Jacksonville Giants

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Jacksonville Giants
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Founded 2010
League ABA (2010-present)
Team history Jacksonville Giants (2010-present)
Based in Jacksonville, Florida
Arena Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Colors Navy Blue, Orange
Owner(s) Ron Sholes
Championships 2 (2012, 2013)
Mascot Mr. Biggs

The Jacksonville Giants are a professional minor league basketball team based in Jacksonville, Florida. They are currently the 2012 and 2013 National Champions of the new American Basketball Association (ABA), which they joined as an expansion team for the 2010–2011 season. They play most home games at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. In addition to their two national championships, the Giants have won regional titles in 2011, 2012, & 2013. In 2014, the team was recognized for their off the court achievements with the ABA National Charity Award for their work in the Jacksonville community.

History[edit]

In May 2010 the American Basketball Association announced a new franchise based in Jacksonville would join the league for the 2010–2011 season. The name was announced as the Jacksonville Giants in November. The owner was Jacksonville attorney Ron Sholes, while the head coach and general manager was Kevin Waters, who previously owned and coached the Jacksonville Bluewaves of the World Basketball Association.[1][2] The third founding member of the Giants was Vice-President and Head of Marketing Joseph Miller, who was responsible for naming the team and designing the Official Giants logo.

Jacksonville was home to an earlier ABA team, the Jacksonville Jam. The Jam played in the ABA for the 2006-2007 season before moving to the rival Premier Basketball League in 2008, but folded by the end of the season.[1]

2010-2011

In 2010 owner Sholes stated that he hoped to avoid the fate of the Jam and other minor league basketball teams that have failed in Jacksonville with a more professional marketing strategy. He signed a contract with the city's major indoor venue, the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, to use for home games, and contracted with television and radio stations to broadcast games.[1][3] The Giants debuted on December 4, 2010, defeating the San Francisco Rumble 182–124.[4] They excelled on the court, going 23-0 in the regular season and advancing to the league playoffs, but were ultimately knocked out.[5] They claimed an average attendance of 2000 in their inaugural season.[6]

2011-2012

The Giants had their 2011-2012 opener on December 3, 2011, defeating the Gulf Coast Flash by 1 point on a buzzer beating 3-pointer by Shooting Guard Currye Todd on an inbound pass from former National Basketball League player and 1992 US Dream Teamer Christian Laettner. Laettner joined the Giants for all 11 of their home games that season. The Giants played two home games at UNF Arena at the University of North Florida, and played the remaining nine at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The Giants won the 2012 ABA Championship, defeating the South Carolina Warriors 2-0 in a best-of-three series.[7]

2012-2013

Giants finished the season with a 29-1 regular season record and hosted the ABA Final Four tournament. Giants won second ABA Championship in a row, defeating the North Dallas Vandals, who they received their only loss of the regular season from, 2-0 in a best-of-three series.

2013-2014

Giants finish season with 29-1 record for the second straight season and advanced through the playoffs to the ABA National Championship game for the third straight season. The Giants fell to the Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks 2-0 in a best-of-three series. The first game was lost in overtime and the second was lost on a botched inbound attempt that sealed the game for the Mavericks. The 2013-2014 season saw a lot of positives for the Giants as they broke the ABA Regular Season Attendance record with 8,345 fans in attendance on February 2nd.

Giants Dance Team[edit]

The Jacksonville Giants have the largest ABA dance team. Over 40 girls, ages 13 through 25, dance in two separate teams. The teenage dance team is titled the Gems, and the adult dance team is named the Jewels.

Television[edit]

All Jacksonville Giants home games played in the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena are televised on CW17 in high-definition. Broadcaster and sports talk radio host Richard Miller (http://www.milleronsports.com) has hosted these Giants broadcasts since Season One in 2010.

Radio[edit]

All Jacksonville Giants home games can be heard LIVE on 1010XL Sports talk Radio. 1010XL Sports talk host Richard Miller (On-Air every Tuesday from 9-11 p.m. on 1010XL) simulcasted both television and radio from 2010 until the end of 2013. 1010XL Sports talk host Spencer Luthin (aka Spencer "Balls" Davis) has hosted Giants radio since December 6, 2013.

Records And Recognition[edit]

February 7, 2014 - "Most Points Scored in Basketball History - 222 points"

February 5, 2012 - "Most Points Scored in Basketball History - 211 points"

On December 6, 2010, the Jacksonville Giants set the record for "Most Points Scored in Basketball History" with a score of 211 points. This achievement was printed in a special section of the February 2012 Issue of Sports Illustrated which featured the New York Giants on the cover for winning the Super Bowl. The cover stated, "GIANTS WIN!"

February 1, 2014 - "Highest Regular Season Attendance in ABA History" - 8,354 in attendance.

June 1, 2014 - Received the 2014 National ABA Charity Award for Outstanding Service to the Community.

2011-2012 roster[edit]

Jacksonville Giants Season Two 2011-2012 roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
F/C 4 United States Bell, Jermaine 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Indian Hills Community College
G 3 United States Lumpkin, Anthony 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Southwestern Oklahoma State
F 13 United States Lawrence, Antonio 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) San Jose State University
G 5 United States Harris, Sherod 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 160 lb (73 kg) SUNY-Brockport
G 12 United States Norman, Renaldo 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Edward Waters College
F 10 United States Fields, Matt 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Georgia Southern University
TBD United States Stewart, A.J.  – 215 lb (98 kg) TBD
G TBD United States Jackson, Anthony  – Columbus State University
2 United States Todd, Currye  – Lamar University
F 9 United States Sanders, Lamar  – Lamar University
F TBD United States Jackson, Emanuel  – Stephen F. Austin University
TBD United States Smith, Leon  – TBD
33 United States Reddick, Sherard  – Savannah State University
F 32 United States Ware, Tim 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) Texas State University
G 21 United States McDonald, Kevin  – Savannah State University
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)



Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Last transaction: 2010-12-1

2012-2013 roster[edit]

Jacksonville Giants Season Three 2012-2013 roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
F/C 4 United States Bell, Jermaine 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Indian Hills Community College
F 3 United States Brown, Damone 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Syracuse University
C 13 Republic of the Congo Mulamba, Josue 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Imperial Valley College
G 5 United States Ed, Horton 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Murray State University
G 1 United States Hooper, Tony 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 200 lb (91 kg) University of Louisiana at Monroe
F 10 United States Fields, Matt 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Georgia Southern University
F 9 United States Taylor, Freeman 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Robert Morris University
G 3 United States Jackson, Anthony 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) Columbus State University
F 20 United States Rimmer, Bernard 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) North Georgia University
G 2 United States Todd, Currye 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Lamar University
G 8 United States Kevin, Thomas 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Murray State University
F 21 United States Tucker, Jerrod 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Bellevue University
F 33 United States Brown, Eddie 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) Campbell University
G 33 United States Clark, Brad 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) TBD
C 32 United States Blake, Gertavian 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) Jackson State University
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)



Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Last transaction: 2012-12-6

2013-2014 roster[edit]

Jacksonville Giants Season Three 2012-2013 roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
F/C 4 United States Bell, Jermaine 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Indian Hills Community College
F 3 United States Brown, Damone 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Syracuse University
C 13 Republic of the Congo Mulamba, Josue 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Imperial Valley College
G 5 United States Ed, Horton 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Murray State University
G 1 United States Hooper, Tony 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 200 lb (91 kg) University of Louisiana at Monroe
F 10 United States Fields, Matt 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Georgia Southern University
F 9 United States Taylor, Freeman 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Robert Morris University
G 3 United States Jackson, Anthony 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) Columbus State University
F 20 United States Rimmer, Bernard 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) North Georgia University
G 2 United States Todd, Currye 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Lamar University
G 8 United States Kevin, Thomas 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Murray State University
F 21 United States Tucker, Jerrod 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Bellevue University
F 33 United States Brown, Eddie 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) Campbell University
G 33 United States Clark, Brad 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) TBD
C 32 United States Blake, Gertavian 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) Jackson State University
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)



Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Last transaction: 2012-12-6

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Gurbal, Ashley (November 19, 2010). "Starting Jacksonville Giants a local lawyer's hoop dream". Jacksonville Business Journal. Retrieved December 7, 2010. 
  2. ^ Elliott, Jeff (October 20, 2010). "ABA pro basketball team coming to Jacksonville". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  3. ^ Richardson, Darcy G. (December 2, 2010). "Pro-Basketball in Jacksonville a ‘Giant’ Challenge". Jacksonville Observer. Retrieved December 7, 2010. 
  4. ^ Zima, Mike (December 5, 2010). "Jacksonville Giants romp in overwhelming debut". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  5. ^ Ledman, Gary (December 5, 2010). "Jacksonville Giants want to take it one step further in second season". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved December 16, 2011. 
  6. ^ Gurbal, Ashley (February 25, 2011). "Giants on the court; not at the gate". Jacksonville Business Journal. Retrieved December 16, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Jacksonville Giants win ABA championship". The Florida Times-Union. April 15, 2012. Retrieved April 18, 2012. 

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