Hobson in 2009 with New Mexico
|Hapoel Migdal Ha'emek|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
September 29, 1987 |
Las Vegas, Nevada
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (201 cm)|
|Listed weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
|High school||Decatur Christian (Decatur, Illinois)|
|College||Eastern Utah (2007–2009)
New Mexico (2009–2010)
|NBA draft||2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 37th overall|
|Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks|
|Pro playing career||2010–present|
|2011–2012||→Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League)|
|2013||Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League)|
|2014-present||Hapoel Migdal Ha'emek|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Darington O'Neal Hobson (born September 29, 1987) is an American professional basketball player that plays for Hapoel Migdal Ha'emek from the Israeli Liga Leumit. He played college basketball with the University of New Mexico Lobos men's basketball team. Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, Hobson attended five high schools and a junior college before finally becoming eligible to play Division I college basketball. Hobson was drafted in the 2nd round (37th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. Hobson was waived on December 2, 2010, due to injury. A year later, Hobson was re-signed by the Bucks for the 2011–12 season. He was waived again on February 3, 2012.
High school and junior college
Hobson attended Western High School in Las Vegas for his freshmen year, before moving to Houston, Texas to attend Alief Hastings High School. At fifteen he attended Gulf Shores Academy, earning his nickname of "Butta" through his pick-up play in Houston. He then moved to southern California and attended his fourth high school of Calvary Baptist Christian. Eventually, he finally moved to Decatur Christian in Illinois for prep school. At Decatur Christian, Hobson was prompted by his coach, Alan Huss, to take the ACT, where he passed. Hobson, rated a 4-star recruit by Scout.com, was coming off a season where he averaged 19 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. He still needed credit, and therefore attended the College of Eastern Utah, leading them to a 25–7 record where he averaged 15.2 points and 8.7 rebounds.
University of New Mexico
Upon coming to UNM, Hobson broke down and cried. "You always wished that you were there and playing on that level," Hobson said. "When I finally got there, I just sat in my room and just thanked God and cried for a couple of hours because I finally got to the place where I always wanted to get."
Virtually unknown coming into the season, the left-handed Hobson was the question mark in how successful UNM's season would be. The Lobos had players in Roman Martinez and Dairese Gary, but the 6'7" point forward JC transfer Hobson was the key to the year where the Lobos were picked fifth in the Mountain West Conference. He did not disappoint, being the first Lobo to ever lead the team in points, rebounds and assists in the regular season. In 2010, Hobson was awarded the Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, making him the only player to ever achieve both honors in the same year. He was also named to First-Team All-Mountain West. He was also one of twenty-six finalists for the John R. Wooden Award, which annually awards the most outstanding player in men's college basketball. On March 29, 2010, Hobson was named an Associated Press Third Team All-American, the first since Danny Granger in 2005.
Hobson had 30 points and 10 rebounds against Louisiana Tech on November 21, 2009, going 3 for 4 from behind the arc. He had 22 points and 15 rebounds against the California on December 2, 2009, only to best that with a 29-point, 12-rebound performance against San Diego St. on February 2, including a 56-footer at the first half buzzer. On February 23, Hobson was two points away from being only the second Lobo in UNM history to record a triple-double, with 8 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. In the 2010 Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, Hobson had 28 points and 15 rebounds en route to a 75–69 Lobos victory over the Air Force Academy.
|Games Played||Minutes/Game||Points/Game||Rebounds/Game||Assists/Game||Field Goal Percentage||3pt. Field Goal Percentage|
On April 13, 2010, it was reported that Hobson declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft while not hiring an agent, leaving the possibility of returning to college basketball a possibility. On May 8, 2010, Hobson declared for the 2010 NBA Draft, forfeiting his final year of eligibility at the University of New Mexico.
On June 24, 2010, Hobson was selected with the seventh pick of the second round (37th overall) by the Milwaukee Bucks.
On September 3, 2010, Hobson signed with the Bucks. After not playing during the preseason or during the regular season, he was waived on December 2, 2010 due to injury. He later re-signed with the Bucks for the 2011–12 season, but in February 2012, he was waived again.
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- Santa Cruz Warriors Claim Forward Darington Hobson
- NBA Development League Announced 2013 Expansion Draft Results