University of Georgia
The University of Georgia referred to as UGA or Georgia, is a public flagship research university with its main campus in Athens, Georgia. Founded in 1785, it is one of the oldest public universities in the United States; the Center for Measuring University Performance ranks the University of Georgia among the top research universities in the nation and the university is classified by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as a Research I university. It classifies the student body as "more selective," its most selective admissions category, while the ACT Assessment Student Report places UGA student admissions in the "highly selective" category, the highest category. Incoming students include those from 47 countries around the world; the university is ranked as one of the "Best National Universities for Undergraduate Teaching", tied for 13th overall among all public national universities in the 2019 U. S. News & World Report rankings, is a Kiplinger's and Princeton Review top ten in value.
The university is organized into 17 constituent schools and colleges offering more than 140 degree programs. The university's historic North Campus is listed on the U. S. National Register of Historic Places as a designated historic district; the contiguous campus areas include rolling hills and extensive green space including nature walks, fields and large and varied arboreta. Close to the contiguous campus is the university's 58-acre Health Sciences Campus that has an extensive landscaped green space, more than 400 trees, several additional historic buildings. Athens has ranked among America's best college towns due to its vibrant restaurant and music scenes. In addition to the main campus in Athens with its 460 buildings, the university has two smaller campuses located in Tifton and Griffin; the university has two satellite campuses located in Lawrenceville. The university operates several outreach stations spread across the state; the total acreage of the university in 30 Georgia counties is 41,539 acres.
The university owns a residential and research center in Washington, D. C. and three international residential and research centers located at Oxford University in Oxford, England, at Cortona, at Monteverde, Costa Rica. Over 750 student organizations including academic associations, honor societies, cultural groups and intramural athletics, religious groups, social groups and fraternities and community service programs, philanthropic groups are integral parts of student life; the University of Georgia's intercollegiate sports teams known by their Georgia Bulldogs nickname, compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I and the Southeastern Conference. UGA served as a founding member of the SEC in 1932. In their more than 120-year history, the university's varsity sports teams have won 45 national championships, 264 individual national championships, 170 conference championships, 45 Olympic medals; the Georgia Redcoat Marching Band, the official marching band of the university, performs at athletic and other events.
In 1784, Lyman Hall, a Yale University graduate and one of three doctors to sign the Declaration of Independence, as Governor of Georgia persuaded the Georgia legislature to grant 40,000 acres for the purposes of founding a "college or seminary of learning." Besides Hall, credit for founding the university goes to Abraham Baldwin who wrote the original charter for University of Georgia. From Connecticut, Baldwin graduated from and taught at Yale University before moving to Georgia; the Georgia General Assembly approved Baldwin's charter on January 27, 1785 and UGA became the first university in the United States to gain a state charter. Considered one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Baldwin would represent Georgia in the 1786 Constitutional Convention that created the Constitution of the United States and go on to be President pro tempore of the United States Senate; the task of creating the university was given to the Senatus Academicus, which consisted of the Board of Visitors – made up of "the governor, all state senators, all superior court judges and a few other public officials" – and the Board of Trustees, "a body of fourteen appointed members that soon became self-perpetuating."
The first meeting of the university's Board of Trustees was held in Augusta, Georgia on February 13, 1786. The meeting installed Baldwin as the university's first president. For the first sixteen years of the school's history, the University of Georgia only existed on paper. By the new century, a committee was appointed to find suitable land to establish a campus. Committee member John Milledge purchased 633 acres of land on the west bank of the Oconee River and gifted it to the university; this tract of land, now a part of the consolidated city–county of Athens-Clarke County, was part of Jackson County. As of 2013, 37 acres of that land remained as part of the North Campus; because Baldwin was elected to the U. S. Senate, the school needed a new president. Baldwin chose his former fellow professor at Yale, Josiah Meigs, as his replacement. Meigs became the school's president, as well as the only professor. After traveling the state to recruit a few students, Meigs opened the school with no building in the fall of 1801.
The first school building patterned after Yale's Connecticut Hall was built the year later. Yale's early influence on the new university extended into the classical curriculum with emphasis on Latin and Greek. By 1803, the students
The Indiana Pacers are an American professional basketball team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Pacers compete in the National Basketball Association as a member club of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division; the Pacers were first established in 1967 as a member of the American Basketball Association and became a member of the NBA in 1976 as a result of the ABA–NBA merger. They play their home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse; the team is named after Indiana's history with the Indianapolis 500's pace cars and with the harness racing industry. The Pacers have won three championships, all in the ABA; the Pacers were NBA Eastern Conference champions in 2000. The team has won nine division titles. Six Hall of Fame players – Reggie Miller, Chris Mullin, Alex English, Mel Daniels, Roger Brown, George McGinnis – played with the Pacers for multiple seasons. In early 1967, a group of six investors pooled their resources to purchase a franchise in the proposed American Basketball Association.
For their first seven years, they played in the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum. In 1974, they moved to the plush new Market Square Arena in downtown Indianapolis, where they played for 25 years. Early in the Pacers' second season, former Indiana Hoosiers standout Bob "Slick" Leonard became the team's head coach, replacing Larry Staverman. Leonard turned the Pacers into a juggernaut, his teams were buoyed by the great play of superstars such as Mel Daniels, George McGinnis, Bob Netolicky, Rick Mount, Freddie Lewis and Roger Brown. The Pacers were – and ended – as the most successful team in ABA history, winning three ABA Championships in four years. In all, they appeared in the ABA Finals five times in the league's nine-year history, an ABA record; the Pacers were one of four ABA teams that joined the NBA in the ABA–NBA merger in 1976. For the 1976–77 season the Pacers were joined in the merged league by the Denver Nuggets, New York Nets, San Antonio Spurs; the league charged a $3.2 million entry fee for each former ABA team.
Since the NBA would only agree to accept four ABA teams in the ABA–NBA merger, the Pacers and the three other surviving ABA teams had to compensate the two remaining ABA franchises which were not a part of the merger, the Spirits of St. Louis and Kentucky Colonels; as a result of the merger, the four teams dealt with financial troubles. Additionally, the Pacers had some financial troubles which dated back to their waning days in the ABA; the new NBA teams were barred from sharing in national TV revenues for four years. The Pacers finished their inaugural NBA season with a record of 36–46. Billy Knight and Don Buse represented Indiana in the NBA All-Star Game. However, this was one of the few bright spots of the Pacers' first 13 years in the NBA. During this time, they had only two playoff appearances. A lack of continuity became the norm for most of the next decade, as they traded away Knight and Buse before the 1977–78 season started, they acquired Adrian Dantley in exchange for Knight, but Dantley was traded in December, while the Pacers' second-leading scorer, John Williamson, was dealt in January.
The early Pacers came out on the short end of two of the most one-sided trades in NBA history. In 1980, they traded Alex English to the Nuggets in order to reacquire former ABA star George McGinnis. McGinnis was long past his prime, contributed little during his two-year return. English, in contrast, went on to become one of the greatest scorers in NBA history; the next year, they traded a 1984 draft pick to the Portland Trail Blazers for center Tom Owens, who had played for the Pacers during their last ABA season. Owens played one year for the Pacers with little impact, was out of the league altogether a year later. In 1983–84, the Pacers finished with the worst record in the Eastern Conference, which would have given the Pacers the second overall pick in the draft—the pick that the Blazers used to select Sam Bowie while Michael Jordan was still available; as a result of the Owens trade, they were left as bystanders in the midst of one of the deepest drafts in NBA history—including such future stars as Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Sam Perkins, Charles Barkley, John Stockton.
Clark Kellogg was drafted by the Pacers in the 1982 and finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting, but the Pacers finished the 1982–83 season with their all-time worst record of 20–62, won only 26 games the following season. After winning 22 games in 1984–85 and 26 games in 1985–86, Jack Ramsay replaced George Irvine as coach and led the Pacers to a 41–41 record in 1986–87 and their second playoff appearance as an NBA team. Chuck Person, nicknamed "The Rifleman" for his renowned long-range shooting, led the team in scoring as a rookie and won NBA Rookie of the Year honors, their first playoff win in NBA franchise history was earned in Game 3 of their first-round, best-of-five series against the Atlanta Hawks, but it was their only victory in that series, as the Hawks defeated them in four games. Reggie Miller from UCLA was drafted by the Pacers in 1987, beginning his career as a backup to John Long. Many fans at the time disagreed with Miller's selection over Indiana Hoosiers' standout Steve Alford.
The Pacers missed the playoffs in 1987–88, drafted Rik Smits in the 1988 NBA draft, suffered through a disastrous 1988–89 season in which coach Jack Ramsay stepped down following an 0–7 start. Mel Daniels and George Irvine filled in on an interim basis before Dick Versace took over the 6–23 team on the way to a 28
Georgia Bulldogs basketball
The Georgia Bulldogs basketball program is the men's college basketball team representing the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. Established in 1891, the team has competed in the Southeastern Conference since its inception in 1932; as of 2014 the Bulldogs have amassed a record of 1,334–1,237. Though it has been overshadowed by the school's football program, the Bulldogs' basketball squad has had its share of successes, including a trip to the NCAA Final Four in 1983 under head coach Hugh Durham; the school has produced a number of basketball greats, notably Basketball Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins. Georgia was a founding member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the first collegiate athletic conference formed in the United States. Georgia participated in the SIAA from its establishment in 1895 until 1921. In 1921, the Bulldogs, along with 12 other teams, formed the Southern Conference. In 1932, the Georgia Bulldogs left the Southern Conference to form and join the Southeastern Conference.
Coach Rex Enright led Georgia to great success in the old Southern Conference during the 1931 and 1932 seasons. His 1931 team finished with a 23–2 record; the Bulldogs were upset in the Southern Conference tournament semi-finals by Maryland, 26–25. The 1932 team didn't have the dominating record that the 1931 team did, finishing 19–7, but this team did something that the previous year's team could not do in winning the Southern Conference tournament defeating Mississippi State, Virginia and North Carolina. Coach Hugh Durham brought Georgia to its first post season appearance in 1981; that team finished with a 19–12 record. They earned an NIT bid and the enthusiasm surrounding the program earned them home games in first defeating Old Dominion and in a loss to South Alabama; the 1982 Bulldogs were 19 -- 12. This time UGA made it all the way to the NIT Final Four defeating Temple and Virginia Tech before losing a heart breaker to Purdue at Madison Square Garden; these two teams marked the beginning of a post season streak of eight straight seasons, longest in Georgia basketball history.
This string included five NIT bids. This was a remarkable streak of consistency for a program that had never before experienced the post season beyond the SEC tournament. Former NBA star Dominique Wilkins is considered the greatest player in school history. However, Wilkins never played in the NCAA tournament; the 1983 team made it to the Final Four of the NCAA Championship before being eliminated by eventual champion North Carolina State. On the way to the Final Four, UGA defeated Virginia Commonwealth, #3 St. John's led by legendary coach Lou Carneseca and Chris Mullen, defending national champion North Carolina led by Dean Smith and featuring Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, Brad Daugherty; the latter two victories coming at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY. UGA had won the Southeastern Conference tournament in Birmingham, AL defeating Ole Miss and Alabama to earn the league's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament; the 1987 Georgia basketball team suffered injury after injury after injury leaving the team with only seven players available.
Coach Hugh Durham had no choice but to alter the playing style of his team after conference play had started, slowing the game down and "taking the air out of the ball." What looked to be a disastrous season, where the team might not win another game, turned into an inspiring one as the team rallied to an 18–12 record and earning an NCAA tournament bid. When Durham ordered the NCAA tournament banner to be displayed at Stegeman Coliseum, he had it made in silver, rather than the traditional red, with the initials "TMW" at the bottom; the initials standing for what this team will forever be known as in UGA basketball history, "The Miracle Workers." Tubby Smith led the Bulldogs to a 21–10 record securing its first NCAA bid since the 1991 season. Georgia made the most of it by defeating Clemson and the West Regional's top seed, Purdue, in Albuquerque, NM before losing a heart stopping overtime game to Syracuse in the Sweet 16. In 1997, Georgia finished 23–9 winning the prestigious Rainbow Classic holiday tournament in Hawaii, defeating Washington State and Maryland.
UGA beat LSU, South Carolina, Arkansas to advance to the SEC tournament final in Memphis, losing the final to Kentucky. Smith's successor, Ron Jirsa, led the 1998 Bulldogs to a 21–14 record, reaching the 20 win mark for the third consecutive year for the first time in Georgia basketball history, they would go on to reach the NIT Final Four winning at Iowa, at North Carolina State, beating Vanderbilt at home. In the 2007–2008 season, Georgia's men's basketball team came into the 2008 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament with a 13–16 overall record and a 4–12 conference mark. At one point, the team sustained two five-game losing streaks during a 2-of-12 stretch in conference play. In the first round of the tournament, Georgia was slated to play Ole Miss, who had beaten the Bulldogs in the season-closer, securing the Rebels' only road SEC win of the season; the game went into overtime after Rebel David Huertas hit all three free throws after a three-point shooting foul, looked to go into a second extra period after Chris Warren did the same.
However, with 0.4 seconds left in overtime, Georgia senior Dave Bliss banked in the game-winner to shock the Rebels and send Georgia into a second-round matchup with Kentucky. On the night of March 14, 2008, tornadoes hit Atlanta, in whose Georgia Dome the SEC T
The United States of America known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U. S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D. C. and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico; the State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean; the U. S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The diverse geography and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.
Paleo-Indians migrated from Siberia to the North American mainland at least 12,000 years ago. European colonization began in the 16th century; the United States emerged from the thirteen British colonies established along the East Coast. Numerous disputes between Great Britain and the colonies following the French and Indian War led to the American Revolution, which began in 1775, the subsequent Declaration of Independence in 1776; the war ended in 1783 with the United States becoming the first country to gain independence from a European power. The current constitution was adopted in 1788, with the first ten amendments, collectively named the Bill of Rights, being ratified in 1791 to guarantee many fundamental civil liberties; the United States embarked on a vigorous expansion across North America throughout the 19th century, acquiring new territories, displacing Native American tribes, admitting new states until it spanned the continent by 1848. During the second half of the 19th century, the Civil War led to the abolition of slavery.
By the end of the century, the United States had extended into the Pacific Ocean, its economy, driven in large part by the Industrial Revolution, began to soar. The Spanish–American War and World War I confirmed the country's status as a global military power; the United States emerged from World War II as a global superpower, the first country to develop nuclear weapons, the only country to use them in warfare, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Sweeping civil rights legislation, notably the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, outlawed discrimination based on race or color. During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union competed in the Space Race, culminating with the 1969 U. S. Moon landing; the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the United States as the world's sole superpower. The United States is the world's oldest surviving federation, it is a representative democracy.
The United States is a founding member of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States, other international organizations. The United States is a developed country, with the world's largest economy by nominal GDP and second-largest economy by PPP, accounting for a quarter of global GDP; the U. S. economy is post-industrial, characterized by the dominance of services and knowledge-based activities, although the manufacturing sector remains the second-largest in the world. The United States is the world's largest importer and the second largest exporter of goods, by value. Although its population is only 4.3% of the world total, the U. S. holds 31% of the total wealth in the world, the largest share of global wealth concentrated in a single country. Despite wide income and wealth disparities, the United States continues to rank high in measures of socioeconomic performance, including average wage, human development, per capita GDP, worker productivity.
The United States is the foremost military power in the world, making up a third of global military spending, is a leading political and scientific force internationally. In 1507, the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller produced a world map on which he named the lands of the Western Hemisphere America in honor of the Italian explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci; the first documentary evidence of the phrase "United States of America" is from a letter dated January 2, 1776, written by Stephen Moylan, Esq. to George Washington's aide-de-camp and Muster-Master General of the Continental Army, Lt. Col. Joseph Reed. Moylan expressed his wish to go "with full and ample powers from the United States of America to Spain" to seek assistance in the revolutionary war effort; the first known publication of the phrase "United States of America" was in an anonymous essay in The Virginia Gazette newspaper in Williamsburg, Virginia, on April 6, 1776. The second draft of the Articles of Confederation, prepared by John Dickinson and completed by June 17, 1776, at the latest, declared "The name of this Confederation shall be the'United States of America'".
The final version of the Articles sent to the states for ratification in late 1777 contains the sentence "The Stile of this Confederacy shall be'The United States of America'". In June 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote the phrase "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" in all capitalized letters in the headline of his "original Rough draught" of the Declaration of Independence; this draft of the document did not surface unti
Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon known as Akeem Olajuwon, is a Nigerian-American former professional basketball player. From 1984 to 2002, he played the center position in the National Basketball Association for the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors, he led the Rockets to back-to-back NBA championships in 1994 and 1995. In 2008, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, in 2016, he was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame. Listed at 7 ft 0 in, Olajuwon is considered one of the greatest centers to play the game, he was nicknamed "The Dream" during his basketball career after he dunked so effortlessly that his college coach said it "looked like a dream."Born in Lagos, Olajuwon traveled from his home country to play for the University of Houston under head coach Guy Lewis. His college career for the Cougars included three trips to the Final Four. Olajuwon was drafted by the Houston Rockets with the first overall selection of the 1984 NBA draft, a draft that included Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, John Stockton.
He combined with the 7 ft 4 in Ralph Sampson to form a duo dubbed the "Twin Towers". The two led the Rockets to the 1986 NBA Finals. After Sampson was traded to the Warriors in 1988, Olajuwon became the Rockets' undisputed leader, he blocks three times. Despite nearly being traded during a bitter contract dispute before the 1992–93 season, he remained in Houston where in 1993–94, he became the only player in NBA history to win the NBA MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Finals MVP awards in the same season, his Rockets won back-to-back championships against the New York Knicks, Shaquille O'Neal's Orlando Magic. In 1996, Olajuwon was a member of the Olympic gold-medal-winning United States national team, was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, he ended his career as the league's all-time leader in blocks and is one of four NBA players to record a quadruple-double. Hakeem Olajuwon was born to Salim and Abike Olajuwon, working class Yoruba owners of a cement business in Lagos.
He was the third of eight children. He credits his parents with instilling virtues of hard work and discipline into him and his siblings. Olajuwon has expressed displeasure at his childhood in Nigeria being characterized as backward. "Lagos is a cosmopolitan city... There are many ethnic groups. I grew up in an environment at schools where there were all different types of people."During his youth, Olajuwon was a soccer goalkeeper, which helped give him the footwork and agility to balance his size and strength in basketball, contributed to his shot-blocking ability. Olajuwon did not play basketball until the age of 17, it has been said that a coach in Nigeria once asked him to dunk and demonstrated while standing on a chair. Olajuwon tried to stand on the chair himself; when redirected by staff not to use the chair, Hakeem could not dunk the basketball. Despite early struggles, Olajuwon said: "Basketball is something, so unique; that I pick up the game and, you know, realize that this is the life for me.
All the other sports just become obsolete." Olajuwon emigrated from Nigeria to play basketball at the University of Houston under Cougars coach Guy Lewis. Olajuwon was not recruited and was offered a visit to the university to work out for the coaching staff, based on a recommendation from a friend of Lewis who had seen Olajuwon play, he recalled that when he arrived at the airport in 1980 for the visit, no representative of the school was there to greet him. When he called the staff, they told him to take a taxi out to the university. After redshirting his freshman year in 1980–81 because he could not yet get clearance from the NCAA to play, Olajuwon played sparingly as a redshirt freshman in 1981–82, the Cougars were eliminated in the Final Four by the eventual NCAA champion, the North Carolina Tar Heels. Olajuwon averaged 8.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks, shooting 60% from the field in 18 minutes per game. Olajuwon sought advice from the coaching staff about how to increase his playing time, they advised him to work out with local Houston resident and multiple NBA MVP winner, Moses Malone.
Malone, a center on the NBA's Houston Rockets, played games every off season with several NBA players at the Fonde Recreation Center. Olajuwon joined the workouts and went head to head with Malone in several games throughout the summer. Olajuwon credited this experience with improving his game: "The way Moses helped me is by being out there playing and allowing me to go against that level of competition, he was the best center in the NBA at the time, so I was trying to improve my game against the best."Olajuwon returned from that summer a different player. He and his teammates formed what was dubbed "Phi Slama Jama", the first slam-dunking "fraternity", so named because of its above-the-rim prowess. In his sophomore and junior years he helped the Cougars advance to consecutive NCAA championship games, where they lost to North Carolina State on a last second tip-in in 1983 and a Patrick Ewing-led Georgetown team in 1984, he averaged 13.9 points, 11.4 rebounds and 5.1 blocks in 1982-1983 and 16.8 points, 13.5 rebounds and 5.6 blocks in 1983-1984.
Olajuwon won the 1983 NCAA Tournament Player of the Year award though he played for the losing team in the final game. He is, to date, the last player from a losing side to be granted this ho
Samuel Perkins is an American retired professional basketball player. He was a three-time college All-American and 1982 national champion, taken as the fourth pick of the 1984 NBA draft by the Dallas Mavericks, won a gold medal with the US Olympic team at the 1984 Los Angeles Games. Known by the nicknames "Sleepy Sam" and "Big Smooth", Perkins attended Samuel J. Tilden High School and Shaker High School in New York before becoming a star at the University of North Carolina. A teammate of future Hall of Famers James Worthy and Michael Jordan on the'82 NCAA Championship Team, he was a three-time All-American, three-time First Team All-ACC, 1984 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year. Taken by the Mavericks after his senior season, he went on to a successful 17-year career as a center and power forward in the National Basketball Association from 1984 to 2001. In 2008, Perkins was named vice president of player relations for the Indiana Pacers, for whom he played from 1999–2001; that September he was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame.
In October 2011, Perkins traveled to South Sudan as a SportsUnited Sports Envoy for the U. S. Department of State, where he worked with Hall of Fame NBA center Dikembe Mutombo to lead a series of basketball clinics and team building exercises with youths of both sexes, the South Sudanese Wheelchair Basketball Team, 36 coaches; this helped contribute to the State Department's missions to remove barriers, create a world in which individuals with disabilities enjoy dignity and full inclusion in society. Perkins is a Jehovah's Witness and during his professional career did not stand for the national anthem due to his faith. Selected as the large-school player of the year in high school by the New York State Sportswriters Association in 1980. Member of the 1982 NCAA Champion North Carolina Tar Heels. Named to the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team as one of the fifty greatest players in Atlantic Coast Conference history Co-captain of the gold-medal winning 1984 U. S. Olympic basketball team.
Named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 1984–85. Appeared in 164 career playoff games, averaging 11.3 ppg and 5.7 rpg. Recorded the first 30-20 game in Mavericks history, with 31 points and a career-high 20 rebounds, against the Houston Rockets on December 12, 1985. Scored a career-high 45 points, for the Mavericks, against the Golden State Warriors on April 12, 1990. Appeared in three NBA Finals: against the Chicago Bulls in 1991 with the L. A. Lakers, again against the Bulls in 1996 with the Seattle SuperSonics, with the Indiana Pacers in 2000 against the L. A. Lakers. Tied an NBA record by hitting 8 three-pointers without a miss with the Seattle SuperSonics against the Toronto Raptors on January 15, 1997. Posted a 1997–98 season-high 21 points, on perfect shooting, 3 steals against the L. A. Clippers on December 14, 1997. Named as a member of the 35 Greatest Boys McDonald's All Americans team. Was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame in September 2008 along with NBA stars Kenny Anderson and Rod Strickland, coach Pete Gillen and pioneers Lou Bender and Eddie Younger.
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Samuel Paul Bowie is a former American professional basketball player. A national sensation in high school and outstanding collegian, Bowie's professional promise was undermined by repeated injuries to his legs and feet. In spite of the setbacks, the 7 ft 1 in and 235 lb center played ten seasons in the National Basketball Association. Projected as a solid first rounder in the 1984 NBA draft, Bowie was chosen by the Portland Trail Blazers as the second selection, ahead of Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, due to Portland having drafted Clyde Drexler just a year before. Sam is the son of Ben Bowie and "Sammy" Cathy Bowie, born March 19, 1961, his father died at the age of 45, when a cyst on his lung burst. Sam was a sophomore in college, his father had played six seasons for the Harlem Magicians. His parents divorced when Sam, the oldest of two children, was 12. After the divorce, Sam lived with both of his parents in Pennsylvania. But, concerned about not showing favoritism toward either parent, Sam lived with his maternal grandmother until going to college.
As a player at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, Pennsylvania playing for Coach Chick Hess, Bowie was recruited. He averaged over 28 points and 18 rebounds per game, was a McDonald's All-American and Parade All-American; as a junior, he led the Cedars to the state finals, where they lost by a point to Schenley High School of Pittsburgh. “When I say this, I mean it with all my heart, from the Kentucky experience to all of my years in pro ball, when I reminsce I go back to my Lebanon Cedar days,” said Bowie in 2018. "I just wish. Fifty-one to fifty, we were so close. Bowie was named national player of the year in 1979, he received the honor over Harrisonburg, Virginia's Ralph Sampson, another recruited center. Sampson and Bowie played in the annual Capital Classic all-star game, dubbed the "Battle of the Giants" Played at the Capital Centre, the game featured the best players in the Washington, D. C. area playing against an all-star squad composed of players from across the United States. In February, 1979 a Sports Illustrated magazine article feature focused on Bowie and Steve Stipanovich as the best high school centers.
Bowie played in the 1979 McDonald's All-American Game. The memorable rosters included: Antoine Carr, Quintin Dailey, Sidney Green, Clark Kellogg, Greg Kite, Sidney Lowe, John Paxson, Ralph Sampson, Byron Scott, Steve Stipanovich, Isiah Thomas, Dereck Whittenburg, Dominique Wilkins and James Worthy. Bowie signed to play for the University of Kentucky and Coach Joe B. Hall in 1979; as a freshman during the 1979–80 season at Kentucky, Bowie averaged twelve points and eight rebounds per game. At the end of that season, Bowie was picked for the United States Olympic men's basketball team but was unable to compete due to the 1980 Summer Olympics boycott. Many years he did receive one of 461 Congressional Gold Medals created for the spurned athletes. Bowie's sophomore season saw him average nine rebounds per game, he was named a third-team NCAA Basketball All-American by the Associated Press. In 1981, he set, now shares, the Kentucky record for most blocked shots in a game, with nine. However, Bowie began seeing the first signs of injuries that would plague the remainder of his basketball career.
In the third-to-last game of his sophomore season against Vanderbilt, Bowie went up for a dunk but came down off balance. He landed with most of his weight on his left leg, saying that he felt pain but tried to play through it. Kentucky performed well enough during the season and qualified for the NCAA tournament as the #2 seed in the Mideast Region, earning themselves a first round bye. In the Wildcats' first game of the tournament, against #7 seed Alabama-Birmingham, the injury caught up with Bowie and he played his worst game of the season, fouling out in the second half as Kentucky was eliminated by UAB 69-62. In the off season, a stress fracture in his left tibia was discovered, causing Bowie to miss the entire 1981–82 season; the stress fracture did not heal and Bowie sat out the entire 1982–83 season as well. Doctors at first thought the pain in the left leg was due to shin splints, but just before the season in 1981, new X-rays revealed Bowie had a stress fracture he had been playing on.
He was in a cast for 44 weeks. But, after removing the cast, the injury did not heal properly. Bowie had to have it surgically repaired, with a bone graft; as his class had graduated, Bowie applied for and was granted an NCAA medical redshirt to allow him another year of college eligibility. Bowie returned for the 1983–84 season. Having not played in two years, he played in all 34 Kentucky games and averaged 10.5 points and nine rebounds. He was named to the second-team All-American squad. During his senior season, his heroics in a game against rival Louisville earned him a spot on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Bowie, along with fellow "Twin Tower" Melvin Turpin, Kenny Walker led Kentucky to the SEC championship, the SEC Tournament Championship, a top three national ranking, a 26–4 season record. In the 1984 NCAA Tournament, the Wildcats defeated Brigham Young, in state rival Louisville and Illinois to advance to the Final Four in Seattle. In the Final Four, Kentucky met eventual NCAA Champion Georgetown, with Patrick Ewing.
Kentucky led at the half, but Georgetown defeated the Wildcats 53-40, ending Bowie's college career without the NCAA championship. Bowie had 11 rebounds and two blocks in the loss. Ewing had 9 rebounds with 0 blocks. In 96 career games at Kentucky, Bowie averaged 13.4 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.3 b