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Anthony Thomas Stover (born June 1, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the San Diego Waves of The Basketball League (TBL).

Anthony Stover
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Stover in 2017
APOP Paphos
PositionPower forward / Center
League[Cyprus]
Personal information
Born (1990-06-01) June 1, 1990 (age 29)
Pasadena, California
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High schoolWindward School
(Los Angeles, California)
CollegeUCLA (2010–2012)
NBA draft2012 / Undrafted
Playing career2012–present
Career history
2012–2013Los Angeles D-Fenders
2013–2014Tokyo Cinq Rêves[1]
2015Rochester Razorsharks
2015–2018Saint John Mill Rats/Riptide
2018St. John's Edge
2018Halifax Hurricanes
2019–presentSan Diego Waves
Career highlights and awards

He competed for two seasons at UCLA before his dismissal from the program. Stover has played in multiple leagues during his pro career, including the NBA D-League.

Early life and careerEdit

Stover was born on June 1, 1990, in Pasadena, California to Craig and Rena Stover.[2] His father played basketball collegiately for Pepperdine University and Stover's younger brother, Nick, played for South Alabama.[3] He first attended Renaissance Academy near his hometown, averaging 10.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 7.4 blocks per game as a junior. Stover then moved to Windward School in Los Angeles, where he played basketball and volleyball.[2] He won the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Division V basketball title as a senior in 2009.[4] In his final season, he earned all-state honors and averaged 14.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 9.5 blocks per game.[2] Stover left Windward as California's second-best center, as stated by Rivals.com. ESPN rated him the 33rd-best center of his class.[5][2] He was ranked a four-star recruit by Scout.com and 247Sports.com.[6][7]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Anthony Stover
C
Los Angeles, CA Windward School 6 ft 9.25 in (2.06 m) 211.75 lb (96.05 kg) Oct 3, 2009 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN grade: 88
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 77, 12 (Center)   Rivals: 144 (C)  247Sports: 90, 9 (C)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "UCLA 2009 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  • "2009 UCLA Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  • "2009 Player Commitments – UCLA". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  • "2009 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2016-10-11.

College careerEdit

Stover played two years in college for UCLA. He was negatively profiled in a February 2012 Sports Illustrated article, which stated that he partnered with Reeves Nelson to erode team unity as a freshman and did not take practices seriously, often shooting free throws one handed or fading away.[8] As a sophomore, he posted averages of 0.5 points and 1.5 rebounds in 28 games, recording 8.4 minutes per contest. His 1.4 blocks per game were a team high. In August 2012, he was dismissed from the team for failing to meet eligibility requirements. Coach Ben Howland said in a statement. "We are very disappointed that Anthony has not met his academic requirements. We had high expectations for him, and we were looking forward to getting increased contributions from him during this coming season."[9]

Professional careerEdit

After departing UCLA, Stover joined the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League and subsequently played for a Japanese squad.[3] In 2015, Stover played for the Rochester Razorsharks in the Premier Basketball League, helping the team to a 17–0 record and league title.[10]

Although he could have made more money elsewhere, Stover signed with the Saint John Mill Rats of the National Basketball League of Canada (NBL) due to the possibility of winning a championship.[11] Stover was named NBL Canada Player of the Week on February 7, 2016, after averaging 13 rebounds and six blocked shots in three games for the Mill Rats.[12] At the end of the season he was named Defensive Player of the Year after setting a league single season record with 132 blocks.[13] On October 6, 2016, Stover re-signed with the Mill Rats, since renamed the Saint John Riptide, for the following season.[14]

On January 17, 2018 Stover was traded by the Riptide to the Niagara River Lions in exchange for a 1st-round pick in the 2018 NBLC Draft.[15]

Stover failed to make an appearance for Niagara before being traded again on February 20, 2018 to the St. John's Edge for future considerations.[16]

On September 12, 2018, Stover signed with the Halifax Hurricanes of the NBL Canada.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://stats.basketballnavi.com/player.pl?pl_id=48
  2. ^ a b c d "Anthony Stover Bio". UCLA Bruins. Retrieved October 11, 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  3. ^ a b "Introducing Nick Stover". South Alabama Jaguars. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  4. ^ Stephens, Mitch (March 20, 2009). "California: CIF Boys Championship Friday – Eisenhower, Windward Roll". MaxPreps. Retrieved October 11, 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  5. ^ "Anthony Stover". ESPN. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  6. ^ "Anthony Stover". Scout.com. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  7. ^ "Anthony Stover". 247Sports.com. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  8. ^ Dohrmann, George (March 5, 2012). "Special Report: Not the UCLA Way". SI.com. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  9. ^ "Anthony Stover dismissed from UCLA". ESPN. August 6, 2012. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  10. ^ DiVeronica, Jeff (March 28, 2015). "Crouch sparks RazorSharks to repeat as PBL champion". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  11. ^ Cacciola, Scott. "It's Like the N.B.A., Minus the Money, Fame and Fans". The New York Times. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  12. ^ "Anthony Stover Named NBLC Player of the Week". National Basketball League of Canada. February 7, 2016. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  13. ^ "Anthony Stover Named NBLC Defensive Player of the Year". Saint John Mill Rats. February 7, 2016. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  14. ^ "Anthony Stover Returns for Second Season!". Saint Rats. October 6, 2016. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  15. ^ "Former NBL Canada Defensive Player of the Year, Anthony Stover, Traded to River Lions". NBLCNET. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  16. ^ "Edge Acquire Anthony Stover, Sign Xavier Ford". St. John's Edge. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  17. ^ "Hurricanes add NBLC veteran Anthony Stover to their roster". Halifax Hurricanes. September 12, 2018. Retrieved September 18, 2018.