- Wayne Simien
infobox NBA Player
name = Wayne Simien
position = Power forward
height_ft = 6 | height_in = 9
weight_lbs = 250
team = Cáceres CB
nationality = American
birth_date = birth date and age|1983|3|9
Leavenworth High School
college = Kansas
draft = 29th overall
draft_year = 2005
career_start = 2005
former_teams = Miami Heat (2005–2007)
Wayne Anthony Simien, Jr. (born
March 9, 1983, in Leavenworth, Kansas) is an American professional basketballplayer, currently with Spain's Cáceres Ciudad de Baloncesto [Bedore, Gary. [http://www2.kusports.com/news/2008/oct/11/simien_reviving_career_spain/ Simien Reviving Career in Spain] , Lawrence Journal-World, October 11, 2008.] , as a power forward.
He was a member of the 2005-06 NBA champions
High school career
Growing up, Simien was a KU fan due to his proximity to Lawrence. He committed to play for
Roy Williamsand the University of Kansasas early as the 8th or 9th grade, and was later named to the 2001 McDonald's All-American Team. He played for the Leavenworth Pioneers in high school and led the Pioneers to a 6A-State Championship his junior year in high school.
At Kansas, Simien received
All Americanhonors his junior and senior years. He was a Wooden Awardfinalist both years, and was the Big 12Player of the Year his senior year. However, his college career ended when Kansas was defeated by 14th-seeded Bucknell in the first round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament, thanks in large part to the stellar defensive work of Bucknell players like John Clark--who held Simien scoreless during both minutes he played. Simien finished his college career with 110 wins and a 12-4 NCAA Tournament record.
Simien was selected with the 29th overall selection of the
2005 NBA Draftby the Miami Heat, with whom he won a championship in 2006. During the regular season, he appeared in 43 contests (about 10 minutes per game), averaging 3 points and 2 rebounds, but only managed two postseason appearances.
Simien could not participate in the Heat's 2006 Summer League program because of a
salmonellainfection. [cite web|title = Simien back in form after infection|first = Israel|last = Gutierrez|date = 2006-10-06|work = Lawrence Journal-World|url =http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2006/oct/06/simien_back_form_after_infection/|accessdate = 2007-03-19] His contribution during the season consisted of 8 matches.
He was traded from the Heat along with
Antoine Walkerand Michael Doleacto the Minnesota Timberwolves on October 24 2007for Ricky Davisand Mark Blount. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3077037 Heat get Davis, Blount from Wolves for package including Walker] . Updated October 24, 2007] However, on October 29, Simien was waived by the Wolves in order for them to keep their roster to the 15-player limit. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3086024 Wolves get younger with buyout of Howard's contract] . Updated October 29, 2007]
After being given a
Summer Leagueinvitation by the Cleveland Cavaliers, although he did not play due to a hamstringinjury, and later receiving a training camp invitation from the Atlanta Hawks, subsequently withdrawn, Simien joined, in October 2008, Spain's Cáceres Ciudad de Baloncesto, in the country's second level. [ [http://www.hoy.es/20081009/deportes/leb-plata/caceres-aparta-williams-ficha-20081009.html Cáceres waives Harper Williams and signs NBA champion Wayne Simien] es icon]
Simien married his wife, Katie, on
July 8 2006. They had a daughter, Selah Renae, on October 5, 2007. [cite web | title = NBA.com profile| url =http://www.nba.com/playerfile/wayne_simien/bio.html| accessdate = 2007-03-19]
* [http://www.rockchalk.com/jayhawks/simieway.sht College stats and info]
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