Rodrick Rhodes

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Rodrick Rhodes
Personal information
Born (1973-09-24) September 24, 1973 (age 45)
Jersey City, New Jersey
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High schoolSt. Anthony
(Jersey City, New Jersey)
College
NBA draft1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24th overall
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Playing career1997–2003
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
Number1, 12, 2
Career history
19971999Houston Rockets
1999Vancouver Grizzlies
2000Dallas Mavericks
2000–2001Dafni Athens
2002Air21 Express
2003Brooklyn Kings
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Rodrick Rhodes (born September 24, 1973) is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the Houston Rockets in the 1st round (24th overall) of the 1997 NBA Draft.

High school career[edit]

As a prep player, Rhodes was a superstar from the time he was a freshman, he was a three time Parade All-American, and helped Jersey City's St. Anthony High School, led by Coach Bob Hurley, win two state titles in 1989 and 1991. At one point, he was considered as promising a prospect as future NBA star Jason Kidd.

College career[edit]

He played collegiately at the University of Kentucky for three years, he transferred to the University of Southern California for his senior year. Kentucky coach Rick Pitino asked Rhodes to redshirt after his junior year, which is highly unusual and was seen by many, including Rhodes' high school coach Bob Hurley, as a way to force Rhodes out. Kentucky landed star recruit Ron Mercer, considered by many experts the top prep senior in his class (along with Kevin Garnett and Stephon Marbury), and some feel this may be what led to Pitino asking Rhodes to redshirt. However, Pitino also redshirted fellow Kentucky senior-to-be Jared Prickett heading into that same season (1995–96), and Prickett helped lead Kentucky to the NCAA title game the following season, earning more minutes than he would have on Kentucky's deep 1996 championship team, and the following season, Pitino redshirted senior-to-be Jeff Sheppard, who would return to lead Kentucky to its third straight Final Four and an NCAA championship in 1998.

Professional career[edit]

Rhodes played for the Rockets, Vancouver Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks in three NBA seasons, his best year as a professional came during his rookie year as a member of the Rockets, appearing in 58 games and averaging 5.8 ppg.

After leaving the NBA during the 2000 season, Rhodes went overseas and played in professional leagues in Cyprus, Greece, the Philippines, France and Puerto Rico.

Coaching career[edit]

Rhodes was an assistant coach at the University of Texas Pan-American, and was previously an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts and an Administrative Assistant Coach at Seton Hall University, in South Orange, New Jersey. In 2005, he was an assistant coach at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, and after enjoying a successful season there, he moved on to become an assistant at Idaho State University in 2006.[1]

In 2011, Rhodes was hired to coach at Cordia High School in Knott County, Kentucky.[2]

In 2014, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association leveled severe sanctions against the Cordia basketball program for alleged violations of KHSAA rules. KHSAA commissioner Julian Tackett stated that Cordia's violations under Rhodes "represent what may well be the most wanton and blatant disregard for association rules in its 97-year history."[3]

In 2016, Rhodes coached Cordia to a state championship. Inexplicably, his contract with Cordia School was not renewed.[4]

In 2017, Rhodes was featured in the "Us Against the World" documentary that documented events that occurred during his tenure as Cordia's coach. "Us Against the World" was nominated for an Emmy in 2018.

In 2018, Rhodes was hired as the Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Northwest Nazarene University.[5]

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ O'Brien Completes First Staff With Rodrick Rhodes :: Former NBA and college star with Kentucky and Southern California
  2. ^ Frakes, Jason (June 16, 2011). "Former UK basketball player Rodrick Rhodes named as high school coach". Courier-Journal. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
  3. ^ Franklin, Drew (July 28, 2014). "Rodrick Rhodes and cordia basketball in a lot of trouble". Kentucky Sport Radio. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  4. ^ http://www.wymt.com/content/news/Dozens-show-support-for-Cordias-Rodrick-Rhodes-who-faces-removal-as-boys-basketball-coach-378914831.html
  5. ^ "Rodrick Rhodes joins Crusader Basketball staff". nnusports. Northwest Nazarene University. Retrieved July 25, 2018.