Adonal Foyle

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Adonal Foyle
Adonal Foyle.jpg
Adonal Foyle in 2008
Personal information
Born (1975-03-09) March 9, 1975 (age 39)
Canouan, Saint Vincent, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Nationality Vincentian / American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 270 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school Hamilton (Hamilton, New York)
College Colgate University (1994–1997)
NBA draft 1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Pro career 1997–2009
Position Center
Number 31, 30
Career history
19972007 Golden State Warriors
20072009 Orlando Magic
2009 Memphis Grizzlies
2009 Orlando Magic
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 2,989 (4.1 ppg)
Rebounds 3,461 (4.7 rpg)
Blocks 1,193 (1.6 bpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Adonal David Foyle (born March 9, 1975) is a retired Vincentian-American professional basketball center. He was selected by the Golden State Warriors with the eighth overall selection of the 1997 NBA Draft. He played ten seasons with the team until the team bought out his contract on August 13, 2007. At the time, he had been the Warriors' longest-tenured player.[1] He then played two seasons with the Orlando Magic and part of the 2008–09 season with the Memphis Grizzlies, sat out the next season due to knee surgery, and retired.

Early life and college career[edit]

Foyle was born in Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. At the age of 15, Foyle was adopted by Joan and Jay Mandle, professors at Colgate University.[2] He first attended high school at Cardinal O'Hara Catholic High in Springfield, Pennsylvania. He transferred after sophomore year and attended high school at Hamilton Central School (Hamilton, New York), where he helped the HCS Emerald Knights gain their first two state championships.[3]

In his official biography, Foyle explained that he enrolled at Colgate University because "he wanted the opportunity to learn the principles of the game in a slower paced setting, where the coach would be able to give him the attention he desired." With the Colgate Raiders, he was the school's all-time leading rebounder and 2nd all-time leading scorer. He left as the NCAA's all-time leader in blocked shots with 492, despite playing only three college seasons (his record was broken by Wojciech Myrda in 2002[4]). He now ranks third all-time, behind Myrda and Jarvis Varnado.[5]

In 1999, Foyle graduated from Colgate magna cum laude with a history degree.[6] Politically motivated, he founded the organization Democracy Matters, which tries to curb the effects of money on politics.

NBA career[edit]

In his NBA career, Foyle averaged 4.1 points and 1.6 blocks per game. He was amongst the 10 highest players in blocks per game three times during his career.

In July 2004, during the offseason, the Golden State Warriors re-signed Foyle to a six-year, $42 million contract.[1] Foyle played very sparingly during the 2006–07 season under new coach Don Nelson, and was waived by the Warriors on August 13, 2007, with three years and $29.2 million remaining on his contract.

On August 23, 2007, Foyle signed with the Orlando Magic for the veteran minimum of $1.3 million.[7] On August 2, 2008, he re-signed with the Magic for another year, also at the veteran minimum.[8]

He was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies on February 19, 2009.[9]

On March 1, 2009 the Grizzlies waived Foyle.[10] Foyle signed with the Orlando Magic on March 23, 2009 for the rest of the season.[11] Later that year, in August, Foyle re-signed with the Magic.[12] However, he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery before the season began, and did not play that season.[13] On August 17, 2010, Foyle announced his retirement.[13] On September 7, 2010, the Magic named Foyle the team's director of player development. He held that position until 2012.[14]

Off the court[edit]

In his spare time, Foyle writes poems and is a political activist. He has reviewed books for HOOP Magazine.[citation needed]

In 2001, he founded Democracy Matters,[15] a non-partisan student organization, as an effort to counteract political apathy on college campuses. The organization's signature issue is campaign finance reform, particularly Clean Elections. Active on over 50 college campuses, Democracy Matters involves hundreds of students and faculty nationwide through teach-ins, letter writing and petition campaigns, educational seminars, and voter registration drives.

In 2005, Foyle founded the Kerosene Lamp Foundation, which serves children in St. Vincent & the Grenadines.KLF website

He played a cameo role of "detective" in the movie The Darwin Awards.

Foyle became an American citizen on March 13, 2007, after being in the U.S. for almost 18 years.[2][16] He also became a member of the National Basketball Players Association Executive Committee.[17]

On September 24, 2009, Foyle was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame. Only eight other NBA players have been inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame. (Nate “Tiny” Archibald, Vlade Divac, Julius Erving, AC Green, Kevin Johnson, Dikembe Mutombo, David Robinson and Steve Smith).

In 2013, Foyle released his first children's book, called Too Tall Foyle Finds His Game.[18]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1997–98 Golden State 55 1 11.9 .406 .000 .435 3.3 .3 .2 .9 3.0
1998–99 Golden State 44 0 14.0 .430 .000 .490 4.4 .4 .3 1.0 2.9
1999–00 Golden State 76 59 21.8 .508 .000 .378 5.6 .6 .3 1.8 5.5
2000–01 Golden State 58 37 25.1 .416 .000 .441 7.0 .8 .5 2.7 5.9
2001–02 Golden State 79 36 18.8 .444 .000 .398 4.9 .5 .5 2.1 4.8
2002–03 Golden State 82 0 21.8 .536 .000 .673 6.0 .5 .5 2.5 5.4
2003–04 Golden State 44 8 13.0 .454 .000 .543 3.8 .4 .1 1.0 3.1
2004–05 Golden State 78 50 21.8 .502 .000 .556 5.5 .7 .3 2.0 4.5
2005–06 Golden State 77 72 23.7 .507 .000 .612 5.5 .4 .6 1.6 4.5
2006–07 Golden State 48 6 9.9 .565 .000 .440 2.6 .4 .2 1.0 2.2
2007–08 Orlando 82 0 9.4 .458 .000 .471 2.5 .2 .2 .5 1.9
2008–09 Orlando 9 0 6.6 .636 .000 .500 2.9 .1 .0 .9 1.9
2008–09 Memphis 1 0 3.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
Career 733 269 17.8 .476 .000 .499 4.7 .5 .4 1.6 4.1

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007 Golden State 3 0 2.0 1.000 .000 .000 .7 .0 .0 .0 .7
2008 Orlando 3 0 3.7 .333 .000 .000 1.0 .0 .0 .0 .7
2009 Orlando 2 0 2.0 .000 .000 .000 .5 .0 .0 .0 .0
Career 8 0 2.5 .400 .000 .000 .8 .0 .0 .0 .5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Warriors place Foyle on waivers; Center eyes Magic, updated August 13, 2007
  2. ^ a b Citizen Foyle: a New Status for Center, March 12, 2007.
  3. ^ "Bio". 
  4. ^ Official 2007 NCAA Men's Basketball Records Book, page 25 PDF; retrieved April 12, 2007
  5. ^ MSU happy to welcome back Varnado
  6. ^ "Bio: College". AdonalFoyle.com. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 
  7. ^ Source: Orlando Magic, Adonal Foyle agree to terms at the Wayback Machine (archived August 24, 2007) Orlando Sentinel
  8. ^ Veteran Center Foyle Re-Signs With Magic AHN, August 10, 2008
  9. ^ "Grizzlies acquire 2009 first round pick from Magic". NBA. February 19, 2009. Archived from the original on February 23, 2009. Retrieved February 20, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Grizzlies waive center Adonal Foyle". NBA. March 1, 2009. Retrieved August 29, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Magic Re-Sign Adonal Foyle". NBA. March 23, 2009. Retrieved August 29, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Magic Re-Sign Adonal Foyle". NBA. August 27, 2009. Retrieved August 29, 2009. 
  13. ^ a b "Adonal Foyle calls it quits". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. August 17, 2010. Retrieved August 17, 2010. [dead link]
  14. ^ Josh Robbins. "Magic fire Director of Player Development Adonal Foyle". Orlando Sentinel. June 25, 2012. Retrieved on June 25, 2012.
  15. ^ "Bio • College". AdonalFoyle.com. 
  16. ^ WARRIORS: Adonal Foyle Becomes U.S. Citizen. NBA
  17. ^ Adonal Foyle retiring from NBA. ESPN
  18. ^ http://www.whitehotsports.com/?p=5568

External links[edit]