Lafayette playing for Žalgiris Kaunas
|No. 20 – Virtus Bologna|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
May 6, 1984 |
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
|Nationality||American / Croatian|
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school||Capitol (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)|
|NBA draft||2007 / Undrafted|
|2007–2008||Correcaminos UAT Victoria|
|2009–2010||Fort Wayne Mad Ants|
|2010–2011||Fort Wayne Mad Ants|
|2011–2012||Asseco Prokom Gdynia|
|2012||Anadolu Efes Istanbul|
|2015–2016||EA7 Emporio Armani Milano|
|Career highlights and awards|
Oliver Lafayette (born May 6, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for Virtus Bologna of the Lega Basket Serie A (LBA). Standing at 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m), he plays at the point guard and shooting guard positions.
High school and college career
Lafayette attended Capitol High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and led the basketball team to a 29–3 record his senior year. Lafayette attended first Blinn College and Brown Mackie College before transferring to the University of Houston. At Houston during his junior year, Lafayette started 30 of 31 games and earned 2nd team all Conference USA while finishing third in scoring in C-USA with a 15.7 points per game average. During his senior year in 2006–07, Lafayette averaged 14.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. He also majored in sociology.
Lafayette played with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants during the 2009–10 season in the NBA Development League. With the Mad Ants, the guard started 42 of 48 games and averaged 17.1 points, 6.5 assists and 1.8 steals in 35.3 minutes per game. On April 14, 2010, Lafayette signed with the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association and appeared in one game with the team in which he scored 7 points. According to research by STATS LLC, those 7 points are an NBA record for most points scored in a career of exactly one game played. Upon playing with the Celtics, Lafayette became the 23rd former Houston Cougar to play in the NBA.
In December 2010, Lafayette practiced with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, his former team. He was going to sign with the Mad Ants once he was officially released from Partizan Belgrade. After averaging 16.4 points per game with the Mad Ants, he signed a four-month contract with the Turkish team Beşiktaş. But due to health problems, his contract was dropped.
In January 2012, Lafayette signed with Anadolu Efes Istanbul for the remainder of the 2011–12 season. Later that year, he joined Žalgiris Kaunas. He signed with Valencia Basket in the offseason in 2013.
The Croatian Basketball Federation asked for permission to give Oliver Lafayette a Croatian citizenship for sports interest, which the Croatian Olympic Committee approved. Lafayette was awarded with a Croatian passport and represented Croatia at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
In the summer of 2017, Lafayette joined two-time The Basketball Tournament defending champion Overseas Elite. On August 3rd, 2017, Blair's team, Overseas Elite won its third straight The Basketball Tournament championship with a 86-83 victory over Team Challenge ALS on ESPN.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
|2007-08||Correcaminos UAT Victoria||Mexico LNPB||36||33.2||.458||.337||.745||4.8||5.1||2.3||.2||16.1|
|2009-10||Fort Wayne Mad Ants||48||35.3||.471||.381||.798||4.6||6.5||1.8||.1||17.1|
|2010-11||Partizan NiS||Serbian KLS||6||23.3||.433||.278||.769||4.0||4.2||2.2||.0||10.2|
|Fort Wayne Mad Ants||D-League||21||33.6||.421||.302||.857||4.2||3.6||2.0||.1||16.4|
|Maccabi Ashdod B.C.||Ligat HaAl||11||22.4||.407||.447||.630||2.1||2.9||1.5||.0||10.5|
|2011-12||Asseco Prokom Gdynia||VTB United League||10||22.6||.370||.161||.652||2.8||3.3||1.0||.0||7.0|
|Anadolu Efes S.K.||TBL||24||21.5||.462||.250||.938||2.5||2.5||1.0||.0||7.5|
|2012-13||BC Žalgiris||Lithuania LKL||16||17.0||.429||.479||.730||2.1||3.2||.9||.1||7.9|
|VTB United League||26||22.8||.424||.311||.814||2.5||3.5||1.3||.0||8.3|
|2013-14||Valencia BC||Liga ACB||40||21.6||.403||.325||.812||2.1||4.5||1.1||.0||7.9|
|2014-15||Olympiacos B.C.||Greek A1||31||17.6||.508||.357||.760||1.6||2.8||.8||.0||6.5|
- Oliver Lafayette Player Bio UH Cougars
- Celtics Sign Fort Wayne's Oliver Lafayette NBA.com, April 14, 2010
- Former Guard Oliver Lafayette Makes NBA Debut with Celtics on Wednesday uhcougars.com, April 15, 2010
- Partizan Mt:s grabs Lafayette at point guard
- Partizan: Lafayette out, Jerrells in
- Lafayette to return to Mad Ants roster news-sentinel.com, December 15, 2010
- Besiktas sign Oliver LaFayette
- Beşiktaş Cola Turka'da şok gelişme
- Maccabi Ashdod tabs Oliver LaFayette
- Asseco Prokom Gdynia lands Oliver Lafayette
- Anadolu Efes tabs Lafayette
- ZALGIRIS adds Lafayette, brings back Juskevicius
- VALENCIA BASKET lands Lafayette
- "Olympiacos announces Oliver Lafayette". Sportando.com. June 22, 2014. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
- "Olympiakos and Oliver Lafayette parted ways". sportando.com. 29 June 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
- "Un altro playmaker all'Olimpia: Oliver Lafayette". Olimpiamilano.com (in Italian). July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
- "Lafayette ya es jugador del Unicaja" (in Spanish). unicajabaloncesto.com. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
- "Unicaja adds point guard Lafayette". eurocupbasketball.com. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
- "7DAYS EuroCup Finals, Game 3: Unicaja Malaga is the champion!". Eurocupbasketball.com. 5 April 2017. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
- Virtus Bologna signs Oliver Lafayette
- "Croatian Olympic Committee - News". HOO.hr. June 26, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2014.
- "OVERSEAS ELITE COMPLETES THE 3-PEAT, DEFEAT TEAM CHALLENGE ALS 86-83". August 4, 2017. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
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