T. J. Ford
Terrance Jerod Ford is an American former professional basketball player. Having been awarded numerous top basketball accolades in high school and college, Ford entered the 2003 NBA draft and was selected eighth overall by the Milwaukee Bucks. Ford's recurring back injuries resulted in him missing many games in his three seasons with the Bucks, but in 2005, it was announced that he was fit to play basketball again. Ford was traded to the Raptors prior to the 2006–07 NBA season, established himself as the starting point guard, helping the team win the Atlantic Division crown and reach the 2007 NBA Playoffs. Following an injury sustained in the 2007–08 NBA season, Ford had difficulties reclaiming the starting spot and was traded to the Indiana Pacers, he signed with KK Zagreb of Croatia during the 2011 NBA lockout where he appeared in one game, playing 17 minutes and scoring 7 points. On December 9, 2011, Ford signed a contract with the San Antonio Spurs. Off the court, Ford set up the T. J. Ford Foundation in 2004 to help participants achieve their academic and civil goals.
Born in Houston, Texas to Leo and Mary Ford, Terrance Jerod Ford was nicknamed "T. J." at birth by his mother. From a young age, Ford dreamed of being a basketball player, having witnessed his home team Houston Rockets win back-to-back championships in the 1990s. Ford first played competitive basketball at Willowridge High School, helped Willowridge to a 75–1 win–loss record in his final two seasons, earning a pair of Texas Class 5A state titles in the process. Subsequently, Ford was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, but he went on to play basketball for the Texas Longhorns for the 2001–02 and 2002–03 seasons. In his first season at Texas, Ford not only led the team in steals and minutes per game, he became the first freshman player in NCAA history to lead the nation in assists. Ford's play ensured that Texas made it to the Sweet Sixteen, while he recorded 15 double-digit assist games, was named a consensus Big 12 Freshman of the Year. In 2003, the sophomore was third in the nation in assists, led the Longhorns in scoring and steals.
Ford was the South Regional MVP while leading Texas to its first Final Four since 1947. At the end of the season, the consensus First Team All-America selection won the prestigious Naismith College Player of the Year and John Wooden awards, was named Player of the Year by Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, ESPN.com and CBS SportsLine. To honor Ford, his #11 jersey was retired by his university, making him the fourth University of Texas athlete in any sport to have such an honor, joining Earl Campbell, Ricky Williams, Roger Clemens. In 2017, he graduated from the University of Texas, earning a bachelor's degree from Texas in youth and community studies, with a minor in educational psychology. Having felt he had nothing more to prove at college level, Ford decided to turn professional after his second year of college to enter the 2003 NBA draft, was heralded by NBA.com as having "the prescient ability to see the play before it happens, like Magic Johnson and Larry Bird". Ford was picked eighth in the first round by the Milwaukee Bucks in a strong draft class, which featured future NBA All-Stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony.
In his first season, he led the Bucks in assists with 6.5 assists per game, while tallying 7.1 points per game. Ford was selected to the NBA All-Rookie 2nd Team. However, he played in only 55 games that season before an injury forced him to miss the final 26 games of the regular season and the 2004 NBA Playoffs; the injury occurred on February 24, 2004, during a home game versus the Minnesota Timberwolves where he fell on his tail bone after being fouled by center Mark Madsen. He suffered a contusion of a career-threatening injury. Ford sat out the entire 2004–05 season due to his spinal cord injury. In June 2005, a statement was released by Dr. Robert Watkins of the Los Angeles Spine Surgery Institute that said Ford had made a complete recovery; the point guard had trained intensively for months in his hometown of Houston under the supervision of former NBA player John Lucas. Ford rejoined the Bucks when training camp opened, in his first game back on the court on November 1, 2005 he was one rebound shy of a triple double in a 117–108 Milwaukee road win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
As the season progressed Ford showed no effects from his injury, playing with the same intensity and hustle as he did in his rookie season. He ended the regular season with 12.2 ppg and 6.6 apg, but found that the Bucks had abandoned a fast-paced style of offense. New coach Terry Stotts was beginning to rely more on the jump shooting of Michael Redd, the post play of Andrew Bogut and Jamaal Magloire, the playmaking of developing point guard Mo Williams, so that Ford became a less important component of the team. Following the 2005–06 season, newly appointed Toronto Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo overhauled Toronto's roster in preparation for the 2006–07 season, he was looking for a true point guard, acquired Ford in exchange for promising Raptors forward Charlie Villanueva. This trade was criticised by basketball observers as "lopsided" due to Ford's injury history, but Ford was installed as the starting point guard for the Raptors, together with Chris Bosh, the duo formed the centerpiece of the Raptors' offense.
Ford forged a solid partnership with sophomore and fellow point guard José Calderón, the latter backing him up when Ford was injured for several games
1956 NBA draft
The 1956 NBA draft was the tenth annual draft of the National Basketball Association. The draft was held on April 1956, before the 1956 -- 57 season. In this draft, eight NBA teams took turns selecting amateur U. S. college basketball players. In each round, the teams select in reverse order of their win–loss record in the previous season, except for the defending champion and runner-up, who were assigned the last two pick on each round; the draft consisted of 10 rounds comprising 92 players selected. Sihugo Green from Duquesne University was selected first overall by the Rochester Royals. Tom Heinsohn from the College of the Holy Cross was selected before the draft as Boston Celtics' territorial pick. Heinsohn went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award in his first season. Bill Russell from the University of San Francisco was selected second overall by the St. Louis Hawks and traded to the Boston Celtics for Ed Macauley and Cliff Hagan. Three players from this draft, Tom Heinsohn, Bill Russell, K. C.
Jones, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame. Elgin Baylor and Sam Jones, who were selected by the Minneapolis Lakers in the rounds, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame, although they did not enter the league after the draft. In the 1957 draft, Sam Jones was selected in the first round by the Boston Celtics, with whom he played for in his whole career. In the 1958 draft, Elgin Baylor was selected first overall by the Lakers, with whom he played for in his whole career; the following list includes other draft picks. A On draft-day, the Boston Celtics acquired the draft rights to second pick Bill Russell from the St. Louis Hawks in exchange for Ed Macauley and Cliff Hagan. B On draft-day, the New York Knicks acquired the draft rights to sixth pick Ron Sobieszczyk from the Fort Wayne Pistons in exchange for Gene Shue. C Baylor would not play for the Minneapolis Lakers until he was drafted by them again 1st overall in the 1958 NBA draft. General Specific NBA.com NBA.com: NBA Draft History
Adreian DeAngleo Payne is an American professional basketball player who plays for ASVEL Basket of the LNB Pro A. He played college basketball for Michigan State University. In 2018, Payne was waived by the Orlando Magic after being one of the players named in the ESPN report detailing sexual assault allegations against former basketball and football players at Michigan State. Payne played high school basketball for Jefferson High School, he posted averages of 11.3 rebounds and 4.0 blocks as a senior. As a senior, he led Jefferson to a 19-5 record; the Dayton Daily News named him first team All-Area. As a freshman, Payne averaged 2.4 rebounds per game, playing in 34 games. During that year he was diagnosed with permanent reduced lung capacity, an ailment which affects his stamina. In his sophomore season, he led the team in blocks and finished seventh in the Big 10. In 37 games, he averaged 4.2 rebounds per game. He was an Academic All-Big Ten selection; as a junior, Payne led the Big Ten in free-throw percentage and blocked a total of 46 shots, good for sixth all-time for a Michigan State player.
In 36 games, he averaged 7.6 rebounds in 25.6 minutes per game. Payne was named to the Second Team All Big Ten, along with Michigan State teammates Keith Appling and Gary Harris. Coming into his senior year, Payne was on the preseason Wooden Award watchlists. CBS Sports selected him to the preseason Third Team All-America, he was named to the Midseason Wooden Award Top 25 watchlist. Payne was twice named Big Ten Player of the Week, he missed seven games due to suffering an ankle injury. At the conclusion of the regular season Payne was named Second Team All-Big Ten. During the 2013–14 college basketball season, Payne's friendship with Lacey Holsworth, an 8-year-old cancer patient, gained national media attention, their friendship started when Payne met Holsworth during a team-sponsored hospital visit in 2011 and the two began to text and talk afterward. Holsworth, who battled with a nerve cancer known as neuroblastoma, accompanied Payne at center court on Senior Night and helped him cut down the nets after 2013-14 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team won the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.
Holsworth known as "Princess Lacey", died from her cancer on April 8, 2014. On June 26, 2014, Payne was selected with the 15th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks. On July 25, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Hawks after averaging 12.5 points and 7.0 rebounds during the 2014 NBA Summer League. After managing five preseason games for the Hawks, he was ruled out for the start of the regular season with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, he subsequently missed the first ten games of the season with the injury, upon his return, he was assigned to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League on November 20. He was recalled by the Hawks on November 23, reassigned on November 28, recalled again on December 6. With the maximum allowance of four NBA players being on assignment to the Mad Ants, the flexible assignment rule was used on December 9 so the Hawks could assign Payne to the Austin Spurs, the San Antonio Spurs' one-to-one D-League affiliate. On December 22, he was recalled by the Hawks, going on to make his long-awaited NBA debut four days against the Milwaukee Bucks.
He recorded 2 points and 3 rebounds in 13 minutes of action as the Hawks lost 107–77. On December 30, the flexible assignment rule was again used to assign Payne to Austin, he was recalled again on January 12, 2015. On February 10, 2015, Payne was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for a protected future first-round pick. On March 9, 2015, while starting in place of Kevin Garnett, he had a season-best game with 16 points, 15 rebounds in an 89–76 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. On October 21, 2015, the Timberwolves exercised their third-year team option on Payne's rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2016–17 season. On January 25, 2016, using the flexible assignment rule, he was assigned to the Erie BayHawks, the D-League affiliate of the Orlando Magic, he was recalled by the Timberwolves on February 1. On February 7, 2017, Payne was ruled out indefinitely with a blood condition, having been treated for a condition of low platelet count, he returned to action in late March.
On August 21, 2017, Payne signed a two-way contract with the Orlando Magic. Under the stipulations of the deal, he spent the majority of the 2017–18 season with Orlando's NBA G League affiliate, the Lakeland Magic. On January 26, 2018, he was waived by Orlando after his name surfaced in the Michigan State scandal regarding an alleged sexual assault. On February 5, 2018, Payne signed with the Greek club Panathinaikos for the remainder of the 2017–18 season, his best game yet was against Spanish club Valencia recording 12 points and grabbing 8 rebounds in 17 minutes. In the last game of the EuroLeague regular season, against Olimpia Milano, he started for the first time, he finished the regular season averaging 3.5 points and 4 rebounds a game in a total of eight matches played. Payne started the season 2018-19 in China and he averaged 16.9 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. On January 12, 2019, Payne and Panathinaikos reached an agreement that would bring the player back in Greece for a second stint with the EuroLeague club.
On January 13, 2019, Panathinaikos signed the center to a deal for the remainder of the season. On February 17, 2019, Payne helped Panathinaikos BC to win the Greek Basketball Cup title against PAOK BC; the final held in Crete. Payne's second stint with the Greek club proved to be briefer than hi
Mohamed Fakaba Bamba is an American professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the Texas Longhorns, he was regarded by scouts due to his 7 ft 10 in wingspan. He attended Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan, New Hampshire and Westtown School in West Chester and was considered one of the top high school prospects for the class of 2017. Bamba was born on May 12, 1998 in Harlem, New York to Lancine Bamba and Aminata Johnson, who both emigrated from the Ivory Coast. Bamba's grandparents were brought up in Mali, his older brother, Sidiki Johnson, played college basketball at Arizona and Wabash Valley. Another member of his family, estranged half-brother Ibrahim Johnson played college basketball at multiple universities, including both Farmingdale State and Montevallo. Bamba first became interested in basketball at age six, inspired by the game's popularity in his hometown. In eighth and ninth grade, Bamba attended Cardigan Mountain School, an all-boys boarding school in Canaan, New Hampshire.
After graduating from Cardigan, Bamba went on to Westtown School in Pennsylvania. As a junior he averaged 14 points, 11 rebounds, six blocks per game, he played in the the Nike Hoop Summit. Bamba was ranked among the top recruits in his class, his final four schools were Kentucky, Duke and Michigan. Bamba chose to play for the University of Texas for his college career. Before playing a single game for Texas, his half-brother Ibrahim Johnson posted a 22-minute-long video on Facebook Live, talking about how there were some illegal benefits from a Michigan-based investor involved during the decision-making and that he was reporting the information to the NCAA. However, the NCAA reported that nothing involved there would affect Bamba's eligibility for his freshman season. Bamba made his official college debut on November 10, 2017 against Northwestern State, recording 15 points and 8 rebounds in a blowout win that night. Eight days he recorded 13 points, 10 rebounds, 5 blocks in a blowout win against Lipscomb.
On December 30, Bamba recorded a season-high 22 points, 15 rebounds, 8 blocks in a loss to Kansas. On New Year's Day 2018, Bamba would record a then-season-high 16 rebounds with 10 points in a 74–70 overtime win over Iowa State, he would record a new career-high in points scored with 25 points scored with 15 rebounds in an 85–72 win over Ole Miss on January 27, 2018, five days after recording his previous high of 24 points in a win over Iowa State. On February 17, Bamba would record a new career-high of 18 rebounds with 10 points scored in a 77–66 win over #23 ranked Oklahoma, five days after tying his previous career-high of 16 rebounds with 16 points in a close 74–73 double overtime loss to Baylor. At the end of the regular season for Texas, Bamba was named a member of the Big 12's All-Newcomer Team and All-Defensive Team, as well as be named a member of the All-Big 12 Second Team, he averaged 10.5 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game. Following Texas's loss in the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament to Nevada, Bamba announced his intention to forgo his final three seasons of collegiate eligibility and declare for the 2018 NBA draft, where he was expected to be a lottery selection.
At the 2018 NBA combine, Bamba measured near 7 ft 1 in tall and measured a 7 ft 10 in wingspan, breaking the record, held by current Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert. At a private workout, Bamba ran faster than most of the NBA, including MVP Russell Westbrook, since he had a 3.04 3/4 court sprint. Bamba refused to work out with the Memphis Grizzlies before the draft, told them not to draft him. On June 21, 2018, Bamba was selected with the sixth overall pick by the Orlando Magic in the 2018 NBA draft. On July 3, 2018, Bamba signed a rookie scale contract with the Magic. Bamba played in his first NBA game during the preseason on October 1, 2018, recording 12 points and 3 rebounds, he made his professional debut on October 17, 2018, recording 13 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks off the bench in a 104–101 win over the Miami Heat. During his time growing up in Harlem, he was friends with rapper Sheck Wes, their relationship would influence Sheck Wes' sleeper hit song named "Mo Bamba." Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com Texas Longhorns bio
The bench press is an upper-body strength-training exercise that consists of pressing a weight upwards from a supine position. The exercise works the pectoralis major as well as the supporting chest and shoulder muscles such as the anterior deltoids, serratus anterior, scapulae fixers and the triceps. A barbell is used to hold the weight, but a pair of dumbbells can be used; the barbell bench press is one of three lifts in the sport of powerlifting and is the only lift in the sport of Paralympic powerlifting. It is used extensively in weight training and other types of training to develop the chest muscles; the person performing the exercise lies on their back on a bench with a weight grasped in both hands. They push the weight upwards until their arms are extended, they lower the weight to chest level. This is one repetition. Powerlifting: Take position on a flat bench with body weight resting on buttocks and upper traps whilst driving feet into the floor. Movement requires the weight to be taken at full arms' length, lowered to upper torso and lifted to starting position.
The bench press has evolved over the years, from floor and belly toss variations to the methods used by bodybuilders and powerlifters today. At first the strict floor press was the most popular method. In 1899, using a barbell with 48 centimetres discs, George Hackenschmidt, inventor of the barbell hack squat, rolled a barbell over his face and performed a strict floor press with 164 kilograms; this stood as a record for 18 years until Joe Nordquest broke it by 1 kilogram in 1916. Around this time, new methods started gaining ground. Lifters started figuring out that strong glutes could help them get the bar from the ground to overhead, they would lie on the floor and position the bar over their abdomen perform an explosive glute bridge movement, catapulting the bar upwards and catching it at lockout. Lifting techniques and drugs have improved over the years and the bench press record lift has grown from 164 kilograms to 487.6 kilograms in less than 100 years. A conventional bench press uses the pectoralis major, anterior deltoids, coracobrachialis muscles to horizontally adduct the shoulder.
It uses predominantly triceps and anconeous to extend the elbows. Wider hand spacing places a greater emphasis on shoulder flexion and narrower hand spacing utilizes more elbow extension; because of this, wider hand spacing is associated with training the pectorals and narrower hand spacing is associated with training the triceps. In addition to the major phasic muscles the bench press uses tonic muscles: scapular stabilizers, humeral head stabilizers, core Variations of the bench press involve different groups of muscles, or involve the same muscles in different ways: The flat bench press involves both portions of the pectoralis major muscle but focuses on the lower head as well as the anterior deltoid muscle; the term'bench press' on its own is assumed to refer to a flat bench press. An incline lowers the pelvis as if reclining in a chair; this variation is called the incline bench press. A decline bench press elevates the pelvis and lowers the head, emphasizes the lower portion of the pectoralis major whilst incorporating shoulders and triceps.
A reverse grip bench press utilizes an underhand grip on the bar. A supinated grip externally rotates the humerus, which puts the shoulders in a much more favorable position for the lift, decreasing injury potential without compromising range of motion, it emphasises the clavicular head of the pectoralis major more than an incline bench press. On the eccentric phase of the lift, the bar path will create a larger arc and touch a point on the chest, lower compared to the regular bench press, because the upper arms and elbows are closer to the body and the angle between the humerus and the torso is smaller. A bench press performed with the hands close together relies on the triceps to complete the pressing motion. Called the close grip bench press, this variation is best performed with arms in a near-vertical position to reduce strain placed upon the wrists and shoulders. A close grip bench press can be performed with dumbbells. A bench press performed with the hands far apart shortens the range of motion, lessening the contribution of the triceps.
A lifter can elect to lower the bar to nipple level, to the xiphoid process, or further, to the abdomen. On the other hand, a lifter may lower the bar to a high point on the chest, or to the neck; the bench press can be performed with various modifications to make the lifter or the weight less stable. Examples include lifting on a Swiss ball, using dumbbells instead of a barbell, or lifting with the legs on the bench or in the air Collins Press: Beginning with both hands on each end of a dumbbell, ending with both arms extended and securing the weight above the body. Named after Phil Collins; the Collins Press in essence reduces the close grip bench press' weight stability, maximizing muscle fiber recruitment and allowing for superior development of independent motor control. The Collins Press sti
The Orlando Sentinel is the primary newspaper of Orlando and the Central Florida region. It was founded in 1876 and is owned by Tribune Publishing Company. Editorially, it has tilted conservative; the Sentinel prices are $2 daily and $3 on Saturdays and Thanksgiving Day, though prices may be higher in designated state areas. The Sentinel's predecessors date to 1876; the Reporter became a daily newspaper in 1905, merged with the Orlando Evening Star in 1906. Another Orlando paper, the South Florida Sentinel, started publishing as a morning daily in 1913. Known as the Morning Sentinel, it bought the Reporter-Star in 1931, when Martin Andersen came to Orlando to manage both papers. Andersen bought both papers outright in 1945, selling them to the Tribune Company of Chicago in 1965. In 1973, the two publications merged into the daily Sentinel Star. Tribune appointed Charles T. Brumback as president in 1976. Harold "Tip" Lifvendahl was named president and publisher in 1981; the newspaper was renamed the Orlando Sentinel in 1982.
John Puerner succeeded Lifvendahl in 1993, replaced by Kathleen M. Waltz in 2000, she announced her resignation in February 2008. Howard Greenberg publisher of fellow Tribune newspaper the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, was named publisher of both papers after Waltz left. In 2008, the Tribune Company called for a redesign of the Sentinel; the new layout, which debuted in June 2008, was formatted to appeal to busy readers, though like all of the redesigns in Tribune's Sam Zell ownership era, was reeled back into a more traditional design with appealing elements kept after reader criticism. According to one listing, some of the Sentinel's predecessors are: Orlando Reporter: 1892–1903? Evening Star: January–December 1903? Evening Reporter-Star: 1904?–March 1947 Orlando Evening Star: April 1947 – 1973 Orlando Morning Sentinel: 1913–1973 Orlando Sentinel-Star: 1974–April 25, 1982 Orlando Sentinel: April 26, 1982–present 1982: Gerald Loeb Award Honorable Mention for Small Newspapers for "The Federal Impact Series" 1988: editorial writing, Jane Healy, "for her series of editorials protesting overdevelopment of Florida's Orange County."
1993: investigative reporting, Jeff Brazil and Steve Berry, "for exposing the unjust seizure of millions of dollars from motorists—most of them minorities—by a sheriff's drug squad." 2000: editorial writing, John C. Bersia, "for his passionate editorial campaign attacking predatory lending practices in the state, which prompted changes in local lending regulations." Michael A. Bianchi: sports columnist George Díaz: sports columnist Scott Maxwell: local columnist Beth Kassab: local columnist El Sentinel El Sentinel del Sur de la Florida South Florida Sun-Sentinel Tribune Company Tribune Publishing Official website Today's Orlando Sentinel front page at the Newseum websiteHistorical archives of The Orlando Sentinel and The Morning Sentinel and available as full searchable text and zoomable page images in the Florida Digital Newspaper Library
NBA high school draftees
The NBA high school draftees are players who have been drafted to the National Basketball Association straight out of high school without playing basketball at the collegiate level. The process of jumping directly from high school to the professional level is known as going prep-to-pro. Since 2006, the practice of drafting high school players has been prohibited by the new collective bargaining agreement, which requires that players who entered the draft be 19 years of age and at least one year removed from high school. Contrary to popular belief, the player does not have to play at least a year in college basketball: the player can choose to instead play in another professional league like Brandon Jennings or Emmanuel Mudiay in Italy and China respectively; the NBA has long had a preference for players. However, there have been numerous notable players who attended high school in the United States and joined the NBA without playing college basketball. In the early years of the NBA draft, a player had to finish his four-year college eligibility to be eligible for selection.
Reggie Harding, who had graduated from high school but did not enroll in a college, became the first player drafted out of high school when the Detroit Pistons selected him in the fourth round of the 1962 draft. However, the NBA rules at that time prohibited a high school player to play in the league until one year after his high school class graduated. Thus, he spent a year playing in a minor basketball league before he was drafted again in the 1963 draft by the Pistons, he entered the league in the 1963–64 season and played four seasons in the NBA and American Basketball Association. In 1971, the U. S. Supreme Court decision Haywood v. National Basketball Association ruled 7–2 against the NBA's requirement that a player must wait four years after high school graduation before turning professional; this ruling allowed players to enter the NBA Draft without four years of college, provided they could give evidence of hardship to the NBA office. In 1974, the NBA's rival, the ABA, drafted high school star Moses Malone.
He was signed by the Utah Stars and became the first player to go directly from high school basketball to a professional league. He became an instant success, averaging 14 rebounds per game in his rookie season, he played in the ABA until the ABA–NBA merger in 1976. He played 19 successful seasons with 7 NBA teams, he won the NBA championship, along with the Finals Most Valuable Player Award, with the Philadelphia 76ers in 1983. His other achievements include 3 Most Valuable Player Awards, 12 consecutive All-Star Game selections, 8 All-NBA Team selections and 6 rebounding titles, he has been inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and was named in the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History list announced at the league's 50th anniversary in 1996. A year two high school players, Darryl Dawkins and Bill Willoughby, applied for hardship and were declared eligible to be selected in the 1975 draft, they had applied and gave evidence of financial hardship to the league, which granted them the right to start earning a living by starting their professional careers earlier.
Dawkins was selected 5th by the Philadelphia 76ers while Willoughby was selected 19th by the Atlanta Hawks. Dawkins averaged 12 points and 6 rebounds per game. Willoughby averaged only 6 points per game. Neither player reached the level of success, expected, it is argued that they could have been better players if they had college basketball experience before entering the NBA. After Dawkins and Willoughby, no high schoolers were drafted for 14 years, though several players entered the league without playing college basketball. One player, Shawn Kemp, never played any games due to personal problems. In 1989, a year after his high school graduation, he was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics, he was selected to 6 All-Star Games and 3 All-NBA Teams. In 1995, Kevin Garnett, USA Today's high school basketball player of the year, announced his intentions to forgo college, declared himself eligible for the 1995 NBA draft; the move was controversial. On draft day, Garnett was selected with the #5 pick in the first round by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Garnett led the Timberwolves to eight consecutive playoff berths and was a multiple All-Star during his time with the team. In 2004, the Wolves advanced to the Western Conference Finals before losing to the Lakers. After a trade in the 2007 offseason to the Boston Celtics, he was a core player in the Celtics' first NBA title in over 20 years. In 1996, two notable players made the jump from high school to the NBA; the first was Kobe Bryant, selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 13th pick of the NBA draft, but traded immediately to the Los Angeles Lakers. The second was Jermaine O'Neal, selected by the Trail Blazers with the 17th pick. O'Neal was traded in 2000 to the Indiana Pacers. In 1997, another All-Star caliber player, Tracy McGrady, was selected by the Toronto Raptors. In 1998, three high-schoolers were drafted with Al Ha