Strong shoots the ball in 2015
|Born||May 16, 1990|
|Listed height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Listed weight||162 lb (73 kg)|
|High school|| Fredrick Douglass |
|NBA draft||2013 / Undrafted|
|2013||Pee Dee Vipers (PBL)|
|2014–2015||Mississauga Power (Canada)|
|2015–2017||UJAP Quimper 29 (France)|
|2017–2018||Niagara River Lions (Canada)|
|2018–present||Windsor Express (Canada)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Omar Strong, Sr. (born May 16, 1990)is an American professional basketball player for the Windsor Express of the NBL Canada. In 2012–13, he was a senior at Texas Southern University and was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play (overtime) is mandated.
The Windsor Express is a Canadian professional basketball team based in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The Express are an expansion team of the National Basketball League of Canada that began play in the 2012–13 season. The Express play its home games at the WFCU Centre.
In United States education, a senior is a student in the fourth year of study.
Strong was born on May 16, 1990 and brought up in Baltimore, Maryland.
Strong attended Fredrick Douglass High School in Baltimore, Maryland.Playing the point guard position, he averaged 22 points, four assists and three steals per game as a senior in 2007–08. That year Frederick Douglass won the Baltimore city title. Strong was named to The Baltimore Sun All-Metro team in each of his final two seasons.
Frederick Douglass High School, established in 1883, is an American public high school in the Baltimore City Public Schools district. Originally named the Colored High and Training School, Douglass is the second-oldest U.S. high school created specifically for African American students. Prior to desegregation, Douglass and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School were the only two high schools in Baltimore that admitted African-American students, with Douglass serving students from West Baltimore and Dunbar serving students from East Baltimore.
The point guard (PG), also called the one or point, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. A point guard has perhaps the most specialized role of any position. Point guards are expected to run the team's offense by controlling the ball and making sure that it gets to the right player at the right time. Above all, the point guard must totally understand and accept their coach's game plan; in this way, the position can be compared to a quarterback in American football or a playmaker in association football (soccer). While the point guard must understand and accept the coach's gameplan, they must also be able to adapt to what the defense is allowing, and they also must control the pace of the game.
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Due to poor academic performance, Strong was unable to commit to a four-year college basketball program right out of high school.He enrolled at Cecil College, a junior college in Maryland, to work on his academics while also gain some playing experience at the next level. He played for Cecil in 2008–09, took one season off to focus solely on school, then re-joined the team in 2010–11. Numerous mid-major universities offered him scholarships after his second season at Cecil. Strong ultimately chose to play for the Texas Southern Tigers, citing "I think I'll have a better experience if I go away."
Cecil College is a community college in North East, Maryland, named for its location in Cecil County.
Mid-major is a term used in American NCAA Division I college sports, especially men's basketball, to refer to athletic conferences that are not among the so-called "Power Five conferences" (the ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-12, and SEC, in the Big East, or in the American Athletic Conference. These conferences are sometimes referred to as "high majors" by comparison. The term "mid-major" was coined in 1977 by Jack Kvancz, head coach of Catholic University's men's basketball team. Such a distinction is not officially acknowledged by the NCAA, nor does the NCAA use the terms "major" and "mid-major" to differentiate between Division I athletic conferences. It is considered offensive and derogatory by some fans and schools.
In 2011–12, his junior year, Strong led the Tigers in scoring.He guided them to the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Tournament championship game, where the winner gains an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament, but Texas Southern lost 71–69 to Mississippi Valley State; Strong scored 30 points in the loss. At the end of the season he was named to the All-SWAC Second Team.
The 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 7, 2011 with the and ended with the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament's championship game on April 2, 2012 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The tournament began with four first-round games on March 13–14, 2012 in Dayton, Ohio, US, followed by second and third rounds on Thursday through Sunday, March 15–18, 2012. Regionals games were played on Thursday through Sunday, March 22–25, 2012, with the Final Four played on Saturday and Monday, March 31 and April 2, 2012.
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The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) is a collegiate athletic conference headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, which is made up of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the Southern United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division I for all sports; in football, it participates in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), formerly referred to as Division I-AA.
Strong finished his collegiate career upon the conclusion of the 2012–13 season. He finished second in the conference in scoring with 17.0 points per game, made a school-record 120 three-pointers,and led the SWAC in free throw percentage (84.8%). The Tigers went 16–2 in conference games en route to being the regular season conference champion, and Strong was named the SWAC Player of the Year in addition to a First Team all-conference bid.
The 2012–13 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began in November with the 2K Sports Classic and ended with the Final Four in Atlanta, April 6–8.
In February 2014 Strong signed a contract with Bulgarian club Beroe.He scored a season-high 24 points in a game against Spartak Pleven. He appeared in 9 games throughout the season, averaging 14.7 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. He joined Mississauga Power of NBL Canada for the 2014–15 season. On January 11, 2015 Strong scored a career-high 44 points against the Island Storm, also setting the franchise record in scoring. In the same match Strong set a league-high for NBL Canada in three point shots making 11. In 29 regular season games, Strong averaged 18.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game on 32.7 minutes per game. On April 13, 2015, Strong was named Sixth Man of the Year of the NBL Canada. According to him, Mississauga Power head coach Kyle Julius "really saw something in him". He was named in the All-NBL Canada Second-team for the 2014–15 season. By the end of the 2014–15 season, he became the Power's all-time leader in three-pointers, with 148, passing Nick Okorie, who had 141.
On July 1, 2015, Strong signed with UJAP Quimper 29 of the Nationale Masculine 1 (NM1) in France.
Strong competes for Team City of Gods in The Basketball Tournament. He was a point guard on the 2015 team who made it to the semifinals, losing to Overseas Elite 84-71.
On February 6, 2018, Strong signed with the Windsor Express of the National Basketball League of Canada.
Strong is the father of Omar Strong Jr., for whom he planned to return to Baltimore while in college. He said, "It's just like I know what I came up from. I want him to have everything I didn't and much more. If I'm [struggling to get] through something, I just think about my son and get through it."Strong often uses his son for motivation and inspiration.
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