Josh Boone (basketball)
Oscar Joshua Boone (born November 21, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Illawarra Hawks of the National Basketball League (NBL). A 6'10" power forward-center, he played three years of college basketball for Connecticut. He declared for the 2006 NBA draft after his junior season, forgoing his final year of college.
|No. 3 – Illawarra Hawks|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|Born||November 21, 1984|
Mount Airy, Maryland
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||237 lb (108 kg)|
|High school||South Carroll|
|NBA draft||2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23rd overall|
|Selected by the New Jersey Nets|
|2006–2010||New Jersey Nets|
|2010–2012||Zhejiang Golden Bulls|
|2014||San Miguel Beermen|
|2017||Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Born in Mount Airy, Maryland, he attended South Carroll High School in Sykesville, Maryland, where he averaged 20 points, 14.4 rebounds and seven blocked shots per game. He teamed with Indiana-bound Marshall Strickland to lead South Carroll to a 20–6 record. In his junior year, the team tied Governor Thomas Johnson High School for the league championship. South Carroll then lost in the regional semi-finals to top-ranked Paint Branch High School. The next year, he helped lead the team to only the school's second ever state final four appearance, losing to Gwynn Park in the final four. After graduating, he attended West Nottingham Academy (a small college prep school) in Colora, Maryland, averaging 28 points, 16 rebounds and 9.7 blocks per game.
Boone played college basketball for Connecticut and was named to the Big East All-Rookie Team. Started 37 of 38 games at power forward. Averaged 5.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks, and shot .554 from the field, for NCAA Champion Huskies. Scored nine points in both Final Four games, and grabbed 14 rebounds in National Semifinal win over Duke. Averaged 8.0 points and 11.3 rebounds in three Big East Tournament games. Set a Big East Tourney record for rebounds in a game by a freshman with a career-high 16 boards in quarterfinal win at Notre Dame. In the Huskies season opener vs. Yale, became the 12th freshman under Jim Calhoun to start the season opener.
Big East Defensive Player of the Year and All-Big East Second Team selection. Named NABC and USBWA All-District First Team. Started all 31 games at center. Averaged 12.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.9 blocks. Recorded a double-double in 11 games. He registered 18 points and 15 rebounds in 75–70 loss to Boston College. Scored a career-high 22 points and 8 blocked shots in the December 30, 2004 win over Quinnipiac. He topped his career-high with nine blocks, along with seven points and eight rebounds, in win over St. John's on February 5, 2005.
All-Big East Honorable Mention and NABC All-District Second Team selection. Started 32 of 34 games at the power forward position. Averaged 10.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks. He had eight double-doubles on the season. Tallied 13 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in a 98–92 Sweet 16 win over Washington on March 24, 2006. Had 12 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks in a narrow 75–74 win over Notre Dame on February 21, 2006. Recorded 17 points and 15 rebounds in a 66–53 win at South Florida on March 1, 2006.
Boone was picked 23rd overall in the 2006 NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets. He was picked right behind former UConn teammate, Marcus Williams who was also selected by the Nets. During the 2006 Pepsi Pro Summer League in Orlando he led the league in rebounding (9 rpg) and was 2nd in blocked shots (1.67 bpg).
After the summer league he underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder and was expected to be out for 4–6 months, however he returned much earlier. Boone made his NBA debut December 2, 2006, against the Philadelphia 76ers, playing 2 minutes. Suffering the effects of the injury and missing the pre-season training, Boone had an inconsistent but promising rookie season.
Boone averaged 4.2 points per game, 2.80 rebounds per game and 0.3 blocks per game during his rookie season. On December 26, 2006, he had a season-high of 12 rebounds against the Detroit Pistons, a game in which he played 30 minutes, the most he had played hitherto. Boone had a then career-high 21 points on 10-for-10 shooting, while grabbing six rebounds on March 24, 2007, against the Charlotte Bobcats in Charlotte. The following game, on March 28 against the Indiana Pacers, Josh eclipsed his previous career-high by scoring 22 points on 11-for-13 shooting. He also posted his first double-double by grabbing 10 rebounds.
In late December 2007, Boone earned a spot in the starting lineup. He replaced Jason Collins as the starting center and contributed immediately, putting up a double-double almost every night. During the month of January, Boone was the target of a "Hack-a-Shaq" by Golden State Warriors coach Don Nelson, in which a player is intentionally fouled repeatedly to take advantage of his poor foul shooting. That season, Boone was second-worst in the NBA in free-throw percentage among players with at least one hundred attempts, at 45.6%
Boone would see fewer minutes with the Nets, in part due to his free throw shooting. His accuracy at the line continued to deteriorate, as he hit 37.6% in 2008–09 and 32.8% in 2009–10. Only one player in the league with at least ten attempts had a lower percentage, Andris Biedrins, who made four of twenty-five attempts.
On January 17, 2013, Boone was acquired by the Iowa Energy of the NBA D-League. On January 26, after he had played in only two games, it was announced that Boone would miss the rest of the 2012–13 season with a knee injury.
On March 22, 2014, Boone was re-acquired by the Iowa Energy.
On February 21, 2017, Boone signed with the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions of the ASEAN Basketball League. He helped the Long Lions win the championship after they defeated the Singapore Slingers in the ABL Finals.
NBA career statisticsEdit
|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||Bold||Career high|
- "Notre Dame vs. Connecticut - Game Recap - March 11, 2004 - ESPN". ESPN.com.
- "Boston College vs. Connecticut - Game Recap - January 5, 2005 - ESPN". ESPN.com.
- "Quinnipiac vs. Connecticut - Game Recap - December 30, 2004 - ESPN". ESPN.com.
- "St John's vs. Connecticut - Game Recap - February 5, 2005 - ESPN". ESPN.com.
- "Washington vs. Connecticut - Game Recap - March 24, 2006 - ESPN". ESPN.com.
- "Notre Dame vs. Connecticut - Game Recap - February 21, 2006 - ESPN". ESPN.com.
- "Connecticut vs. South Florida - Game Recap - March 1, 2006 - ESPN". ESPN.com.
- "2007-08 Regular Season NBA Player Stats and League Leaders - Free-Throws - National Basketball Association - ESPN". ESPN.com.
- Dwight Howard to China? Josh Boone's scouting report Chris Sheridan, ESPN.com, July 22nd, 2011.
- "NBA Development League: Energy Sign Former NBA 1st Round Pick Josh Boone". NBA.com.
- "NBA Development League: JOSH BOONE OUT FOR SEASON WITH INJURY". NBA.com.
- June Navarro. "San Mig Coffee Mixers capture PH Cup crown".
- "Energy Acquire Josh Boone".
- Erik. "Josh Boone joins Al Manama". Court Side Basketball News.
- "Gulf Daily News » Sports News » Manama claim league crown".
- "Josh Boone signs with Kalev/Cramo". Sportando. 9 September 2015.
- "BC Khimki signed with Josh Boone".
- "Karsiyaka adds big man Josh Boone". Eurohoops.net. August 2, 2016. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
- Pinar Karsiyaka and Josh Boone officially part ways
- "JOSH BOONE UNITES WITH MELBOURNE". MelbourneUtd.com.au. December 24, 2016. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
- Josh Boone inks with Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions
- JOSH BOONE IS BACK
- "Melbourne Re-Sign Championship Duo". NBL.com.au. August 14, 2018. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
- "Josh Boone Signs with the Illawarra Hawks". NBL.com.au. May 21, 2019. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
- Josh Boone at nba.com
- Josh Boone at fiba.com
- "Melbourne & Boone – A hopeful love story" at nbl.com.au
- "Former NBA big-man Josh Boone re-signs with Melbourne United" at foxsports.com.au
- "Josh Boone: An Experienced Man" at nbl.com.au
- Josh Boone on Twitter