|Dallas Mavericks – No. 90|
|Power forward / Center|
|Born||September 24, 1981
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||250 lb (113 kg)|
|High school||El Cerrito|
|Draft||4th overall, 2002
Orlando Magic (2003–2004)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2004–2008)
Chicago Bulls (2008–2009)
Sacramento Kings (2009)
San Antonio Spurs (2009)
Andrew Melvin "Drew" Gooden (born September 24, 1981 in Oakland, California) is an American professional basketball player with the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA. Gooden is a 6'10", 250 lbs. power forward from the University of Kansas.
Before Gooden played the center position at El Cerrito High School, he attended Bloomington High School in Bloomington, Illinois for a half semester in his freshman year. After going back to California, he, as a senior, led his Gauchos to the 1999 California Interscholastic Federation Boys Division III championship game. Washington Union High School (led by NBA guard DeShawn Stevenson) won the championship game over El Cerrito HS by a score of 77–71.
Gooden joined Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich in a trio of fabulous freshmen for the 1999–2000 season. Although at times Gooden was frustrated with the way things were going his freshman year, he finally adjusted to coach Roy Williams' system.
In his freshman year, KU went 24–10 and lost to the Duke Blue Devils in the second round of the 2000 NCAA Basketball Tournament. The next season, the Jayhawks went 26–7 and fell to the Illinois Fighting Illini, coached by future KU coach Bill Self, in the 2001 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen.
His most successful season was 2002, where he led the nation in rebounding and was named NABC national player of the year. The Jayhawks went 33–4, including 16–0 in Big 12 Conference play to win KU its first conference championship since 1998. The Jayhawks advanced to their first Final Four in the 2002 NCAA Tournament since 1993; however, they lost to the eventual national champion Maryland Terrapins in the semifinal.
For being named NABC player of the year for 2002, Gooden's jersey (#0) was retired in 2003, at halftime of a KU home game with Kansas State in what would have been his senior year had he not foregone his senior year for the NBA.
As a professional, Gooden has established himself as a solid power forward, consistently bringing down double digit numbers in points and rebounds. He is considered a good guy on and off the court, and was named a "Good Guy in Sports" by The Sporting News.
After the Carlos Boozer controversy, the Cleveland Cavaliers needed another power forward. On July 23, 2004 Cleveland obtained Gooden, Anderson Varejao, and Steven Hunter for Tony Battie and two second-round draft picks from the Orlando Magic via trade.
On February 21, 2008, at the 2007–08 season's trade deadline, Gooden was traded by the Cavs (along with Larry Hughes, Cedric Simmons, and Shannon Brown) to the Chicago Bulls as a part of a three-team, 11-player deal involving the Seattle SuperSonics.
On March 1, Gooden was bought out of his contract making him a free agent after playing just one game for the Kings.
On July 25, 2009, Gooden posted a message on his Twitter page that said "Dallas Here I Come!!!" Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, reposted Gooden's tweet, adding "Welcome Drew.. !". On July 30, Gooden officially signed with the Mavericks.
Gooden is half Finnish; his father, Andrew Gooden, met Drew's mother, Ulla, while playing pro basketball in Äänekoski, Finland. Gooden's parents divorced later on, and he stayed with his father in California, US. Gooden enjoys playing the piano.
At the beginning of the 2006–07 season, Gooden appeared with a patch of hair on the back of his head. He refers to this hair style as a "duck tail." Gooden said, "It is drawing a lot of attention...One thing I've found out is even negative publicity is good publicity. At least I had the (guts) to do it." He claims women love it: "I went from getting compliments to now being sexy."
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