Kerry Kittles

Kerry Kittles (born June 12, 1974) is an American professional basketball coach and former player. He was raised in New Orleans and attended St. Augustine High School. He was an assistant coach at Princeton from 2016 to 2018.[1]

Kerry Kittles
Personal information
Born (1974-06-12) June 12, 1974 (age 46)
Dayton, Ohio
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight179 lb (81 kg)
Career information
High schoolSt. Augustine
(New Orleans, Louisiana)
CollegeVillanova (1992–1996)
NBA draft1996 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the New Jersey Nets
Playing career1996–2005
PositionShooting guard
Number30
Coaching career2016–present
Career history
As player:
19962004New Jersey Nets
2004–2005Los Angeles Clippers
As coach:
2016–2018Princeton (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points7,165 (14.1 ppg)
Rebounds1,983 (3.9 rpg)
Assists1,295 (2.6 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

The 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m), 179 lb (81 kg) shooting guard attended Villanova University and was later selected by the New Jersey Nets with the eighth pick in the 1996 NBA draft. He sat out his entire fifth season, in 2000–01, due to rehabilitation from off-season surgery on his right knee. After seven seasons with the Nets, Kittles was traded to the Clippers in a salary purge. After one injury-riddled year with the Los Angeles Clippers, Kittles retired from the NBA. Kittles completed an MBA at Villanova University's School of Business.[1]

He holds the Villanova University record for most points scored, with 2,243, was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame and had his #30 retired by the school.[2] Kittles is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

High school careerEdit

Kittles attended St. Augustine High School and was considered to be one of the best basketball talents to ever come out of New Orleans. He led St. Augustine to a 66–5 record in his last two seasons while also earning first-team all-metro and all-state honors under head coach Bernard Griffith. As a junior, Kittles led the Purple Knights to the 1991 state finals. As a senior he averaged 22.5 points per game for St. Augustine as they finished with a 32–3 record. The team defeated John Ehret High School in the 1992 Class 5A state championship game.[3] He was named Louisiana Mr. Basketball in 1992.[4]

College careerEdit

After finishing high school, Kittles attended Villanova University and played for its Wildcats basketball team. Kittles' commitment to Villanova was a surpris to Louisiana basketball fans by going out of state.[5]

Kittles contemplated on transferring when head coach Rollie Massimino left for UNLV before his freshman year. New head coach, Steve Lappas flew to New Orleans the day after he was hired to convince Kittles to stay at Villanova.[6]

Possessing an accurate quick trigger jump shot from the deep while using his long athletic 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) frame to drive and finish strong at the rim, as well as being a heady player with tenacious defensive will, would allow Kittles to become one of the most decorated players ever in the school's history. Kittles ended his college career as Villanova's all-time leader for most points (2,243) and steals (277).[7] As a sophomore he led the Wildcats to the 1994 NIT Championship.[8] Kittles made All-Big East as a junior averaging 21.4 points per game and led Villanova to the 1995 Big East Tournament Championship. He won the Big East Tournament MVP award and would garner Consensus All-American honors.[9][10] In his senior season, Kittles averaged 20 points per game, was named All-Big 5 Player of the Year for the second time, and again received All-Big East and All-American honors with Villanova earning a national no. 2 rank at one point but getting upset in the NCAA Tournament by Louisville in the second round.[5][9][11]

Professional careerEdit

In the 1996 NBA draft, Kittles was selected eighth overall by the New Jersey Nets.[12]

Kittles made the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 1996–97 season[13] and set the Nets' franchise record and NBA rookie record for three-point field goals made with 158.[14]

Kittles enjoyed a productive seven-year stint starting at shooting guard for the Nets. However, after he averaged 16.4 points per game as a rookie, followed by 18.2 points per game as a second-year player, knee injuries began to slow his game. Kittles would have four operations in five years.[3] He missed the 2000–01 season due to a knee injury. He posted three seasons shooting over 40 percent from the three-point range and helped Jason Kidd to take the Nets to back to back NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003.[15][16]

After leaving the Nets, Kittles ranked in the team's history as seventh in field goals (2,751), third in three-point field goals (687) and third in steals (803).[17]

Kittles ended his nine-year NBA career with two injury-riddled seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Coaching careerEdit

Kittles was an assistant coach at Princeton from 2016 to 2018.[1][18][19]

Personal lifeEdit

Kittles, together with his wife, four daughters and one son, has been a resident of Harding Township, New Jersey.[18][20]

Kittles is Catholic and religion is an important part of his life so he chose to attend Villanova, because it is a Catholic institution, stating at the time, "I picked Villanova because it fit all of my criteria," he said. "It was a smaller institution, it was a Catholic school, its basketball games were on television and I had the opportunity to play. But the biggest factor was its graduation rate."[5][3] Kittles eventually became a Eucharistic Minister in the Roman Catholic Church in 1996 which he still volunteers as of 2020.[18][21][22]

Kittles gained his Master of Business Administration from Villanova in 2009 and is a member of the Board of Trustees.[23]

Career statisticsEdit

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

NBAEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1996–97 New Jersey 82 57 36.7 .426 .377 .771 3.9 3.0 1.9 .4 16.4
1997–98 New Jersey 77 76 36.5 .440 .418 .808 4.7 2.3 1.7 .5 17.2
1998–99 New Jersey 46 40 34.1 .370 .316 .772 4.2 2.5 1.7 .6 12.9
1999–00 New Jersey 62 61 30.6 .437 .400 .795 3.6 2.3 1.3 .3 13.0
2001–02 New Jersey 82 82 31.7 .466 .405 .744 3.4 2.6 1.6 .4 13.4
2002–03 New Jersey 65 57 30.0 .467 .356 .785 3.9 2.6 1.6 .5 13.0
2003–04 New Jersey 82 82 34.7 .453 .351 .787 4.0 2.5 1.5 .5 13.1
2004–05 L.A. Clippers 11 0 22.1 .384 .333 .600 2.9 1.8 .7 .3 6.3
Career 507 455 33.4 .439 .378 .780 3.9 2.6 1.6 .4 14.1

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1998 New Jersey 3 3 42.0 .425 .385 .909 5.0 2.7 1.3 .7 16.3
2002 New Jersey 20 20 29.0 .435 .265 .778 3.2 2.3 1.6 .5 12.1
2003 New Jersey 20 20 30.7 .395 .413 .762 3.5 2.0 1.5 .3 10.8
2004 New Jersey 11 11 37.7 .448 .327 .618 4.3 2.1 2.0 .9 14.4
Career 54 54 32.1 .424 .337 .742 3.6 2.1 1.6 .5 12.3

CollegeEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1992–93 Villanova 27 32.4 .482 .432 .673 3.5 2.9 1.7 .4 10.9
1993–94 Villanova 32 39.3 .452 .349 .705 6.5 3.4 2.7 .4 19.7
1994–95 Villanova 33 33 36.9 .524 .411 .767 6.1 3.5 2.2 .4 21.4
1995–96 Villanova 30 29 35.3 .455 .404 .710 7.1 3.5 2.4 .4 20.4
Career 122 62 36.1 .478 .394 .719 5.9 3.3 2.3 .4 18.4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Former NBA player Kerry Kittles joins Princeton staff". ESPN.com. May 24, 2016. Retrieved February 24, 2020.
  2. ^ "Retired Players - Villanova University Athletics". villanova.com. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Kerry Kittles - Basketball - Allstate Sugar Bowl". allstatesugarbowl.org. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  4. ^ Hersch, Hank (October 24, 1995). "Kerry Kittles". SI.com. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "17. Kerry Kittles (1992-1996)". hoyabasketball.com. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  6. ^ Kawakami, Tim (November 24, 1995). "COLLEGE BASKETBALL 1995-96 : Kittles and Bits : Villanova Star Remained in School, Now He and Solid Supporting Cast Take Aim at Big East, NCAA Titles". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  7. ^ Reilly, Brendan J. (April 19, 2019). "Villanova Basketball's All-Time Scoring Leaders: 2019 Update". vuhoops.com. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  8. ^ "THE NIT : Villanova Rallies to Beat Vanderbilt for Championship". Los Angeles Times. March 31, 1994. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
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  10. ^ "Consensus All-America Teams (1989-90 to 1998-99)". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  11. ^ "1995-96 Villanova Wildcats Roster and Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  12. ^ "1996 NBA Draft". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  13. ^ "Year-by-year NBA All-Rookie Teams". NBA.com. May 23, 2019. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  14. ^ Dowd, Tom (September 13, 2019). "Catching Up: A Q&A With Kerry Kittles (Part 1)". NBA.com. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  15. ^ Mathur, Ashish (April 16, 2020). "The best Nets team in franchise history". ClutchPoints. Retrieved May 12, 2020.
  16. ^ Dowd, Tom (September 16, 2019). "Catching Up: A Q&A With Kerry Kittles (Part 2)". NBA.com. Retrieved May 12, 2020.
  17. ^ "Brooklyn Nets Career Leaders". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  18. ^ a b c Franklin, Paul (December 17, 2016). "Yes, that's former Villanova superstar Kerry Kittles on the Princeton bench". phillyvoice.com. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  19. ^ Casey, Tim (February 22, 2017). "After The NBA and Wall Street, Kerry Kittles Returns to College Basketball". Vice. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  20. ^ "Board of Trustees". tlc-nj.org. Archived from the original on August 27, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  21. ^ Yantz, Tom (January 8, 1996). "Kerry Kittles / Ray Allen". courant.com. Archived from the original on April 23, 2020. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  22. ^ Boyd, Anne (November 21, 2002). "Where are they now?". villanovan.com. Archived from the original on April 23, 2020. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
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