Tommy Woods (basketball)

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Tommy Woods
Personal information
Born (1943-06-10) June 10, 1943 (age 75)
Blount County, Tennessee
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolCharles M. Hall (Alcoa, Tennessee)
College East Tennessee State (1964–1967)
NBA draft 1967 / Undrafted
Position Power forward
Number54
Career history
1967–1968 Kentucky Colonels
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× All-OVC (1966, 1967)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

James Thomas Woods, Jr. (born June 10, 1943) is a retired American professional basketball player. [1] He played for the Kentucky Colonels during the 1967–68 ABA season after a collegiate career at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). [1] He also played internationally for a time after his one season in the ABA. [2]

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

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.

Kentucky Colonels American basketball team

The Kentucky Colonels were a member of the American Basketball Association for all of the league's nine years. The name is derived from the historic Kentucky colonels. The Colonels won the most games and had the highest winning percentage of any franchise in the league's history, but the team did not join the NBA in the 1976 ABA–NBA merger. The downtown Louisville Convention Center was the Colonels' original venue for the first three seasons before moving to Freedom Hall for the remaining seasons, beginning with the 1970–71 schedule.

The 1967–68 ABA season was the first season for the American Basketball Association. The ABA was challenging the National Basketball Association. The ABA introduced a red, white and blue basketball. They used a 30-second shot clock as opposed to the NBA's 24 second shot clock, and also used the three-point shot. There were 11 teams playing in the first season of the league, with each team playing a 78-game schedule.

Woods was a racial integration pioneer in college. [2] When he enrolled at ETSU as a freshman in 1963–64 to play basketball, he became the first African-American player in school history. [3] In a segregated southern United States, Woods was harshly booed early in his college career. [3] His final three seasons from 1964 to 1967, in which he was eligible to play for the varsity team, saw Woods have an ETSU Hall of Fame career. [4] He was a two-time All-Ohio Valley Conference Team selection and set still-unbroken school records for rebounds in a game (38), career (1,034) and career per-game average (16.2). [3] By the end of his career, the same fans who had been booing him as a freshman were giving him "loudest and longest" standing ovation on senior night that a local reporter had ever seen. [3]

Racial integration Process of ending racial segregation

Racial integration, or simply integration, includes desegregation. In addition to desegregation, integration includes goals such as leveling barriers to association, creating equal opportunity regardless of race, and the development of a culture that draws on diverse traditions, rather than merely bringing a racial minority into the majority culture. Desegregation is largely a legal matter, integration largely a social one.

Freshman person in their first year at an educational institution

A freshman, first year, or frosh, is a person in the first year at an educational institution, usually a secondary or post-secondary school.

Ohio Valley Conference US college athletic conference

The Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) is a collegiate athletic conference which operates in the Midwestern and Southeastern United States. It participates in Division I of the NCAA; the conference's football programs compete in the Football Championship Subdivision, the lower of two levels of Division I football competition. The OVC has 12 members, 9 of which compete in football in the conference.

After college, Woods played in the American Basketball Association for the Kentucky Colonels for one season. [1] After a brief stint playing internationally, he retired due to an injury. [3] Woods then served as a police officer in Louisville, Kentucky for the next 30-plus years. [3] In 1996, ETSU inducted him into their hall of fame. [4] On November 3, 2012, in a ceremony prior to the school's 2012–13 season, the men's basketball locker room was named in his honor. [3]

American Basketball Association defunct professional basketball league in the United States, merged with the National Basketball Association in 1976

The original American Basketball Association (ABA) was a men's professional basketball league, from 1967 to 1976. The ABA ceased to exist with the American Basketball Association–National Basketball Association merger in 1976, leading to several teams joining the National Basketball Association and to the introduction of the 3-point shot in the NBA in 1979.

Police officer warranted employee of a police force

A police officer, also known as an officer, policeman, policewoman, cop/copper, garda, police agent, or a police employee is a warranted law employee of a police force. In most countries, "police officer" is a generic term not specifying a particular rank. In some, the use of the rank "officer" is legally reserved for military personnel.

Louisville, Kentucky City in Kentucky

Louisville is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the 29th most-populous city in the United States. It is one of two cities in Kentucky designated as first-class, the other being Lexington, the state's second-largest city. Louisville is the historical seat and, since 2003, the nominal seat of Jefferson County, located in the state's north and on the border with Indiana.

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  2. 1 2 Albert, Linda Braden (July 20, 2013). "Tommy Woods named honorary chairman for Houston Charity Golf Classic". The Daily Times. Maryville, Tennessee: TownNews.com. Retrieved September 20, 2014.
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