Rush with the Pacers in 2009
|No. 25 – Utah Jazz|
|Shooting guard / Small forward|
July 7, 1985 |
Kansas City, Missouri
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
(Kansas City, Missouri)
Mount Zion Christian Academy
(Durham, North Carolina)
|NBA draft||2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall|
|Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers|
|Pro playing career||2008–present|
|2011–2013||Golden State Warriors|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Brandon Leray Rush (born July 7, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted in 2008 by the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers after playing for the University of Kansas Jayhawks for three seasons, including the 2007–2008 national championship team. He was selected as a Wooden Award All-American in both 2007 and 2008 as a Jayhawk.
Rush played high school basketball at Westport High School in Missouri and Mt. Zion Christian Academy in Durham, North Carolina. After withdrawing from the 2005 NBA Draft, he committed to play collegiately at Kansas under Bill Self and was the starting small forward in every game that season. He led the Jayhawks in scoring (13.5 points per game), rebounding (5.9) and three-point shooting percentage (47.2%). He was instrumental in the team's Big 12 Conference championship run, and was elected the conference Freshman of the Year. He was also the first freshman ever to be named to the First Team All-Big 12, before Kevin Durant did it the following season for the Texas Longhorns. He was selected as the preseason Co-Player of the Year in the Big 12, along with fellow Jayhawk Julian Wright. He was also selected as a preseason All-American. in 2007, he earned a position on the All-Tournament Team in the Big 12 Tournament. On April 26, 2007, Rush announced his intentions to enter the 2007 NBA Draft, but he did not sign with an agent.
Rush returned to Kansas in May 2007, after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in a pickup game. He had planned to enter the 2007 NBA Draft had he not been injured, but returned to play for Kansas. On June 1, 2007, the torn ACL was successfully repaired. After rehabilitation, He returned to play in November, and became a starter soon afterward.
On 27 October 2010, it was reported that Rush had, in fact, suffered the ACL injury during an illegal workout conducted by Rodney Heard, director of East Coast scouting for the New York Knicks; Isiah Thomas, then-president of the Knicks, is said to have known of the secret workouts. Rush verified the allegation, and severe sanctions were expected to be levied against the Knicks organization.
After returning to the starting lineup, he led Kansas to a national title in the 2008 NCAA championship. He was named Most Valuable Player in the national semifinal game against North Carolina, with 25 points and 7 rebounds. He was rated number one small forward in all of college basketball by Rivals.com for his overall statistics after being named MVP in the Big 12 Tournament and averaging 15.8 points per game in the six games of the NCAA national championship tournament. On April 17, 2008, he declared himself eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft, skipping his senior year.
Rush was selected 13th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2008 NBA Draft. He was then traded to the Indiana Pacers, along with Jarrett Jack and Josh McRoberts, for Jerryd Bayless and Ike Diogu.
On August 1, 2012, he re-signed with the Warriors on a two-year $8 million contract. In a game against the Memphis Grizzlies on November 2, 2012, Rush injured his left knee landing awkwardly after being fouled in the air by Zach Randolph. MRI the next day revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament. The extent of the injury ruled him out for the remainder of the 2012–13 NBA season.
On July 10, 2013, the Golden State Warriors sent Rush, along with Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedriņš and several draft picks, to the Utah Jazz in a three-team trade that brought Andre Iguodala and Kevin Murphy to the Warriors.
NBA career statistics
|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|
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- "Big 12 Leads Nation With Three On Wooden All-America Team", Big 12 Conference, April 1, 2008.
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- Kansas v. North Carolina 2008, Wikipedia
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- Rivals.com Basketball Power Rankings, 2007-2008
- www.kansascity.com | 04/17/2008 | KU's Rush, Arthur declare for the NBA draft
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- "Brandon Rush To Miss Remainder Of 2012-13 Season". NBA.com. November 3, 2012. Retrieved February 22, 2013.
- "Warriors Acquire Andre Iguodala from Denver Nuggets as Part of Three-Team Trade". NBA. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
- "SLAM ONLINE » Rush In Revolution". Retrieved 26 December 2011.
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
- Lawrence Journal World