David Thorpe (basketball)
|David B. Thorpe|
Thorpe (center) with Tyrus Thomas (left) and Luol Deng (right) in June 2008.
|Occupation||Executive Director, Pro Training Center Clearwater, FL|
Thorpe got his start as a high school assistant coach. He then went into personal training in the early-to-mid 1990s, training some of Florida's top high schoolers. As his work began to include more collegiate and professional players, he started the Pro Training Center.
His students over the years have included: Udonis Haslem (Miami Heat), Kevin Martin (Minnesota Timberwolves), Luol Deng (Cleveland Cavaliers), Tyrus Thomas (Charlotte Bobcats), Courtney Lee (Boston Celtics), Earl Clark (New York Knicks), Jrue Holiday (New Orleans Pelicans), DeJuan Blair (Dallas Mavericks), Rob Kurz (Chicago Bulls), Nick Calathes (Memphis Grizzlies), Daniel Santiago (Efes Pilsen, Turkey), Marc Salyers (Roanne, France), Corey Brewer (Minnesota Timberwolves), Joakim Noah (Chicago Bulls), Omri Casspi (Houston Rockets), Yi Jianlian (Dallas Mavericks), Curtis Jerrells (San Antonio Spurs), Tony Gaffney (Boston Celtics), Reggie Williams (Charlotte Hornets), Gal Mekel (Dallas Mavericks).