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Todd Fuller
Position(s) Power forward/center
Jersey #(s) 52, 35
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 255 lb (116 kg)
Born July 25, 1974 (1974-07-25) (age 35)
Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA
Career information
Year(s) 1996–2001
NBA Draft 1996 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11
College North Carolina State University
Professional team(s)
Career stats (NBA and/or ABA)
Points     833
Rebound     674
Assists     46
Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Career highlights and awards

Todd Douglas Fuller (born July 25, 1974 in Fayetteville, North Carolina) is an American professional basketball player who was selected by the Golden State Warriors with the 11th overall pick of the 1996 NBA Draft. Fuller was taken ahead of Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Peja Stojakovic, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Jermaine O'Neal, all of whom became NBA All-Stars. He played in five NBA seasons from 1996-2001 for the Warriors, Utah Jazz, Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat averaging 3.7 ppg. This has led many sports sources to include Fuller on NBA draft lottery "bust" lists.[1][2][3] He also played six seasons overseas, on pro teams in: Spain[4], Poland[5] Greece,[6] and Australia.[7]

Fuller played collegiately at North Carolina State University (NC State) and led the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in scoring during his senior year with 20.9 ppg and 9.9 rpg. He was an Academic All-American, and declined to accept a Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford in order to play professional basketball. He was also inducted in to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from NC State.[8] Fuller is also a frequent public speaker.[9]

On July 4, 2006, it was announced that Fuller had been signed by the South Dragons of the Australian National Basketball League to play in the team's inaugural season.[10] At a press conference on October 23, 2006 it was announced that coach Mark Price and Fuller had both been released from the South Dragons. Price recruited Fuller as the team's first import player.[11][12] Fuller averaged 18 points and 9 rebounds per game in his five games with the South Dragons, while shooting 63% from the floor and 70% from the free throw line.[7]

Fuller sponsors the annual mathematics competition for Raleigh, North Carolina area high school students through North Carolina State University called the "Todd Fuller Math Competition."[13] He has a scholarship fund set up through the North Carolina State University Physical and Mathematical Sciences (PAMS) college.[14]

North Carolina State University honored Todd Fuller by hanging his number 52 jersey from the roof of the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina during a halftime ceremony of the Red and White basketball scrimmage game on October 27, 2007.[15]

Fuller is also known for his strong Christian beliefs including abstinence from sex before marriage.[16] He is also a FAA certificated instrument-rated private pilot[17] and lives in Charlotte with his wife, the former Elizabeth “Libby” Shaw, who is an elementary school teacher.[18][19]

Fuller is a frequent global traveler for volunteer events. He participated in the Australian National Baptist Basketball Carnival – an annual youth sporting event held each year in Australia – during January 2008 in Tasmania.[20] He spent three weeks in the Federated States of Micronesia in June 2008, on a volunteer mission to train basketball players to become coaches who in turn helped train islander youth. The team included Dr. Richard Dankworth of the University of the Nations[21], a frequent supporter of sports youth development in the South Pacific, and former professional basketball player David Wood.

Fuller also serves on the Airport Advisory Committee for Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.[22] He is also a mathematics tutor for Charlotte area math students.[23]

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