for national player of the year honors. In the 2004 -- 05 season he averaged 11 rebounds, he recorded the first triple-double in Mississippi State history against Nicholls State University with 18 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists, while wearing an irritating translucent plastic face mask to protect his broken nose.
Roberts was a second round draft pick of the Seattle SuperSonics in the 2005 NBA draft, but was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for two future second round draft picks and cash considerations. He was signed to a contract on July 10, 2005. After two seasons with the Grizzlies, in July 2007, Roberts moved to Europe and signed with Greek powerhouse Olympiacos on a two-year deal. However, in October 2007, he was released from his contract. Without a club and not playing competitive basketball for several months, Roberts was signed by Serbian team KK Crvena zvezda on September 17, 2008, to a one-year contract. On September 25, 2009, Roberts was signed to the Indiana Pacers training camp roster, but got released less than a month on October 19, 2009. Two days October 21, 2009, Roberts signed a one-year contract with KK Partizan. With Partizan he won the 2009–10 Serbian National Championship, the 2010 Serbian National Cup, the 2010 Adriatic League and took 4th place at the Euroleague's Final Four in Paris.
In July 2010, Roberts signed with the Turkish team Efes Pilsen. On July 12, 2011, Roberts signed with BC Lietuvos rytas. In July 2012, he signed with Bayern Munich. In October 2013, he signed with Darüşşafaka of the TBL2. On October 2, 2014, Roberts signed with BCM Gravelines of the French LNB Pro A averaging 4.7 points and 4.9 rebounds. On February 4, 2015, Roberts left the team citing personal reasons. Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season, he played in domestic competition, regional competition if applicable. Roberts is the son of Lawrence E. "Butch" Jr. and Cynthia Roberts, nephew of former sportscaster Robin Roberts of Good Morning America fame and grandson of the late Col. Lawrence E. Roberts, Sr and Lucimarian Roberts. Lawrence Roberts at eurobasket.com Lawrence Roberts at euroleague.net Lawrence Roberts at basketball-Reference.com Lawrence Roberts at fiba.com
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
2015–16 Mississippi State Bulldogs men's basketball team
The 2015–16 Mississippi State Bulldogs basketball team represented Mississippi State University in the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Bulldogs, led by first year head coach Ben Howland, played their home games at the Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, Mississippi as a member of the Southeastern Conference, they finished the season 7 -- 11 in SEC play to finish in 11th place. They lost to Georgia in the second round of the SEC Tournament; the Bulldogs finished the 2014–15 season 13–19, 6–12 in SEC play to finish in a tie for 11th place. They lost in the first round of the SEC Tournament to Auburn. On March 21, head coach Rick Ray was fired. Shortly thereafter, Ben Howland was hired as head coach; the Bulldogs lost two to graduation and two transfers. The team had 2 senior walkons graduate. In addition, the Bulldogs added a transfer in Xavian Stapleton from Louisiana Tech. Stapleton will have to sit out the 2015–16 but will have 3 years of eligibility. 2015–16 Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs basketball team
David Robinson (basketball)
David Maurice Robinson is an American former professional basketball player, who played center for the San Antonio Spurs in the National Basketball Association for his entire career. Based on his prior service as an officer in the United States Navy, Robinson earned the nickname "The Admiral". Robinson is a 10-time NBA All-Star, the 1995 NBA MVP, a two-time NBA Champion, a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner, a two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, a two-time U. S. Olympic Hall of Fame inductee, he is considered one of the greatest centers in both college basketball and NBA history. To date, Robinson is the only player from the Naval Academy to play in the NBA. David Robinson was born in Key West, the second child of Ambrose and Freda Robinson. Since Robinson's father was in the Navy, the family moved many times. After his father retired from the Navy, the family settled in Woodbridge, where Robinson excelled in school and in most sports, except basketball, he was 9 inches tall in junior high school.
Robinson attended Osbourn Park High School in Manassas, just outside Washington, D. C. where Robinson's father was working as an engineer. By his senior year in high school he was 6 feet, 6 inches tall, weighed 175 pounds, had not played organized basketball or attended any basketball camps; when the coach added the tall senior to the basketball team, Robinson earned all-area and all-district honors but generated little interest among college basketball coaches. Robinson scored 1320 on the SAT, chose to go to the United States Naval Academy, where he majored in mathematics. David Robinson is considered to be the best basketball player in Naval Academy history, he chose the jersey number 50 after his idol Ralph Sampson. By the time he took the court in his first basketball game for the Navy Midshipmen men's basketball team, he had grown to 6 ft 9 in, over the course of his college basketball career he grew to 7 ft 0 in, he began college with no expectations of playing in the NBA, but in Robinson's final two years he was a consensus All-American and won college basketball's two most prestigious player awards, the Naismith and Wooden Awards, as a Naval Academy first classman.
In 1986, Robinson led Navy, a number seven seed, within a game of the Final Four before falling to Duke in the East Regional Final. Robinson played his first three years for the Midshipmen under Paul Evans and his senior season under former University of Georgia interim Head Coach Pete Herrmann. Upon graduation, he became eligible for the 1987 NBA draft and was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the first overall pick. Robinson was 6 ft. 8 in. When he was admitted to the Naval Academy, two inches above the height limit, but received a waiver from the Superintendent of the Academy. Robinson considered leaving the academy after his second year, before incurring an obligation to serve on active duty, he decided to stay after discussing with the Superintendent the likelihood that his height would prevent him from serving at sea as an unrestricted line officer, which would be detrimental to his naval career, might make it impossible for him to receive a commission at all. As a compromise, Secretary of the Navy John Lehman allowed Robinson to train for and receive a commission as a staff officer in the Civil Engineer Corps.
As a result, Robinson was commissioned in the Naval Reserve and was only required to serve an initial active-duty obligation of two years. After graduating from the Naval Academy, Robinson became a civil engineering officer at the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia, he was featured in recruiting materials for the service. Despite the nickname "Admiral", Robinson's actual rank upon fulfilling his service commitment was Lieutenant. Since he had not signed a contract, NBA regulations stated that Robinson could have reentered the draft after his naval service. Although there was speculation that he might choose not to sign with the Spurs, Robinson agreed to move to San Antonio for the 1989–90 season, but the Spurs agreed to pay him as much as the average of the salaries of the two highest-paid players in the league each year, or release him to free agency; the Spurs had spent the second half of the 1980s as an also-ran, bottoming out in 1988–89 with a 21–61 record, the worst in franchise history at the time.
While it was thought that the Spurs would become respectable again once Robinson arrived, no one expected what happened in his rookie season. Robinson led the Spurs to the greatest single season turnaround in NBA history at the time; the Spurs leaped to a record of 56–26 for a remarkable 35 game improvement. They advanced to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs where they lost in seven games to the eventual conference champion Portland Trail Blazers. Following the 1989–90 season, he was unanimously named the NBA rookie of the year, subsequently Sega produced a game featuring him entitled David Robinson's Supreme Court; the Spurs made the playoffs seven more seasons in a row. Robinson made the 1992 US Olympic Dream Team that won the gold medal in Barcelona. During the 1993–94 season, he became locked in a duel for the NBA scoring title with Shaquille O'Neal, scoring 71 point
Travis Marquez Outlaw is an American former professional basketball player. Outlaw attended Starkville High School, where he played for the Starkville Yellowjackets high school basketball team. Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was listed as the No. 7 small forward and the No. 13 player in the nation in 2003. Entering the 2003 NBA Draft directly out of high school, Outlaw was a first-round selection by the Portland Trail Blazers, he averaged 8.6 points on 44.2% field goal shooting and 3.2 rebounds per game during his first five years in the NBA. In the 2005 Las Vegas Summer League, Outlaw averaged 6.3 rebounds in 35.5 minutes. The performance earned him First Team All-RVSL honors. Following the NBA summer league, several teams offered to trade for Outlaw in exchange for a first-round draft pick. Former Portland Trail Blazers director of player personnel Kevin Pritchard said that Travis "... going to be with us for a long time. I feel comfortable enough to say he's going to be a special player."On April 18, 2007, Outlaw set a new career-high with 36 points against the Golden State Warriors.
He became a restricted free agent on July 1, 2007, signed a three-year contract extension on July 17. In February 2010, the Trail Blazers traded Outlaw, Steve Blake and $1.5 million in cash to the Los Angeles Clippers for Marcus Camby. On July 8, 2010, Outlaw signed a 5-year deal worth $35 million with the New Jersey Nets. On December 15, 2011, the New Jersey Nets waived Outlaw under the amnesty provision. On December 17, 2011, Outlaw was claimed by the Sacramento Kings off waivers. On August 6, 2014, Outlaw was traded, along with Quincy Acy, to the New York Knicks in exchange for Wayne Ellington and Jeremy Tyler. On October 27, 2014, Outlaw was traded, along with a 2019 second-round draft selection and the option exchange 2018 second-round draft selections, to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Arnett Moultrie, he was waived by the 76ers that day. On August 14, 2016, Outlaw was arrested and charged with felony marijuana possession in his hometown of Starkville, Mississippi. On May 5, 2017, Outlaw pleaded guilty to felony marijuana possession and was sentenced to serve two years of non-adjudicated probation.
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Arnett Nathaniel Moultrie is an American professional basketball player who plays for Kalev/Cramo of the Latvian–Estonian Basketball League and the VTB United League. He played college basketball with Mississippi State. In Moultrie's junior season at Raleigh-Egypt High School, he averaged 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks per game. In his senior season, he averaged 8 rebounds and 4 blocks per game. In Moultrie's freshman season at UTEP, he averaged 8.2 rebounds per game. He was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team. Moultrie averaged 13.2 points and 8.7 rebounds per game in the College Basketball Invitational as UTEP lost in the final round to Oregon State. In his sophomore season at UTEP, Moultrie averaged 6.7 rebounds per game. In the Conference-USA Tournament, Moultrie averaged 12.0 points per game and earned a spot on the all-tournament team. Moultrie was forced to sit out a season after transferring to Mississippi State. In his first and only season playing for Mississippi State, Moultrie averaged 16.4 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.
He was named to the All-SEC men's basketball team. On March 28, 2012, Moultrie decided to enter his name in the 2012 NBA Draft. Moultrie was drafted with the 27th pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Miami Heat, he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for Justin Hamilton and a future first-round draft pick. On December 21, 2012, Moultrie was assigned to the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA D-League, he was recalled on January 6, 2013. On February 4, 2014, he was assigned to the Delaware 87ers. On February 9, 2014, he was recalled by the 76ers. On February 21, 2014, Moultrie had his first career start. In 31 minutes, he recorded 6 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals in a 112-124 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. On March 15, 2014, he was reassigned to the 87ers. On March 31, 2014, he was suspended for five games for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy. On April 6, 2014, he was again recalled to the 76ers. On October 27, 2014, he was traded to the New York Knicks in exchange for Travis Outlaw, a 2019 second-round draft selection and the option exchange 2018 second-round draft selections.
Upon acquisition, he was waived by the Knicks. On December 16, 2014, he signed with the Jiangsu Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association. On December 5, 2015, Moultrie signed with Al-Riyadi Beirut of Lebanon. In March 2018, Moultrie signed with the NLEX Road Warriors of the Philippine Basketball Association as their import for the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. In November 2018, Moultrie signed with Kalev/Cramo of the Latvian–Estonian Basketball League and the VTB United League, his first game for the team was in the VTB United League as he scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 26 minutes against Parma as Kalev/Cramo won 93–82. Moultrie represented the U-19 United States national team at the 2009 U-19 World Championship held in New Zealand, where they won the gold medal. Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
Erick Travez Dampier is an American former professional basketball player. He played in the National Basketball Association for the Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks, he is a 6 ft 11 in / 265 lb. center. Dampier played competitively at Lawrence County High School in Monticello, where he led the rural county to two state championships. Dampier played college basketball at Mississippi State University. While there he became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, he was an early entry to the 1996 NBA draft after his junior season, in which he led MSU to the 1996 Southeastern Conference tournament championship, the NCAA Final Four before being drafted as the tenth pick in the first round by the Indiana Pacers. He played 72 games in his rookie year with the Pacers, starting 21 of them and finishing with averages of 5.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. On August 12, 1997 he and Duane Ferrell were traded to the Golden State Warriors for Chris Mullin, he spent the next seven years as the starting center, for the Warriors, hitting his peak production in 2003–04 with averages of 12.3 points, 12 rebounds and 1.85 blocks per game.
However, some critics claimed that he stepped up his production because he was in a contract year, indeed he was considered a top free-agent commodity in the 2004 off-season. On August 24, 2004, Dampier was signed and traded to the Dallas Mavericks along with Dan Dickau, Evan Eschmeyer and rights to Steve Logan in exchange for Christian Laettner, Eduardo Nájera, 2 future first round picks, the draft rights to Luis Flores and Mladen Sekularac, a trade exception. In his first season in Dallas he played in 59 games, averaging 9.2 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.85 blocks per game. On July 13, 2010, Dampier was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats along with Matt Carroll and Eduardo Nájera in exchange for Tyson Chandler and Alexis Ajinça, he was waived on September 14, 2010. On November 23, 2010, he signed a contract with the Miami Heat. Dampier signed a ten-day contract with the Atlanta Hawks on February 9, 2012. On February 19, 2012, he signed his second ten-day contract with the Hawks. On March 1, 2012, Dampier signed with the Hawks for the rest of the season.
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