Acie Earl

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Acie Earl
No. 55
Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1970-06-23) June 23, 1970 (age 43)
Peoria, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (208 cm)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school Moline (Moline, Illinois)
College Iowa (1989–1993)
NBA draft 1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Pro playing career 1993–2004
Career history
As player:
19931995 Boston Celtics
19951997 Toronto Raptors
1997 Milwaukee Bucks
1997–1998 La Crosse Bobcats (CBA)
1998 Paris Basket Racing (France)
1998–1999 Sydney Kings (Australia)
1999 Qianwei Aoshen (CBA)
1999 Sydney Kings (Australia)
1999–2000 Tuborg Pilsener (Turkey)
2000–2001 Türk Telekom (Turkey)
2001 Avtodor Saratov (Russia)
2001–2002 UNICS Kazan (Russia)
2002 Darüşşafaka (Turkey)
2003 Śląsk Wrocław (Poland)
2003 Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions (Austria)
2004 Budućnost Podgorica (Montenegro)
2004 KB Peja (Kosovo)
2004 Waterloo Revolution (OPBA)
As coach:
2004–2005 Tijuana Dragons (ABA)
2006–2007 Cleveland Majic (WBA)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Acie Boyd Earl (born June 23, 1970 in Peoria, Illinois) is a retired American professional basketball player, who appeared in four NBA seasons, as a 6'10" 240 lb (110 kg) center.

High school/college[edit]

Earl was a star basketball player from Moline High School[1] playing varsity-level basketball for three seasons. He led the Maroons to a 23-4 record in 1988, along with future NFL All-Pro Brad Hopkins. Earl is also currently the number 7th leading all-time scorer in Moline basketball history.

Earl played college basketball at the University of Iowa, being a key recruit for Tom Davis' Hawkeyes. He appeared in 22 games in his first-year season, with an average of 6 points in 16 minutes, but still managed 50 blocked shots in limited playing time.

In his second season, Earl became a key force in the Big Ten Conference, averaging 16.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, with 106 total blocked shots. Iowa made it to the 1991 NCAA Tournament where they were defeated by eventual champions Duke Blue Devils in the second round.

In his junior year, Earl slightly improved his numbers (managing to block an average of four shots a game), while the college made it to the 1992 NCAA Tournament, only to lose, again in the second round and against Duke (also the eventual winners), 75-62, with Earl blocking 8 shot attempts, one shy of the all-time tournament record held by David Robinson.

With Earl still putting up strong numbers in 1992-93, Iowa again lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, now to Wake Forest.

Earl graduated as the 1992 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, and upon graduation held the Iowa career record with 358 blocked shots, and was second in total points scored with 1779 (after Roy Marble).[2] He received his undergraduate degree in the fall of 1992 with a degree in Leisure studies.

Professional career[edit]

Earl was selected in the first round of the 1993 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics with the 19th pick, in a year which included Chris Webber, Jamal Mashburn and Anfernee Hardaway. He played 74 games in his rookie season, averaging 5.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.

His statistics dropped in his second year, as he played in only 30 games, being traded to the Toronto Raptors before 1995-96. With the Raptors, he posted his best statistical season, scoring 7.5 points per game, adding 3.1 rebounds. On April 12, 1996, against the team that drafted him - the Celtics - Earl posted a double-double, with 40 points and 12 rebounds in a 136-108 loss.[3] Midway through 1996-97, he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, appearing in nine games in his final NBA season.

Subsequently, Earl took his game overseas, first appearing for Paris Basket Racing (France), also playing 21 games in Australia for the National Basketball League's Sydney Kings in 1998-99.[4] In 1998, he also played with the CBA's LaCrosse Bobcats.

He then represented Türk Telekom Ankara and Darussafaka Istanbul Spor Kulubu (Turkey), Unics Kazan and Saratov Autodor (Russia), Śląsk Wrocław (Poland), Traiskirchen Arkadia Lions (Austria) and KK Budućnost Podgorica (Montenegro), retiring in 2004. He also had a small stint for KB Peja, in Kosovo, helping the team become state champions.

Moving into coaching, Earl managed, during 2005, the Tijuana Dragons of the American Basketball Association (ABA) team based in Tijuana, Mexico.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Acie Earl". Basketball-Reference.Com. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ Iowa Men's Basketball 1,000 point club
  3. ^ Toronto (108) @ Boston (136) 04/12/96, at Basketballreference.com
  4. ^ Kings emerge from a pack of jokers

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