In basketball, a rebound, sometimes colloquially referred to as a board, is a statistic awarded to a player who retrieves the ball after a missed field goal or free throw. Rebounds are given to a player who tips in a missed shot on his team's offensive end. Rebounds in basketball are a routine part in the game, as most possessions change after a shot is made, or the rebound allows the defensive team to take possession. A rebound can be grabbed by either a defensive player. Rebounds are divided into two main categories: "offensive rebounds", in which the ball is recovered by the offensive side and does not change possession, "defensive rebounds", in which the defending team gains possession; the majority of rebounds are defensive because the team on defense tends to be in better position to recover missed shots. Offensive rebounds give the offensive team another opportunity to score whether right away or by resetting the offense. A block is not considered a rebound. A ball does not need to "rebound" off the rim or backboard for a rebound to be credited.
Rebounds are credited after any missed shot, including air balls. If a player takes a shot and misses and the ball bounces on the ground before someone picks it up the person who picks up the ball is credited for a rebound. Rebounds are credited to the first player that gains clear possession of the ball or to the player that deflects the ball into the basket for a score. A rebound is credited to a team when it gains possession of the ball after any missed shot, not cleared by a single player. A team rebound is never credited to any player, is considered to be a formality as according to the rules of basketball, every missed shot must be rebounded whether a single player controls the ball or not. Great rebounders tend to be strong; because height is so important, most rebounds are made by centers and power forwards, who are positioned closer to the basket. The lack of height can sometimes be compensated by the strength to box out taller players away from the ball to capture the rebound. For example, Charles Barkley once led the league in rebounding despite being much shorter than his counterparts.
Some shorter guards can be excellent rebounders as well such as point guard Jason Kidd who led the New Jersey Nets in rebounding for several years. Great rebounders must have a keen sense of timing and positioning. Great leaping ability is an important asset, but not necessary. Players such as Larry Bird and Moses Malone were excellent rebounders, but were never known for their leaping ability. Bird has stated. That's where I get mine"). Players position themselves in the best spot to get the rebound by "boxing out"—i.e. by positioning themselves between an opponent and the basket, maintaining body contact with the player he is guarding. The action can be called "blocking out". A team can be boxed out by several players using this technique to stop the other team from rebounding; because fighting for a rebound can be physical, rebounding is regarded as "grunt work" or a "hustle" play. Overly aggressive boxing out or preventing being boxed out can lead to personal fouls. Statistics of a player's "rebounds per game" or "rebounding average" measure a player's rebounding effectiveness by dividing the number of rebounds by the number of games played.
Rebound rates go beyond raw rebound totals by taking into account external factors, such as the number of shots taken in games and the percentage of those shots that are made. Rebounds were first recorded in the NBA during the 1950–51 season. Both offensive and defensive rebounds were first recorded in the NBA during the 1973–74 season and ABA during the 1967–68 season. New camera technology has been able to shed much more light on where missed shots will land. Wilt Chamberlain – led the NBA in rebounds in 11 different seasons, has the most career rebounds in the regular season, the highest career average, the single season rebounding records in total and average, most rebounds in a regular season game and playoff game in the NBA, has the most career All-Star Game rebounds. Bill Russell – first player to average over 20 rebounds per game in the regular season, ranks second to Chamberlain in regular season total and average rebounds, averaged more than 20 rebounds per game in 10 of 13 seasons played, grabbed 51 rebounds in a single game, grabbed a record 32 rebounds in one half, grabbed 40 rebounds in the NBA Finals twice, is the all-time playoff leader in total and average rebounds.
Bob Pettit – averaged 20.3 rebounds per game in the 1960-61 season, his career average of 16.2 rebounds per game is third all-time, holds the top two performances for rebounds in an NBA All-Star Game with 26 and 27. Nate Thurmond – averaged more than 20 rebounds per game in two seasons, career average of 15.0 rpg, holds the all-time NBA record for rebounds in a single quarter with 18. He is the only player besides Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry Lucas to record more than 40 rebounds in a single game. Jerry Lucas – averaged more than 20 rebounds per game in two seasons, had a career average of 15.6 rpg. Along with Russell and Thurmond is one of only four players to grab at least 40 rebounds in a single game. Moses Malone – led the NBA in rebounds per game in six d
Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws; the team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play is mandated. Players advance the ball by bouncing it while walking or running or by passing it to a teammate, both of which require considerable skill. On offense, players may use a variety of shots -- a dunk, it is a violation to lift or drag one's pivot foot without dribbling the ball, to carry it, or to hold the ball with both hands resume dribbling.
The five players on each side at a time fall into five playing positions: the tallest player is the center, the tallest and strongest is the power forward, a shorter but more agile big man is the small forward, the shortest players or the best ball handlers are the shooting guard and the point guard, who implements the coach's game plan by managing the execution of offensive and defensive plays. Informally, players may play three-on-three, two-on-two, one-on-one. Invented in 1891 by Canadian-American gym teacher James Naismith in Springfield, United States, basketball has evolved to become one of the world's most popular and viewed sports; the National Basketball Association is the most significant professional basketball league in the world in terms of popularity, salaries and level of competition. Outside North America, the top clubs from national leagues qualify to continental championships such as the Euroleague and FIBA Americas League; the FIBA Basketball World Cup and Men's Olympic Basketball Tournament are the major international events of the sport and attract top national teams from around the world.
Each continent hosts regional competitions for national teams, like FIBA AmeriCup. The FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup and Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament feature top national teams from continental championships; the main North American league is the WNBA, whereas strongest European clubs participate in the EuroLeague Women. In early December 1891, Canadian James Naismith, a physical education professor and instructor at the International Young Men's Christian Association Training School in Springfield, was trying to keep his gym class active on a rainy day, he sought a vigorous indoor game to keep his students occupied and at proper levels of fitness during the long New England winters. After rejecting other ideas as either too rough or poorly suited to walled-in gymnasiums, he wrote the basic rules and nailed a peach basket onto a 10-foot elevated track. In contrast with modern basketball nets, this peach basket retained its bottom, balls had to be retrieved manually after each "basket" or point scored.
Basketball was played with a soccer ball. These round balls from "association football" were made, at the time, with a set of laces to close off the hole needed for inserting the inflatable bladder after the other sewn-together segments of the ball's cover had been flipped outside-in; these laces could dribbling to be unpredictable. A lace-free ball construction method was invented, this change to the game was endorsed by Naismith; the first balls made for basketball were brown, it was only in the late 1950s that Tony Hinkle, searching for a ball that would be more visible to players and spectators alike, introduced the orange ball, now in common use. Dribbling was not part of the original game except for the "bounce pass" to teammates. Passing the ball was the primary means of ball movement. Dribbling was introduced but limited by the asymmetric shape of early balls. Dribbling was common by 1896, with a rule against the double dribble by 1898; the peach baskets were used until 1906 when they were replaced by metal hoops with backboards.
A further change was soon made, so the ball passed through. Whenever a person got the ball in the basket, his team would gain a point. Whichever team got; the baskets were nailed to the mezzanine balcony of the playing court, but this proved impractical when spectators in the balcony began to interfere with shots. The backboard was introduced to prevent this interference. Naismith's handwritten diaries, discovered by his granddaughter in early 2006, indicate that he was nervous about the new game he had invented, which incorporated rules from a children's game called duck on a rock, as many had failed before it. Frank Mahan, one of the players from the original
Isaac Bradley Humphries is an Australian professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for Kentucky. Born in the Sydney suburb of Caringbah, Humphries grew up in Cronulla and started playing basketball at the age of 12, he had earlier played rugby league. In 2010, he spent six months in Hamilton, Canada. "I had a pretty big growth spurt when I lived in Canada", he told theleader.com.au in January 2014. Humphries attended Scots College in Sydney and the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra before taking his game to the United States in December 2014 to play prep ball at La Lumiere School in La Porte, Indiana. Humphries saw action in 23 games as a freshman. Coming off the bench in all but one game, he averaged 1.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in 9.1 minutes per contest. In the 2016–17 campaign, Humphries appeared in 38 games for the Wildcats with one start, producing averages of 2.8 points and 2.8 boards per outing in 8.3 minutes a game.
He scored a career-high 12 points in his last college game, Kentucky’s 73-75 loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels in the South Region finals where he was named in the NCAA All-Regional tournament team. In April 2017, Humphries declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final two years of college eligibility. Opting to turn professional, Humphries worked out with several NBA franchises over the summer, including the Washington Wizards, after going undrafted in the 2017 NBA draft. Humphries returned to Australia and signed with his hometown team the Sydney Kings on 27 July 2017 for the 2017–18 NBL season. With the Kings, Humphries averaged 6.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocks while shooting 58 percent in 16 minutes per game, making six starts in 26 appearances. He was subsequently named the NBL Rookie of the Year. On 27 February 2018, Humphries agreed to a deal with FMP of the Basketball League of Serbia. On 8 October 2018, Humphries signed a training camp deal with the Atlanta Hawks, but was waived the day after.
Humphries was added to the training camp roster of the Erie BayHawks in October 2018. On April 1, 2019, the Atlanta Hawks announced they had signed Humphries for the remainder of 2018–19 season. Humphries made his debut for the Australian junior national team at the 2013 FIBA Oceania Under-16 Championship. In 2014, he helped Australia win the silver medal at the FIBA Under-17 World Championship, averaging 18.9 points, 11.6 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game during the tournament. He was named to the All-Tournament Team. Humphries made his senior debut for the Australian national team in a 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifying match against Kazakhstan, where he recorded 17 points and 7 rebounds in a dominant performance. List of foreign basketball players in Serbia Kentucky Wildcats bio Isaac Humphries at fiba.com
Michael Paul Beasley Jr. is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. He played college basketball for Kansas State University for one year before declaring for the NBA draft in 2008, he is regarded as one of the best freshman college basketball players of the 2000s. Though he is ambidextrous, he shoots left-handed. Beasley was born in the Prince George's County town of Maryland. Beasley's mother Fatima Smith and his four siblings moved from nearby Montgomery County to Frederick in 2005 and lived there for one year. While growing up, Beasley played for one of the country's most successful AAU youth teams at the time, the PG Jaguars. Beasley won multiple national championships with this team alongside future fellow blue-chip recruits Kevin Durant and Chris Braswell. Beasley moved on to play AAU ball for DC Assault's 17 & Under team, playing alongside such players as future KSU teammate Ron Anderson, Nolan Smith, Chris Wright, Austin Freeman, Julian Vaughn.
Beasley attended a total of six high schools: Bowie High School in Bowie, National Christian Academy in Fort Washington, The Pendleton School in Bradenton, Riverdale Baptist School in Upper Marlboro, Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson and Notre Dame Preparatory School in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. As a high school senior, he averaged 16 rebounds per game. In 2006, Beasley was a second-team Parade All-American and was named to the 2006 USA Men's U18 National Team member on June 26, 2006. Beasley averaged team highs of 13.8 ppg. and 8.3 rpg at the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men in San Antonio, Texas. He ranked fifth in rebounds per game among all 2006 tournament leaders, he ranks third all-time in the USA Men's U18 record book, he was named to the McDonald's All-American team. In the 2007 McDonald's All-American Boys Game, he won the MVP with 12 rebounds. Rivals.com rated Beasley No. 1 in the class of 2007 high school basketball prospects. Beasley began his freshman year at Kansas State in the fall of 2007.
In the 2007–2008 regular season, Beasley was one of the most dominant players in the country. His 26.2 points and nation-leading 12.4 rebounds were the most by a Big 12 player in any season. His 866 total points and 408 rebounds ranked second among all freshmen in NCAA history, he led the nation in double-doubles, 40-point games, 30-point, 10-rebound games, 20-point, 10-rebound games. His 28 double-doubles broke the freshman double-double record held by Carmelo Anthony who had 22 double-doubles in his only season at Syracuse in 2002–03. On February 23, 2008, Beasley scored a Big 12 record 44 points in a 92-86 loss at Baylor. Beasley became known as an unstoppable force when shooting, finishing the season shooting 53.7 percent from the field. He finished the season shooting 39.5 percent from 3-point range. Beasley holds 30 Kansas State career, single-season and freshman records as well as 17 Big 12 single-game and single-season marks. Beasley guided the Wildcats to a 20–10 record and a 10–6 Big 12 Conference record.
Some of the key conference victories were a win at Oklahoma and, a home victory against Texas A&M, a victory against then-unbeaten No. 2 Kansas, marking the first time in over four years that Kansas State defeated a Top 10 team at home, the first time K-State beat Kansas in Manhattan since 1983 and the first-ever victory against the Jayhawks in Bramlage Coliseum. The win backed up a boast he had made before the season about K-State's prospects against the Jayhawks: We're going to beat Kansas at home. We're going to beat them in their house. We're going to beat them in Africa. Wherever we play, we're going to beat them. On March 1, 2008, his boast did not come true, as Kansas won the return match in Lawrence, 88–74 despite 39 points and 11 rebounds from Beasley, he matched a Big 12 record by equaling former Kansas player Drew Gooden's record for most double-doubles in a season. With his 33-point, 14-rebound effort against Colorado on March 4, he eclipsed Mitch Richmond's 20-year-old school single-season points record, while he broke the Big 12 record for double-doubles in a season with his 26th for the year.
He is just the 27th player in NCAA Division I history to post 26 or more double-doubles in a season and the first since Utah's Andrew Bogut did it in 2004–05. Beasley led the Wildcats to a 10–6 record in conference play, earning a number 3 seed in the 2008 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri; the Wildcats faced the No. 6 seed Texas A&M Aggies and lost 77–71. Beasley had 9 rebounds, one board short of a double-double, he shot 10 -- 21 from 1 -- 4 from behind the three-point line. He registered three blocks; the Wildcats earned a berth in the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament as the No. 11 seed in the Midwest Region. They beat the No. 6 seed USC Trojans. Beasley had 11 rebounds for his 27th double-double of the year. However, the Wildcats lost 72–55 to No. 3 Wisconsin in the second round of the tournament. Beasley added 13 rebounds against the Badgers his 28th and final double-double. On April 14, 2008, Beasley announced that he would forgo his last three years of eligibility and enter the NBA draft.
Beasley is one of just two players in Kansas State history to earn first team All-America honors from the Associated Press. Over
Terrence James Elijah Ross is an American professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the University of Washington, where he was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection before being drafted eighth overall in the 2012 NBA draft by the Toronto Raptors; as a rookie, he was crowned champion of the 2013 Slam Dunk Contest. In January 2014, he became the first player in NBA history to score 50 or more points in a game while averaging fewer than 10 points per game at the time; as a freshman and sophomore, Ross attended Jefferson High School in Portland, Oregon where he won the Oregon 5A Player of the Year, after leading Jefferson to the first of three consecutive state championships. As a junior in 2008–09, he attended Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Maryland where he was first-team All-Metro after averaging 13.5 points per game for the number 1 ranked Montrose. Midway through his senior year, Ross returned to Jefferson High School but could not play basketball due to transfer rules.
On April 30, 2010, Ross signed a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball for the University of Washington. Considered a four-star recruit by ESPN.com, Ross was listed as the No. 5 small forward and the No. 30 player in the nation in 2010. In his freshman season at Washington, Ross earned honorable mention Pac-10 All-Freshman team honors after averaging 8.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 34 games. He was named to the Pac-10 All-Tournament team after averaging 15.3 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in the 2011 Pac-10 Tournament. In his sophomore season, Ross earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors after averaging 16.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.3 steals in 35 games. He helped Washington reach the semi-finals of the 2012 National Invitation Tournament with averages of 25.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. On April 1, 2012, Ross declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final two years of college eligibility. On June 28, 2012, Ross was selected with the eighth overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Toronto Raptors.
On July 10, 2012, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Raptors. On January 2, 2013, Ross had a season-best game with 26 points and six three-pointers in a 102–79 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. On February 16, 2013, Ross defeated Jeremy Evans in the 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, receiving 58% of the vote from fans worldwide in the final round. On October 24, 2013, the Raptors exercised their third-year team option on Ross' rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2014–15 season. On January 25, 2014, Ross scored a career-high and franchise-tying 51 points in a 126–118 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, he was 16-for-29 from the floor, 10-for-17 from behind the arc and 9-for-10 from the free-throw line. He tied the franchise record for points in a game set by Vince Carter on February 27, 2000. Ross entered the game averaging 9.3 points per game, making him the first player in NBA history to have a 50-point game while averaging under 10 points per game. On October 13, 2014, the Raptors exercised their fourth-year team option on Ross' rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2015–16 season.
On February 4, 2015, he scored a season-high 23 points and matched a season high with five three-pointers in a loss to the Brooklyn Nets. On November 2, 2015, Ross signed a three-year, $33 million contract extension with the Raptors. Ross averaged just 6.3 points in 17.5 minutes over the first seven games of the season, coming off the bench in all seven. He missed six games with a left thumb injury before returning to action on November 20, scoring eight points in a 102–91 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, he made his first start of the season on December 7 against the Lakers, scoring a season-high 22 points in place of injured starter DeMarre Carroll. On February 28, 2016, he set a new season high with 27 points in a 114–101 loss to the Detroit Pistons. On March 30, he scored 13 points in a 105–97 win over the Atlanta Hawks, helping the Raptors record a 50-win season for the first time in franchise history. In the Raptors' regular season finale on April 13, Ross recorded his first double-double of the season with 24 points and 10 rebounds off the bench in a 103–96 win over the Brooklyn Nets.
The Raptors finished the regular season as the second seed in the East with a 56–26 record. After defeating the Indiana Pacers 4–3 in the first round of the playoffs, the Raptors moved on to the second round for the first time since 2001. In Game 1 of the conference semi-finals against the Miami Heat, Ross set a career playoff high with 19 points in a 102–96 loss. On November 28, 2016, Ross scored a season-high 22 points in a 122–95 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, he set a new season high on December 12, scoring 25 points in a 122–100 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. On February 14, 2017, Ross was traded, along with a 2017 first-round draft pick, to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Serge Ibaka, he made his debut for the Magic on February 23, 2017, recording 13 points on four of 17 shooting, which included a two for eight showing from three-point range, in a 112–103 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. Two days he scored a game-high 24 points in a 105–86 win over the Atlanta Hawks. On April 8, 2017, he scored a season-high 29 points in a 127–112 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
On November 22, 2017, Ross scored a season-high 22 points in a 124–118 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. On November 30, 2017, he was ruled out indefinitely after being diagnosed with a sprained right medial collateral ligament and a non-displaced fracture of his right tibial plateau, he suffered the injury the night before against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Ross returned to action on April 8, 2018, after missing more
Al-Farouq Ajiede Aminu is a Nigerian-American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. He plays internationally with the Nigeria national basketball team. Aminu was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2010 NBA draft with the eighth overall pick. Aminu went to Norcross High School and was ranked as one of the top college recruits in the nation from the class of 2008, he was ranked # 7 in the nation by # 13 by Scout.com. Aminu transferred to Norcross between his freshman and sophomore years from Wesleyan School but was ruled ineligible and had to play on Norcross' JV team his sophomore year. In his junior year and teammate Gani Lawal led Norcross to a 30–3 record and a #12 national seed. Aminu averaged 9.5 rebounds per game in his junior year. He led Norcross to back to back Georgia 5A state titles in 2007 and 2008, he averaged 11.2 rebounds a game as a senior. Norcross finished 29–2 and ranked #6 in 2008. Aminu was a member of the 2008 McDonald's All-American Team and played in the Jordan Brand Classic where he had 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Aminu committed to Wake Forest in July 2007 and in November 2007 Aminu signed a Letter of Intent to play basketball at Wake Forest. He chose Wake Forest over Georgia Tech; as a freshman during the 2008–09 season, he was a unanimous selection for the ACC All-Freshman Team. Aminu posted 10 double-doubles including five in conference action, he ranked sixth in the ACC with 8.3 rebounds per game. Aminu was second among all league rookies with 13.0 points per contest. On April 1, 2010 Aminu declared for the 2010 NBA draft, he was selected with the eighth overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers. In just his eighth game for the Clippers on November 9, 2010, he had a season-best game with 20 points and 8 rebounds against the New Orleans Hornets. On December 14, 2011, the Clippers traded Aminu, Chris Kaman, Eric Gordon and a 2012 first-round pick to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for Chris Paul and two future second-round picks. In the final game of the 2012–13 regular season on April 17, Aminu recorded 16 points and a career-high 20 rebounds in an 87–99 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
The next day, the Hornets changed their name to the Pelicans. On December 4, 2013 against the Dallas Mavericks once again, Aminu tied his career-best game with 16 points and 20 rebounds in a 97–100 loss. On July 29, 2014, Aminu signed with the Dallas Mavericks. On February 20, 2015, he had a season-best game with 17 points and 12 rebounds in a 111–100 win over the Houston Rockets. On July 9, 2015, Aminu signed a four-year, $30 million contract with the Portland Trail Blazers. On August 1, 2015, he played for Team Africa at the 2015 NBA Africa exhibition game, he made his debut for the Trail Blazers in the team's season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans on October 28, recording 9 points and 8 rebounds in a 112–94 win. On March 26, 2016, Aminu matched his career high with 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a 108–105 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, he set a new career high five days scoring 28 points while hitting a career-high six three-pointers in a 116–109 win over the Boston Celtics.
On April 6, he scored 27 points in a 120–115 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, helping the Trail Blazers clinch a postseason berth. The Trail Blazers finished the regular season as the fifth seed in the Western Conference with a 44–38 record. In the first round of the playoffs, the Trail Blazers faced the fourth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers, in a Game 4 win on April 25, Aminu recorded a career-high 30 points and 10 rebounds, helping the team tie the series at 2–2; the Trail Blazers went on to win the series 4–2 and advanced to the second round where they faced the Golden State Warriors. In Game 3 of the series, Aminu recorded 23 points and 10 rebounds to help the Trail Blazers win 120–108, cutting the Warriors' advantage in the series to 2–1; the Trail Blazers went on to lose the series to the Warriors in five games. After starting in the Trail Blazers' first eight games of the 2016–17 season, Aminu was ruled out for a number of weeks with a calf injury on November 11, 2016, he returned to action on December 5 after missing 13 games and had three points in 17 minutes against the Chicago Bulls.
He missed four games in mid-December with a sore back. On February 9, 2017, he scored a season-high 26 points in a 120–111 loss to the Boston Celtics. Aminu missed 13 games with a right ankle injury during November 2017. On January 1, 2018, he scored a season-high 24 points in a 124–120 overtime win over the Chicago Bulls. Aminu represents the Nigerian national basketball team, he competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics. On August 30, 2015, Aminu with the D'Tigers of Nigeria won the 2015 FIBA Africa Championship in Tunisia by defeating Angola 74–65, he was named in the All-Star Five of the 2015 Afrobasket. Al-Farouq Aminu is married to Helina Tekeste Aminu; the couple have a daughter together. He is a Muslim. Aminu is descended from a line of Nigerian kings, his name translates to "the chief has arrived." His brother, Alade Aminu, is a professional basketball forward. Aminu and his wife's foundation, Aminu Good Works Foundation, organizes a yearly basketball camp in Nigeria since 2016; the camp takes place in Ibadan.
2009 Sporting News All-Freshman Team 2009 ACC All-Freshman Team 2009 Runner-up for ACC Freshman of the Year 2009 ACC Freshman of the Week 2008 Named the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Mr. Georgia Basketball 2008 Named to the first team all-state by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 2008 McDonald's All American Ea
Aaron Addison Gordon is an American professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association. He played one year of college basketball for the University of Arizona before being selected by the Magic with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft. In 2016, he was a part of a memorable Slam Dunk Contest in which he lost in a close matchup to Zach LaVine. Gordon attended Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose and started on the varsity basketball team for four years, winning two Division II state basketball championships in his sophomore and junior seasons, he led Mitty to its third straight state title game in his senior year, but his team lost in the inaugural Open Division final. As a freshman in 2009–10, Gordon started in 28 of 41 games and averaged 11.8 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. He competed on the school's track and field team as a thrower and played summer basketball for the Oakland Soldiers; as a sophomore in 2010 -- 11, Gordon helped.
His team captured the WCAL regular season and playoff crowns, CCS Division II title and Nor-Cal championship. They closed the season on a 20 -- 0 winning streak, he averaged 16.4 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game. He scored 17 points and hauled in a state championship record 21 rebounds in the 2011 title game; as a junior in 2011–12, Gordon averaged 22.9 points, 12.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.3 blocks per game. In the state basketball tournament, he averaged 27.0 points per game before finding out he had been playing with mononucleosis. He was chosen as the California Mr. Basketball Player of the Year; the last junior to be Mr. Basketball in California was Tyson Chandler in 2000, before him, Jason Kidd in 1991; as a senior in 2012–13, Gordon averaged 21.6 points, a school-record 15.7 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game in leading Archbishop Mitty to a 28–6 record and a runner-up finish in the CIF Open Division. Gordon committed to the University of Arizona on April 2, 2013, announcing his decision in a press conference before the 2013 McDonald's All-American Game.
After a 24-point, 8-rebound performance leading the West to a 110–99 victory, Gordon was named the game's MVP. At Arizona, on February 13, 2014, Gordon was named one of the 30 finalists for the Naismith College Player of the Year, he was named to the All-Pac-12 first team, as well as earning Pac-12 Freshman Player of the Year and Pac-12 All-Freshman team honors. On April 15, 2014, Gordon declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final three years of college eligibility. On June 26, 2014, Gordon was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Orlando Magic. On July 2, he joined them for the 2014 NBA Summer League. After appearing in the first 11 games of the 2014–15 season, Gordon was ruled out indefinitely on November 16 after he fractured a bone in his left foot in the Magic's loss to the Washington Wizards the night before, he returned to action on January 2015 against the Oklahoma City Thunder after missing 32 games. On April 4, he recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds in a 97–90 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
In July 2015, Gordon re-joined the Magic for the 2015 NBA Summer League, where he averaged 21.7 points, 11.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.7 blocks in three games. On November 4, 2015, he scored a career-high 19 points in a loss to the Houston Rockets. On January 31, 2016, he tied his career high of 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in a 119–114 win over the Boston Celtics, he went on to record 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds the following night against the San Antonio Spurs. During the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend, Gordon was the runner-up to Zach LaVine in the Slam Dunk Contest, their battle through two tie-breakers in the final round drew comparisons to the showdown between Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins in 1988. Gordon utilised Stuff his team's 6 1/2 - ft tall mascot, in his dunks. On February 25, he had another 19-point outing in a 130–114 loss to the Golden State Warriors. Three days he set a new career high with 22 points in a 130–116 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
On April 13, in the Magic's season finale, Gordon tied his career high of 22 points in a 117–103 loss to the Charlotte Hornets. On December 14, 2016, Gordon scored a career-high 33 points in a 113–108 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. On February 18, 2017, he participated in his second consecutive Slam Dunk Contest, but failed to make it past the first round. On March 31, 2017, he scored 20 of his 32 points in the first half of the Magic's 117–116 loss to the Boston Celtics, he had 16 rebounds in the game. In the Magic's season finale on April 12, Gordon had 32 points and 12 rebounds in a 113–109 win over the Detroit Pistons. On October 24, 2017, Gordon scored a career-high 41 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 36 seconds remaining, to lift the Magic to a 125–121 win over the Brooklyn Nets. On November 29, 2017, he had 40 points and 15 rebounds to help Orlando end a nine-game losing streak with a 121–108 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. On December 30, 2017, he had a 39-point effort in a 117–111 loss to the Miami Heat.
Gordon missed nine games in February, including the All-Star Slam Dunk contest, with a strained left hip flexor. On March 24, 2018, he had 29 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high eight assists in a 105–99 win over the Phoenix Suns. On July 6, 2018, Gordon re-signed with the Magic. In the Magic's season opener on October 17, Gordon had 26 points and 16 rebounds in a 104–101 win over the Miami Heat. On November 18, he scored 20 of hi