Isaiah Canaan

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Isaiah Canaan
Isaiah Canaan Rockets.JPG
Canaan with the Houston Rockets in 2014
No. 1 – Houston Rockets
PositionPoint guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1991-05-21) May 21, 1991 (age 22)
Biloxi, Mississippi
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Listed weight188 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High schoolBiloxi (Biloxi, Mississippi)
CollegeMurray State (2009–2013)
NBA draft2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34th overall
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Pro playing career2013–present
Career history
2013–presentHouston Rockets
2013–2014Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League)
Career highlights and awards
 
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Isaiah Canaan
Isaiah Canaan Rockets.JPG
Canaan with the Houston Rockets in 2014
No. 1 – Houston Rockets
PositionPoint guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1991-05-21) May 21, 1991 (age 22)
Biloxi, Mississippi
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Listed weight188 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High schoolBiloxi (Biloxi, Mississippi)
CollegeMurray State (2009–2013)
NBA draft2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34th overall
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Pro playing career2013–present
Career history
2013–presentHouston Rockets
2013–2014Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League)
Career highlights and awards

Isaiah Canaan (born May 21,1991) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was an All-American college player at Murray State University.

College career[edit]

Canaan, a 6'0" guard from Biloxi, Mississippi, went to Murray State after leading Biloxi High School to the 5A Mississippi state championship as a senior.[1] Canaan had an instant impact for the Racers, as he averaged 10.4 points per game and led the Racers in three-point percentage at .485 as a freshman in the 2009–10 season. He was named 2010 Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) freshman of the year as the Racers went 17-1 in OVC play, winning the league. They also won the 2010 OVC tournament. Canaan was named tournament MVP as he scored 16 points off the bench for the Racers in the final.[2] Murray State went on to knock off 4-seeded Vanderbilt in the NCAA Tournament, before losing to eventual national runner-up Butler 54-52 in the second round.

In his sophomore year, Canaan raised his scoring average to 11.7 points per game and was named to the first team All-OVC team. He led the Racers to their second straight OVC regular-season championship. Though they lost in the 2011 OVC Tournament, the Racers again went to the postseason in the form of the 2011 National Invitation Tournament.

As a junior, Canaan and the Racers had a breakout season. Canaan was named to the preseason All-OVC team. Led by Canaan, Murray State began the season with a school and conference record 23 straight wins. Included was a 2011 Great Alaska Shootout tournament championship, as Canaan was named MVP, scoring 36 in the tournament final.[3] Canaan, the Racers' leading scorer, was named to the finalist lists for the Bob Cousy Award[4] and the Oscar Robertson Award.[5]

College statistics[edit]

Season Averages[6]
SeasonTeamGPTSREBASTSTLBLKFG%3P%FT%MINTO
2009–10Murray State Racers3610.42.21.60.90.0.498.482.77820.41.7
2010–11Murray State Racers3211.71.92.41.10.1.416.403.74428.12.0
2011–12Murray State Racers3319.03.53.61.40.1.468.456.83733.72.7
2012–13Murray State Racers3121.83.54.31.50.1.431.370.82236.53.2
Totals:13215.52.82.91.20.1.450.419.80229.42.4

Professional career[edit]

Canaan was selected 34th overall in the 2013 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets.[7] On July 15, 2013, he signed his first professional contract with the Rockets.[8] During his rookie season, he has had multiple assignments with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League.[9]

On February 3, 2014, Canaan was named to the Prospects All-Star roster for the 2014 NBA D-League All-Star Game.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MSU bio". Murray State Athletics. 2011. Retrieved February 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Murray St. gets 30th win in earning NCAA berth". ESPN.com. 2010. Retrieved February 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ Jeremy Peters (November 27, 2011). "Murray State wins the Great Alaska Shootout". Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved February 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ "2012 Cousy Award Finalists". Cousy Award. 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ "USBWA Oscar Robertson midseason watch list". USBWA.com. 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Isaiah Canaan ESPN profile". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 12, 2012. 
  7. ^ Rockets Draft Isaiah Canaan
  8. ^ Roster Taking Shape for the Rockets
  9. ^ 2013-14 NBA Assignments
  10. ^ Eighth Annual NBA D-League All-Star Game Features 16 Players With NBA Experience

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