John R. Wooden Award
The John R. Wooden Award is an award given annually to the most outstanding men's and women's college basketball players; the program consists of the men's and women's Player of the Year awards, the Legends of Coaching award and recognizes the All–America Teams. The awards, given by the Los Angeles Athletic Club, are named in honor of John Wooden, the 1932 national collegiate basketball player of the year from Purdue. Wooden taught and coached men's basketball at Indiana State and UCLA. Coach Wooden, whose teams at UCLA won ten NCAA championships, was the first man to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and coach, his 1948 Indiana State team was the NAIB National Finalist. The award, given only to male athletes, was first given in 1977. Starting in 2004, the award was extended to women's basketball. Additionally, the Legends of Coaching Award was presented first in 1999; the 2015 presentation was broadcast on ESPN2 and the show was presented by Wendy's at Los Angeles' Club Nokia on Friday, April 10, 2015.
Each year, the Award's National Advisory Board, a 26-member panel, selects 20 candidates for Player of the Year and All-American Team honors. The candidates must be full-time students and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher throughout their college career. Players who are nominated must have made outstanding contributions to team play, both offensively and defensively, be model citizens, exhibiting strength of character both on and off the court; the selection ballot is announced prior to the NCAA basketball tournament. The voters sportscasters representing the 50 states; the top ten vote-getters are selected to the All-American Team, the results are announced following the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament. The person who receives the most votes is named the Player of the Year, the winner is announced following the NCAA championship game; the Player of the Year is awarded a trophy consisting of five bronze figures. The player's school receives a duplicate trophy, as well as a scholarship grant.
The other top four members of the All-American Team receive an All-American Team trophy, a jacket, a scholarship grant which goes to their school. Each coach of the top five All-American Team members receives a jacket; the All-American Team members ranked six through ten receive an All-American Team trophy and a jacket, but their schools do not receive a scholarship. The criteria for the women's Player of the Year award and All-American Team honors are similar to those for the men. For the women's award, the National Advisory Board consists of 12 members, 15 candidates are selected for the ballot; the voters are 250 sportscasters. In contrast to the men's All-American Team, only five members are selected for the women's team; the Player of the Year receives a trophy, her school receives a duplicate trophy and a scholarship grant. The trophy features five bronze figures, each depicting one of the five major skills that Wooden believed that "total" basketball player must exhibit: rebounding, shooting and defense.
The concept for the trophy originated with Richard "Duke" Llewellyn. Work began on the trophy in 1975, sculptor Don Winton, who had sculpted many top sports awards, was given the task of designing the model of the trophy; the figures are bronze attached to a pentagonal base plate. The tallest figure is 10¼ inches high; the trophy's base is 7½ inches high, is made from solid walnut. The total height of the trophy is 17 3⁄4 inches, it weighs 25 lb; the Wooden family announced in August 2005 that he would no longer participate because of a trademark dispute concerning the use of his name. However, he never contested the use of his name prior to his death in 2010, the award continues to bear his name. “I don’t want anything to interfere with the continuation of the award,” told The Associated Press at the time. In 2011 the Wooden Family began participation. Coach John Wooden’s son, presented the Wooden Award to Brigham Young senior Jimmer Fredette. In 2012 John Wooden’s grandson, Greg, on behalf of The Los Angeles Athletic Club, presented the Wooden Award to University of Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis.
Greg Wooden made the announcement on ESPN College GameDay. The John R. Wooden High School Player of the Year awards are given to the most valuable player in each of the five divisions of the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section, one Los Angeles City division; the Legends of Coaching Award recognizes the lifetime achievement of coaches who exemplify Coach Wooden's high standards of coaching success and personal achievement. When selecting the individual, the Wooden Award Committee considers a coach's character, success rate on the court, graduating rate of student athletes, his or her coaching philosophy, identification with the goals of the John R. Wooden Award. List of U. S. men's college basketball national player of the year awards John R. Wooden Classic Official website
UPI College Basketball Player of the Year
The UPI College Basketball Player of the Year was an annual basketball award given to the best men's basketball player in NCAA Division I competition. The award was first given following the 1954–55 season and was discontinued following the 1995–96 season, it was given by United Press International, a news agency in the United States that rivaled the Associated Press but began to decline with the advent of television news. Five players—Oscar Robertson, Jerry Lucas, Lew Alcindor, Bill Walton and Ralph Sampson—won the award multiple times. Of these five, only Robertson and Sampson were three-time UPI Players of the Year. UCLA had the most all-time winners with six. Ohio State was second with four winners, while Cincinnati and Virginia were tied for third with three winners apiece. Five other schools had two winners and sixteen schools had only one UPI Player of the Year. Eight of the winners were sophomores, seven were juniors, the remaining 27 were seniors. No freshman was presented the award. A Lew Alcindor changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1971 after converting to Islam.
General"United Press International Player of the Year". AmericasBestOnline.com. Retrieved 12 April 2010. "Men's College Basketball: Player of the Year Awards → United Press International". HickokSports.com. 2006. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2010. Specific
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an American history museum and hall of fame, located at 1000 Hall of Fame Avenue in Springfield, Massachusetts. It serves as the sport's most complete library, in addition to promoting and preserving the history of basketball. Dedicated to Canadian-American physician and inventor of the sport James Naismith, it was opened and inducted its first class in 1959; as of the induction of the Class of 2018, the Hall has formally inducted 389 individuals. The Naismith Hall of Fame was established in 1959 by Lee Williams, a former athletic director at Colby College. In the 1960s, the Basketball Hall of Fame struggled to raise enough money for the construction of its first facility. However, during the following half-decade the necessary amount was raised, the building opened on Feb. 17, 1968, less than one month after the National Basketball Association played its 18th All-Star Game. The Basketball Hall of Fame's Board named four inductees in its first year.
In addition to honoring those who contributed to basketball, the Hall of Fame sought to make contributions of its own. In 1979, the Hall of Fame sponsored a pre-season college basketball exhibition; this Tip-Off Classic has been the start to the college basketball season since, although it does not always take place in Springfield, Massachusetts it returns every few years. In the 17 years that the original Basketball Hall of Fame operated at Springfield College, it drew more than 630,000 visitors; the popularity of the Basketball Hall of Fame necessitated that a new facility be constructed, in 1985, an $11 million facility was built beside the scenic Connecticut River in Springfield. As the new hall opened, it recognized women for the first time, with inductees such as Senda Berenson Abbott, who first introduced basketball to women at Smith College. During the years following its construction, the Basketball Hall of Fame's second facility drew far more visitors than anticipated, due in large part to the increasing popularity of the game but to the scenic location beside the river and the second Hall's interesting modern architecture.
In 2002, the Basketball Hall of Fame moved again—albeit 100 yards south along Springfield's riverfront—into a $47 million facility designed by renowned architects Gwathmey Siegel & Associates. The building's architecture features a metallic silver, basketball-shaped sphere flanked by two symmetrical rhombuses; the dome is illuminated at night and features 80,000 square foot, including numerous restaurants and an extensive gift shop. The second Basketball Hall of Fame was not torn down but rather converted into an LA Fitness health clubs; the current Basketball Hall of Fame features Center Court, a full-sized basketball court on which visitors can play. Inside the building there are a game gallery, many interactive exhibits, several theaters, an honor ring of inductees. A large theater for ceremonies seats up to 300; the honorees inducted in 2002 included the Harlem Globetrotters and Magic Johnson, a five-time NBA champion, three-time NBA finals MVP and Olympic gold medalist. As of 2011, the current Basketball Hall of Fame has exceeded attendance expectations, with basketball fans traveling to the Hall of Fame from all over the world.
Despite the new facility's success, a logistical problem remains for the Basketball Hall of Fame and the City of Springfield. The two entities are separated by the Interstate 91 elevated highway—one of the eastern United States' busiest highways—which inhibits foot-traffic and other interaction between the Basketball Hall of Fame and Springfield's lively Metro Center. Both the Hall and Springfield have made public statements about cooperating further so as to facilitate more business and recreational growth for both. Urban planners at universities such as UMass Amherst have called for the I-91 to be moved, or to be re-configured so as to be pedestrian-friendly to Hall of Fame visitors. In 2010, the Urban Land Institute announced a plan to make the walk between Springfield's Metro Center and the Hall of Fame easier. In contrast to the Pro Football and the National Baseball Halls of Fame, Springfield honors international and American professionals, as well as American and international amateurs, making it arguably the most comprehensive Hall of Fame among major sports.
From 2011 to 2015 seven committees were, as of 2016 six committees are employed to both screen and elect candidates. Four of the committees screen prospective candidates: North American Screening Committee Women's Screening Committee International Screening Committee Veterans Screening Committee, with "Veterans" defined as individuals whose careers ended at least 35 years before they are considered for election. Since 2011, the Veterans and International Committees vote to directly induct one candidate for each induction class. Three committees were formed in 2011 to directly elect one candidate for each induction class: American Basketball Association Committee - This committee was permanently disbanded in 2015 because it had fulfilled its purpose over the previous five years. Contributor Direct Election Committee Other committees may choose to elect contributors. For example, the 2014 class included two contributors. Early African-American Pioneers of the Game CommitteeIndividuals who receive at least seven votes from the North American Screening Committee or five votes from one of the other screening committees in a given year are eligible to advance to an Honors Committee, composed of 12 members plus rotating groups of 12 specialists (one group for
Rice Owls men's basketball
The Rice Owls men's basketball program is the intercollegiate men's basketball program of Rice University. The program is classified in the NCAA's Division I, the team competes in Conference USA, they participated in the Southwest Conference and the Western Athletic Conference. The Owls play their home games in Tudor Fieldhouse, which they have called home since 1950. Known as Rice Gymnasium, it was renamed in honor of Rice alum Bobby Tudor, who spearheaded the 2008 renovation of the facility with a multimillion-dollar donation; the court is designated "Autry Court" in memory of Mrs. James L. Autry, her husband James Lockhart Autry was a descendant of Micajah Autry, a hero of the Battle of the Alamo. Her daughter, Mrs. Edward W. Kelley, made a generous donation to the gymnasium building fund in honor of her late mother, an ardent supporter of Rice; the Owls have appeared in four NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 2–5; the Owls have appeared in five National Invitation Tournaments. Their combined record is 1–6.
The Owls have appeared in one CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Their record is 2–1; the Owls have appeared in one College Basketball Invitational. Their record is 1–1. Morris Almond Ken Austin Bill Closs Brock Gillespie Mike Harris Bill Henry Bob Kinney Ricky Pierce Brent Scott Mike Wilks Rice University has retired six jerseys. Official website
Michael Young (basketball, born 1961)
Michael Wayne Young is an American retired professional basketball player. He had a 15-year playing career spent in the National Basketball Association and overseas, he was most the director of basketball operations and performance enhancement at the University of Houston, his alma mater. Young, a native Houstonian, played basketball at the University of Houston. With the Houston Cougars, he was part of Phi Slama Jama and was named Southwest Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year in 1983, along with teammate Clyde Drexler, he played in the 1983 NCAA Final, a loss to the North Carolina State Wolfpack, as well as the 1984 final, a loss to the Georgetown Hoyas. Michael Young was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 24th overall pick of the 1984 NBA draft, he played in three NBA seasons: 1984–85 with the Phoenix Suns, 1985–86 with the Philadelphia 76ers, 1989–90 with the Los Angeles Clippers. He played two seasons with the Continental Basketball Association's Detroit Spirit, where he was named the CBA's Player of the Year in 1986 after averaging 26 points per game.
Young played in the Philippines, Italy and Israel. In 1986, he led Manila Beer to the finals of the Philippine Basketball Association Open Conference, losing to the Ginebra San Miguel team led by Billy Ray Bates. Young, won Best Import honors over the favored Bates, he would return the following year, this time with the Great Taste Coffee Makers, which he led to another runner-up finish to Tanduay Rhum, led by David Thirdkill. While with the French League's Limoges, he won the 1993 the EuroLeague. Young concluded his playing career in 1998 before returning to the University of Houston, he spent one season as an assistant men's basketball coach and five years as Houston's strength and conditioning coach. He became the director of basketball operations and performance enhancement. Young earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston in 2002, he and his wife, have five children: Michael Jr. Joseph, Mayorca and Milan Maria. Joseph played college basketball for Houston and Oregon and followed his father's footsteps to the NBA in 2015 as a member of the Indiana Pacers.
His youngest son, Jacob Young, has transferred to Rutgers. List of second-generation NBA players College and NBA stats from basketballreference.com
Sonny Parker (basketball)
Robert S. "Sonny" Parker is a retired American professional basketball player who played small forward and shooting guard for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. He was drafted in the first round of the NBA draft after attending and playing basketball at Texas A&M University. After retiring from basketball, Parker created the Sonny Parker Youth Foundation in Chicago to help inner-city students. Parker was born in Chicago and attended Chicago's Farragut High School, where he received All-City, All-State, All-Public League honors. In appreciation of his efforts on the school's basketball team, he has been named to the Farragut Hall of Fame, the Chicago Public Schools Hall of Fame, the Illinois High School Hall of Fame. After graduating from high school, Parker spent two years at Mineral Area College. In both of his seasons, Parker was named an All-American, as well as Conference Player of the Year and Region Player of the Year, he was an All-Conference and All-Region pick, is the Mineral Area College's Leading Career Scorer.
He has been inducted into the National Junior College Hall of Fame. The 1973 team won the conference championship. Although Parker was recruited by many of the top college basketball programs, he chose to attend Texas A&M University to learn under legendary coach Shelby Metcalf; the lonely Parker, over 1000 miles from home, was embraced by Metcalf and his family accompanying his coach on fishing trips. The men became close enough friends that after Parker was named the most valuable player in one of the many college tournaments in which A&M participated, he gave his reward, a nice watch, to Metcalf as a gift. Metcalf treasured the watch for twenty-five years, before giving it to Parker's son Christian at the ceremony inducting Parker into the Texas A&M Athletic Hall of Fame. At Metcalf's funeral in February 2007, Parker served as one of the pallbearers. In his two years at Texas A&M, Parker led the Aggies to back-to-back Southwest Conference titles, earning himself first-team All-Southwest Conference honors both years as well.
The team reached the NCAA Tournament in 1974-1975. As a senior, Parker averaged 20.7 points per game, a feat that only two other Aggie players have achieved in the 20 years since he left. Newcomer of the Year SWC Player of the Year All Conference All Defensive Team Texas A&M MVP SWC All Decade Team All American Pizza Hut-Slam Dunk Award All Star Game Texas A&M Hall of Fame Parker was a first-round draft pick, chosen by the Golden State Warriors as the 17th overall pick in the 1976 NBA Draft. For 29 years, Parker held the record as the highest an Aggie had been drafted, until in 2005 Antoine Wright was chosen as the 15th overall draft pick by the New Jersey Nets. In his rookie season, Parker played in 65 games, scoring a total of 379 points, with 2.7 rebounds per game and.9 assists per game. His team reached the playoffs, with Parker contributing 4.2 points per game and 2.8 rebounds, and.9 assists per game. The following season, Parker played in 82 games, averaging 11.4 points per game, 4.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists.
He ranked 16th in the NBA with.519 field goals. His best season, came in 1978-1979, where he averaged 15.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists per game, with 144 steals and 33 blocks. In a thrilling game in November 1981, Parker led the Warriors to a 102-100 victory over the Houston Rockets. At the opening of the final quarter, the Warriors trailed by 10 points before Parker and teammate Joe Hassett combined to score 13 points and give the Warriors their first lead with 3 minutes left to play; the game was tied at 100 when Parker rebounded a shot by his teammate Lloyd Free with two seconds remaining and completed a reverse layup to give the Warriors their victory. After a disappointing 1981-82 season, where Parker averaged only 3.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists per game, in September 1982 the Warriors waived Parker, ending his NBA career. For the six years that he played professional basketball, Parker averaged 9.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists per game. In 1990, Parker established the non-profit Sonny Parker Youth Foundation in his hometown of Chicago.
The foundation is designed to provide year-round educational and multi-cultural programs for inner-city children from kindergarten through 12th grade. Through after-school and weekend programs, the foundation provides tutoring, ACT/SAT preparation, parents' workshops, job training, career planning, physical education in the hopes of improving the reading and writing skills of the students and preparing them to become more productive citizens. Parker is active in its daily activities. Parker and his wife, have seven children. Parker's son Christian played at BYU-Hawaii before serving an LDS mission in Georgia, he enrolled at the University of Washington. Parker's eldest son, Darryl, is a graduate of the University of Oregon and played professional basketball overseas, he is now a Chicago police officer. Parker's son Jabari is a former Duke basketball player, selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 2nd pick in the 2014 NBA draft; as of March 2013 Sonny was afflicted with kidney problems that require dialysis, making it difficult for him to attend Jabari's games.
Sonny Parker Youth Foundation
Charles "Bo" Outlaw is an American professional retired basketball player. Outlaw was known for tenacious defensive approach and sub-par free-throw shooting, he was born in San Antonio, is a 1989 alumnus of John Jay High School. Bo led the Mustangs to a 38-0 record his senior year before succumbing to Clear Lake High School in the state championship game. Outlaw played for the University of Houston. During his time in Houston, he averaged 14.0 ppg, 9.1 rpg, led NCAA Division I with a field goal percentage of.684. In 1993, he was not selected. Outlaw began his professional career in the CBA, where he averaged a league-leading 3.8 blocks per game in the half-season he played for the Grand Rapids Hoops. On February 15, 1994, Outlaw began his NBA career with the Los Angeles Clippers, recording 13 points and 7 rebounds in a 100–89 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, he played three full seasons for the Clippers, who made the playoffs in 1997 but were defeated by the Utah Jazz in the first round. Outlaw left Los Angeles as a free agent and signed a two-year deal with the Orlando Magic on September 5, 1997.
During Outlaw's 1997–98 season, he started in 76 of 82 regular season games and recorded what would remain career-high averages in every statistical category except for assists. However, the Magic failed to reach the playoffs in 1998. After Hall of Fame coach Chuck Daly retired and was replaced by Doc Rivers, Outlaw signed another contract with the Magic in the off-season, after which he played two and a half more seasons for the team. On April 17, 1998, Outlaw recorded 25 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists in a 121–109 win over the New Jersey Nets. After the game, reporters asked him how he felt about his first triple-double, to which Outlaw famously replied: "What's that, some kind of hamburger?". Outlaw was acquired by the Phoenix Suns. After one and a half seasons with them, Outlaw left for Memphis where he was reunited with former Magic teammate Mike Miller. In 2004, after one season in Memphis, Outlaw returned to Phoenix where he was hampered by nagging injuries and his playing time was restricted by the strength of the team.
Accordingly, in the 2005–06 season, he returned to the Magic, appearing in 75 additional games in the course of three seasons. Outlaw was waived in November 2007 after playing 7 minutes over two games in the 2007–08 season. Over his NBA career he averaged 4.9 rebounds. He resides in Orlando. Career statistics and player information from NBA.com Bo Outlaw at Basketball-Reference.com