Adrian Oliver

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Adrian Oliver
Adrian Oliver in 2016.JPG
Adrian Oliver attends a San Jose State game in 2016.
Personal information
Born (1988-03-31) March 31, 1988 (age 29)
Modesto, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school Modesto Christian
(Modesto, California)
NBA draft 2011 / Undrafted
Playing career 2011–2015
Position Shooting guard
Career history
2011 Aris
2011–2012 Reno Bighorns
2014 Taranaki Mountainairs
2014–2015 Fuerza Regia
2015 Mineros de Caborca
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× First-team All-WAC (2010, 2011)

Adrian McClinton Oliver (born March 31, 1988) is an American professional basketball player. He played college basketball for the University of Washington from 2006 to 2007 and San Jose State University from 2008 to 2011.

Early life[edit]

Born in Modesto, California, Oliver was raised by his single mother and grandparents after his father left the family when he was seven.[1] Of mixed African American and Mexican American descent,[2] Oliver graduated from Modesto Christian High School in 2006. He was a two-time, first-team all-state player who averaged 25.5 points as a senior and 26.1 points as a junior.[3] Oliver's uncle, Allen Oliver, coached the Modesto Christian team while he played there.[4]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Adrian Oliver
Modesto, California Modesto Christian HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) May 23, 2005 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 8 (PG); 6 (school)   Rivals: 15 (PG); 81 (national); 11 (CA); 7 (school)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career[edit]

University of Washington[edit]

Turning down scholarship offers from Gonzaga and Kentucky, Oliver attended the University of Washington from 2006 to 2007.[5] At Washington he played in 38 games including 12 starts and averaging 4.7 points in 32 games in 2006–07, and 2.8 points in 6 games in 2007. Oliver was part of the recruiting class which included 2006 NBA draftee Spencer Hawes, who was a first round pick by the Kings.[6]

On December 4, 2007, Oliver announced that he would leave Washington for personal reasons; his mother and stepfather could not move to Seattle.[6] In a 2010 interview with Metro Silicon Valley, Oliver revealed that he transferred to SJSU because he received a phone call stating that his grandparents were ill.[1] Oliver first learned about SJSU only one day before he visited the campus. Under NCAA rules, Oliver sat out of the basketball team for one year after transfer until December 2008.[1]

San Jose State[edit]

At San Jose State, Oliver reunited with Amateur Athletic Union teammate Justin Graham.[5] Oliver majored in sociology, with a concentration in criminology.[7][8]

On December 20, 2008, Oliver debuted for San Jose State and scored 27 points in an 89–78 victory against Northern Colorado.[9] On November 20, 2009, Oliver and his San Jose State team visited Oliver's former school Washington for a game; the Spartans lost 80–70.[10] That game was the first and only time Oliver would play against his former team.[11]

Averaging 22.5 points per game, Oliver was tied for fifth nationally with Devan Downey of South Carolina among the leading college basketball scorers of 2009–10.[12] SJSU ended the 2009–10 season with a 14–17 record after being 12–8 at one point in February 2010; SJSU coach George Nessman commented, "That hit Adrian harder than anybody" and "Adrian always has been a really competitive kid, but he's really owning the team's results now."[13] With his high scoring statistics, Oliver was seen as a key to SJSU having its first winning basketball season in nearly 20 years.[5]

On January 26, 2010, Oliver won the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week Award from the U.S. Basketball Writers Association for games ending the week of January 24, 2010.[14] He was also selected as WAC Preseason Player of the Year prior to the 2010–11 season.[15] During the summer before his senior season with the Spartans, Oliver worked with a personal trainer and played pickup basketball in Las Vegas, Nevada with NBA players like Chuck Hayes, who attended Modesto Christian High.[13]

When San Jose State beat Oregon 75–72 on November 20, 2010, that was the first time SJSU beat a Pac-10 team since 1992.[13] Prior to that game, Oliver had 1,066 career points, the 10th-highest all-time total among Spartans men's basketball players.[15] By December 2010, Oliver became the Spartans' lead scorer, having scored 34 points in the season opener 67–60 victory against Eastern Washington and 35 points in an 80–77 victory over UC Riverside. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Oliver was the top scorer of all San Francisco Bay Area college basketball players.[4]

In the 2011 WAC Men's Basketball Tournament, eighth-place San Jose State beat fifth-place Hawaii 75-74 after Oliver scored a jumper with 5 seconds left.[16] The Spartans then defeated fourth-place Idaho 74-68. However, in the semifinal game, San Jose State lost to first-place Utah State 58-54. Oliver missed a potentially game-winning three-pointer with eight seconds remaining in the second half, and Tai Wesley made two free throws to seal the victory.[17] San Jose State finished 2010–11 with a 17-15 record including 5-11 in regular season WAC play.

Professional career[edit]

Oliver went undrafted in the 2011 NBA draft. On August 25, 2011, he signed a two-year deal with Aris B.C. of Greece.[18][19] In October 2011, Oliver scored 16 points in Aris' 80–59 Greek Basketball Cup loss to defending Greek Cup champions, Olympiacos B.C..[20] In November 2011, he left Aris after appearing in just three league games.[21]

On December 10, 2011, Oliver signed with the Sacramento Kings.[22] He played one minute in a preseason game on December 17 against the Golden State Warriors, recording one rebound. He was later waived by the Kings on December 21, 2011.[23] On December 28, 2011, Oliver was acquired by the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League.[24] On January 11, 2012, he was waived by the Bighorns due to injury.[25] Oliver averaged 6.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game with 39.3% field goal shooting in five games with Reno.[26]

On November 1, 2012, Oliver was reacquired by the Bighorns.[27] In Reno's one preseason game, a 111-103 win over the Idaho Stampede, Oliver recorded 8 points and 1 assist.[28] On November 21, 2012, he was waived by the Bighorns.

On August 8, 2013, Oliver signed with Stelmet Zielona Góra of Poland for the 2013–14 season.[29][30] However, he was released by Stelmet a month later due to a range of injuries.[31]

In November 2013, Oliver joined the South Houston Assault of the American Basketball Association to attend their training camp.[32]

In March 2014, Oliver signed with the Taranaki Mountainairs for the 2014 New Zealand NBL season.[33] On May 10, 2014, he recorded a franchise-high 42 points in a 126–90 win over the Super City Rangers.[34][35] On June 9, 2014, he was released by the Mountainairs due to injury and clashes with management.[36][37]

On August 22, 2014, Oliver signed a one-year deal with Fuerza Regia of the Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional.[38] He made just one appearance for the team in 2014–15, scoring six points on February 21, 2015 against Gansos Salvajes.[39] Later that year, he had a three-game stint with Mineros de Caborca.


  1. ^ a b c Akeley, Joey (November 10–16, 2010), "Sharp Shooter", Metro Silicon Valley, 26 (35), p. 77 
  2. ^ Twitter update 147432239825829889
  3. ^ "Adrian Oliver Profile". Archived from the original on November 16, 2010. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Kroner, Steve (December 10, 2010). "Adrian Oliver thinks, therefore he scores". San Francisco Chronicle. pp. B7. 
  5. ^ a b c Tafur, Vittorio (February 17, 2010). "What Spartans ask, get from Oliver: more". San Francisco Chronicle. pp. B3. 
  6. ^ a b Condotta, Bob (December 5, 2007). "Oliver leaves Washington to play closer to his home". The Seattle Times. Retrieved February 17, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Adrian Oliver". San Jose State Spartans. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. 
  8. ^ "A few minutes with Adrian Oliver". San Jose State Spartan Hoops. September 9, 2010. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  9. ^ "San Jose St. 89, N. Colorado 78". Associated Press. December 20, 2008. Retrieved February 19, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Pondexter posts career-high 30 as No. 14 UW wallops San Jose St.". Associated Press. November 20, 2009. Retrieved February 19, 2011. 
  11. ^ Allen, Percy (November 18, 2009). "Adrian Oliver gets one more game at Hec Ed". The Seattle Times. Retrieved February 19, 2011. 
  12. ^ "NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Player Scoring Per Game Statistics - 2009-10". ESPN. Retrieved February 17, 2011. 
  13. ^ a b c Emmons, Mark (December 9, 2010). "San Jose State basketball: Adrian Oliver can deliver stats, but can he produce wins?". San Jose Mercury News. Archived from the original on February 11, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Oliver Adds National Player Of The Week Award". San Jose State University Athletics. January 26, 2010. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved February 17, 2011. 
  15. ^ a b Bellamy, Ron (November 20, 2010). "Ducks will take their shot at stopping WAC's top gun today". The Register-Guard. Retrieved February 17, 2011. 
  16. ^ "San Jose St. 75, Hawaii 74". Associated Press. March 9, 2011. Retrieved March 11, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Utah State fights off San Jose State for spot in WAC final". Associated Press. March 11, 2011. Retrieved March 11, 2011. 
  18. ^ "ARIS BC seals the deal with Adrian Oliver". August 25, 2011. Retrieved August 27, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Adrian Oliver is a new rookie for Aris Thessaloniki". August 25, 2011. Retrieved August 27, 2011. 
  20. ^ Greek Cup, eighthfinals: October 12, 2011
  21. ^ "Adrian Oliver Europe Stats". Retrieved July 15, 2016. 
  22. ^ Kings sign Lawrence Hill and Adrian Oliver
  23. ^ Kings Waive Lawrence Hill and Adrian Oliver
  24. ^ Bighorns Acquire Adrian Oliver
  25. ^ 2011-12 Transactions
  26. ^ NBA Development League Stats – Adrian Oliver
  27. ^ "RENO BIGHORNS ANNOUNCE 2012-13 TRAINING CAMP INVITEES AND COACHING STAFF". November 1, 2012. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 
  28. ^ NBA Development League: Stampede at Bighorns Game Info
  29. ^ "David Barlow, Adrian Oliver signs with Stelmet Zielona Gora". August 8, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  30. ^ "STELMET ZIELONA GORA lands scorer Oliver". August 9, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Adrian Oliver poza Stelmetem". (in Polish). September 16, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 
  32. ^ South Houston Assault set their 2013-14 Training Camp Roster
  33. ^ Mountain Airs Recruit New Imports
  34. ^ "Three in a row for Braimoh". May 15, 2014. Archived from the original on May 18, 2014. 
  35. ^ Player statistics for Adrian Oliver
  36. ^ Airs dump import Oliver
  37. ^ Steep climb remains for Taranaki Mountain Airs
  38. ^ Adrian Oliver signs with Fuerza Regia Monterrey
  39. ^ Fuerza vs Gansos

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