Topic: Abdul Gaddy
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November 1, 2013 at 5:54 PM
Former Washington Huskies guards Scott Suggs and Abdul Gaddy found a home in the NBA Development League.
Suggs was taken in the first round (15th overall) in the D-League draft on Friday by the Santa Cruz Warriors, which is the minor league team for the Golden State Warriors.
Meanwhile, Gaddy was picked 10th in the second round by the Iowa Energy, which is the D-League affiliate for the Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans and Washington Wizards.
Suggs missed three games last season with a foot injury, but he started 31 of 31 contests and averaged 12.2 points, which was second on the team.
The Warriors value perimeter shooting and they were enamored with the 6-6, 195-pound wing who shot 40.1% from the 3-point line for his career. He was 38.7 percent on three-pointers last season.
Gaddy, a four-year starter, played in 118 games at UW. He averaged 7.7 points, 4.0 assists and 2.4 rebounds during his college career. He put together his best scoring last season averaging 10.9 points. Gaddy spent a few weeks in training camp with the Charlotte Bobcats.
Other Pac-12 players taken in the draft:
— Arizona’s Grant Jerrett …………. 1st round, 1st pick ………… Tulsa
— Arizona’s Kevin Parrom ……….. 2nd round, 16th pick …. Rio Grande Valley
— USC’s Eric Wise …………………….. 3rd round, 1st pick …….. Iowa
— UCS’s Marcus Johnson ………… 3rd round, eighth pick … Iowa
— Oregon’s Joevon Catron ………… 4th round, 3rd pick ……. Springfield
— Arizona’s Salim Stoudamire ….. 5th round, 13 pick ……… Fort Wayne
October 10, 2013 at 1:01 PM
The Charlotte Bobcats waived Abdul Gaddy and Troy Daniels, which cuts the roster to 16 players.
Both point guards were training camp invites considered long shots to make the team.
Gaddy, an undrafted rookie, played on Charlotte’s summer league team. He appeared in four games and started once. He averaged 14.5 minutes and had a 17-point outing in the third game.
Gaddy was one of six Bobcats who did not play in the team’s 87-85 exhibition loss to Atlanta on Tuesday.
At Washington, Gaddy ranks second on the school’s all-time assist list with 469. He overcame a season-ending knee injury during his sophomore year in 2010-11 and did well to come back and never miss a game the next two seasons. He was a two-time captain who averaged 10.9 points, 4.6 assists and 3.2 rebounds last season as a senior.
Gaddy career averages: 7.7 points, 4.0 assists and 2.4 rebounds.
However, considering the hype that surrounded him before he arrived at Washington, he didn’t live up to his many expectations. After his senior year at Tacoma’s Bellermine Prep, Gaddy was selected a McDonald’s and Parade Magazine All-American. He was also considered the second-best point guard in the nation that year by Scout.com.
Before finishing at Washington, Gaddy said he had no regrets about his basketball career.
August 19, 2013 at 5:00 PM
Had a chance to re-connect with former Washington guard Abdul Gaddy last Friday at the Jamal Crawford Summer Pro-Am. He scored 14 points on 7-for-13 shooting and had eight rebounds and five assists.
Gaddy played on a team that included Cleveland Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving and Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green, the former Sonics rookie.
Here’s the interview.
(How has your summer been?) “It’s been good.”
(Why?) “Playing basketball. No school, but playing basketball. And enjoying myself.”
(Where did you play this summer? I saw you were in Las Vegas.) “I did Vegas with the (Charlotte) Bobcats in the summer league.”
(How was that?) “It was good. It was fun. It was a new experience and I enjoyed myself.”
(What did you take away from that experience?) “Just how to handle myself as a professional. I know a lot of things that coach Romar taught me in school helps me at that level. But it was fun.”
(And from there?) “I came back here (Seattle) and I’ve been working here. Working out with Jamal and those guys every week. Jamal, Will Conroy and B-Roy (Brandon Roy). It’s been fun. Just getting better and enjoying playing basketball.”
July 24, 2013 at 3:07 PM
Seven former Washington Huskies competed in the NBA summer leagues that concluded in Las Vegas and Orlando. Here’s a rundown on how they fared.
Terrence Ross, Toronto (1st round pick, 2012)
Stats (Las Vegas): 12.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 3.4 turnovers, 24.8 minutes in five games
Shooting: 22-52 FG (42.3%), 3-13 3FG (23.1%), 16-18 FT (88.9%)
Best game: 17 points, 8 rebounds vs. Denver
Comment: Started every game. One of the featured players for the Raptors. However, he finished fourth in scoring. It’s the same old story with Ross. Athletically he’s one of the most dynamic players on the court, but he didn’t dominate like many believe he should. Still new Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri is being patient with Ross.
Tony Wroten, Memphis (1st round pick, 2012)
Stats (Las Vegas): 12.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 3.8 turnovers, 1.5 steals, 31.7 minutes in six games
Shooting: 20-89 FG (25.3%), 5-30 3FG (16.7%), 28-45 FT (62.2%)
Best game: 23 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds vs. Washington
Comment: One of three players who started every game for Memphis, which was 2-4. Played more minutes than anyone else. Needed to show he can run an team and make perimeter shots. Some NBA observers believe he was the biggest disappointment this summer. Averaging more turnovers than assists is never good. And shooting 25 percent from the field isn’t great. Had three games where he attempted at least 11 FTs.
Justin Holiday, Philadelphia (underafted 2011)
Stats (Orlando): 9.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.5 rebounds, 25.3 minutes in four games
Shooting: 12-38 FG (31.6%), 6-17 3FG (35.3%), 7-12 FT (58.3%)
Best game: 11 points, 8 rebounds vs. Brooklyn
Comment: Last year Holiday led the Sixers in scoring at the Orlando NBA summer league. He wasn’t as good this year, but he was in a different role. Philadelphia has a good idea about Holiday, who was in the Sixers training camp and finished the season with the team last season.
Jon Brockman, New Orleans (2nd round, 2009 Portland)
Stats (Las Vegas): 5.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 24.0 minutes
Shooting: 12-29 FG (41.4%), 0-0 3FG (0%), 5-6 FT (83.3%)
Best game: Nine points, 10 rebounds vs. New York
Comment: After spending last season in France, Brockman returned to a NBA setting and showed he’s the same player he was before last year’s bizarre eye injury that led to his release from Houston. It remains to be seen if he’ll stick with the Pelicans or get a chance with another team. Brockman started every game this summer and was second on the team in rebounding.
Abdul Gaddy, Charlotte (undrafted 2013)
Stats (Las Vegas): 5.3 points, 0.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.8 turnovers, 14.5 minutes in four games
Shooting: 7-15 FG (46.7%); 0-1 3FG (0%); 7-9 FT (77.8%)
Best game: 17 points, 1 assist: vs. D-League Select
Comment: Made one start. Charlotte wanted to look at a lot of players, which helps explain why Gaddy missed two games. In fairly limited minutes, he may have won an invitation to a NBA training camp.
Scott Suggs, Milwaukee (undrafted 2013)
Stats (Las Vegas): 3.8 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 15.6 minutes in five games
Shooting: 8-23 FG (34.8%), 2-10 3FG (20.0%), 1-3 FT (33.3%)
Best game: 10 points, 2-2 3FG vs. Nuggets
Comment: Missed his first eight three-pointers in four games, which isn’t a good thing for a spot-up shooter. If Suggs isn’t making perimeter shots, then he’s a non-factor because he doesn’t contribute much in other areas. Suggs wrote a first-person account of his NBA summer league experience for the Missourian.com.
Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Chicago (undrafted 2011)
Stats (Las Vegas): 3.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 1.4 turnovers, 15.2 minutes in five games
Shooting: 5-19 FG (26.3%), 0-0 3FG (0%), 6-14 FT (42.9%)
Best game: Nine points, 3 rebounds vs. Dallas
Comment: His stats were modest, but Bryan-Amaning made two memorable plays in the summer league against the Mavericks. He made one start when he played 39 minutes and finished with just five points on 1-for-8 shooting, nine rebounds and five blocks. Also had two games where he played fewer than seven minutes.
April 6, 2013 at 3:08 PM
When a chance to impress professional scouts is on the line, old college rivalries die quickly and new alliances easily are formed.
That’s a lesson Abdul Gaddy and Aziz N’Diaye will learn next week when they participate in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.
Here’s a look at the rosters of the eight teams and how the 64 players were dispersed among the eight-man squads.
— N’Diaye and Washington State’s Brock Motum are paired together on a team coached by former Sonic Ruben Patterson.
— Gaddy and Oregon Arsalan Kazemi will team together.
— Perhaps the team to beat is a squad led by former Washington star Eldridge Recasner. His team includes: Peyton Siva, the Louisville star and former Franklin High standout, Oregon’s Tony Woods, Kansas’ Travis Releford, Indiana’s Christian Watford and Syracuse’s James Southerland.
— Oregon’s E.J. Singler is teaming with former Washington player Elston Turner, who starred at Texas A&M.
— UCLA’s Larry Drew II is on a team with Colorado State’s Colton Iverson.
— Arizona’s Mark Lyons appears to have a nice squad that includes BYU forward Brandon Davies and D.J. Seeley of Cal-State Fullerton.
— Arizona State’s Carrick Felix is one of nine Pac-12 players in the tournament.
— Former Arizona guard Lamont ‘MoMo’ Jones is one of the stars on a team led by former NBA great Antoine Walker.
March 18, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Here’s a quick interview (video above) with Washington senior guard Abdul Gaddy before he boards a bus with the team for a flight to Provo, UT. The sixth-seed Huskies face No. 3 BYU in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament on Tuesday.
Gaddy believes UW’s experience in the NIT gives it an edge.
March 17, 2013 at 8:26 PM
Here’s comments gathered by the University of Washington from players talking about Tuesday’s first round game at BYU in the National Invitation Tournament.
(What was this day like for you? Were you confident? Nervous? “I was confident that we were going to get in. I wasn’t too worried about it.”
(When you saw BYU pop up on the screen what was your initial reaction?) “I actually called it two days ago that we would be playing at their place, so I wasn’t too shocked. I was shocked that it actually happened but I was ready for it I guess.”
(Are you close to anybody on that team?) “Yes. I played AAU with Tyler Haws and pretty much the whole team was my rival high school team.”
(What are your thoughts on returning home?) “It will be good to see some people, but as far as playing I know it’s going to be pretty hyped from their side of things.”
(What kind of crowd are you expecting to see there?) “A pretty big crowd – knowing that I’m coming home again and that I’ll be playing Haws again, there were a lot of battles between us in high school. It will be pretty big.”
(What are your thoughts on continuing your college career?) “I’m just excited to be able to keep playing. I wish things would have turned out differently in the Pac-12 tournament but nonetheless we’re able to keep playing. We have another chance to win something.”
(Were you nervous coming in to today?) “Yeah. I didn’t know if we were going to make it. There were a lot of good teams that didn’t make the (NCAA) tournament that we knew were going to be in this. Fortunately we were selected.”
(At this stage does it matter who you are playing or where you are playing?) “It doesn’t matter who we play. Where ever we go we will be prepared to play our hardest. I’m just excited to get another opportunity to play.”
(Do you know anything about BYU?) “I’ve seen them play a few times. Haws is one of their main guys and they have Carlos Delfino. A few of the guys know him.”
(What are your initial thoughts on continuing your career?) “We live to play another day. We’re just going to have to go out there and play hard and continue keep on going.”
(Does it matter right now who the opponent is or where you are playing?) “The point is to just keep playing – home or away. It does not make any difference. I just want to keep my career going as long as possible.”
(Any thoughts on BYU?) “It’s C.J.’s hometown. That’s all I know and that he’ll be glad to play them.”
March 3, 2013 at 5:37 PM
Here’s video (above) of the post-game interview with Washington players following their 72-68 win over Washington State.
(How would you summarize the start of the second half and how you were able to rally?) “Defense. We started to get stops. We knew once we took care of the ball on the offensive end we could get good shots.”
(Do these wins against WSU mean anything more than any other win?) “I think it means more to the fans. You take it more personal because it is a Washington school. Us as players, we want to win any game. I don’t think it means anything more than wins we have had before. We want the fans to enjoy themselves. We take pride in trying to go out there and play hard each game.”
(Can you talk a little about Scott and how him playing better is opening up things for other players?) “Me being the quarterback on the floor, you got to have two wide receivers ready to catch the ball. When Scott gets going the defense has to focus more on him, Then CJ gets more wide open. And we got guys like Shawn scoring and Aziz. It just opens up the floor that much more for everyone else.”
(What did try to do against Brock Motum?) “To be real physical with him. My teammates helped me a lot, calling out screens early. When we know what’s going on, on defense, and they call out screens early I can get through them easier. Just being physical and determined; not letting him touch the ball.”
(Was this one of the games where you were just feeling it?) “I’m still not hitting threes. Just being aggressive definitely helps.”
(Did you feel in a better rhythm earlier? Did the week off help you or hurt you in any way?) “I felt like I was in more of a rhythm. I practiced the last few days so that definitely helps. That’s the main thing. Sitting out and then coming in at full speed is tough to do. So just having reps in practice definitely helps me.”
(You guys started off 4-0 and are now 8-8. How close are you to where you thought you would be?) “After the 4-0 start this isn’t where we thought we would be. We knew we had a lot of tough games coming up and we dropped the ball on some games that we should have won. So that kind of sets us back. We are trying to get hot at the right time. We want to take these last few games and get in a rhythm and take it as far as we can.”
February 20, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Here’s video (above) of post-game comments from Abdul Gaddy following Washington’s 70-52 defeat at No. 12 Arizona.
(On coach Lorenzo Romar’s reaction to the game) “Coach was just trying to get up fired up. He gets caught up in the game and he’s an emotional guy; he wears his emotions on his sleeves. We were trying to fire ourselves up, they were just playing well and coach was trying to give us life. That’s what a good coach tried to do, get his team fired up and try to turn it around.”
(General game thoughts) “We didn’t scrap enough tonight. Arizona was rebounding and pushing and we weren’t organized on transitions. I think on the half court we did well, but we let them get too many fast breaks and rebounds.”
(What was the difference in the game?) “Arizona is an explosive team. They hit us in the last five minutes of the first half and in the first two minutes of the second half they took their lead from eight to 14. They just took off. We let them get going and it was all downhill from there. We need to be able to get locked in for a full 40 minutes on guard and start guarding better.”
February 16, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Here’s video (above) of Washington players following their 72-62 win over Oregon State.
(On his game today) “It’s better than what it’s been. There are still some shots that I usually make that didn’t go down, but I’ll take it. The whole time I just try to stay confident and know that I’m going to make the next few in a row, just staying aggressive. Romar made it a point to give it to me early and I was able to get good looks.”
(On closing out games) “We’ve been in those positions before, when the game has been close. We’ve always known what to do, and sometimes we don’t execute it but tonight we took care of it.”
(On the win) “We can’t get too happy about it because they are an 11th place team, but we’ll take it to get off that losing streak. It just feels good to finally get one and get off that streak.”
(On the offensive game) “Sometimes we tend to forget stuff on offense and sometimes we try to force things in transition. We make sure that we knew that if we didn’t have anything in transition, we’re going to run a set or try to get it to our offense and make sure to get a good shot every time.”
(Focusing off of the Oregon game) “We went into the locker room ourselves. We just talked with each other. We know that we dug ourselves in a hole and the main thing was to come out here and play as hard as we can and just get it done. We knew we had Oregon State coming up. We got the win tonight, so now we’re focusing on Arizona and trying to get another one on the road. They are a very tough team so we have to dominate.”
(On Jernard Jarreau) “I told him to] stay ready. He hasn’t been playing the last couple of games. At practice I told him ‘We need you no matter what. You don’t have to play the last five games but stay ready no matter what and when you’re time comes be prepared’. Today, he played really good and I’m really happy for him.”
(On Jarreau’s jumper) “That is his game. He’s a very good player because he’s so tall and with his size, he can knock down that shot and he can handle it. He can even run our offense if he really wanted to – that’s how skilled he is at his size. That’s why I always tell him to stay ready and that you’re one of the better players on this team. No matter what happens on that floor, stay ready when you get in.”