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Roy Hibbert
Roy Hibbert student.jpg
Indiana Pacers  – No. 55[1]
Center
Born December 11, 1986 (1986-12-11) (age 23)
Queens, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
Listed weight 278 lb (126 kg)
League NBA
Salary $1,575,360
High school Georgetown Prep,
North Bethesda, Maryland
College Georgetown University
Draft 17th overall, 2008
Toronto Raptors
Pro career 2008present
Awards Big East's pre-season player of the year, 2007
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Roy Denzil Hibbert (born December 11, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Indiana Pacers of the NBA. He plays the center position, and graduated from Georgetown University in 2008. He was drafted 17th overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors.

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Background

Roy Hibbert was born in Queens, New York to Roy, Sr. and Patty Hibbert. The family moved to Adelphi, Maryland when Roy was 2. Around that time, the New York Post states that his parents introduced him to basketball after they had "tried to get him to play tennis, then golf, then the piano."[2]

Hibbert attended Georgetown Prep in North Bethesda, Maryland. The team was coached by Dwayne Bryant, who had attended Georgetown University as a varsity basketball player. Bryant introduced the still-awkward Hibbert to the GU campus.[3] Hibbert helped make Georgetown Prep's Little Hoyas co-champions of the Interstate Athletic Conference in 2004.[4] Since Roy is an avid Pokémon fan, his teammates would often say "Power up big fella." to help him play harder.[5]

Hibbert was successfully recruited by Georgetown University coach Craig Esherick in 2003. However, Esherick was fired before Hibbert arrived on campus (Esherick's last season as coach went 13–15). John Thompson III was hired as the new coach. Hibbert joined the Hoyas as a "project," a player who had potential but was not yet ready for varsity.

Honors

Hibbert was named to the All-Big East Second Team in 2006 along with teammate Jeff Green.[6] In 2007, he and Green were unanimous selections to the All-Big East First Team, with Green earning Big East player of the year honors. The two led the Hoyas to victory in the 2007 Big East Conference Championship for the first time since 1989 against the Pittsburgh Panthers; Hibbert contributed a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.[7] Before the 2007–2008 season he was named Big East's preseason player of the year.[8] He was also named a preseason All-American along with the likes of Tyler Hansbrough, whose Tar Heels were upset by Hibbert's Hoyas in the Elite Eight of the 2007 NCAA Tournament.

Professional prospects

Hibbert had repeatedly said that he planned to play all four years and graduate from Georgetown, continuing the tradition of graduating Hoya centers such as Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, and Dikembe Mutombo. However, his performance in helping to lead the Hoyas to the 2007 Final Four catapulted him into lottery pick status. Hibbert declared his eligibility for the 2007 NBA Draft, but did not sign with an agent.[9] On May 23, 2007, Hibbert announced he would return to school for his senior season. Hibbert said of Georgetown, "My heart was here. ... I feel like I have unfinished business here."[10]

In the summer of 2007, Hibbert was the starting center on the U.S. squad at the Pan-American Games, Hibbert is also eligible to represent Jamaica due to him having ancestors from the island.

Following the Hoyas' upset loss to Davidson in the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament, Hibbert's collegiate career came to a close.

Hibbert was drafted 17th overall by the Toronto Raptors in the 2008 NBA Draft, and was then acquired by the Indiana Pacers in a multi-player deal for Jermaine O'Neal. Hibbert signed his rookie deal for about $1.2 million.

NBA career statistics

Legend
  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

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Indiana 70 42 14.4 .471 .000 .667 3.5 .7 .3 1.1 7.1
Career 70 42 14.4 .471 .000 .667 3.5 .7 .3 1.1 7.1

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