Tarik Black

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Tarik Black
Posterized (62030299).jpeg
Black (right) dunks on a Texas defender in 2014
No. 28 – Maccabi Tel Aviv
PositionCenter
LeagueIsraeli Premier League
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1991-11-22) November 22, 1991 (age 28)
Memphis, Tennessee
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High schoolRidgeway (Memphis, Tennessee)
College
NBA draft2014 / Undrafted
Playing career2014–present
Career history
2014Houston Rockets
20142017Los Angeles Lakers
2015–2016Los Angeles D-Fenders
2017–2018Houston Rockets
2018–presentMaccabi Tel Aviv
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Tarik Bernard Black (/ˈtɑːrɪk/; born November 22, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli Premier League and the EuroLeague. He played college basketball for the University of Memphis and the University of Kansas.

High school career[edit]

Black attended Ridgeway High School in Memphis, Tennessee. As a junior in 2008–09, he averaged 15.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game as he helped lead the Roadrunners to a 26-6 record and a District 15-AAA title. As a senior in 2009–10, he averaged 16.3 points and 12.6 rebounds as he helped lead the Roadrunners to a 26-3 record and a second District 15-AAA title.[1]

College career[edit]

Memphis (2010–2013)[edit]

In his freshman season at Memphis, Black played in all 35 games and made 24 starts, including 18 of the final 19 contests, while averaging 9.1 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. He was subsequently named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team.[1]

In his sophomore season, he played in all 35 games and made 31 starts, while averaging 10.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game. He also set the Memphis single-season field goal percentage record at 68.9 percent and was named to the All-Conference USA second team, All-Defensive team and All-Tournament team.[1]

In his junior season, he played in 32 games and made five starts, while averaging 8.1 points and 4.8 rebounds in 20.8 minutes per game. He was named to the Tiger Academic 30 for the 2013 spring semester for having the highest grade-point average on the team.[1]

Kansas (2013–2014)[edit]

On May 20, 2013, Black transferred to the University of Kansas after graduating from Memphis with a degree in organizational leadership, and was deemed eligible to play immediately.[2] In his lone season for the Jayhawks, he was named the Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year and went on to average 15.0 points per game in the NCAA Tournament. His season-high 19 points on 9-of-9 shooting on Senior Night was the best efficiency by a Jayhawk since 1990. In 33 games (15 starts), he averaged 5.5 points and 3.9 rebounds in 13.5 minutes per game.[1][3]

Professional career[edit]

Houston Rockets (2014)[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft, Black joined the Houston Rockets for the 2014 NBA Summer League.[4] On August 27, 2014, he signed with the Rockets.[5] On December 26, 2014, he was waived by the Rockets after appearing in 25 games.[6]

Los Angeles Lakers (2014–2017)[edit]

On December 28, 2014, Black was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Lakers.[7] On January 3, 2015, he was assigned to the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League.[8] He was recalled the next day.[9] On April 10, 2015, he recorded a season-best game with 18 points and 10 rebounds in a 106-98 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.[10]

During the 2015–16 season, Black received multiple assignments to the Los Angeles D-Fenders.[11]

On August 24, 2016, Black re-signed with the Lakers.[12] On July 1, 2017, he was waived by the Lakers.[13]

Return to Houston (2017–2018)[edit]

On July 17, 2017, Black signed with the Houston Rockets, returning to the franchise for a second stint.[14]

Maccabi Tel Aviv (2018–present)[edit]

On August 20, 2018, Black signed a one-year deal with the Israeli team Maccabi Tel Aviv of the EuroLeague.[15] On April 5, 2019, Black recorded a career-high 23 points, shooting 10-for-12 from the field, along with seven rebounds in a 78–75 loss to Fenerbahçe.[16] On April 12, 2019, Black participated in the 2019 Israeli League All-Star Game, scoring 15 points and five rebounds off the bench.[17] Black won the Israeli League championship title with Maccabi, earning a spot in the All-Israeli League Second Team.[18]

On June 18, 2019, Black signed a two-year contract extension with Maccabi (with an NBA buy-out option until July 30th).[19]

Career statistics[edit]

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

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014–15 Houston 25 12 15.7 .542 .000 .517 5.1 .3 .2 .1 4.2
2014–15 L.A. Lakers 38 27 21.1 .589 - .562 6.3 .9 .3 .6 7.2
2015–16 L.A. Lakers 39 0 12.7 .548 - .422 4.0 .4 .4 .5 3.4
2016–17 L.A. Lakers 67 16 16.3 .510 .500 .752 5.1 .6 .4 .7 5.7
2017–18 Houston 51 2 10.5 .591 .091 .460 3.2 .3 .4 .6 3.5
Career 220 57 15.1 .550 .143 .582 4.7 .5 .4 .5 4.9

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2018 Houston 7 0 2.7 .250 - - .9 .3 .0 .1 .3
Career 7 0 2.7 .250 - - .9 .3 .0 .1 .3

EuroLeague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2018–19 Maccabi 26 24 21.5 .694 .000 .684 5.4 .7 .5 .8 11.0 13.8
Career 26 24 21.5 .694 .000 .684 5.4 .7 .5 .8 11.0 13.8

Personal life[edit]

Black is the son of Lawrence and Judith Black, and has two brothers, Bilal and Amal.[1][20]

Black earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Memphis and his master's degree from the University of Kansas.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Tarik Black - 2013-14 Men's Basketball". KUAthletics.com. Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  2. ^ "Tarik Black transfers to Kansas". ESPN.com. May 20, 2013. Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  3. ^ "Tarik Black Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  4. ^ Shanks, Chad (July 2, 2014). "Rockets to Play in Orlando Pro Summer League". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  5. ^ "Rockets Sign Tarik Black". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. August 27, 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  6. ^ "Free Agent Josh Smith Joins Houston Rockets". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. December 26, 2014. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
  7. ^ "Lakers Awarded Tarik Black on Waiver Claim". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. December 28, 2014. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  8. ^ "Tarik Black and Jordan Clarkson Assigned to D-Fenders". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. January 3, 2015. Archived from the original on February 18, 2015. Retrieved January 3, 2015.
  9. ^ "Lakers recall Tarik Black and Jordan Clarkson from D-League". InsideHoops.com. January 4, 2015. Retrieved January 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "Kelly leads Lakers past Timberwolves 106-98". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 10, 2015. Retrieved June 23, 2015.
  11. ^ "All-Time NBA Assignments". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  12. ^ "Lakers Sign Tarik Black". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. August 24, 2016. Retrieved August 24, 2016.
  13. ^ "Lakers Waive Tarik Black". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 1, 2017. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  14. ^ "Rockets Sign Free Agent Tarik Black". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 17, 2017. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  15. ^ "Maccabi adds size with Black". EuroLeague.net. August 20, 2018. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  16. ^ "Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul vs. Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv - Game". EuroLeague.net. April 5, 2019. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  17. ^ "אולסטאר: ניצחון שלישי ברציפות לזרים". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). April 12, 2019. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  18. ^ "מצטייני עונת 2018/19 בליגת ווינר סל". basket.co.il. June 6, 2019. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  19. ^ "Maccabi, Black stay together 2 more seasons". EuroLeague.net. June 18, 2019. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  20. ^ Newell, Jesse (February 23, 2014). "Strength embodied: Lifelong lessons help Kansas basketball forward Tarik Black find inner toughness". CJOnline.com. Archived from the original on October 21, 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  21. ^ Spears, Marc J. (February 1, 2017). "HOW TARIK BLACK BALANCED BASKETBALL AND BOOKS TO EARN HIS MASTER'S DEGREE". TheUndefeated.com. Retrieved February 7, 2017.

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