Ronnie Fields

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Ronnie Fields
Shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1977-02-28) February 28, 1977 (age 37)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school Farragut Academy
(Chicago, Illinois)
NBA draft 1998 / Undrafted
Pro career 1996–2012
Career history
La Crosse Bobcats 1997–1998
Rockford Lightning 1998–1999, 2002–2005
Pennsylvania Valley Dawgs 1999–2000, 2003–2004
Tanduay Rhum Masters 1999
Grand Rapids Hoops 2000
Chicago Skyliners 2000–2002
Florida Sea Dragons 2001–2002
Guaros de Lara 2003, 2007
PAOK Thessaloniki 2003
Trotamundos de Carabobo 2004–2006
Delfines de Miranda 2004
Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir 2005
Blue Stars (Lebanon) 2006
Minot Skyrockets 2007

Ronnie Fields (born February 28, 1977) is a retired American professional basketball player.

High school[edit]

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Fields played at Farragut Academy in Chicago from 1992–1996 and was a teammate of Kevin Garnett during the 1995 season.[1] Fields had a (reported) 50-inch vertical leap. ESPN HS regards him as the best freshman in the country for the 1992–93 season.[2] He was a 3-time Parade All American selection (1994–96). He was also the first sophomore to ever play in the "Best of the Best" game at the Nike All American camp in 1993, a game that featured future NBA MVP'S Allen Iverson and Kevin Garnett, and High School Player of the Year award winners Ron Mercer and Jerod Ward.

After Garnett was drafted in 1995, Fields, in his senior year, led his squad to an 11-1 record in the Chicago Public League with per-game averages of 32.4 points, 12.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 4.5 blocks, 4 steals, and 4.5 dunks a game. He became a consensus First Team All American (Parade, USA Today, McDonald's), putting him in the company of future NBA players Mike Bibby, Jermaine O'Neal, Tim Thomas, and Kobe Bryant.[3]

Fields broke his neck in a car accident on February 26, 1996, one week before the city playoffs. After undergoing surgery to repair a fractured bone in his neck, he had to wear a protective halo while healing. He left high school as the third all-time leading scorer in Chicago Public League history with 2,619 points. His high school teammates include Willie Farley (94), Kevin Garnett (95) and Michael Wright (98).

After being recruited by Joey Meyer, Fields signed a letter of intent at DePaul University in his hometown but was later ruled academically ineligible and denied admission. A few months later, Fields pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of sexual abuse,[4] which led to a probation.[5]

He declared himself eligible for the 1996 CBA Draft and was selected in the 7th round (73rd overall) by the LaCrosse Bobcats. He also declared for the 1997 NBA Draft but later withdrew his name. Fields was eligible for the 1998 NBA Draft but went undrafted.

Fields also suited up as an import in the Philippine Basketball Association for the Tanduay Rhum Masters. He has also played in Venezuela, Turkey, Lebanon, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Greece. Fields also played in the ABA, reuniting with Joey Meyer in the 2000-2001 season with the Chicago Skyliners. He also spent four seasons with the Rockford Lightning as the team' starting guard. In November 2008, Fields returned to play basketball in the CBA for the Minot SkyRockets, signing as the starting shooting guard. The 32-year old Fields averaged 21.4 points, 4.9 assists, and a league-leading 2.7 steals a game in his last full season.[6]

Player profile[edit]

Ronnie Fields is known to be a strong scorer near the basket, but although he had improved other parts of the game over time, such as passing, court vision, and defense, he continued to struggle with outside shooting. His CBA career exploits include leading the league in steals several times, being the only player in the history of the CBA to lead the league in both scoring and steals in two consecutive seasons, back-to-back scoring championships, and ranking sixth all-time with over 6,000 career points.

Personal life[edit]

While in eighth grade, he worked at the Taste of Chicago passing out pizzas for the well known pizzeria Lou Malnati's. Fields now mentors and trains youth at the Farragut Academy.[7]

Fields is the subject of the documentary, “Bounce Back: the Ronnie Fields Story.” He lives in Westmont and has a daughter named Lisa Ann. He also gives talks as a motivational speaker.[8]

Awards[edit]

ABA Finalist -01
USBL Champion -01
CBA American Conference Regular Season Champion -03
All-CBA 1st Team -03, 04
CBA All-Star Game -03, 04, 06
USBL Finalist -03
USBL Eastern Division Champion -03
USBL All Tournament Team -03
CBA Semifinals -04
South American Championships for Clubs Finalist -04
Venezuelan LPB All-Star Game -05, 07
Venezuelan LPB Runner-Up -05
Venezuelan LPB Semifinals -05
All-CBA 2nd Team -06
Lebanese Cup Semifinals -06
Lebanese League Semifinals -06
CBA American Conference Runner-Up -07
CBA American Conference Champion -08
Continental Basketball Association Runner-Up -08

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