11 May 1977 |
Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, England, UK
|Listed height||7 ft 1 in (216 cm)|
|Listed weight||275 lb (125 kg)|
|College||C. W. Post (1994–1997)
Long Beach State (1997–1998)
|NBA draft||1998 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50th overall|
|Selected by the Charlotte Hornets|
|Pro playing career||1998–2012|
|1999–2000||Bipop Carire Reggio Emilia|
|2011–2012||Lagun Aro GBC|
After starting his career as a junior player with the Leicester Riders, Betts played college basketball at C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University from 1994 to 1997 and later at Long Beach State University from 1997 to 1998. He was selected in the 1998 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets in the second round, with the 50th overall draft pick after averaging 18.7 points and 10.1 rebounds as a senior at Long Beach State. He then moved to the Italian league for the 1998–99 season, signed by Fortitudo Bologna.
- Greek cup, Greek league (AEK Athens)
- Spanish league (Real Madrid)
- Spanish cup (Tau Vitoria)
- Fiba Eurocup (Joventut Badalona)
- Final four of Euroleague ( Fortiudo Bologna) (Tau Vitoria)
- Ukrainian League (Budivelnik Kiev)
Betts has played for both the English national basketball team and the Great Britain national basketball team. He was named England young player of the year, also England player of the year twice. Betts started his career with the English national team in 1996 aged 19.
Betts is married to Michelle Jones, a former Long Beach State volleyball player. They have two daughters and a son. Betts is the sporting ambassador for his hometown club the Leicester Riders.