Top basketball players from the Hudson Valley
Here are some of the top basketball players from the Hudson Valley.
BEN GORDON: Gordon starred at Mount Vernon High School before embarking on a successful career at the University of Connecticut. As a rookie with the Chicago Bulls in 2004-05, Gordon was named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year. (Feb. 15, 2012)
CHANNING FRYE: Frye, who was born in White Plains, has played for the Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns. As a member of the Knicks in 2005-06, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team. (Feb. 13, 2012)
AMAR'E STOUDEMIRE: The Knicks’ power forward and six-time All-Star spent part of his childhood in Newburgh. (Dec. 28, 2011)
HILTON ARMSTRONG: Armstrong, who was born and raised in Peekskill, has played five seasons in the NBA for the New Orleans Hornets, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks. (Dec. 22, 2007)
MIKE KRZYZEWSKI: The longtime Duke basketball coach is a former Army point guard and served as the academy's head coach from 1975 to 1980. He has led the Blue Devils to four national championships and has more wins than any other Division I coach in history. (Nov. 13, 2012)
RAY WILLIAMS: The Mount Vernon High School product played 10 seasons in the NBA, seven of which came with the Knicks and Nets.
SCOTT MACHADO: The former Iona star finished as the Gaels' and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's all-time leader in assists with 880. He signed with the Houston Rockets in 2012. (March 13, 2012)
RIK SMITS: Smits, a Dutchman who played at Marist College, played 12 seasons with the Indiana Pacers, appearing in the 1998 All-Star Game. He played for the Indiana team that lost to the Lakers in the 2000 NBA Finals. (June 14, 2000)
MARTY CONLON: Conlon, who is from White Plains and attended Archbishop Stepinac High School, played nine seasons in the NBA for eight teams, including the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics. (Dec. 22, 1996)
KEVIN JONES: Kevin Jones was a Parade All-American at Mount Vernon High School, winning two state championships with the powerhouse program before playing for West Virginia and the Cleveland Cavaliers. (Jan. 7, 2013)
JEFF RULAND: The Iona College product played eight seasons in the NBA from 1981 to 1993 for the Washington Bullets, Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons. From 1998 to 2007, he served as Iona's head coach. He is currently the coach at the University of the District of Columbia.
ELTON BRAND: Brand led Peekskill High School to two state championships before being named the National Player of the Year at Duke University. During his 14-year NBA career, Brand has averaged nearly 18 points per game and is a two-time All-Star. (Feb. 17, 2012)