Michael Beasley
American basketball player
Michael Beasley
Michael Paul Beasley, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays both forward positions, and shoots his jump shot left-handed, though he is also ambidextrous. Beasley played college basketball for Kansas State University for one year before declaring for the NBA draft on April 14, 2008.
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Trade grades: Can Michael Beasley replace Khris Middleton for Bucks?
ABC News - 5 months
The deal Bucks get: Forward Michael Beasley Rockets get: Guard Tyler Ennis Milwaukee Bucks: C Less than 24 hours after news broke that Bucks wing Khris Middleton is expected out six months after surgery to repair a torn hamstring, Milwaukee responded with a trade to add wing depth. The specific choice of replacement is surprising. There's probably a place for Beasley in the league as a source of instant offense, and he's coming off an impressive 20-game stint in Houston (after previously playing in the Chinese Basketball Association) that saw him average a career-high 25.3 points per 36 minutes while shooting a career-best 53.1 percent on 2-point attempts. Looking at the Bucks roster sans Middleton, however, shot creation didn't seem to be their biggest need. In the starting lineup, Jabari Parker figured to pick up some of... ...
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Bucks acquire forward Michael Beasley in trade with Rockets
LATimes - 5 months
The Bucks have acquired forward Michael Beasley from the Houston Rockets for backup point guard Tyler Ennis in a deal that beefs up Milwaukee's frontcourt depth.  The 6-foot-9 Beasley averaged 12.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in 20 games last season for Houston. He was playing in China before signing...
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Taraji P. Henson Frees Her Natural Hair In Jawdroppingly Gorgeous Photoshoot
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Taraji "Slay" Henson serves fierceness every time she's in front of a camera but a recent photoshoot shows a side of her we've never seen before. Free of any wig, weave or extension, the "Empire" star flawlessly rocks her natural hair in cornrows in a photo shoot for CR Fashion Book. As Henson explains in the magazine, that wasn't the original look she had planned. However, while changing, her slick scarf slipped off and exposed the neat braids she had underneath, and photographer Bruce Weber asked her to keep it that way.   "[H]e says, 'We'll shoot your hair just like that, it's beautiful,'" Taraji told CR Fashion Book. "And part of me was like, No, no, no, NO! This is the hair no one is supposed to see. This is like behind-closed doors hair. I feel naked."  She decided to trust Weber's vision and the results are impeccable. Even Taraji was impressed.  A photo posted by taraji p henson (@tarajiphenson) on Oct 13, 2015 at 11:10am PDT "As women we put ...
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Could Hassan Whiteside be the next Alonzo Mourning?
isports web - almost 2 years
The Miami Herald ran a story the other day that really captured my attention. “Pat Riley indicated the Heat shouldn’t go more than three or four possessions without getting the ball to Hassan Whiteside and Whiteside should have the mentality of Alonzo Mourning,”. “‘If Alonzo didn’t get a touch three or four times down the court, he would put his big hands around my neck verbally or physically,’ Riley cracked.” (Barry Jackson, Miami Herald). Huh Hassan Whiteside=Alonzo Mourning? I am in love with Hassan Whiteside. Ever since he burst onto the scene in January, I have been absolutely fascinated by his story, his playing style, his size, his left pinky, etc. Hassan has emerged as one of my favorite Heat players of all time. Look at these stats! He averaged 11.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per game. He was sixth in the NBA in PER (player efficiency rating), with a score of 26.26. Which, by the way, was higher than that of Lebron James. (I’m not trying to say that ...
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LeBron James Nails Game-Winner In Final Seconds To Lift Heat Over Warriors (VIDEO)
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — With one eye on the defense and the other on the clock, LeBron James let the time tick down before carrying the Miami Heat into the All-Star break in a way only he could. James capped one of his best games of the season in dramatic fashion, making a step-back 3-pointer with less than a second remaining to propel the Heat past the Golden State Warriors 111-110 Wednesday night and into the break on a high note. "I was going for the win the whole time," James said. With teammate Dwyane Wade scratched from the lineup with a sore left foot, James shouldered the load for the two-time defending NBA champions. He finished with 36 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists, saving his best moment for last. After James' fellow All-Star Stephen Curry hit a bank shot to start a three-point play that put the Warriors ahead by two, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra chose not to call timeout. Instead, James got the ball in the half court and swished a 27-footer over Andre Iguodala wit ...
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NBA-Highlights of Wednesday's NBA games
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Nov 27 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Wednesday's National Basketball Association games: - - Heat 95, Cavs 84 LeBron James scored a game-high 28 points and Dwyane Wade added 22 as Miami won their eighth consecutive game. Forward Michael Beasley hurt the Cavs off the bench with 17 points and nine rebounds for Miami (12-3). Dion Waiters matched his season high with 24 points and six rebounds for Cleveland (4-11), who have now lost four in a row and seven of their last eight. - - Pacers 99, Bobcats 74 Reserve guard C.J. ...
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James scores 30 to lead Heat over Charlotte
Yahoo News - over 3 years
LeBron James scored 30 points while reserve Michael Beasley added 15 to spark the reigning NBA champion Miami Heat over host Charlotte 97-81. James, who played 32 minutes, went 13-of-18 from the field and added seven assists to help lead Miami to a third triumph in a row and sixth victory in seven games. The Heat, who lost two of three to open the season, defeated the Bobcats for a 13th consecutive time despite 22 points from Kemba Walker. Miami has not lost to Charlotte since James joined the Heat.
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James and Heat Cruise
NYTimes - over 3 years
LeBron James scored 33 points and got the entire fourth quarter off, Michael Beasley scored 19 off the bench and the host Miami Heat had little trouble beating the Milwaukee Bucks.
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NBA A to Z: Is Michael Beasley ready to help the Heat?
USA Today - over 3 years
NBA A to Z also includes a unique coaching friendship and how to use SportVU stats.
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2013 NBA Eastern Conference Preview: Can The Heat Stay Hot?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
LeBron James and the Miami Heat are setting their sights on a third straight NBA championship, trying to become just the fifth franchise in league history to accomplish the feat (the Lakers did it in Minneapolis and in Los Angeles). Of course, any discussion of the Heat must address the questions about James' supporting cast: Is Dwyane Wade healthy? How reliable is Chris Bosh? And this season the Heat will compete against a considerably more talented cadre of teams in the East: Chicago, with a healthy Derrick Rose; Indiana, with a healthy Danny Granger and another year of experience; the "upgraded" Brooklyn Nets; and Carmelo Anthony's New York Knicks. With the season less than a week away, here are some of the key story-lines in the Eastern Conference. 1) Heat Three-Peat? Miami signed former No. 1 pick Greg Oden in the hope that he can be a shot blocker against the Eastern Conference's elite bigs (assuming he can stay healthy). But perhaps the biggest question mark for the Heat is ...
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Miami Heat can turn around Michael Beasley, Greg Oden
USA Today - over 3 years
Michael Beasley and Greg Oden seem fated to go down as draft busts. A ring might save them.
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Dwyane Wade Makes Circus-Like Entrance To RunWade Fashion Event (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Dwyane Wade not only wears the number three on his jersey, he's also a triple threat: He's a NBA championship-winning basketball player, a philanthropist, and a designer. Thursday night he descended Cirque du Soleil-style from the ceiling of a building in Miami's trendy Design District as host to the second annual "A Night On The RunWade," a fashion fundraiser and launch party for the NBA champ's new neckwear line with Tie Bar. Before the troop of models took to the runway in the latest styles from Neiman Marcus, Wade dropped onto the runway from three floors above, harnessed in a hoop. Once Wade landed, he then proceeded to boogie down the runway to Jay-Z's "Holy Grail" with a grin from cheek to cheek and doing some, er, rather silly dance moves. Don't believe it? Just watch the clip below: Story continues after video. The charity event, emceed by the Today Show's fashion correspondent Jill Martin and Deco Drive anchor Louis Aguirre, benefitted Wade’s World Foundation, whic ...
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Stunning reversal: Heat bringing back Michael Beasley
Chicago Times - over 3 years
   In a dramatic and extraordinary move, the Miami Heat have invited their 2008 No. 2 overall NBA Draft pick Michael Beasley to training camp, with a contract that exposes the team to no binding commitment.     
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Beasley
  • 2016
    Age 27
    On September 22, 2016, Beasley was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Tyler Ennis.
    More Details Hide Details On September 3, 2008, at the NBA's Rookie Transition Program, Beasley was involved in an incident along with fellow rookies Mario Chalmers and Darrell Arthur. Police responded to the hotel room of Chalmers and Arthur following a fire alarm at 2 am and claimed that the room smelled strongly of burning marijuana, but none was found and no charges were filed. Chalmers and Arthur were excused from the camp because of the incident and were later fined $20,000 each for missing the rookie camp, but were not fined or suspended for any drug-related violations. Both later denied any involvement with marijuana. Originally, ESPN reported that Beasley was also present in the room, but was not asked to leave camp. The story was later updated and any mention of Beasley was removed from the article. On September 18, 2008, Beasley was fined $50,000 by the league for his involvement in the incident after Pat Riley forced him to confess to league officials that he had slipped out the door when the police arrived.
    On March 4, 2016, Beasley signed with the Houston Rockets.
    More Details Hide Details In his third game for the Rockets on March 11, he recorded 18 points and 8 rebounds in just under 15 minutes off the bench in a 102–98 win over the Boston Celtics. On March 19, he recorded a season-high 30 points and 9 rebounds in a 109–97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. On March 31, he recorded his first double-double of the season with 20 points and 11 rebounds in a 103–100 loss to the Chicago Bulls. Beasley helped the Rockets finish the regular season as the eighth seed in the Western Conference with a 41–41 record. Down 2–0 to the first-seeded Golden State Warriors in the first round of the playoffs, Beasley scored 12 points in a 97–96 Game 3 win in Houston; he gave Houston a 95–94 lead with two free throws with 41 seconds left.
    On January 17, 2016, he won the CBA All-Star Game MVP award for the second straight year after recording 63 points, 19 rebounds and 13 assists for the South team.
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  • 2015
    Age 26
    He was subsequently named the league's Foreign MVP for the 2015–16 season.
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    On September 30, 2015, Beasley signed with the Shandong Golden Stars for the 2015–16 CBA season, returning to China for a second stint.
    More Details Hide Details He scored 48 points in the team's season opener on November 1, and bested that mark with 49 points ten days later.
    On June 28, 2015, the Heat declined to pick up their $1.3 million team option on Beasley's 2015–16 contract, making him a free agent.
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    On February 26, 2015, Beasley signed a 10-day contract with the Miami Heat.
    More Details Hide Details The next day, he made his return for the Heat, recording 7 points and 2 rebounds in a 102-104 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. He then signed a second 10-day contract with the Heat on March 8, and for the rest of the season on March 18.
    During the 2015 CBA All-Star Game, Beasley came off the bench to score 59 points, setting a CBA record for most points in the league's All-Star Game.
    More Details Hide Details Despite averaging 28.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.9 steals in 37 games, Beasley could not lead the Sharks to the CBA playoffs as they finished 12th with a 17-21 record.
  • 2014
    Age 25
    On September 25, 2014, Beasley signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Memphis Grizzlies.
    More Details Hide Details However, he was later waived by the Grizzlies on October 9 in order to sign in China. That same day, he signed a one-year deal with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association.
    The Heat made it to the NBA Finals for the fourth straight time in 2014, with Beasley making his first Finals appearance in Game 5 of their series against the San Antonio Spurs.
    More Details Hide Details The Heat lost Game 5 and the series, as the Spurs won 4-1.
  • 2013
    Age 24
    On September 11, 2013, Beasley signed with the Miami Heat.
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    On September 3, 2013, Beasley was waived by the Suns.
    More Details Hide Details The decision came shortly after Beasley had been arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession. Lon Babby, the Suns' president of basketball operations, said, "We worked hard to devote ourselves to Michael’s success, but we have to maintain the standards to build a championship culture."
    On January 30, 2013, Beasley scored a season high 27 points with 6 rebounds and 5 steals off the bench to lead the Suns to a 92-86 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers.
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  • 2012
    Age 23
    In a November 7, 2012 game against the Charlotte Bobcats, Beasley scored 21 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, and had 7 assists to help the Suns win 117-110.
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    On July 20, 2012, Beasley signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Phoenix Suns.
    More Details Hide Details Around this time, he decided to train with former two-time NBA champion point guard Norm Nixon in order to improve his game.
  • 2011
    Age 22
    Over the 2011-12 season, he averaged 11.5 points per game.
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    In the 2011-12 season, Beasley sprained his foot against the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 6, 2012 which kept him out for 11 straight games.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly after he returned from injury, he led the Timberwolves to victory over the Houston Rockets with 34 points.
  • 2010
    Age 21
    On November 10, 2010, he led the Timberwolves to victory over the Sacramento Kings with a career-high 42 points along with 9 rebounds.
    More Details Hide Details He finished the season averaging 19.2 points per game which was ranked top 20 in the league.
    On July 12, 2010, Beasley was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for 2011 and 2014 second-round draft picks.
    More Details Hide Details Beasley was traded in order to clear salary cap space for Miami, allowing them to sign free agents LeBron James and Chris Bosh, as well as re-sign Dwyane Wade.
    On February 19, 2010 he led the Heat to victory over the Memphis Grizzlies with a then career-high 30 points along with 8 rebounds.
    More Details Hide Details For the season, he averaged 14.8 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game. In the Heat's first-round playoff series loss to Boston, those averages declined to 10.4 and 5.8, respectively.
  • 2009
    Age 20
    During the 2009–10 season he was a starter for the entire season.
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    After the Heat's first round exit from the 2009 playoffs, it was reported that Beasley, along with fellow rookie Mario Chalmers, had been fined multiple times throughout the season for violations of team policy.
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  • 2008
    Age 19
    On opening night of the 2008–09 regular season, Beasley scored 9 points in a loss against the New York Knicks.
    More Details Hide Details He posted double-digit point totals for the next nine straight games, including a season-high 25 points in a loss to Charlotte on November 1.
    He was second in the league in rebound average, and tied for third in scoring average in the 2008 Summer League.
    More Details Hide Details During his first official practice with the Heat, he was accidentally hit in the chest with an unidentified teammate's elbow. He was evaluated and returned to the team a day later with chest bruising, but only participated in non-contact play. He had slightly cracked his sternum, and resumed contact drills 2 days after that. In his first preseason game, Beasley scored 16 points against the Detroit Pistons. He followed those performances with 21 points and 7 rebounds, 12 points and 11 rebounds, 14 points and 6 rebounds, 19 points and no rebounds, 14 points and 3 rebounds, and 19 points and 9 rebounds.
    On June 26, 2008, Beasley was selected 2nd overall in the 2008 NBA draft by the Miami Heat.
    More Details Hide Details He signed with the Heat on July 2. In his NBA Summer League debut on July 7, Beasley scored 28 points and grabbed 9 rebounds (and had 2 assists) in 23 minutes played.
    In addition, he was named one of four finalists for the 2008 Naismith Player of the Year Award.
    More Details Hide Details He also was one of 10 finalists for the Oscar Robertson Player of the Year award.
    Beasley was one of 24 finalists for the John R. Wooden Player of the Year award and was selected by voters to the 10-member 2008 John R. Wooden Award All American team.
    More Details Hide Details He followed Kevin Durant as the second consecutive standout freshman to win both Big 12 Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year accolades. Beasley became the fourth player in school history to be honored as the conference's Player of the Year and the first since the inception of the Big 12. He was the first player to be named league Freshman of the Year and the 12th overall to be selected as either Freshman or Newcomer of the Year since 1970. Beasley was named National Freshman of the Year by CBS Sports.com, Rivals.com, The Sporting News, and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). He has also been selected a first team All-American by numerous outlets, including CBS Sports.com, Dick Vitale, ESPN.com, Rivals.com, Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News and U.S. Basketball Writers Association. In addition, he was chosen as a first team Freshman All-American by CBS Sports.com and Rivals.com.
    On April 14, 2008, Beasley announced that he would forgo his last three years of eligibility and enter the NBA draft.
    More Details Hide Details Beasley is one of just two players in Kansas State history to earn first team All-America honors from the Associated Press. Overall, Beasley is the fifth player in school history to earn recognition to any of organization's three All-America teams.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Wildcats faced the No. 6 seed Texas A&M Aggies and lost 77–71. Beasley had 25 points and 9 rebounds, one board short of a double-double. He shot 10–21 from the field and 1–4 from behind the three-point line. He also 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 23 points and 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 23 points (only 6 scored in the second half) and 13 rebounds against the Badgers his 28th and final double-double.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He matched a Big 12 record by equaling former Kansas player Drew Gooden's record for most double-doubles in a season (25). 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 (768; 1987–88), 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 (26) did it in 2004–05.
    On February 23, 2008, Beasley scored a Big 12 record 44 points in an 86–92 loss at Baylor. (This mark has since been matched by Kansas State's Denis Clemente.) Beasley became known as an unstoppable force when shooting, finishing the season shooting 53.7 percent from the field (282 of 525).
    More Details Hide Details He also 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, and 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 (Kansas State beat No. 10 Texas, 58–48 on March 6, 2004), the first time K-State beat Kansas in Manhattan since 1983 and the first-ever victory against the Jayhawks in Bramlage Coliseum. The win partially backed up a boast he had made before the season about K-State's prospects against the Jayhawks:
  • 2007
    Age 18
    In the 2007–2008 regular season, Beasley was one of the most dominant players in the country.
    More Details Hide Details His 26.2 points (third-leading) 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 third and second among all freshmen in NCAA history. He also led the nation in double-doubles (28), 40-point games (three), 30-point, 10-rebound games (13), and 20-point, 10-rebound games (22). His 28 double-doubles broke the freshman double-double record previously held by Carmelo Anthony who had 22 double-doubles in his only season at Syracuse in 2002–03.
    Beasley began his freshman year at Kansas State in the fall of 2007.
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    Rivals.com rated Beasley No. 1 in the class of 2007 high school basketball prospects.
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    In the 2007 McDonald's All-American Boys Game, he won the MVP with 23 points and 12 rebounds.
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  • 2006
    Age 17
    He ranked fifth in rebounds per game (8.3 rpg) among all 2006 tournament leaders, and he ranks third all-time in the USA Men's U18 record book.
    More Details Hide Details He was named to the McDonald's All-American team.
    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.
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    In 2006, Beasley was a second-team Parade All-American and was also named to the 2006 USA Men's U18 National Team member on June 26, 2006.
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  • 2005
    Age 16
    Beasley was born in the Prince George's County town of Cheverly, Maryland. Beasley's mother Fatima Smith and his four siblings moved from nearby Montgomery County to Frederick in 2005 and lived here for one year.
    More Details Hide Details 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 (Texas) and Chris Braswell (Charlotte). Beasley later 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 (Duke), Chris Wright (Georgetown), Austin Freeman (Georgetown), and Julian Vaughn (Georgetown). Beasley attended a total of six high schools: Bowie High School in Bowie, Maryland, National Christian Academy in Fort Washington, Maryland, The Pendleton School in Bradenton, Florida, Riverdale Baptist School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, and Notre Dame Preparatory School in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. As a high school senior he averaged 28 points and 16 rebounds per game.
  • 1989
    Age 0
    Born on January 9, 1989.
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