The small forward known as the three, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. Small forwards are shorter and leaner than power forwards and centers, but taller and larger than either of the guard positions; the small forward is considered to be the most versatile of the five main basketball positions. In the NBA, small forwards range from 6' 6" to 6' 10" while in the WNBA, small forwards are between 5' 11" to 6' 2". Small forwards are responsible for scoring points, defending and as secondary or tertiary rebounders behind the power forward and center, although a few have considerable passing responsibilities. Many small forwards in professional basketball are prolific scorers; the styles with which small forwards amass their points vary widely. Some players at the position are accurate shooters, others prefer to initiate physical contact with opposing players, still others are slashers who possess jump shots. In some cases, small forwards position as off-the-ball specialists.
Small forwards who are defensive specialists are versatile as they can guard multiple positions using their size and strength
The Charlotte Hornets are an American professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Hornets compete in the National Basketball Association, as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Southeast Division; the team is owned by retired NBA player Michael Jordan, who acquired controlling interest in the team in 2010. The Hornets play their home games at the Spectrum Center in Uptown Charlotte; the original Hornets franchise was established in 1988 as an expansion team, owned by George Shinn. In 2002, Shinn's franchise became the New Orleans Hornets. In 2004, the NBA established the Charlotte Bobcats, regarded as a new expansion team at the time. In 2013, the New Orleans' franchise announced it would rebrand itself the New Orleans Pelicans returning the Hornets name and official history to Charlotte; the Bobcats were renamed the Charlotte Hornets for the 2014–15 season. In 1985, the NBA was planning to expand by three teams by the 1988–1989 season modified to include a total of four expansion teams.
George Shinn, an entrepreneur from Kannapolis, wanted to bring an NBA team to the Charlotte area, he assembled a group of prominent local businessmen to head the prospective franchise. The Charlotte area had long been a hotbed for college basketball. Charlotte was one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, was one of the three in-state regional homes to the American Basketball Association's Carolina Cougars from 1969 to 1974. Despite doubt from critics, Shinn's ace in the hole was the Charlotte Coliseum, a state-of-the-art arena that would seat 24,000 spectators – the largest basketball-specific arena to serve as a full-time home for an NBA team. On April 5, 1987, then-NBA Commissioner David Stern called Shinn to tell him his group had been awarded the 24th NBA franchise, to begin play in 1988. Franchises were granted to Miami, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Orlando; the new team was going to be called the Charlotte Spirit, but a name-the-team contest yielded "Hornets" as the winning choice.
The team received further attention when it chose teal as its primary color, setting off a sports fashion craze in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The team's uniforms, designed by international designer and North Carolina native Alexander Julian, featured a first for NBA uniforms—pin stripes. Similar designs by other teams followed. Shinn hired Carl Scheer as the team's first General Manager. Scheer preferred a roster of veteran players, hoping to put together a competitive team as soon as possible. Former college coach and veteran NBA assistant Dick Harter was hired as the team's first head coach. In 1988, the Hornets and the Miami Heat were part of the 1988 NBA Expansion Draft. Unlike many expansion franchises that invest in the future with a team composed of young players, Charlotte stocked its inaugural roster with several veterans in hopes of putting a competitive lineup on the court right away; the team had three draft picks at the 1988 NBA draft. The Hornets' first NBA game took place on November 4, 1988, at the Charlotte Coliseum, losing 133–93 to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Four days the team notched its first-ever victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, 117–105. On December 23, 1988, the Hornets gave their fans something to cheer about, beating Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls 103–101 in Jordan's first return to North Carolina as a professional; the Hornets finished their inaugural season with a record of 20–62. Scheer left prior to the 1989–90 season. Despite initial concerns that the Coliseum was too big, the Hornets were a runaway hit, leading the NBA in attendance, a feat they would achieve seven more times in Charlotte; the Hornets would sell out 364 consecutive games. The Hornets' second season was a struggle from start to finish. Members of the team rebelled against Dick Harter's defense-oriented style, he was replaced mid-season by assistant Gene Littles following an 8–32 start. Despite the change, the team continued to struggle, finishing the season with a disappointing 19–63 record; the team showed improvement during the following season. They won eight of their first fifteen games, including a 120–105 victory over the Washington Bullets.
However, the team went cold. The Hornets, who hosted the 1991 NBA All-Star Game, finished with a 26–56 record. Despite the team's seven-game improvement over the previous season, Gene Littles was fired at the end of the season and replaced by general manager Allan Bristow. With the first pick in the 1991 NBA draft, the Hornets drafted power forward Larry Johnson from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Johnson had an impact season, finishing among the league leaders in points and rebounds, winning the 1992 NBA Rookie of the Year Award. Additionally, Guard Kendall Gill led the club in scoring; the team stayed in contention for a playoff spot until March, but finished the year with a 31–51 record. The Hornets were in the lottery again in 1992 and won the second overall pick in the draft, using it to select Georgetown center Alonzo Mourning. Charlotte now had two 20–10 threats in Johnson and Mourning, who with Kendall Gill, formed the league's top young trio; the team finished their fifth season at 44–38, their first-ever winning record and good enough for the first playoff berth in franchise history.
Finishing fifth in the Eastern Conference, the Hornets upset the Boston Celtics in the first round, with Mourning winning the series with a 20-footer in game four. However, the Hornets lacked the experience and depth to defeat the New York Knicks, falling in five games in the second round; the Horn
Nazr Tahiru Mohammed is an American retired professional basketball player who had a journeyman career in the National Basketball Association, playing for eight different teams in 18 seasons. He played college basketball for Kentucky; the son of an immigrant from Ghana, Mohammed was raised in Chicago and attended high school at Kenwood Academy, graduating in 1995. Mohammed entered the University of Kentucky in the fall of 1995 at a hefty 315 pounds, saw little playing time during their NCAA Championship season. After slimming down for his sophomore year, Mohammed shared the starting center spot with Jamaal Magloire and was a key contributor in 1997, when the Wildcats were runners-up to Arizona. Mohammed once again shared the starting post position with Magloire in 1998, once again they brought the NCAA Championship home to Kentucky, for the second time in three years. After his junior year, Mohammed decided to enter the 1998 NBA draft, he was selected by the Utah Jazz in the first round. Utah traded his rights to the Philadelphia 76ers for a future first round pick, which turned out to be Quincy Lewis in the 1999 NBA draft.
He spent two and a half seasons in Philadelphia before being traded in February 2001 to the Atlanta Hawks along with an injured Theo Ratliff in exchange for Hall of Fame center Dikembe Mutombo. On November 5, 2001, he scored a career-high 30 points against the Los Angeles Clippers, he played for the Hawks through the middle of the 2003–04 season, at which point he was traded to the New York Knicks for Michael Doleac. Mohammed spent half of the 2004–05 season with the Knicks, he played for the second half of the 2004-05 NBA season. In a combined 77 games for both teams, he averaged 7.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. He won his only championship in 2005 with the Spurs as a member of their starting lineup. During his second season in San Antonio, Mohammed shared the starting center position with Rasho Nesterović, averaging 6.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game during the regular season. On March 17, 2006, he tied his career-high of 30 points against the Phoenix Suns, he was a key contributor to the team's first round series victory over the Sacramento Kings, averaging 7.0 points per game and nailing his second career three-point basket late in Game 1.
Mohammed, played sparingly in the team's second round series loss to the Dallas Mavericks. After the season, he did not return to the Spurs. In July 2006, he signed with the Detroit Pistons and became their starting center. After beginning the season in the starting five, the arrival of Chris Webber on January 16, 2007 made him fall out of the team's rotation, the culmination being his 5 minutes in two postseason contests, he averaged 4.5 rebounds in 51 games, with about 15 minutes of action per game. Mohammed was traded from the Pistons to the Charlotte Bobcats on December 14, 2007, in exchange for Primož Brezec and Walter Herrmann. On February 24, 2011, Mohammed was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, while forward D. J. White and guard Morris Peterson were sent to the Charlotte Bobcats, he reached the 2012 NBA Finals with the Thunder, but the team lost to the Miami Heat 4 games to 1. On July 27, 2012, Mohammed signed with the Chicago Bulls. On May 10, 2013, he was involved in an altercation with LeBron James in the 2013 NBA Playoffs, in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals.
James was called for a technical foul for tying up with Mohammed in transition. On July 11, 2013, Mohammed re-signed with the Bulls. On September 22, 2014, he again re-signed with the Bulls. On August 1, 2015, Mohammed played for Team Africa at the 2015 NBA Africa exhibition game. On October 9, 2015, he retired from the NBA. In March 2016, Mohammed came out of retirement in order to return to the NBA. On March 5, he signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Four days he made his season debut in a 120–108 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Mohammed is a practicing Muslim, he had lost nearly ten pounds during 2004–05 season because of his fasting. Mohammed and his wife, have two daughters and Sanaa, a son, Nasir, he created The Nazr Mohammed Foundation, committed to being a charitable member of the global community by supporting a multitude of worthy causes through personal donations, camps and scholarships and in August 2012, his foundation hosted the Kenwood Academy Capital Improvements Fundraiser. Mohammed studied Business Management at Kentucky.
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Big Ten Conference
The Big Ten Conference is the oldest Division I collegiate athletic conference in the United States, based in suburban Chicago, Illinois. Despite its name, the conference consists of 14 members, they compete in the NCAA Division I. The conference includes the flagship public university in each of 11 states stretching from New Jersey to Nebraska, as well as two additional public land grant schools and a private university; the Big Ten Conference was established in 1895 when Purdue University president James H. Smart and representatives from the University of Chicago, University of Illinois, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, Northwestern University, University of Wisconsin gathered at Chicago's Palmer House Hotel to set policies aimed at regulating intercollegiate athletics. In 1905, the conference was incorporated as the "Intercollegiate Conference of Faculty Representatives"; the conference is one of the nation's oldest, predating the founding of the NCAA by a decade, was one of the first collegiate conferences to sponsor men's basketball.
Big Ten member institutions are predominantly major flagship research universities with large financial endowments and strong academic reputations. Large student enrollment is a hallmark of Big Ten Universities, as 13 of the 14 members feature enrollments of 20,000 or more students. Northwestern University, the only full member with a total enrollment of fewer than 30,000 students, is the lone private university among Big Ten membership. Collectively, Big Ten universities educate more than 520,000 total students and have 5.7 million living alumni. Big Ten universities engage in $9.3 billion in funded research each year. Though the Big Ten existed for nearly a century as an assemblage of universities located in the Midwest, the conference's geographic footprint now stretches east to the Atlantic Ocean. Big Ten universities are members of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, an academic consortium. In 2014–2015, members generated more than $10 billion in research expenditures. Despite the conference's name, the Big Ten has grown to fourteen members, with the following universities accepting invitations to join: Pennsylvania State University in 1990, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 2011, both the University of Maryland and Rutgers University in 2014.
Johns Hopkins University was invited in 2012 to join the Big Ten as an associate member participating in men's lacrosse, in 2015, it was accepted as an associate member in women's lacrosse. Notre Dame joined the Big Ten on July 2017 as an associate member in men's ice hockey. Notes Notes The University of Chicago was a co-founder of the conference. Lake Forest College attended the original 1895 meeting that led to the formation of the conference, but never participated in athletics or any other activities. Full members Full members Sport Affiliate Other Conference Other Conference The Big Ten Conference sponsors championship competition in 14 men's and 14 women's NCAA sanctioned sports. Notes: * Notre Dame joined the Big Ten in the 2017–18 school year as an affiliate member in men's ice hockey, it continues to field its other sports in the ACC except in football where it will continue to compete as an independent. ° Johns Hopkins joined the Big Ten in 2014 as an affiliate member in men's lacrosse, with women's lacrosse to follow in 2016.
It continues to field its other sports in the NCAA Division III Centennial ConferenceMen's varsity sports not sponsored by the Big Ten Conference that are played by Big Ten schools: Notes: 1: Fencing is a coeducational team sport, although a few schools field only a women's team. Ohio State and Penn State, like most NCAA fencing schools, have coed teams. 2: Men's rowing, whether heavyweight or lightweight, is not governed by the NCAA, but instead by the Intercollegiate Rowing Association. Rutgers Men's Rowing was downgraded to Club status in 2008, but remains a member of the EARC. 3: Unlike rifle, pistol is not an NCAA-governed sport. It is coeducational. 4: Rifle is technically a men's sport, but men's, women's, coed teams all compete against each other. Ohio State fields a coed team. Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Big Ten Conference that are played by Big Ten schools: Initiated and led by Purdue University President James Henry Smart, the presidents of University of Chicago, University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin, Northwestern University, Purdue University and Lake Forest College met in Chicago on January 11, 1895 to discuss the regulation and control of intercollegiate athletics.
The eligibility of student-athletes was one of the main topics of discussion. The Intercollegiate Conference of Faculty Representatives was founded at a second meeting on February 8, 1896. Lake Forest was not at the 1896 meeting that established the conference and was replaced by the University of Michigan. At the time, the organization was more known as the Western Conference, consisting of Illinois, Wisconsin, Chicago and Northwestern; the first reference to the conference as the Big Nine was in 1899 after Indiana had joined. Nebraska first petitioned to join the league in 1900 and again in 1911, but was turned away both times. In April 1907, Michigan was voted out of the conference for failing to adhere to league rules. Ohio State was added to the conference in 1912; the first known references to the conference as the Big Ten were in December 1916, when Michigan sought to rejoin th
Michael David Ruffin is an American former professional basketball player. At 6'8" and 248 lbs, he played as a forward/center. After playing college basketball at the University of Tulsa, where he studied chemical engineering, Ruffin was drafted in the second round of the 1999 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls, he has played for the Bulls, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Utah Jazz, the Washington Wizards, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Portland Trail Blazers. He averaged 1.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game through his NBA career and is considered to be a defensive presence on the court. On February 17, 2009, Ruffin was sent to the Sacramento Kings and to the Portland Trail Blazers for Ike Diogu shortly thereafter in a 3-team trade. In 2010, Ruffin became coach of the ABA's Colorado Kings. However, he resumed his career in Spain playing for Obradoiro CAB. After two years out of the NBA, he was signed by the league's Denver Nuggets in mid-December 2011. However, he did not make the team's opening day roster.
As of 2012, he is living in Phoenix, working for ASQ and coaching basketball. Ruffin joined the Pelicans as Player Development Coach in October 2014. NBA.com Profile - Michael Ruffin Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com Spanish League profile
Cole David Aldrich is an American professional basketball player for the Tianjin Golden Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association. He played for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves, 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. Cole David Aldrich was born on October 1988, in Burnsville, Minnesota, he attended Bloomington Jefferson High School in 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, Aldrich's freshman season, his playing time was limited due to playing behind future NBA draft picks Darrell Arthur, Sasha Kaun, Darnell Jackson, he averaged 2.8 points a game on 8.3 minutes a game during the regular season.
Statistically, Aldrich's best performance was an 11-point, 11-rebound outing in a win over Texas Tech on March 3, 2008. The most crucial game for Aldrich was during the Final Four game between Kansas and North Carolina on April 5, 2008, when he played only 16 minutes but managed to grab 8 rebounds and score 7 points along with blocking 4 shots while playing effective defense against National Player of the Year Tyler Hansbrough, helping lead Kansas into the NCAA national championship game, 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. 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.
Aldrich accumulated 13 points, 20 rebounds, 10 blocks in a 60–43 victory, the second triple double in NCAA history to include blocks, former LSU center Shaquille O'Neal recorded the other. On Monday, April 13, Aldrich announced, he won the 2009–10 men's college basketball Academic All-American of the Year as selected by CoSIDA and presented by ESPN the Magazine. He ended his college 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 enter the 2010 NBA draft, 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 two-year 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, he was recalled on December 6, 2010, but sent back to Tulsa on December 30, 2010. He was again recalled on February 2, 2011, assigned for a third time on March 30, 2011.
Aldrich reached the 2012 NBA Finals with the Thunder. In October 2012, James Harden, Daequan Cook, Lazar Hayward were traded to the Houston Rockets for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, 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 and Tyler Honeycutt. On September 24, 2013, Aldrich signed with the New York Knicks. On January 29, 2014, he was assigned to the Erie BayHawks, he was recalled the next day. He went on to record his first double-double in his first NBA start on March 12, 2014. On July 11, 2014, Aldrich re-signed with the Knicks. On April 11, 2015, he scored a career-high 19 points in an 80-79 win over the Orlando Magic. On July 13, 2015, Aldrich signed with the Los Angeles Clippers. On January 13, 2016, with starting center DeAndre Jordan out, Aldrich had a season-best game with 19 points and 7 rebounds in a 104–90 win over the Miami Heat. On April 8, 2016, he recorded 21 points and 18 rebounds and a career-high five steals in a 102–99 overtime win over the Utah Jazz.
On July 13, 2016, Aldrich signed a three-year, $22 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves. On June 30, 2018, Aldrich was waived by the Timberwolves. On September 18, 2018, Aldrich signed with the Atlanta Hawks but was waived by the Hawks on October 2, 2018 as their first training camp cut. On October 10, 2018, Aldrich signed with the Tianjin Golden Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association. 2010 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
Quincy Coe Pondexter is an American professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. He played high school basketball in Fresno, California at San Joaquin Memorial High School where his father Roscoe and uncle Clifton Pondexter were All-American basketball players themselves and continued their basketball skills at the professional levels. Pondexter played four years of college basketball at the University of Washington. At the end of his senior season, he earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors and an All-American honorable mention by the Associated Press. Pondexter was born on March 1988 in Fresno, California; as a high school senior, Pondexter was a sought after recruit, rated five stars and the 16th best prospect in the 2006 class by Scout.com. Pondexter signed a letter-of-intent with the University of Washington, over scholarship offers from Arizona and Memphis. Washington's 2006 recruiting class of Pondexter, Spencer Hawes, Adrian Oliver, Phil Nelson was rated amongst the top in the country.
They were ranked sixth overall by Scout.com, eighth overall by Rivals.com. As a freshman, Pondexter was selected as a starter in his first collegiate game at Washington, scoring 21 points and grabbing 7 rebounds in a 99-91 win against Pepperdine. After a hot start, Pondexter endured fell in the Huskies rotation. However, Pondexter once again began seeing increased playing time near the end of the season, in which the Huskies won 3 of their final 4 games, including wins over #24 USC and #2 UCLA. Pondexter finished his freshman season as an honorable mention on the Pac-10 All-Freshman team, his 10.7 ppg was the fourth highest scoring average for a Washington freshman in school history. At the beginning of his sophomore season, Pondexter regained his spot in the starting lineup. However, seven games into the season he lost his starting position and once again began to slide in the Huskies rotation. Mid-season, fellow sophomore Oliver announced his intention to transfer to San Jose State; the departure of Oliver, paired with the loss of Hawes to the 2007 NBA draft and off-season transfer of Nelson to Portland State left Pondexter as the last remaining member of the heralded 2006 recruiting class.
Reflecting on his difficult sophomore season and the departure of his classmates, Pondexter said in 2009, "It was tough my sophomore year. People bond with people in their recruiting class: you come in together, you’re friends, and I was kind of alone sometimes. It was a heart-breaking year for me to see everyone go."Pondexter's sophomore struggles extended throughout most of the season, his scoring average dropped from the previous season to 9.9 ppg. Near the end of the season Pondexter was able to show glimpses of the promise he showed early in his freshman season, averaging 15.2 points and 6.4 rebounds in the final five games of his sophomore season. Following the season, Pondexter won the school's "Industrial Award" as the hardest worker on the team. Prior to his junior season, Pondexter was selected as a captain along with senior teammates Jon Brockman and Justin Dentmon; the 2008–2009 season got off to a disappointing start, as Washington was upset by Portland in the season opener 80-74.
In the loss, Pondexter failed to register a point. The source of some initial frustration from Washington fans, Pondexter improved throughout the season as the Huskies climbed to the top of the Pac-10 conference standings. Pondexter lead Washington to a 60-51 road victory over USC, leading the Huskies with 22 points and 5 rebounds. In a key game against co-leader Arizona State, Pondexter delivered a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds in the Huskies 73-70 overtime victory; the victory put Washington in position to claim their first outright Pac-10 conference title since 1953. One week after the victory against Arizona State, Washington defeated rival Washington State 67-60 to win the conference title. In the clinching game, Pondexter led the Huskies in scoring with 16 points. Washington finished the season ranked 10th, earned a 4 seed in the 2009 NCAA Tournament. In Washington's first round game against Mississippi State, Pondexter lead the team to a 71-58 victory by scoring 23 points and grabbing 7 rebounds.
Washington was eliminated in the second round by fifth-seeded Purdue, losing 76-74. In the loss Pondexter delivered a double-double, scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Prior to his senior season, Pondexter participated in the World University Games, helping the USA claim a bronze medal. Pondexter was once again elected captain of the Huskies. Pondexter was expected to replace the production of Jon Brockman, who had graduated following the 2009 season and was selected by the Sacramento Kings in the 2009 NBA draft. Pondexter started the season hot, scoring 25 points and grabbing 11 rebounds for the Huskies in a 96-78 victory over Belmont. In the fourth game of the season, the Huskies defeated San Jose State, who were led by former Husky player Adrian Oliver. Following the 80-70 victory in which Pondexter scored 30 points and totaled 15 rebounds, Pondexter said of Oliver, "Adrian, he got what he wanted, he got a school. But we’re winning games, he scored 32, I got the win."Pondexter would have a successful senior season, averaging 19.3 points and 7.4 rebounds.
Pondexter won the Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week five times throughout the 2009–2010 season. At the conclusion of the season Pondexter finished second to Cal's Jerome Randle for Pac-10 Player of the Year, becoming the first Pac-10 player not to win the award despite winning the Player of the Week award five times. However, Pondexter led Washington over Randle's Golden Bears in the 2010 Pac-10 Tournament Championship in a 79-75 vic