Basketball Players and Coaches Page 1
Photo: Star Bulletin
Source: Akana keeps winning as coach By Brandon Lee Honolulu Star Bulletin, 14 Mar 2003
Brandyn served a mission church mission from 1995 to '98.
A native of Molokai, Hawaii. He began his collegiate career at
Brigham Young-Hawaii in 1988 before going on a two-year church mission
to Vina del Mar, Chile.|
Daniel Ray "Danny" Ainge (born March 17, 1959 in Eugene, Oregon) played professional basketball and baseball. He is currently the President of Basketball Operations for the Boston Celtics of the NBA. He played in the NBA for the Celtics, Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers, and Phoenix Suns, and also in Major League Baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays. On January 18, 1994, he became the second man ever to hit 900 three-point shots in NBA history (he made 1,002 three pointers for his career), and he scored 11,964 points for an average of 11.5 points per game, 2,768 rebounds for an average of 2.7, and 4,199 assists, an average of four per game. Ainge retired after the 1994–1995 season. He was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.
He is currently serving as a bishop of the Massachusetts Weston 1st Ward. (2010)
The Utah Jazz drafted Thurl in 1983 as the 7th pick of the draft. Former Utah Jazz basketball player Thurl Bailey is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is eager to clear up misconceptions about his newfound faith. When he arrived in Utah 19 years ago, Bailey was like most visitors--he was smitten by the scenic beauty and stumped by the predominant religion. After giving a speech at a school or attending a social function, people would hand him a gift, often the Book of Mormon. He collected 57 copies. Occasionally, he'd thumb through the pages, curious but not serious about Mormonism. His conversion would come later, after he met and married a member of the Church named Sindi. He calls his baptism in 1995 one of the best moments of his life. |
Source: Newsday, Oct 2002
| ||Shawn Bradley|
New Jersey Nets
Played only one season in college at Brigham Young University before serving a mission in Australia. Drafted second overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1993 Draft. He is one of the NBA's great shot-blockers.|
| ||Chris Burgess|
University of Utah
|He is aware that, as a member of one of the best college teams in the country, he is a role model. "I think my mission is mainly playing basketball and speaking for the church," he says. "I am a missionary every single day when people ask me about my religion and I try to stand up for it." (when playing for Duke)|
During the late '80s and early '90s, he was were the driving force behind the Phoenix Suns' high-octane offense. Over the course of five seasons, he guided the Suns to three Western Conference Finals appearances and one trip to the NBA Finals in 1993. In 1993-94, he moved on, spending a couple of seasons playing alongside Karl Malone and John Stockton in his home state of Utah, and a couple more bouncing between teams. But to Phoenix fans, "Tommy Gun" would always be a Sun. Upon retiring in 1997, he returned to Phoenix, joining the Suns' community relations staff, and on April 19, 1999 was inducted into the team's Ring of Honor. |
The 6-foot-11-inch Cosic played center for B.Y.U. from 1971 to 1973, earning all-Western Athletic Conference selection each season and pacing B.Y.U. to two conference titles. He averaged 19.1 points a game.
After leaving B.Y.U., he was drafted for pro basketball but chose to return to Yugoslavia, where he was a national hero as a player and coach. Cosic was a four-time Olympian, leading Yugoslavia to a silver medal in 1968 and a gold medal in 1980.
In the 1960s, attempts were made to begin missionary work in Yugoslavia, but it was not until Kresimir Cosic came to Brigham Young University, became a convert to the Church, and later was a basketball hero in his native country, that the Church could take hold there. A few missionaries were allowed to enter, but their opportunities to teach the people were circumscribed. www.lightplanet.com
James Taft "Jimmer" Fredette (born February 25, 1989) was drafted to the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association. He gained national fame during his collegiate career at Brigham Young University, where he was the leading scorer in all of NCAA Division I basketball during his senior season and earned every major National Player of the Year honor, including the Wooden Award, the Naismith Award, the Adolph Rupp Trophy, and the Oscar Robertson Trophy. Jimmer is a native of Glens Falls, New York
|Travis Hansen||Hansen first played college basketball near his hometown of Orem, Utah at Utah Valley State Collage from 1996-1997. After serving as a Mormon Missionary in Santiago, Chile for two years, he played basketball at Brigham Young University for three seasons, from 2001-2003. With his selection by the Hawks in 2003, he became the first BYU men's basketball player to be drafted since Shawn Bradley in 1993.|
|One of the most renowned players in University of Kentucky history. He was a guard and the high point man in 1958 when they won the NCAA championship Drafted #10 overall in the 2nd round of the 1958 NBA draft by Cincinnati.|
He was born in Alberta, Canada. He played college ball at Utah Valley State College, the University of Oregon and Montana State University at Billings. He was drafted by Huron in 2002 and traded to TS Goppingen, Germany in 2003.|
was a standout basketball player at St. Johns High School, at Arizona State
University (1942 and 1945-48 - punctuated by a stint in the Air Force during
World War II), in the Basketball Association of America (now the NBA) and
American Basketball League. After his pro career he returned to ASU as a
basketball assistant. Then after two years at Duncan High School, he
returned to St. Johns where he became one of the state's winningest high
school basketball coaches. After his college days, Verl signed a contract to
play professional basketball, becoming one of the first two players from the
state to play pro basketball. He signed and played in what was then the
Basketball Association of America. He first played for the Providence, Rhode
Island Steamrollers and later with the American Basketball League's
Wilkes-Barre Barons of Pennsylvania. He quickly became a starter and a
standout with both teams.|
While playing for the Steamrollers, Heap played against teams which still exist today, such as the New York Knicks and Minneapolis Lakers. Verl passed away 12-24-2008
Mel Hutchins played for BYU in|
the early 50's. He was an all American, and was the star on the team that won the NIT . He was a four year letterman at BYU, was the second pick in the NBA draft, played 7 years in the NBA and was a 4 time all-star. He has worked at the San Diego temple. He also appeared in four NBA Star-Games, and he retired in 1958 with 4,851 career points and 4,186 career rebounds
He played college basketball at Stanford University until he graduated in 2003. Selected by the Phoenix Suns in the first round (#22 pick overall) in the 2002 NBA Draft.
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