Considered one of the most celebrated basketball players in the United States from the high school graduating class of 1985, Ferry chose to attend Duke University. Ferry led the Duke Blue Devils to three Final Four appearances while setting many school records and earning several national player of the year awards. In 2002, Ferry was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) 50th Anniversary men's basketball team honoring the fifty greatest players in conference history.
Drafted into the NBA in 1989 as the second overall pick, Ferry played one season for Italian league's Il Messaggero (now Virtus Roma) after refusing to play for the Los Angeles Clippers. He went on to spend the majority of his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he played from 1990 to 2000. Ferry finished his playing career with the San Antonio Spurs, winning an NBA championship in the 2002–03 season.
After Ferry's playing career ended, he became an executive. Ferry has served as Vice President of Basketball Operations for the San Antonio Spurs and as General Manager of the Atlanta Hawks and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
|Born||October 17, 1966|
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||230 lb (104 kg)|
|High school||DeMatha Catholic|
|NBA draft||1989 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall|
|Selected by the Los Angeles Clippers|
|Position||Power forward / Small forward|
|1989–1990||Il Messaggero Roma|
|2000–2003||San Antonio Spurs|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||6,439 (7.0 ppg)|
|Rebounds||2,550 (2.8 rpg)|
|Assists||1,185 (1.3 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Ferry was born in Hyattsville, Maryland to former NBA center and NBA executive Bob Ferry and his wife, Rita Ferry. Ferry is of Irish descent; his great-great-grandfather, Peter Ferry, was born in Ireland in 1828 and emigrated to St. Louis, Missouri. The younger Ferry began his basketball career in earnest at DeMatha Catholic High School in Maryland where he excelled at the high school level under Morgan Wootten. The two-time All-American was ranked as one of the country's top high school basketball centers while at DeMatha and earned Parade Magazine's prep Player of the Year in 1985. Ferry was one of the most highly recruited high school seniors in the nation before committing to Duke University.
Ferry and his wife, Tiffany, have five children.
Ferry attended Duke University and played basketball for the school over four seasons from 1985 to 1989. During his college career, he helped lead the Blue Devils to the Final Four in 1986, 1988 and 1989, twice winning the MVP award for the East Regional. Known for his outside shooting, rebounding abilities, and full-court vision, Ferry was selected to the first team All-America in 1989 and second-team All-America in 1988. Ferry still holds Duke's all-time single game scoring record, scoring 58 points against Miami on December 10, 1988. He has been described as one of Duke's greatest players of all time, ranking 6th in career points, 8th in career rebounds, and 7th in career assists–the only player in the top 10 of all three categories. Ferry became the first player in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) history to collect more than 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 assists in his collegiate career. He left Duke with several national player of the year awards under his belt, including the Naismith College Player of the Year, USBWA College Player of the Year (Oscar Robertson Trophy) and the UPI player of the year awards. Ferry's number 35 was retired in 1989 at the end of his senior season. In 2002, Ferry was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team honoring the fifty greatest players in ACC history.
After college, Ferry was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round (second overall pick) of the 1989 NBA draft; he did not want to play with the Clippers and accepted an offer to play for the Italian league's Il Messaggero (now Virtus Roma) instead. Ferry made a name for himself overseas as he averaged 23 points and six rebounds per game during the 1989–90 season, leading the Italian club into the playoffs. The Clippers traded Ferry's rights on November 16, 1989, along with Reggie Williams to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for high-scoring guard Ron Harper, two first-round draft picks and a second-round pick.
In the summer of 1990, the Cavaliers signed Ferry to a 10-year guaranteed contract for $34 million. Ferry became the team's all-time leader in games played (723 games) before Žydrūnas Ilgauskas surpassed his record on December 2, 2009. He had a decent career in Cleveland, but he never became the type of star the Cavs had hoped for based on his outstanding play during college and in Italy. Ferry's best season in Cleveland came in 1995–96, when he averaged 13.3 points per game. He had only one other season in his career (1996-1997) in which he averaged more than 10 points per game. During Ferry's 10 years in Cleveland, the team made the NBA playoffs six times.
After Ferry left the Cleveland Cavaliers, he signed with the San Antonio Spurs as a free agent on August 10, 2000. As an off-the-bench shooter, Ferry played for San Antonio for three seasons and won an NBA championship with them in the 2002–03 season before retiring in 2003.
From 2003 to 2005, Ferry worked in the San Antonio Spurs' front office.
On June 27, 2005, the Cleveland Cavaliers signed Ferry to a five-year contract worth close to $10 million as their eighth general manager. Ferry began his management tenure with the Cavaliers overseeing a series of less-than-optimal transactions. Nonetheless, the team flourished with superstar LeBron James and newly installed head coach Mike Brown at the helm as the team made a series of serious postseason runs beginning in 2006. Ferry, Brown, and Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert began to add talent and depth to the Cavs' roster, notably acquiring one-time All-Star guard Mo Williams, former All-Star center Shaquille O'Neal, starting shooting guard Anthony Parker, forward Leon Powe, and former All-Star Antawn Jamison between 2008–2010. The personnel shuffling paid off in the 2008–09 season, when Cleveland not only won its first Central Division title since 1976 but also--for the first time ever--finished with the best record in the NBA. In the 2009–10 season, Cleveland repeated these feats, attaining the NBA's best record for the second consecutive season. The Cavaliers also reached the NBA Finals for the first time in 2007.
On June 4, 2010, it was announced that Ferry and the Cavaliers had come to a mutual agreement to part ways. The Cavaliers went 272-138 during Ferry's tenure. In August 2010, Ferry returned to the Spurs as Vice President of Basketball Operations.
On June 25, 2012, Ferry accepted a position as President of Basketball Operations and General Manager for the Atlanta Hawks. In June 2014, Ferry read aloud verbatim an "offensive and racist comment" written in a scouting report during a conference call about Miami Heat player Luol Deng. Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon Jr. called for him to resign or be dismissed. On September 9, Hawks CEO Steve Koonin announced that the team had decided not to dismiss Ferry and that they were instead going to discipline him. A few days later, Ferry asked to take—and was approved for—an immediate, indefinite leave of absence. In June 2015, an independent investigation reported that Ferry's actions were not motivated by racism. According to UPI, "[the] investigation, which included 19 witness interviews and reviewed the contents of more than 24,000 emails, made clear that the offensive language was not Ferry's and none of Ferry's remarks or behavior during the call were motivated by racial or ethnic animus, or by a person's country of origin. To the contrary, the investigation found Ferry shared his own opinion of Deng, recommended him both personally and professionally and ultimately tried to sign him to the team." Following the release of the investigation results, Ferry reached a buyout agreement with the Hawks.
Ferry became a special advisor to the general manager of the New Orleans Pelicans in June 2016. After the firing of general manager of Dell Demps on February 15, 2019, Ferry was named the team's interim general manager. He held the role for the rest of the season before being removed from his position on April 17 with the hiring of David Griffin.
The 1970 NBA Expansion Draft was the fifth expansion draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on May 11, 1970, so that the newly founded Buffalo Braves, Cleveland Cavaliers and Portland Trail Blazers could acquire players for the upcoming 1970–71 season. Buffalo, Cleveland and Portland had been awarded the expansion teams on February 6, 1970. The Braves later underwent several name changes and relocations before moving to Los Angeles. They are currently known as the Los Angeles Clippers. In an NBA expansion draft, new NBA teams are allowed to acquire players from the previously established teams in the league. Not all players on a given team are available during an expansion draft, since each team can protect a certain number of players from being selected. In this draft, each of the fourteen other NBA teams had protected seven players from their roster. After each round, where each of the expansion teams had selected one player each, the existing teams added another player to their protected list. In the first round, the Braves had the first pick, while the Blazers and the Cavaliers had the second and the third pick respectively. In the subsequent rounds, the Braves and the Cavaliers exchanged their order of selection, while the Blazers had the second pick throughout the draft. The draft continued until all three teams had selected eleven unprotected players each, while the existing teams had lost two or three players each.The Buffalo Braves were formed and owned by local businessman Paul Snyder. He hired former Philadelphia 76ers head coach and 1966 Coach of the Year Dolph Schayes as the franchise's first head coach. The Braves' selections included six-time All-Star Bailey Howell. However, Howell was immediately traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Bob Kauffman and a future second-round pick. Nine players from the expansion draft joined the Braves for their inaugural season, but only three played more than one season for the team.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were formed and owned by businessman Nick Mileti. He hired former college basketball coach Bill Fitch as the franchise's first head coach. The Cavaliers' selections included five-time All-Star Don Ohl and one-time All-Star Len Chappell. However, Ohl retired from playing prior to the start of the season and Chappell only played briefly before he was waived. Eight players from the expansion draft joined the Cavaliers for their inaugural season, but only four played more than one season for the team. Butch Beard was the ninth player from the expansion draft to play for the Cavaliers. After one year serving in the military, he started playing with the Cavaliers in the 1971–72 season. Bingo Smith played nine and a half seasons with the Cavaliers before he was traded to the San Diego Clippers in 1979. He became the Cavaliers' franchise leader in games played when he left, a record which has since been broken by Danny Ferry and Žydrūnas Ilgauskas.The Portland Trail Blazers were formed by Harry Glickman, who created the franchise through the financers turned co-owners Larry Weinberg, Herman Sarkowsky and Robert Shmertz. They hired former college basketball coach Rolland Todd as the franchise's first head coach. The Blazers' selections included former first overall pick Fred Hetzel and former third pick Larry Siegfried. However, Hetzel was waived without playing a game for the Blazers and Siegfried was immediately traded to the San Diego Rockets in exchange for Jim Barnett. Six players from the expansion draft joined the Blazers for their inaugural season, but only three played more than one season for the team.1985 McDonald's All-American Boys Game
The 1985 McDonald's All-American Boys Game was an All-star basketball game played on Saturday, April 13, 1985 at the Moody Coliseum in University Park, Texas. The game's rosters featured the best and most highly recruited high school boys graduating in 1985. The game was the 8th annual version of the McDonald's All-American Game first played in 1978.1988 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament
The 1988 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament took place in Greensboro, North Carolina, at the Greensboro Coliseum. Duke defeated North Carolina, 65–61, to win the championship. North Carolina lost their second championship game in a row. Danny Ferry of Duke was named tournament MVP.1988 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans
The Consensus 1988 College Basketball All-American team, as determined by aggregating the results of four major All-American teams. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors from a majority of the following teams: the Associated Press, the USBWA, The United Press International and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.1988–89 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team
The 1988–89 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represented Duke University. The head coach was Mike Krzyzewski. The team played its home games in the Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina, and was a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.1988–89 NCAA Division I men's basketball season
The 1988–89 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began in November 1988 and ended with the Final Four at the Kingdome in Seattle, Washington on April 3, 1989.1989 NBA draft
The 1989 NBA draft took place on June 27, 1989, in New York City, New York, USA. Despite eight of the top ten picks being considered busts, including the first two picks Pervis Ellison and Danny Ferry, the draft did produce a lot of talented players such as Shawn Kemp, Glen Rice, Sean Elliott, Nick Anderson, Dana Barros, Tim Hardaway, Vlade Divac, Cliff Robinson, B. J. Armstrong and Mookie Blaylock, The draft was reduced from three rounds in the previous year to the two-round format that is still in use to the present day. As a result, NBA drafts from this season until 1995 produced the lowest number of total draft picks selected at 54 overall selections.
This was also the first draft televised prime time on national television.1989 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans
The Consensus 1989 College Basketball All-American team, as determined by aggregating the results of four major All-American teams. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors from a majority of the following teams: the Associated Press, the USBWA, The United Press International and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.1989–90 Los Angeles Clippers season
The 1989–90 NBA season was the Clippers' 20th season in the National Basketball Association, and their 6th in Los Angeles. With the second overall pick in the 1989 NBA draft, the Clippers selected Danny Ferry out of Duke University. However, Ferry would never join the Clippers signing with a team in Italy. This would force General Manager Elgin Baylor into trading his draft rights along with Reggie Williams to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Ron Harper. The Clippers were approaching .500 at 16–19 when Harper went down to a knee injury after 28 games. They won their next two games, but would lose 12 of their next 14 games, including a 7-game losing streak. The Clippers lost their final five games of the season, finishing sixth in the Pacific Division with a 30–52 record.
Despite another 50-loss season, the team's second-year stars posted stellar seasons. Last year's top draft pick Danny Manning averaged 16.3 points per game, Charles D. Smith led the Clippers in scoring with 21.1 points per game, and guard Gary Grant led them with 10.0 assists per game.1999–2000 Cleveland Cavaliers season
The 1999–2000 NBA season was the 30th season of the National Basketball Association in Cleveland, Ohio. During the offseason, the Cavaliers acquired Lamond Murray from the Los Angeles Clippers. Under new head coach Randy Wittman, the Cavaliers played around .500 with an 11–9 record in their first 20 games, but then continued to struggle without Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who missed the entire season due to foot injuries. The team finished 6th in the Central Division with a 32–50 record. Shawn Kemp led the team in scoring, rebounds and blocks, and top draft pick Andre Miller made the All-Rookie First Team. The Cavaliers also finished the season with the highest amount of defensive 3-second violations, a record that still stands today. Following the season, Kemp was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers, Bob Sura was traded to the Golden State Warriors, Andrew DeClercq was dealt to the Orlando Magic, and Danny Ferry signed as a free agent with the San Antonio Spurs.
For the season, the Cavaliers changed their uniforms which would last until 2003.2000–01 San Antonio Spurs season
The 2000–01 NBA season was the Spurs' 25th season in the National Basketball Association, their 28th season in San Antonio, and their 34th season as a franchise. During the offseason, the Spurs signed free agents Derek Anderson and Danny Ferry. The Spurs continued to be among the NBA's elite teams, winning 23 of their final 29 games to recapture the Midwest Division with a 58–24 record and posting a league best 33–8 record at home. Tim Duncan and David Robinson were both selected for the 2001 NBA All-Star Game. In the first round of the playoffs, the Spurs would easily defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves in four games. In the semifinals, they beat the 5th-seeded Dallas Mavericks in five games to advance to the Western Conference Finals, where they were swept by the second-seeded defending and eventual back-to-back NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers.
Following the season, Anderson was traded along with Steve Kerr to the Portland Trail Blazers for Steve Smith, Avery Johnson signed as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets, Samaki Walker signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, and Sean Elliott retired.Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
The Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the men's basketball player in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) voted as the most outstanding player. It has been presented since the league's first season, 1953–54, by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association, and beginning in 2012–13 has also been presented in separate voting by the league's head coaches. The award was first given to Dickie Hemric of Wake Forest, and the coaches' award was first presented in 2013 to Shane Larkin of Miami.Two players have won the award three times: David Thompson of North Carolina State and Ralph Sampson of Virginia. Hemric, Len Chappell, Larry Miller, John Roche, Len Bias, Danny Ferry, Tim Duncan and J. J. Redick have won the award twice. There have been two ties in the award's history, which occurred at the end of the 2000–01 and 2012–13 seasons: In 2000–01 Joseph Forte of North Carolina and Shane Battier of Duke shared the award; and Erick Green of Virginia Tech and Larkin shared honors in 2012–13. Green and Larkin split the honor in the first year that the ACC began voting for players of the year by the conference's coaches and media separately (the media chose Green while the coaches chose Larkin).Sixteen players have received either the Naismith or Wooden National Player of the Year awards in the same season that they received an ACC Player of the Year award. Duke's Zion Williamson is the most recent player to achieve this (2019). Each of the original 1953 ACC members has had at least one of its players win the award. Five ACC members have not had a winner: Florida State, Louisville, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse. However, of these schools, only Florida State joined the ACC before 2013.Danny Ferry (footballer)
Daniel Ferry (born 31 January 1977) is a Scottish footballer who played 'senior' for Queen's Park, Dumbarton and Albion Rovers.Dell Demps
Dell Demps (born February 12, 1970) is an American professional basketball executive and former player. He was most recently the general manager of the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans from 2010 to 2019, being replaced by Danny Ferry on an interim basis. A 6'3" guard from the University of the Pacific, Demps played for the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, and Orlando Magic, despite being undrafted. Born in Long Beach, California, Demps played high school basketball for Mt. Eden High School in Hayward, California.
Demps also played in France, Greece, Croatia, Turkey and the Philippines. Demps was a former PBA import back in the 1990s. He played with Shell and 7-Up.Duke Blue Devils men's basketball
The Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represents Duke University in NCAA Division I college basketball and competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The team is fourth all-time in wins of any NCAA men's basketball program, and is coached by Mike Krzyzewski.
Duke has won 5 NCAA Championships (tied with Indiana for fourth all-time behind UCLA, Kentucky and North Carolina) and appeared in 11 Championship Games (third all-time) and 16 Final Fours (fourth all-time behind North Carolina, UCLA, and Kentucky), and has an NCAA-best .755 NCAA tournament winning percentage. Eleven Duke players have been named the National Player of the Year, and 71 players have been selected in the NBA Draft. Additionally, Duke has 36 players named All-Americans (chosen 60 times) and 14 Academic All-Americans. Duke has been the Atlantic Coast Conference Champions a record 21 times, and also lays claim to 19 ACC regular season titles. Prior to joining the ACC, Duke won the Southern Conference championships five times. Duke has also finished the season ranked No. 1 in the AP poll seven times and is the all-time leader in total weeks ranked as the number one team in the nation by the AP with 135 weeks. Additionally, the Blue Devils have the second longest streak in the AP Top 25 in history with 200 consecutive appearances from 1996 to 2007, trailing only UCLA's 221 consecutive polls from 1966 to 1980.List of Atlanta Hawks head coaches
The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. They play in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team began playing in 1946 as a member of the National Basketball League (NBL), and joined the NBA in 1949. The team has had five names since its inception; the Buffalo Bisons (1946), the Tri-Cities Blackhawks (1946–1951), the Milwaukee Hawks (1951–1955), the St. Louis Hawks (1955–1968), and the Atlanta Hawks (1968–present). The Hawks won their only NBA championship in 1958, and have not returned to the NBA Finals since 1960. The team has played its home games at the Philips Arena since 1999. The Hawks are owned by Atlanta Spirit, LLC, and Danny Ferry is their general manager.There have been 28 head coaches for the Hawks franchise since joining the NBA. The team's first head coach while in the NBA was Roger Potter, who coached for seven games. Richie Guerin, who coached the Hawks for eight seasons, is the franchise's all-time leader in regular-season games coached (618), regular-season games won (327), playoff games coached (60), and playoff games won (26). Alex Hannum is the only head coach to have won an NBA championship with the Hawks, doing so in the 1958 NBA Finals. Five Hawks coaches have won the NBA Coach of the Year Award, four have been elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame as coaches, and three were listed among the Top 10 Coaches in NBA History in 1996. Mike Budenholzer was the latest head coach of the Hawks; he was appointed on May 28, 2013. Budenholzer quit after the Hawks worst season in 2018. Lloyd Pierce was hired as new head coach on May 11, 2018.List of U.S. men's college basketball national player of the year awards
This article lists U.S. men's college basketball national player of the year awards. Several different organizations sponsor an award for the nation's top player.Mickey Loomis
Mickey Loomis is the executive vice president and General Manager of the NFL's New Orleans Saints. He was named NFL executive of the year for 2006. Since June 2012, he is also head of basketball operations for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association.Loomis grew up in Eugene, Oregon and graduated from Willamette High School in 1974, then attended Northwest Christian University in Eugene, where he played basketball. He earned his degree in accounting from the University of Oregon and a master's degree in sports administration from Wichita State University. Before coming to the Saints, Loomis spent 15 years in the Seattle Seahawks organization. Loomis joined the Saints in 2000 and became general manager in 2002. He was with the Saints when they were forced to relocate to Baton Rouge in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and helped rebuild the team afterward, culminating in its victory in Super Bowl XLIV.Loomis was one of the Saints officials to be penalized in 2012 in the aftermath of the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal, in which an NFL investigation found that players were paid bonuses from a pool for their on-field performance, including, allegedly, deliberately trying to knock opposing players out of games. A league investigation found that Saints team owner Tom Benson had ordered Loomis to shut the program down, but Loomis failed to do so. As a result, Loomis was suspended for the first 8 games of the 2012 NFL season.
In April 2012, ESPN's Outside the Lines reported allegations that Loomis had an illegal eavesdropping device that allowed him to listen to real-time playcalls of opposing coaches during the 2002-2004 seasons. Loomis denied the allegation, calling the report "absolutely false", and in August 2012, the Louisiana State Police announced that a four-month investigation had found no evidence to corroborate the allegations.In June 2012, Loomis was named head of basketball operations for the Hornets after Tom Benson bought the team. In this capacity, Loomis is responsible for overseeing interim Pelicans general manager Danny Ferry.Morgan Wootten
Morgan Bayard Wootten (born April 21, 1931) is an American former high school basketball coach. From 1956 to 2002, he coached at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland. He has the second most wins as a head coach in the history of basketball on any level, behind Robert Hughes. A number of his players went on to play in the NBA, including Adrian Dantley and Danny Ferry. Wootten gained legendary status in 1965, when his DeMatha team beat Lew Alcindor's Power Memorial Academy and ended their 71-game winning streak. His career coaching record stands at 1,274-192. As the head coach of DeMatha basketball, Wootten won 5 High School National Championships, 22 Washington, D.C. Championships, and 33 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championships.
Former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden (1910–2010) described his admiration for Wootten when he said, "I know of no finer coach at any level – high school, college or pro. I stand in awe of him." On October 13, 2000, Coach Wootten was inducted into the Hall of Fame, one of three high school basketball coaches ever so honored. His overall record at the time was 1,210 wins and 183 losses.Wootten attended Gonzaga High School in Washington, D.C. before leaving the area. He later returned to attend Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring before moving on to University of Maryland. During his coaching career at DeMatha, located just two miles away from his alma mater, he received job offers from North Carolina State, Georgetown and American and interest from Duke, Wake Forest, and Virginia. Wootten turned down the offers, according to Sports Illustrated, because the Maryland job, which was not forthcoming, was the only college job he wanted.