|No. 5 – Trabzonspor|
|League||Turkish Basketball League|
April 25, 1979 |
|Listed height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Listed weight||202 lb (92 kg)|
|High school||Minneapolis North
|NBA draft||2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34th overall|
|Selected by the Chicago Bulls|
|Pro playing career||2000–present|
|2002–2003||Ironi Ramat Gan|
|2003–2005||Beşiktaş Cola Turka|
|Career highlights and awards|
Khalid El-Amin (born April 25, 1979) is an American professional basketball player. He was a member of the 1999 UConn men's basketball team that won the NCAA championship. He is originally from Minnesota where he played for North High School in Minneapolis. In 2000, he was selected in the 2nd round by the Chicago Bulls of the NBA Draft and played 50 games for them, averaging 6.3 points and 2.9 assists per game.
After leading Minneapolis North HS to three straight state titles and being named a McDonald's All-American, the three-time Minnesota State Player of the Year and 1997 Minnesota Mr. Basketball was named Big East Conference Rookie of the Year while being second in the team in scoring (16.0) and setting the UConn single-season scoring record for a freshman.
As a sophomore, El-Amin was the starting point guard on their team that won the 1999 NCAA Championship game thriller over Duke. In the final game he scored the Huskies' final 4 points in their 77-74 victory.
In 2000 El-Amin led the Huskies in scoring (16.0), assists (4.4) and steals (1.7) and was named to the All-Big East first team. He was also one of 15 finalists for the Naismith Award and set a Big East record by making 93.4 percent of his FTs in league games. El-Amin scored a collegiate career-high 34 points in a 75-70 loss to the University of Notre Dame on January 5, 2000, which ended the UConn Huskies' 10-game winning streak.
He left UConn as fourth all-time at the school in FT percentage at 82.2, sixth all-time in assists and fifth in steals. His averages per game in his final season are 31.9 minutes, 16.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 2.7 turnovers, 1.7 steals, makes 2.9 of 5.5 field goals (41.1%) and 4.1 of 4.6 free throws (89.2%). He finished his college career with averages of 30.1 minutes, 15.3 points on 41.6% shooting and 82.2% free throws, 3.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 2.7 turnovers and 1.7 steals.
El-Amin also helped the U.S. to a gold medal performance in the '98 Goodwill Games in New York City.
El-Amin was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the 2nd round with the 5th pick (34th overall) of the 2000 NBA Draft. That year, he played in the Schick Rookie Challenge at All-Star weekend in Washington, DC and scored 18 points. He also played in the NBA briefly with the Miami Heat in 2002. In 50 games in the NBA, El-Amin averaged 6.3 points with 2.9 assists, 1.6 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 1.1 turnovers and 2.0 fouls in 18.6 minutes.
He joined Besiktas Istanbul of the Turkish league in August 2003. Dominating the league for two seasons, El-Amin was second in scoring (20.9) and third in assists (5.2) in his first season. In 2005, he led the league in assists and averaged 20.4 points a game. He was named MVP of the Turkish League All-Star Game in 2005 and was a member of the World Team at the 2005 FIBA Europe All-Star Game.
In June 2005, he started his first season with Azovmash Mariupol of the Ukrainian Basketball SuperLeague. Azovmash won the 2006 Ukrainian Championship, and El-Amin was named the MVP of both the regular season and playoffs.
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- Jones, Bomani. "Cautionary Tales." ESPN.com, http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=joneslist/070504
- Lietuvos Rytas signs Khalid El-Amin
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com
- Eurocup Profile @Eurocupbasketball.com
- College & NBA stats @ Basketballreference.com
- College & NBA stats @ Databasebasketball.com
- ESPN Magazine interview
- Khalid El-Amin won't quit @ citypages.com
- TBLStat.net Profile TBLStat.net Profile