Jacksonville, North Carolina
Jacksonville is a city in Onslow County, North Carolina, United States. As of the 2010 United States census, the population stood at 70,145, which makes Jacksonville the 14th largest city in North Carolina. Jacksonville is the principal city of Onslow County and is included in the Jacksonville, North Carolina metropolitan area. In 2014, Forbes magazine ranked Jacksonville as the fifth fastest-growing small city in the United States. Demographically, Jacksonville is the youngest city in the United States with an average age of 22.8 years old, which can be attributed to the large military presence. The low age may be in part due to the population drastically going up over the past 80 years, from a mere 783 in the 1930 census to 70,145 in the 2010 census, it is the county seat of Onslow County, the home of the United States Marine Corps' Camp Lejeune and New River Air Station. Jacksonville is located adjacent to North Carolina's Crystal Coast area. On 21 June 2016, the City of Jacksonville, NC, became the first jurisdiction to adopt a paid holiday honoring the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution which made slavery in the United States and its territories illegal.
The resolution of adoption targets the prevention of the modern slavery epidemic in the form of human trafficking, which includes forcing children to engage in labor and combat. In recognition of the history of African Americans, Jacksonville honored their heritage and the enfranchisement their ancestors received from the 13th Amendment; the holiday will be celebrated on the second Monday in December, which will always fall between the dates of the states' ratification and Secretary of State's proclamation of the 13th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution; the early history of Jacksonville starts with the end of the Tuscarora wars in 1713. The forced removal of Native American tribes was followed by permanent settlement of the regions between New Bern and Wilmington; the headwaters of the New River became a center of production for naval stores turpentine. The downtown waterfront park is built on the site of Wantland's Ferry, with bridges being constructed on either side of the original ferry site.
In 1752, a devastating hurricane destroyed the county seat of Johnston, Wantlands Ferry, located further up the New River at the present site of Jacksonville was chosen as the site of the new county courthouse. The area was known as Onslow Courthouse. In 1842 the town was incorporated and renamed Jacksonville in honor of former U. S. President Andrew Jackson; the town was captured and occupied in November 1862 by a raiding party led by U. S. Navy Lt. William B. Cushing. Jacksonville and Onslow County continued to rely on naval stores and tobacco crops for industry. In 1939, Colonel George W. Gillette of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers surveyed and mapped the area from Fort Monroe, Virginia to Fort Sumter, South Carolina which included the Onslow County coastline and the New River; the map is believed to have fostered the interest of the War and Navy Departments in establishing an amphibious training base in the area. Congressman Graham Arthur Barden of New Bern lobbied Congress to appropriate funds for the purchase of 100,000 acres along the eastern bank of the New River.
The establishment in 1941 of Marine Barracks, New River renamed Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base led to the relocation of 700 families. While the landowners were compensated, many of the families displaced were sharecroppers who did not own the land their houses were built on, did not receive compensation for their structures; some African American families were able to purchase property from Raymond Kellum and established the community of Kellumtown. Other displaced families established communities in Georgetown, Bell Fork, Sandy Run; the latter communities have since been absorbed by Jacksonville. Colonel Gillette had planned to retire near the small village of Marine named after a local family whose surname was Marine, but lost his land to the acquisition as well. Construction of Camp Lejeune caused a population explosion in the small town of about 800 inhabitants as new workers migrated to the area. Growth continued to be fueled by military retirees. Today, Jacksonville's primary industry is retail services.
The primary migration draw continues to be the U. S. Marine Corps; the Bank of Onslow and Jacksonville Masonic Temple, Mill Avenue Historic District, Pelletier House and Wantland Spring are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Jacksonville is located at 34°45′35″N 77°24′35″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 45.2 square miles, of which, 44.5 square miles of it is land and 0.7 square miles of it is water. It is 60 minutes from Wilmington and 15 minutes from the Intracoastal Waterway. Three public golf courses provide relaxation and recreation for those who reside in or visit Jacksonville: Rock Creek, Swingin' Things, Paradise Point; as of the census of 2000, there were 66,715 people, 17,175 households, 13,533 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,500.0 people per square mile. There were 18,312 housing units at an average density of 411.7 per square mile. The racial composition of the city was: 63.94% White, 23.96% Black or African American, 10.05% Hispanic or Latino American, 2.07% Asian American, 0.75% Native American, 0.19% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, 5.42% some other race, 3.67% two or more races.
As of 2009, the estimated po
Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball
The Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball program is the NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's basketball program of Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. The team competes in the Big East Conference and plays their home games in the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Seton Hall's first season of basketball occurred in 1903–04, but the school did not field a team again until 1908–09, the year in which the university achieved their first winning season; the school adopted the Pirate mascot in 1931, the teams soon gained national prominence with the arrival of John "Honey" Russell in 1936. During an 18-year span, the Pirates racked up a 295–129 record that included an undefeated 19–0 record in 1939–40 as part of a 41-game unbeaten streak. Walsh Gymnasium was opened in 1941 to permanently house the basketball team and featured one of the best Seton Hall teams of all time, termed the "Wonder Five", which led by All-American Bob Davies, earned the school's first NIT bid in 1941.
Following World War II, the Pirates were led by stars Frank Saul and Bobby Wanzer and played games at Madison Square Garden. The peak of this era occurred in 1953 when Richie Regan and Walter Dukes defeated rival St. John's University for the NIT title; the low point for the team occurred in 1961 when a point shaving scandal sullied the program, but the Pirates rebounded to return to the NIT in 1974 under coach Bill Raftery. Seton Hall became a charter member of the Big East Conference in 1979; the high point of the Big East era for Seton Hall came when P. J. Carlesimo was hired in 1982 and the team began playing in the Meadowlands Arena. By 1988, Carlesimo led the Pirates to the school's first NCAA tournament appearance, in 1989, he led the Hall to an unexpected tournament run to the NCAA Championship game, where they were defeated by Michigan in overtime. Success under Carlesimo continued with a Big East Tournament Championship and an Elite Eight appearance in 1991, a regular season Big East Championship and Sweet Sixteen appearance in 1992, Big East Regular Season and Big East Tournament Championships in 1993.
Carlesimo left to coach in the NBA following the 1993–94 season, but Seton Hall returned to the Sweet Sixteen in 2000 guided by coach Tommy Amaker, appeared in the NCAA tournament in 2004 and 2006 coached by Louis Orr. In 2006–07, Bobby Gonzalez was hired to lead the Pirates, which moved its home games into the Prudential Center in 2007. Gonzalez amassed a 66–59 record at Seton Hall but was fired at the conclusion of the 2009–10 after a first-round NIT loss to Texas Tech. Concerns were raised in-house about the direction Gonzalez was taking the program, punctuated by several incidents, some involving Gonzalez and others involving student athletes. Shortly after his dismissal Gonzalez was arrested for shoplifting. Seton Hall hired current coach Kevin Willard for the 2010–11 season. After struggling to maintain a.500 record through his first five seasons with the program, Willard's Pirates broke through in the 2015-16 season, as they won the Big East Tournament Championship over the eventual national champion Villanova Wildcats.
With the win, Seton Hall secured the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2006 and the first Big East Tournament Championship since 1993. However, the magic could not continue in the NCAA Tournament, as the team was defeated by the 11th-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs in the First Round. In 2017, the Pirates were again eliminated in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament by the Arkansas Razorbacks, but the Pirates would win their first tournament game in fourteen years upon defeating the NC State Wolfpack in 2018's First Round before being defeated by the Kansas Jayhawks in the Second Round. Following the graduation of starting seniors Khadeen Carrington, Ángel Delgado, Desi Rodriguez, Ismael Sanogo, the Pirates would appear in their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history, led by the play of standout junior guard Myles Powell, where they would fall to the Wofford Terriers in a First Round game in which Fletcher Magee would break Division I's all-time three-point scoring record.
* The Pirates were charter members of the Big East Conference as it existed from 1979 until 2013, when the conference's seven non-FBS institutions colloquially known as the "Catholic Seven" formed a non-football conference which retained the Big East name, while the remaining schools formed the American Athletic Conference, the original Big East's legal successor. As a result of this split, the modern Big East and American Conferences both claim 1979 as their founding dates and retain all records and history
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is a 246-square-mile United States military training facility in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The base's 14 miles of beaches make it a major area for amphibious assault training, its location between two deep-water ports allows for fast deployments; the main base is supplemented by six satellite facilities: Marine Corps Air Station New River, Camp Geiger, Stone Bay, Courthouse Bay, Camp Johnson, the latest addition to the facility, the Greater Sandy Run Training Area. In April 1941, construction was approved on an 11,000-acre tract in North Carolina. On May 1 of that year, Lt. Col. William P. T. Hill began construction on Marine Barracks New River; the first base headquarters was in a summer cottage on Montford Point, moved to Hadnot Point in 1942. That year it was renamed in honor of the 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps, John A. Lejeune. One of the satellite facilities of Camp Lejeune served for a while as a third boot camp for the Marines, in addition to Parris Island and San Diego.
That facility, Montford Point, was established after Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 8802. Between 1942 and 1949, a brief era of segregated training for black Marines, the camp at Montford Point trained 20,000 African-Americans. After the military was ordered to integrate, Montford Point was renamed Camp Gilbert H. Johnson and became the home of the Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools. MCB Camp Lejeune can help to prepare warfighters for combat and humanitarian missions abroad. Camp Lejeune takes advantage of 156,000 acres, 11 miles of beach capable of supporting amphibious operations, 32 gun positions, 48 tactical landing zones, three state-of-the-art training facilities for Military Operations in Urban Terrain and 80 live fire ranges to include the Greater Sandy Run Training Area. Military forces from around the world come to Camp Lejeune on a regular basis for bilateral and NATO-sponsored exercises. Camp Lejeune was featured in the hit CW network drama One Tree Hill in late 2006.
From at least 1957 through 1987, Marines and their families at Lejeune drank and bathed in water contaminated with toxins at concentrations 240 to 3400 times permitted by safety standards, at least 850 former residents filed claims for nearly $4 billion from the military. The Multi-District Litigation was dismissed on North Carolina statute of repose grounds on December 5, 2016, the appeal to the 11th Circuit is ongoing. Straw, et. al. v. United States, 16-17573. Straw has appealed this case to the U. S. Supreme Court twice, with one pending in the Supreme Court docket. Disability activist Andrew U. D. Straw is pursuing claims based on implied contract and Fifth Amendment Takings theories at the U. S. Court of Federal Claims, stating that the U. S. Marine Corps' UCMJ responsibilities imply a contract to protect U. S. Marine Corps family members. Straw v. United States, 1:17-cv-00560; this case was denied on appeal also. Straw has advocated for legislative reform to avoid the legal arguments of the Department of Justice.
The main chemicals involved were trichloroethylene, a degreaser, perchloroethylene, a dry cleaning solvent, benzene. A 1974 base order required safe disposal of solvents and warned that improper handling could cause drinking water contamination, yet solvents were buried near base wells for years. The base's wells were shut off in the mid-1980s, but were placed back online in violation of the law. In 1982, Volatile organic compounds were found to be in Camp Lejeune's drinking water supply. VOC contamination of groundwater can cause birth defects and other ill health effects in pregnant and nursing mothers; this information was not made public for nearly two decades when the government attempted to identify those who may have been exposed. An advocacy group called The Few, The Proud, The Forgotten was created to inform possible victims of the contamination at Lejeune; the group's website includes an introduction with some basic information about the contamination at Lejeune, including that many health problems various types of cancer, leukemia and birth defects, have been noted in people who drank the contaminated water.
According to the site, numerous base housing areas were affected by the contamination, including Tarawa Terrace, Midway Park, Berkeley Manor, Paradise Point, Hadnot Point, Hospital Point, Watkins Village. On March 8, 2010, Paul Buckley of Hanover, received a 100%, service connected disability from the Department of Veterans Affairs for cancer, linked to toxic water exposure on Camp Lejeune; this is believed to be the first time the government has admitted the link between the contamination and illnesses. In 2007, Jerry Ensminger, a retired Marine master sergeant, found a document dated 1981 that described a radioactive dump site near a rifle range at the camp. According to the report, the waste was laced with strontium-90, an isotope known to cause cancer and leukemia. According to Camp Lejeune's installation restoration program manager, base officials learned in 2004 about the 1981 document. Ensminger served in the Marine Corps for 24 and a half years, lived for part of that time at Camp Lejeune.
In 1985 his 9-year-old daughter, died of cancer. On July 6, 2009, Laura Jones filed suit against the US government over the contaminated water at the base. Jones lived at the base where her husband, a Marine, was stationed. Jones now lives in Iowa. Twenty former residents of Camp Lejeune—all men who lived there during the 1960s and the 1980s—have been diagnosed with breas
Jaren Jackson Jr.
Jaren Walter Jackson Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the Michigan State Spartans, he was selected 4th by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2018 NBA draft. Jackson started his high school career with Park Tudor School, he played varsity for three years, where he averaged 10 points a game, 6 rebounds a game, 3 blocks a game. Jackson won two IHSAA state basketball championships while at Park Tudor, he was teammates with former Xavier University standout and current New Orleans Pelicans two-way player Trevon Bluiett. He transferred to La Lumiere School for his senior year, where he started for their varsity squad. Jackson was considered one of the top players in the 2017 graduating class. Scout.com ranked Jackson the 5th best player nationally, 1st in his respective position, 2nd overall in the midwest region. 247 Sports ranked being 4th in his position. ESPN ranked him 8th in the ESPN 100, being 2nd in 2nd regionally.
Jackson was recruited by a number of notable programs, including Michigan State, Notre Dame, Indiana, Purdue and several more. He was invited to partake in the McDonald's All-American Game played on March 29, 2017. On September 15, 2016, Jaren Jackson Jr. announced his intentions to sign a letter of intent to go to Michigan State. He signed the letter of intent on November 9, 2016. Jackson would make his collegiate debut on November 10, 2017, recording 13 points and a season-high 13 rebounds in a blowout 98–66 win over the North Florida Ospreys. Four days he would record a then-season-high 19 points in an 88–81 loss to the #1 ranked Duke Blue Devils. On December 5, Jackson would put up 11 points and a career-high 8 blocks in a 62–52 win over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Four days he would record 17 points and another career-high 13 rebounds in a blowout 88–63 win over the Southern Utah Thunderbirds. On January 22, 2018, Jackson recorded a then-season-high 21 points to go with 11 rebounds and 6 blocks in an 87–74 win over the Illinois Fighting Illini.
On February 13, he would put up a career-high 27 points in a blowout 87–57 win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers. At the end of the regular season for Michigan State, he would be named both the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, Big Ten's All-Freshman Team, the All-Big Ten's Third Team. On April 2, Jackson would declare his entry into the 2018 NBA draft, where he was considered a potential top-tier lottery selection. On June 21, 2018, Jackson was selected with the fourth overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2018 NBA draft. On July 1, 2018, he signed a multi-year, rookie scale contract with the Grizzlies. Jackson helped the United States of America's under-17 basketball team win the gold medal at the FIBA 2016 World Championships, he averaged 4.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.2 blocked shots, shot 53 percent from the field. He was a member of the USA Junior National Select Team that participated in the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon. Coming off the bench, Jackson tallied a game-high nine rebounds in 25 minutes of play.
He is the son of former NBA player Jaren Jackson. Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com Michigan State Spartans bio USA Basketball bio
Indianapolis shortened to Indy, is the state capital and most populous city of the U. S. state of Indiana and the seat of Marion County. According to 2017 estimates from the U. S. Census Bureau, the consolidated population of Indianapolis and Marion County was 872,680; the "balance" population, which excludes semi-autonomous municipalities in Marion County, was 863,002. It is the 16th most populous city in the U. S; the Indianapolis metropolitan area is the 34th most populous metropolitan statistical area in the U. S. with 2,028,614 residents. Its combined statistical area ranks 27th, with a population of 2,411,086. Indianapolis covers 368 square miles, making it the 16th largest city by land area in the U. S. Indigenous peoples inhabited the area dating to 2000 BC. In 1818, the Delaware relinquished their tribal lands in the Treaty of St. Mary's. In 1821, Indianapolis was founded as a planned city for the new seat of Indiana's state government; the city was platted by Alexander Ralston and Elias Pym Fordham on a 1 square mile grid next to the White River.
Completion of the National and Michigan roads and arrival of rail solidified the city's position as a manufacturing and transportation hub. Two of the city's nicknames reflect its historical ties to transportation—the "Crossroads of America" and "Railroad City". Since the 1970 city-county consolidation, known as Unigov, local government administration operates under the direction of an elected 25-member city-county council headed by the mayor. Indianapolis anchors the 27th largest economic region in the U. S. based on the sectors of finance and insurance, manufacturing and business services and health care and wholesale trade. The city has notable niche markets in auto racing; the Fortune 500 companies of Anthem, Eli Lilly and Company and Simon Property Group are headquartered in Indianapolis. The city has hosted international multi-sport events, such as the 1987 Pan American Games and 2001 World Police and Fire Games, but is best known for annually hosting the world's largest single-day sporting event, the Indianapolis 500.
Indianapolis is home to two major league sports clubs, the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association and the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. It is home to a number of educational institutions, such as the University of Indianapolis, Butler University, Marian University, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis; the city's robust philanthropic community has supported several cultural assets, including the world's largest children's museum, one of the nation's largest funded zoos, historic buildings and sites, public art. The city is home to the largest collection of monuments dedicated to veterans and war casualties in the U. S. outside of Washington, D. C; the name Indianapolis is derived from the state's name and polis, the Greek word for city. Jeremiah Sullivan, justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, is credited with coining the name. Other names considered were Concord and Tecumseh. In 1816, the year Indiana gained statehood, the U. S. Congress donated four sections of federal land to establish a permanent seat of state government.
Two years under the Treaty of St. Mary's, the Delaware relinquished title to their tribal lands in central Indiana, agreeing to leave the area by 1821; this tract of land, called the New Purchase, included the site selected for the new state capital in 1820. The availability of new federal lands for purchase in central Indiana attracted settlers, many of them descendants of families from northwestern Europe. Although many of these first European and American settlers were Protestants, a large proportion of the early Irish and German immigrants were Catholics. Few African Americans lived in central Indiana before 1840; the first European Americans to permanently settle in the area that became Indianapolis were either the McCormick or Pogue families. The McCormicks are considered to be the first permanent settlers. Other historians have argued as early as 1822 that John Wesley McCormick, his family, employees became the area's first European American settlers, settling near the White River in February 1820.
On January 11, 1820, the Indiana General Assembly authorized a committee to select a site in central Indiana for the new state capital. The state legislature approved the site, adopting the name Indianapolis on January 6, 1821. In April, Alexander Ralston and Elias Pym Fordham were appointed to survey and design a town plan for the new settlement. Indianapolis became a seat of county government on December 31, 1821, when Marion County, was established. A combined county and town government continued until 1832. Indianapolis became an incorporated city effective March 30, 1847. Samuel Henderson, the city's first mayor, led the new city government, which included a seven-member city council. In 1853, voters approved a new city charter that provided for an elected mayor and a fourteen-member city council; the city charter continued to be revised. Effective January 1, 1825, the seat of state government moved to Indianapolis from Indiana. In addition to state government offices, a U. S. district court was established at Indianapolis in 1825.
Growth occurred with the opening of the National Road through the town in 1827, the first major federally funded highway in the United States. A small segment of the failed Indiana Central
Park Tudor School
Park Tudor School is a coeducational independent college preparatory day school founded in 1902. It offers programs from junior kindergarten through high school, it is located in the Meridian Hills neighborhood of Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. A merger of Tudor Hall School for Girls and the all-male Park School formed the present-day school in 1970. Park Tudor is the product of a merger of two single-sex independent schools, Tudor Hall School for Girls and Park School. Tudor Hall School for Girls was established in 1902 by James Cumming Smith. Allen named the school after Ann Tudor Allen; the school was located at 16th and Meridian streets in Indianapolis. It moved to a two-building campus at 32nd and Meridian streets where it remained for several decades. In 1960, Tudor Hall moved to the Charles B. Sommers estate on Cold Spring Road, next to Park School. In addition to the day school program, it fostered a significant boarding program with a dormitory on the second North Meridian campus. After the 1970 merger with Park School, Tudor Hall was consolidated with Park School into the College Avenue campus.
Park School began in 1914 as The Brooks School for Boys. In 1920, seven Indianapolis businessmen purchased the school to save it from financial problems and renamed it Boys Preparatory School; the school was located at 16th Street and Central Avenue before moving to the former Carl Fisher estate on Cold Spring Road which now serves as a portion of Marian University. The name was changed to Park School in 1929 to reflect the park-like atmosphere of the Cold Spring campus; the school moved to the current Park Tudor campus at 7200 North College Avenue. Both Park School and Tudor Hall were founded to provide the same college preparatory education as was found in the eastern states of the United States; the schools each earned a respected national reputation earning its graduates automatic admission to many of the country's top-tier colleges and universities. Because the two schools were geographically located near each other, as families often sent their children to both schools, Park School and Tudor Hall developed a close association.
Dances, dramatic performances, other activities were arranged jointly. During the mid-1960s, Tudor Hall began to eliminate its lower grades while Park School began to admit girls to its Lower School; the two schools merged in 1970 to form Park-Tudor School at the College Avenue campus. The hyphen was removed from the name by 1981; the property had been donated by his brother Josiah K. Lilly Jr.. It had served as a family retreat and apple orchard known as Lilly Orchard. Apple cider and other similar products are still sold at the campus each autumn; the campus plan and buildings were designed by Indianapolis architect H. Roll McLaughlin; the merged school planned to continue Tudor Hall's respected boarding school program. However, citing the diminished enrollment in its program as well as those across the country, the plan was dropped; the school's official crest borrows a crown, which formed Tudor's crest, a shield-with-tree from Park. Colors for the merged school became red and white. Park's colors had been black while Tudor used green and white.
The yearbook's name, continued that of Tudor Hall's. The Park School newspaper, The Red and Black, was changed to The Apple Press. Major buildings on the campus include the historic Foster Hall, Allen W. Clowes Commons dining hall, Frederic M. Ayres Auditorium, Jane Holton Upper School, Middle School, Lower School, Hilbert Early Education Center, Fine Arts Building, Ruth Lilly Science Center, the gymnasium complex. Park Tudor’s core curriculum includes studies in English, physical education and health, social studies and world languages. Students are offered studies in Spanish, Latin, Classical Greek, Chinese; the Upper School curriculum challenges students with an offering of sixteen Advanced Placement courses and the unique Global Scholars program for motivated juniors and seniors. The Global Scholars program was developed by teacher Jan Guffin as a progression from the International Baccalaureate program, with which he had been involved at another school. Global Scholars challenges students in grades 11 and 12 with a Philosophies of Knowing course, independent research, self-assessments, 200 hours of community service and AP exams in five subjects.
The culmination of the program is a presentation of a two-year research project with the help of a mentor. Park Tudor is a member of the Indiana Crossroads Conference; the school fields teams for the Upper School and Middle School in baseball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming, track & field and volleyball. The 2010-11 varsity boys basketball team won the IHSAA Class 2A State Finals in March 2011; the team followed with another IHSAA Class 2A State Championship in 2012. On March 29, 2014, Park Tudor School's varsity basketball team won the IHSAA Class 2A State Finals again. Other team state championships include: girls tennis, boys tennis, ice hockey, girls lacrosse and boys lacrosse; the Park Tudor boys lacrosse team recorded the only undefeated season in state history on its way to the 2001 state title. Anne Hendricks Bass - documentary filmmaker, philanthropist Trevon Bluiett - Basketball player. Thomas W. Binford - bank chairman, philanthropist Ed Carpenter - IndyCar driver Kev
2018 NBA draft
The 2018 NBA draft was held on June 21, 2018, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. National Basketball Association teams took turns selecting amateur United States college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players, it was televised nationally by ESPN. This draft was the last to use the original weighted lottery system that gave teams near the bottom of the NBA draft better odds at the top three picks of the draft while teams higher up had worse odds in the process, it was considered the final year where undrafted college underclassmen were forced to begin their professional careers early. With the last year of what was, at the time, the most recent lottery system, the Phoenix Suns won the first overall pick on May 15, 2018, with the Sacramento Kings at the second overall pick and the Atlanta Hawks at third overall pick; the Suns' selection was their first No. 1 overall selection in franchise history. They used the selection on the Bahamian center Deandre Ayton from the nearby University of Arizona.
This draft was notable for its lack of draft-day trades involving NBA veterans. An average of more than five veterans per year were traded on the day of the last three drafts, but this draft was the first since 2003 in which no such trades were announced; these players were not selected in the 2018 NBA draft, but have played at least one game in the NBA. The invitation-only NBA Draft Combine was held in Chicago from May 16 to 20; the on-court element of the combine took place on May 18 and 19. A total of 69 players were invited for the NBA Draft Combine, with two top talents in Deandre Ayton and Luka Dončić declining invitations for the event this year, with the latter player being involved with the 2018 EuroLeague Final Four at the time. Both mystery man Mitchell Robinson and Chandler Hutchison would remove themselves from the event at the last minute, although two other players would enter the event instead of them, leaving the proper number of official participants at 69. At the end of the draft deadline for international players, 12 players that entered the NBA Draft Combine that year withdrew from the NBA Draft, with 11 players returning to college and Brian Bowen planning on playing professionally before trying another NBA Draft instead.
The NBA draft lottery took place during the playoffs on May 15, 2018. This year will be the last time it uses what was the updated system for the NBA draft lottery to upgrade draft odds for teams in the lower regions of the NBA. Starting in 2019 onward, the newer updated draft lottery will give the bottom 3 teams equal odds for the No. 1 pick, while some of the teams higher up the NBA draft would get an increased chance for a top-four pick instead of a top-three pick like in this year, thus hoping to discourage teams from losing games on purpose for higher draft picks. There were two tiebreakers involved for lottery odds this season. Funnily enough, both of the teams mentioned that lost the tiebreakers would wind up being in the Top 3 at the end of the NBA draft lottery. Furthermore, the Hawks would trade their Top 3 selection to Dallas for their selection in the draft instead. ^ 1: The Brooklyn Nets' pick was automatically conveyed to the Cleveland Cavaliers this year.^ 2: The Los Angeles Lakers' pick was conveyed to the Philadelphia 76ers since the pick turned unprotected for them this year and wasn't in the Nos. 2-5 range.^ 3: The Detroit Pistons' pick was conveyed to the Los Angeles Clippers since it was outside the top 4.
The draft is conducted under the eligibility rules established in the league's 2017 collective bargaining agreement with its player's union. The previous CBA that ended the 2011 lockout instituted no immediate changes to the draft, but called for a committee of owners and players to discuss future changes. All drafted players must be at least 19 years old during the calendar year of the draft. In terms of dates, players who are eligible for the 2018 draft must be born on or before December 31, 1999. Since the 2016 draft, the following rules, as implemented by the NCAA Division I council for that division, are:Declaration for the draft no longer results in automatic loss of college eligibility; as long as a player does not sign a contract with a professional team outside the NBA, or sign with an agent, he will retain college eligibility as long as he makes a timely withdrawal from the draft. NCAA players now have until 10 days after the end of the NBA Draft Combine to withdraw from the draft.
Since the combine is held in mid-May, the current deadline is about five weeks after the previous mid-April deadline. NCAA players may participate in the draft combine, are allowed to attend one tryout per year with each NBA team without losing college eligibility. NCAA players may now withdraw from the draft up to two times without loss of eligibility; the NCAA treated a second declaration of draft eligibility as a permanent loss of college eligibility. The NBA has since expanded the draft combine to include players with remaining college eligibility (who, like players without college eli