Pete Mickeal

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Pete Mickeal
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Mickeal wearing the jersey of FC Barcelona.
Minnesota Timberwolves
Position Scout
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1978-02-22) February 22, 1978 (age 40)
Rock Island, Illinois
Listed height6 ft 6.5 in (1.99 m)
Listed weight240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school Rock Island (Rock Island, Illinois)
NBA draft 2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 58th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Playing career2000–2017
Position Small forward
Career history
2000–2001 Tampa Bay ThunderDawgs
2001–2002 Kansas City Knights
2002 Talk 'N Text Phone Pals
2003–2004 Peristeri
2004 Dynamo Moscow
2004–2005 Makedonikos
2005–2006 Breogán
2006–2007 Daegu Orions
2007–2009 TAU Cerámica
2009–2013 FC Barcelona
2014 UCAM Murcia
2014 Cangrejeros de Santurce
2015 Bucaneros de La Guaira
2015–2017 Atenas de Córdoba
Career highlights and awards

Fenton Pete Mickeal (born February 22, 1978) is an American former professional basketball player, currently serving as an NBA scout for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round, with the 58th pick of the 2000 NBA draft.

Basketball team sport played on a court with baskets on either end

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In professional sports, scouts are experienced talent evaluators who travel extensively for the purposes of watching athletes play their chosen sports and determining whether their set of skills and talents represent what is needed by the scout's organization. Some scouts are interested primarily in the selection of prospects, younger players who may require further development by the acquiring team but who are judged to be worthy of that effort and expense for the potential future payoff that it could bring, while others concentrate on players who are already polished professionals whose rights may be available soon, either through free agency or trading, and who are seen as filling a team's specific need at a certain position. Advance scouts watch the teams that their teams are going to play in order to help determine strategy.

Minnesota Timberwolves professional basketball team in the National Basketball Association

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High school career

Born in Rock Island, Illinois, Mickeal attended Rock Island High School, the same school attended by former NBA player and coach Don Nelson. In two full seasons of varsity basketball, Mickeal broke the school's all-time scoring record.

Rock Island, Illinois Place in Illinois, United States

Rock Island is a city in and the county seat of Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. The original Rock Island, from which the city name is derived, is the largest island on the Mississippi River. It is now called Arsenal Island. The population was 39,018 at the 2010 census. Located on the Mississippi River, it is one of the Quad Cities, along with neighboring Moline, East Moline, and the Iowa cities of Davenport and Bettendorf. The Quad Cities has a population of about 380,000. The city is home to Rock Island Arsenal, the largest government-owned weapons manufacturing arsenal in the US, which employs 6,000 people.

Rock Island High School public school in Rock Island, Illinois

Rock Island High School, also known as "Rocky", is a public four-year high school located in Rock Island, Illinois, United States. Rocky is within the Rock Island-Milan School District No. 41, and the school colors are crimson and gold.

Don Nelson American former NBA player and head coach

Donald Arvid Nelson, sometimes known as Nellie, is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) player and head coach. He coached the Milwaukee Bucks, the New York Knicks, the Dallas Mavericks, and the Golden State Warriors. After an All-American career at the University of Iowa, Nelson won five NBA Championships with the Boston Celtics and had his number 19 retired by the franchise.

College career

After high school, Mickeal played for two years as a small forward with Indian Hills Community College. As a sophomore at Indian Hills C.C., he was named National Junior College Player of the Year, after leading the team to its second straight national championship. For his junior year, he transferred to play at Cincinnati, where he played with the Cincinnati Bearcats. As a senior, he was named an Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press.

Small forward one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game

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Indian Hills Community College community college in Centerville, Iowa, United States

Indian Hills Community College (IHCC) is a public community college in Iowa with campuses located in Ottumwa, Iowa and Centerville, Iowa. IHCC serves both traditional residential students and commuter students, primarily from a ten-county area in southeast Iowa as well as portions of northern Missouri. IHCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

University of Cincinnati public research university in Cincinnati, Ohio

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Professional career


After two productive seasons with Cincinnati, Mickeal entered the 2000 NBA Draft. After being drafted by the Dallas Mavericks, Mickeal participated in training camp with them. He never played for them in an actual game.

The Cincinnati Bearcats men's basketball program represents the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. The school's team competes in NCAA Division I as part of the American Athletic Conference. The Bearcats are coached by John Brannen, who has been UC's head coach since 2019.

Dallas Mavericks American professional basketball team based in Dallas, Texas

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His contract with the Mavs was waived, but he was soon signed as a free agent by the New York Knicks. He was on the injured reserve his entire time as a Knick, and was waived later in the season. In the 2002–03 season, he drew attention again from the NBA, being signed to a practice-squad contract with the Houston Rockets, before being waived a week later. He also played with the Orlando Magic in the Orlando Summer League and the Las Vegas Summer League in 2004.

New York Knicks professional basketball team based in New York City, New York.

The New York Knickerbockers, more commonly referred to as the Knicks, are an American professional basketball team based in the borough of Manhattan, in New York City. The Knicks compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. The team plays its home games at Madison Square Garden, an arena they share with the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). They are one of two NBA teams located in New York City; the other is the Brooklyn Nets. Alongside the Boston Celtics, the Knicks are one of two original NBA teams still located in its original city.

Houston Rockets American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas

The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. The Rockets compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Western Conference Southwest Division. The team plays its home games at the Toyota Center, located in downtown Houston. The Rockets have won two NBA championships and four Western Conference titles. The team was established as the San Diego Rockets, an expansion team originally based in San Diego, in 1967. In 1971, the Rockets moved to Houston.

Orlando Magic American professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida

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American Basketball Association

After his unsuccessful run in the NBA, Mickeal went on to have great success in the ABA with the Tampa Bay ThunderDawgs, and particularly the Kansas City Knights. After leading the Knights to a 35–5 record in the 2001–02 season, Mickeal's team won that year's championship, and he was awarded the league MVP award [1] and Final MVP award.

Kansas City Knights

The Kansas City Knights was the name of an American Basketball Association minor league basketball team based in Kansas City, Missouri. They have not played since the 2004–05 season.

The 2001–02 ABA season was the second season of the American Basketball Association. The regular season started in November 2001 and the year ended with the championship game in March 2002 featuring the Kansas City Knights and Southern California Surf. Kansas City defeated Southern California, 118-113 in the championship game to win their first ABA title.


After the 2001–02 season in the ABA, Mickeal signed with the Talk 'N Text Phone Pals team of the Philippine Basketball Association. He also played in the South Korean League during the 2006–07 season, playing with Daegu Orions.


After playing with the Houston Rockets practice-squad, Mickeal returned overseas for the 2003–04 season. He played in the Greek League with both Peristeri and Makedonikos, with a brief 2004 interlude in the Russian SuperLeague with Dynamo Moscow. In 2005, he moved to the Spanish League club Breogán. After a season there, he went to the South Korean League for the 2006–07 season, playing with Daegu Orions, before returning to the Spain to play with the Spanish League club TAU Cerámica.

On June 29, 2009, he signed with the Spanish League club FC Barcelona. [2] During the EuroLeague 2009–10 season, Mickeal played at small forward for FC Barcelona, and he helped them win the EuroLeague 2010 Final. In 2012, he was named to the All-ACB Finals Team. [3]

On January 10, 2014, he signed with UCAM Murcia. [4] On February 23, 2014 he parted ways with Murcia after playing only 5 games in ACB League. [5]

Latin America

On March 9, 2014, he signed with Cangrejeros de Santurce of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional. [6] However, he was released on May 31, 2014, due to his knee injury. [7]

On October 28, 2014, Mickael signed with Bucaneros de La Guaira of Venezuela for the 2015 LPB season. [8]

On November 26, 2015, he signed with Atenas de Córdoba of the Argentine Liga Nacional de Básquet. [9] On December 19, 2015, he parted ways with Atenas after appearing in five games. [10] On May 9, 2016, he re-signed with Atenas. [11]

Post-playing career

After he retired from playing professional basketball, Mickeal became a scout, for the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves. [12]

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  1. "Pete Mickeal - Your home for the UC Bearcats". Archived from the original on 2008-06-04. Retrieved 2008-06-10.
  2. BARCELONA makes Mickeal its newest addition.
  3. Sergio Rodríguez, Navarro, Mickeal, Reyes y Lorbek, mejor quinteto de la final (in Spanish). [ permanent dead link ]
  4. "Pete Mickeal aterriza en el UCAM Murcia" (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  5. "Pete Mickeal no continuará en el UCAM Murcia". (in Spanish). 23 February 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  6. "Pete Mickeal signs with Cangrejeros de Santurce". March 9, 2014. Retrieved May 31, 2014.
  7. "Cangrejeros de Santuce release Pete Mickeal". May 31, 2014. Retrieved May 31, 2014.
  8. "Pete Mickeal signs with Bucaneros de la Guaira". October 28, 2014. Retrieved October 28, 2014.
  9. "Pete Mickeal signs in Argentina with Atenas de Cordoba". November 26, 2015. Retrieved November 26, 2015.
  10. "Pete Mickeal leaves Atenas de Cordoba after five games". December 19, 2015. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  11. "Pete Mickeal seguirá en Argentina: renueva con Atenas de Córdoba". (in Spanish). May 9, 2016. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  12. "Former Euroleague champion Pete Mickeal retires at 39". October 7, 2017. Retrieved October 7, 2017.