McCants playing with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2007.
September 25, 1984 |
Asheville, North Carolina
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||207 lb (94 kg)|
|High school||Erwin (Asheville, North Carolina)
New Hampton School
(New Hampton, New Hampshire)
|College||North Carolina (2002–2005)|
|NBA draft||2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall|
|Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves|
|2010–2011||Texas Legends (D-League)|
|2012||Caciques de Humacao (Puerto Rico)|
|2012||Piratas de Quebradillas (Puerto Rico)|
|2012||Powerade Tigers (Philippines)|
|2012–2013||Foshan Long Lions (China)|
|2013||Texas Legends (D-League)|
|Career highlights and awards|
High school career
McCants began his high school career at Erwin High School in Asheville, but finished at New Hampton School in New Hampton, New Hampshire. He led New Hampton to the 2002 New England Prep School Class A championship and was named MVP of the title game. McCants played alongside future college teammate Wes Miller during his senior season.
McCants was an honor roll student at New Hampton. He also won the New Hampshire Player of the Year Award in 2001 and 2002. And, as a senior, he was also named to the Parade All-American and McDonald's All-American Teams. He played in the McDonald's All-American Game with future Tar Heel teammates Raymond Felton and Sean May.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Asheville, NC||New Hampton School||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)||200 lb (91 kg)|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 1 (SG) Rivals: 4 (SF)|
Alongside Sean May, Raymond Felton, and David Noel, McCants joined a stellar recruiting class at UNC for the 2002–2003 season, coached by Matt Doherty. In his freshman year, McCants led the Tar Heels in scoring with 17.5 points per game, and led them to a third round loss to Georgetown in the National Invitational Tournament. He was voted to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) rookie team.
In the 2003–2004 season, McCants led the ACC in scoring with 20 points per game. With that effort, McCants helped lead UNC back into the NCAA Tournament with a sixth ranking, where they would lose in the second round to number three ranked Texas. He was the leading vote-getter on the All-ACC First Team as a sophomore, and was named a Second Team All-American.
With freshman Marvin Williams joining the squad for the 2004–2005, the junior class led by preseason Wooden Award candidates in McCants, May, and Felton gave UNC a high ranking in all preseason polls and the team was seen as one of the favorites to win the NCAA Tournament. After going 33–4 and winning the ACC regular season, McCants' 16.4 points per game helped secure UNC one of the four number one seeds in the NCAA Tournament. UNC cruised to the championship game, where McCants helped the Tar Heels defeat the Illinois Fighting Illini 75–70.
McCants' three years at Chapel Hill were not without controversy. In an interview with local television station WRAL, McCants compared UNC to a prison, stating, "You're not allowed to say certain things, but once you get out of jail, you're free. (I'm) in my sentence, and I'm doing my time."
McCants scored 1721 points in his career at North Carolina and made 221 career three-point field goals.
Accusations against North Carolina
On June 6, 2014, the ESPN program Outside the Lines broadcast an interview with McCants in which McCants claimed to have taken phony classes at North Carolina and had tutors write his classwork. The accusations by McCants followed reports by university administration and former governor Jim Martin finding academic and ethical issues with the university's Department of African and Afro-American Studies, including classes with little work assigned. However, all sixteen other members of the 2005 team released a statement that disputed McCants's account. Additionally, coach Roy Williams, separately interviewed by the same program, disputed McCants's claims.
Interviewed again on Outside the Lines on June 11, McCants stood by his claims about his academic experience at North Carolina. He also called on his fellow members of the 2004–05 basketball team to release their university transcripts because, in his opinion, "the truth is there in the transcripts" regarding bogus classes.
University officials contacted McCants via mail and text message in the days following ESPN's initial interview with McCants, because McCants expressed "knowledge of potential NCAA rule violations involving the University of North Carolina," according to a letter signed by the athletics director of compliance. However, McCants had not responded as of July 7, nor had he discussed his claims with the NCAA, according to the Associated Press.
After winning the championship, McCants declared his eligibility for the 2005 NBA Draft, and was selected 14th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves. His college teammates, Marvin Williams, Raymond Felton, and Sean May were also selected in the draft. During his first two years as a pro, McCants was bothered by injuries and did not play up to the expectations of fans. He had a lot of expectations going into the 2007–08 season, and on a young Timberwolves squad, he started the season as a rotation regular, and broke into the starting lineup halfway through the season.
As of January 2008, Rashad had posted career-highs through his third season, with 34 points against the Denver Nuggets on January 4, 2008, 8 rebounds against the Miami Heat on January 8, 4 steals against the Seattle SuperSonics on December 29, 2007, and getting 6 assists five times. On December 26, 2008, he hit a career-high 7 three-pointers in a Wolves win over the New York Knicks.
On February 19, 2009, McCants was sent to the Sacramento Kings along with Calvin Booth for Shelden Williams and Bobby Brown. McCants then signed with the Houston Rockets in September 2009, but had his contract retracted on the second day of the training camp. The Rockets General Manager said McCants presented with an abdomen problem and would not be able to participate in the camp, though he also said he would still consider McCants down the track once healthy.
In October 2010 the Dallas Mavericks signed McCants to their training camp roster. However, he was released only after a few days. He was then signed by the Mavericks' NBA Development League associate, the Texas Legends.
In 2012, the Powerade Tigers of the Philippine Basketball Association acquired him as their import for the Governors Cup. However, despite playing his usual game, he was not able to help the Tigers win their first two games and was released afterwards.
On January 24, 2013, McCants was acquired by the Texas Legends. He was waived by the Legends in February 2013. On November 2013, he was announced by the Brazilian club Uberlândia Tênis Clube for 2013–14 NBB season. He debuted on January 5, 2014 against São José Basketball.
McCants' sister, Rashanda McCants of the WNBA's Tulsa Shock, played for the University of North Carolina women's basketball team that went to the Final Four in 2006 hosted in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. Rashanda used the same number, 32, as Rashad used at UNC. She also followed her brother's footsteps as a professional basketball player when she became a WNBA player on April 9 of 2009. Coincidentally, she was drafted by the Minnesota Lynx and started her professional career in the same city where her brother did.
- All-ACC First Team: 2003–04
- All-ACC Third Team: 2004–05
- All-ACC Rookie Team: 2002–03
- Parade All-American: 2001–02
- McDonald's All-American: 2001–02
- New Hampshire Player of the Year: 2000, 2001
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|
- NBA.com : Rashad McCants Bio Page
- "McCants Compares UNC Basketball To Job, Prison". WRAL-TV. October 19, 2004. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
- Parsons, Keith (October 19, 2004). "McCants: 'I love North Carolina'". Associated Press. Retrieved July 30, 2014. Original AP wire title: "McCants Says He Likes Being at Carolina"
- Delsohn, Steve (June 6, 2014). "UNC's McCants: 'Just show up, play'". ESPN. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
- Kane, Dan (May 4, 2012). "Report finds academic fraud evidence in UNC department". The News & Observer. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
- Pickeral, Robbi (December 20, 2012). "UNC probe reveals academic fraud". ESPN. Retrieved August 8, 2014.
- "Williams: McCants doesn't ring true". ESPN. June 8, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
- "McCants: 'All I know is the truth'". ESPN. June 11, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
- "UNC reaches out to McCants". News & Observer. July 7, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
- "UNC asks McCants to meet over academic allegations". Associated Press. July 7, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
- Iverson nets 33 as Nuggets cruise past Timberwolves
- NBA.com : Rashad McCants Career Stats Page
- Timberwolves end 13-game skid, hand McHale first win as coach
- "KINGS ACQUIRE RASHAD McCANTS AND CALVIN BOOTH". NBA.com. 2009-02-19. Retrieved 2009-02-19.
- Rockets sign former Tar Heels star McCants. Retrieved on September 24, 2009.
- Windhorst, Brian. "Another strong summer-league effort by J.J. Hickson keeps Cleveland Cavaliers coaches smiling". Cleveland.com. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
- "SIG Strasbourg officially signs Rashad McCants". Sportando.net. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
- "Rashad McCants, SIG Strasbourg part ways". Sportando.net. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
- Niubball - Teams
- RASHAD MCCANTS RETURNS TO THE LEGENDS
- 2012-13 Transactions
- "Nova estrela no NBB" [New star in the NBB]. LNB.com.br. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
- "Sem desistir" [Not giving up]. LNB.com.br. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
- The Asheville High, Class of 73, Current Photos
- AP All-ACC Men's Basketball Squads :: McCants, Hodge, Pickett, Duhon and Gray earn spots on First Team
- Howard Unanimous Selection For First-Team All-ACC :: Duke's Jones, Maryland's Blake, NC State's Hodge and Clemson's Scott also earn first-team honors
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