Kimani Ffriend

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Kimani Ffriend
No. 31 – Dynamic Belgrade
Position Center
League Basketball League of Serbia
Personal information
Born (1977-07-29) July 29, 1977 (age 39)
Kingston, Jamaica
Nationality Jamaican
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
College DeKalb (1997–1998)
Gulf Coast CC (1998–1999)
Nebraska (1999–2001)
NBA draft 2001 / Undrafted
Playing career 2001–present
Career history
2001–2002 Greenville Groove
2002 Trotamundos de Carabobo
2002 Dynamo Moscow
2002–2003 Beijing Shougang Ducks
2003 Gigantes de Carolina
2003–2004 Reflex
2004–2005 Hapoel Jerusalem
2005 Casti Group
2005–2006 Beşiktaş Cola Turka
2006–2007 Incheon ET Land Black Slamer
2007–2008 Brose Baskets
2008 Paris-Levallois
2008–2009 Mersin
2009–2010 Apollon Limassol
2010 Panteras de Miranda
2010 Cangrejeros de Cartagena
2010–2011 Bornova Belediye
2011–2012 Hamyari Shahrdari Zanjan
2012 Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada
2012 Metalac Valjevo
2015–2016 Jagodina
2016 OKK Beograd
2017–present Dynamic
Career highlights and awards

Kimani Ffriend (born July 29, 1977) is Jamaican professional basketball player for Dynamic of the Basketball League of Serbia. He plays at the center position.

College career[edit]

Ffriend played NCAA college basketball with the Nebraska Cornhuskers from 1999 to 2001. Prior that, Ffriend attended Gulf Coast Community College and DeKalb College.

Professional career[edit]

Ffriend started his professional career with the Greenville Groove of the National Basketball Development League (NBDL) in the 2001–02 season.

Jamaican national team[edit]

Ffriend won the gold medal at the 2009 FIBA CBC Championship with the Jamaican national team.

Off the court[edit]

In the early morning hours of Saturday, 3 November 2012, Kimani Ffriend hit a 29-year-old woman with his car in downtown Belgrade at the intersection of Francuska Street and Cara Dušana Street, killing her instantly. According to the reports, the basketball player was driving under the influence, with 0.98 of alcohol in his blood as determined via a breathalyzer test administered by the police.[1] Twenty-nine-year-old victim Nevena Dragutinović was with her twin sister when she was struck by Ffriend with his Škoda Fabia and killed. Her sister was taken to the emergency center in a state of shock. The accident happened around 4:20 a.m. CET. Ffriend told the police that he had tried to avoid a taxi that was in the right lane, that he had therefore swerved into the left lane and hit the victim. Ffriend left the Valjevo-based Metalac basketball club on the same day earlier, as he was supposed to transfer to Spanish CB Valladolid.[2]

On 5 November 2012, an investigative judge from the Higher Court in Belgrade ordered Ffriend detained for 30 days due to a "possibility of the suspect fleeing the country".[3]

On 5 September 2014, the Belgrade Higher Court found Ffriend guilty of committing a "severe act against public traffic safety" and sentenced him to 3 years in prison along with a 2-year ban on operating motorized vehicles.[4]


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