Larry Abney

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Lawrence Abney
Power forward
Personal information
Born (1977-05-19) May 19, 1977 (age 37)
Nyack, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 236 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school Nyack (Nyack, New York)
College Fresno CC (1996–1997)
Fresno State (1997–2000)
NBA draft 2000 / Undrafted
Pro playing career 2000–2012
Career history
Career highlights and awards

Lawrence "Larry" Abney (born May 19, 1977) is an American former professional basketball player. Born in Nyack, New York, he was nicknamed Birdman throughout his career for his athleticism.

High school career[edit]

As a junior, averaged 6.2 points and 7.0 rebounds. Started 25 times. Led team in rebounding in 13 games, and grabbed double digit boards nine times. Ranked second on the team in field goal percentage (.559). Scored in double figures seven times, with a season high of 21points against Cal Poly on Nov. 16.

As a sophomore, averaged 5.5 points and 4.1 rebounds. Started 13 of 34 games. Led team in field goal percentage (.607). Scored in double figures in seven games. Registered three double-doubles. Tallied 13 points, seven rebounds, and four blocks against Minnesota in the NIT. Scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Georgia in the consolation game of the NIT.

College career[edit]

As a freshman at Fresno City College, averaged 10.8 points and 7.9 rebounds. Tied for team rebounding lead. Abney helped lead team to its first Central Valley Conference title since 1987 and a Final Four appearance in the state championships with a 31-4 overall record. Abney was a teammate of former Milwaukee Bucks guard Rafer Alston.

Abney played his final three seasons of collegiate career at Fresno State, after playing his first season at Fresno City College. Initially attended Fresno State in 1995-96, but did not play. Played in 101 career games at Fresno State, starting 72 times.

As a senior, averaged 10.3 points and 11.8 rebounds. Started all 34 games. Ranked third nationally in rebounding. Grabbed career-high and school record 35 rebounds against SMU on Feb.17, the highest single-game total in NCAA history since 1965. Pulled down 24 rebounds against Tulsa on Jan. 29. Led conference with 14 double-doubles. Named to Trend Homes Classic's All-Tournament team after recording 33 points and 27 rebounds in two games. Earned Second Team All-WAC honors.

Professional career[edit]

Abney participated in Shaw's Pro Summer League with the Boston Celtics in 2002. Spent 2001-02 season playing in South Korea. Played with the Trenton Shooting Stars of the IBL in 2000-01, averaging 7.1 points and 6.7 rebounds in 44 games. Has also played in the USBL with Adirondack (2002) and Pennsylvania (2000 and 2001). Played in the Rocky Mountain Revue with the Denver Nuggets in 2000. Participated in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in 2000.

Playing for the Townsville Crocodiles, the 6'8" forward amazed crowds with his dunking skills, won player of the week awards and made the 2006 All-NBL First Team.

Abney joined the Crocs for the 2005/06 season as an import player and made immediate impact in his first season averaging 20.1 ppg and 11.3 rebounds. In his second and final year for the crocs it was more of the same for Abney going on to average 21.3 ppg and 9.2 rebounds.

Abney was then released from Townsville after a big overhaul of their roster, and he became one of the hottest free agents in the NBL. It did not take long before the Cairns Taipans signed him.

After leaving Australia, Abney then played professionally in the Ukraine, Mexico and Argentina.

On October 2, 2012, Abney signed again with the Townsville Crocodiles of the NBL for the 2012–13 season.[1] However, the two-time Crocs MVP called time on his 12-year career on advice from his surgeon, who discovered a small hole in his thigh bone.[2] Abney played 9 games for the Crocs in 2012 averaging 4.4ppg and 3.4rpg.[3]

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