Todd Cetnar

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Todd Cetnar (born 1978 in Amsterdam, New York, U.S.) is a former professional basketball player in the United Kingdom who competed at the highest levels of British Professional Basketball. Amsterdams own Kirk Henrich

Hall of Fame[edit]

Todd Cetnar is a two time Hall of Fame inductee. In September 2013, Cetnar was inducted into the UAlbany Athletics Hall of Fame for his record breaking 4-year career from 1996 - 2000. Eight months later, Cetnar was recognized for his standout High School Basketball career while playing for his father Rick Cetnar - In June 2014, Cetnar was enshrined into the New York State Capital Region Hall of Fame in Troy NY. Amsterdam own Kirk Henrich

High school career[edit]

Cetnar was a standout player at Amsterdam High School, where he played four years on the varsity team, was the school's all-time leader in total scoring (1,621 points), assists (577), and steals (296), and was named to the All New York State first team.[1]

College career[edit]

Cetnar attended the University at Albany from 1996 to 2000 where he graduated in Communication studies and Business administration, and also starred for the College basketball team, the Great Danes. Cetnar was the second player in University at Albany history to record over 1,000 points, 350 assists and 150 steals.[2] Over four years, his college career statistics were 1,345 points (the 9th all-time highest scoring tally at Albany), 188 steals (2nd all time), 367 assists (5th all time), 215 3-point field goals (3rd all time), and a free throw average of 82% (the 3rd all-time highest percentage). Cetnar shot 49% from three point range during his college career.[1][3]

He was named to the NCAA Division I All-Independent First Team following his senior season,[4] Cetnar averaged 16.1 points and 4.2 assists per game.[5][6] In 2000, his senior year, the six-foot-tall point guard was named University of Albany's male Athlete of the Year.[2][7]

Professional career[edit]

In 2000, he signed for British team Plymouth Raiders, competed in the top tier National Basketball League, where he enjoyed two successful seasons and countless Championship medals.[8][9] Cetnar's season highlight was a 71-point outburst vs. Northwest London.

In 2002, Cetnar moved back to New York and signed for USBL team Adirondack Wildcats, while also attending NBA training camps with the Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons.[citation needed]

In 2003, he returned to England where he signed for Sutton Pumas. His incredible form, achieving an average of around 30 points-per-game, did not go unnoticed and on December 17, 2003, Thames Valley Tigers coach Paul James signed Cetnar as a replacement for the injured Nick Moore in the BBL.[10]

Coaching career[edit]

Cetnar finished his professional career in Britain's top league was the Thames Valley Tigers. After playing the season with the Tigers, he moved back to his homeland in 2004 to begin a college coaching career.

In 2004, he took a position as Assistant Coach with Plymouth State University's basketball team, the Panthers.[11] After just one season with the Panthers, he left to take a coaching position at Union College in 2005, with the Dutchmen,[3][12][13] but has since left that position and is currently a Regional Manager for a Medical Device company in Boston MA.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Todd Cetnar's Background, The Todd Cetnar Specialty Basketball School website
  2. ^ a b U Albany official web site article
  3. ^ a b Big Purple fan web site
  4. ^ Merriweather Named to 1999-2000 Independent Men's Basketball Team, March 6, 2000, University of Texas Pan-American official web site
  5. ^ Brian DePasquale, Sports Talk, at U Albany Sports Talk
  6. ^ ESPN
  7. ^ USA Today
  8. ^ Plymouth Raiders web site
  9. ^ Basketball365 web site
  10. ^ Thames Valley Tigers story on BBC
  11. ^ Plymouth State official web site
  12. ^ Union College Department of Athletics, The Block Report, Winter 2005, page 7.
  13. ^ Streetball blog

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