Brock Gillespie

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Brock Gillespie
Bambuqueros de Neiva
Point guard
Personal information
Born (1982-04-26) April 26, 1982 (age 31)
Des Moines, Iowa
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Listed weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Career information
High school Clarksville (Clarksville, Tennessee)
College Rice (2001–2005)
NBA draft 2005 / Undrafted
Pro playing career 2005–present
Career history
2005–2006 Auckland Stars (New Zealand)
2006–2007 Austin Toros (D-League)
2007 Lleida Bàsquet (Spain)
2007–2008 CB Plasencia (Spain)
2007–2008 BK SPU Nitra (Slovakia)
2008–2009 Fribourg Olympic (Switzerland)
2009 Kataja (Finland)
2009–2010 Maine Red Claws (D-League)
2010–2011 Cuxhaven Bascats (Germany)
2010–2011 SCM CSU Craiova (Romania)
2011 Lechugueros de Leon (Mexico)
2011–2012 Toyama Grouses (Japan)
2013 Halifax Rainmen (Canada)
2014–present Bambuqueros de Neiva (Colombia)

Brock Andrew Gillespie is an American professional basketball player. He has played in the NBA Development League and in various countries abroad. He attended Clarksville High School in Tennessee. He had a standout college career at Rice University, finishing his career with 1,007 points, while playing in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). He also appeared in the Walt Disney movie Glory Road.

Professional career[edit]

Gillespie played for the Auckland Stars in New Zealand in the 2005–06 National Basketball League (New Zealand) season. He was selected in the 3rd round of the 2006 NBA D-League Draft by the Austin Toros with the 34th overall selection and played the 2006–07 season under the legendary Dennis Johnson, for the Toros in the NBA D-League. He also was a member of the Charlotte Bobcats' NBA Summer League and training camp rosters the following summer. He played the 2007–08 season in Europe for Plus Pujol Lleida of the LEB in Spain and BK SPU Nitra of the Slovak Extraliga in Slovakia. In 2008, he was again selected in the NBA D-League Draft by the Sioux Falls Skyforce and finished the 2008–09 season in the ULEB Cup with Benetton Fribourg Olympic of Switzerland. He led Benetton to the 2009 Swiss Cup Championship. In the summer of 2009, he was invited and participated in mini-camp with the NBA's Houston Rockets. Later in 2009, he participated in training camp with the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and soon after joined Xacobeo Obradoiro CAB of the (ACB) in Spain. On March 19, 2010 he was assigned to the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League for the playoff stretch.[1] In 2010-2011, he played briefly for the Cuxhaven Bascats in the Basketball Bundesliga of Germany and on January 5, 2011, he moved up to join SCM CSU Craiova in the Romanian Basketball Division A of Romania, where he was voted to the All-Star Team for the league. In 2011, he played briefly for Lechugueros de Leon of the LNBP in Mexico, until he was again selected in the NBA D-League Draft by the Sioux Falls Skyforce. He did not report to training camp and instead chose to sign with ŁKS Łódź of the PLK in Poland. However, without playing a single game in Poland, he left to finish the season with the Toyama Grouses of the Bj League in Japan. In 2013, he began the season with the Halifax Rainmen of the Canada, but after suffering a broken hand, he chose to finish the season with Bambuqueros de Neiva of the Liga DirecTV in Colombia.

Personal[edit]

Gillespie leads a busy life away from basketball. In 2005, he received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the City of Houston's Mayor's Office. In 2006, he was cast by producer Jerry Bruckheimer and appeared in the Walt Disney movie, Glory Road. He was chosen to speak at Dennis Johnson's funeral in 2007, after playing for Johnson with the Austin Toros. In recent years, he has mentored for the National Basketball Players Association at their Top-100 High School Camp at the University of Virginia. He's also been active in politics, having helped campaigned for US Congressman Pete Olson.

He is the son of notable long-time college basketball coach, Marty Gillespie, who had his own standout athletic career as a two-sport athlete (baseball/basketball) at Iowa State University in the 1970s and was drafted in the Major League Baseball Draft twice; once by the St. Louis Cardinals and once by the Minnesota Twins. Due to his father's coaching career, he spent the majority of his childhood on the move, but credits his most memorable places of residence as Peoria, Illinois; Racine, Wisconsin; and Clarksville, Tennessee. The city of Clarksville regularly claims him as one of the area's most famous persons. His younger brother, Tate Gillespie, considered a top Major League Baseball prospect, stars for Lake Travis High School in Texas.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Brock Gillespie NBA D League Player File