The well-known basketball player Adrian Branch was born on November 17, 1963. He played for multiple NBA teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, New Jersey Nets, Portland Trail Blazers, Minnesota Timberwolves, etc. Apart from that, he has also played for multiple country leagues.
Early life and career
Branch completed his high school at DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Maryland. He was very tall, which helped him throughout his basketball career. He had also participated in the McDonald's All-Star Game during his senior year. Adrian won MVP honors after scoring 24 points. He was also named "Dunk of the Year" for his high school dunk while competing against Patrick Ewing, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, and others.
After Adrian graduated from high school, he enrolled in the University of Maryland in 1981, where he played for the official team of the university. He continued at the University of Maryland till 1985. During the 1984 season, Branch led the team to the ACC Championship. By the end of his college career, he was the second all-time scorer at the University of Maryland.
Due to his excellence in the field, he was honored as ‘ACC Legend’ at the ACC tournament in the year 2004.
Adrian commenced his professional career with the NBA in 1985. He was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the second round during the 1985 NBA Draft. Adrian played with the Los Angeles Lakers for his four NBA seasons, leading them to win the title in 1987. He was also a member of the New Jersey Nets, Portland Trail Blazers, and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Later in his career, he played for Australia’s NBL's Geelong Supercats and Brisbane Bullets. Besides that, he has also played in many countries like Spain, the Philippines, France, etc. representing domestic clubs & teams.
Since then, he has spent a lot of time giving speeches to students, youth organizations, and collegiate and professional sports teams. He has been ranked among the top 10 most in-demand speakers for youth groups and school assemblies.
He was appointed as television color analyst for the Charlotte Bobcats' 60 games on Carolinas Sports Entertainment Television in 2004. Before that, he worked for Comcast Sportsnet in his hometown of Washington, D.C. as a studio commentator and college basketball expert. He also provided commentary for the Washington Wizards on Wizards Post Game Live.
Branch achieved his career high of 2.4 during the 1987-88 season with New Jersey Nets.
He played his highest point of 7.4 when he was playing with Portland Trail Blazers during the 1988-89 season.
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|Born||November 17, 1963 (age 58)
|Nationality ||American |
|Listed height|| 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) |
|Listed weight|| 185 lb (84 kg) |
| High school||DeMatha Catholic
| College|| Maryland (1981–1985) |
| NBA draft || 1985 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46th overall by the Chicago Bulls |
| Playing Career ||1985–1995
| Position ||Small forward
| Number ||24, 21, 1|