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Eric Boateng

Eric Boateng
Great Britain in 2012.
Center
Personal information
Born (1985-11-20) 20 November 1985 (age 28)
London, England
Nationality British
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 257 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High school St. Andrew's School
(Middletown, Delaware)
College Duke (2005–2006)
Arizona State (2007–2010)
NBA draft 2010 / Undrafted
Pro playing career 2010–present
Career history
2010–2011 Idaho Stampede (D-League)
2011 Austin Toros (D-League)
2011–2012 Peristeri (Greece)
2012–2013 Phantoms Braunschweig (Germany)

Eric Yamoah Boateng (born 20 November 1985) is a British professional basketball player. He is a former college basketball player with the Arizona State Sun Devils men's basketball team. He attended high school at St. Andrew's School in Middletown, Delaware. Boateng committed to Duke University out of high school, but transferred after one season to Arizona State. He is also a member of the senior men's Great Britain national basketball team.

High school career

Eric Boateng attended high school at St. Andrew's School in Middletown, Delaware, where he averaged 19.6 points, 13.6 rebounds and 4.6 blocked shots a game.[1] Boateng was named Delaware high school player of the year by the Delaware Sportswriters & Broadcasters Association, and earned national recognition that included Gatorade State Player of the Year, 4th Team,[2] and garnering the ranking of the 3rd best center for the 2005 recruiting class, behind only Andrew Bynum and Amir Johnson.[3]

Boateng received scholarship offers from Boston College, Georgetown, Michigan, UCLA, Villanova, and Duke. He eventually committed to attend Duke.[4]

McDonald's All American Game

After his high school career, Boateng was added to the 2005 McDonald's All-American Boys Game roster.[5] Boateng played for the East squad, for whom he grabbed 6 rebounds, and had an assist, in 10 minutes.[6]

College career

Boateng played four years of NCAA's Division I basketball between 2005 and 2010. After spending his freshman year at Duke, Boateng transferred to Arizona State. Due to NCAA rules, Boateng was forced to sit out a year before playing his final 3 seasons. As a senior, Boateng scored a career-high 24 points on 11-of-11 shooting against Stanford on 25 February 2010, tying school and Pac-10 records for highest field-goal percentage in a conference game, minimum of 10 shots taken. Boateng added six rebounds and three assists.

"He wouldn't let us lose," ASU coach Herb Sendek said. "I'm so happy for him, because he's had an uphill climb to be in this place, to enjoy this moment."[7]

College statistics

Season Averages
Season Team G PTS REB AST STL BLK FG% 3P% FT% MIN TO
2005-06 Duke Blue Devils 20 .7 .6 .1 .1 0 .857 .000 1.0 2.5 .3
2006-07 Arizona State Sun Devils Did not play (transfer rules)
2007-08 Arizona State Sun Devils 34 3.9 2.6 .2 .1 .3 .615 .000 .365 1.6 1.2
2008-09 Arizona State Sun Devils 31 1.8 2 .2 .2 .2 .615 .000 .409 8.2 .3
2009-10 Arizona State Sun Devils 33 8.8 7.2 .9 .6 .8 .665 .000 .542 27.1 2.1
Totals: 29.5 3.8 3.1 .35 .25 .325 .688 .000 .579 12.35 .975

Professional career

NBA

After going undrafted in the 2010 NBA draft, Boateng joined the New York Knicks for the 2010 NBA Summer League, where he averaged 3.6 points per game and 3.2 rebounds per game. His performances impressed the Denver Nuggets, who signed him to play in their pre-season squad. Through 5 games with the Nuggets, Boateng averaged 1.6 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per game, including a career high 10 rebounds in a win against the Los Angeles Clippers. He was the last player cut by the Nuggets before the start of the 2010–11 NBA season.[8]

NBA D-League

Boateng was selected by the Idaho Stampede in the 2010 NBA D-League draft.[9] On February 2, 2011, Boateng was traded to the Austin Toros, in a three team trade.[10] He made his debut for the team on 3 February, playing 11 minutes against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Greece

In November 2011, Boateng signed with the Greek Basket League team Peristeri.[11] Boateng was sidelined in January 2012 with a calf injury.[12]

Germany

In 2012, he joined Phantoms Braunschweig of the BBL for the 2012–13 season.

Second NBA stint

On September 25, 2013, Boateng signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.[13] However, he was waived on October 9.[14]

International career

Boateng made his debut for Great Britain against Finland in 2006, maintaining his place in the squad ever since. Boateng began 2011 in great form, winning the MVP of the tri-test series with the Netherlands and Nigeria. He followed this up with some solid performances in the London Prepares Olympic test event, averaging almost 6 points per game against world class opposition.[15] Boateng was then selected to be part of the British national team that competed in the 2011 EuroBasket championship in Lithuania.[16] His best game came at EuroBasket 2011 was a career-high 7 rebounds and 4 points, in 25 minutes against Turkey.

References

External links

  • NBA.com Profile
  • Eurobasket.com Profile
  • FIBA.com Profile
  • Greek Basket League Profile
  • German League profile
  • ESPN.com College Stats
  • Arizona State College Basketball Profile
  • Photo Gallery: Eric Boateng, High School Basketball Star

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