Tayshaun Prince on defense
|Height||6 ft 9 in (2. The small forward, or colloquially the three, is one of the five positions in a regulation Basketball game A foot (plural feet or foot; symbol or abbreviation ft or sometimes &prime – the prime symbol) is a non-SI unit Inches redirects here To see the Les Savy Fav album see Inches. 06 m)|
|Weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|Born||February 28, 1980 |
|Draft||23rd overall, 2002|
|Awards||2004-05 NBA All-Defensive Second Team|
Tayshaun Durell Prince (born February 28, 1980, in Compton, California) is an American basketball player for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association. The metre or meter is a unit of Length. It is the basic unit of Length in the Metric system and in the International The pound or pound-mass (abbreviation lb, lbm, or sometimes in the United States #) is a unit of Mass The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area Events 202 BC - coronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu of Han takes place initiating four centuries of the Han Dynasty 's rule Year 1980 ( MCMLXXX) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar) Compton is a city located in Southern Los Angeles County California, USA, south-southeast of downtown Los Angeles. California ( is a US state on the West Coast of the United States, along the Pacific Ocean. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The University of Kentucky, also known as UK, is a public, Co-educational, University, and is also the state's land-grant university located The 2002 NBA Draft was held on June 26, 2002 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York Events 202 BC - coronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu of Han takes place initiating four centuries of the Han Dynasty 's rule Year 1980 ( MCMLXXX) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar) Compton is a city located in Southern Los Angeles County California, USA, south-southeast of downtown Los Angeles. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Basketball is a team Sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by propelling a ball through a 10 feet (3 m The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area Prince is a small forward, listed at 6 ft 9 in (2. The small forward, or colloquially the three, is one of the five positions in a regulation Basketball game 06 m) and 215 lb (98 kg/15. The pound or pound-mass (abbreviation lb, lbm, or sometimes in the United States #) is a unit of Mass 4 st). The stone is a unit of Weight. It is part of the Imperial system of weights and measures used in the British Isles, and formerly used in most A graduate of Dominguez High School and the University of Kentucky, Prince was drafted in the first round (23rd overall) by the Detroit Pistons in the 2002 NBA Draft. Dominguez High School is a four-year Secondary school located in Compton California. The University of Kentucky, also known as UK, is a public, Co-educational, University, and is also the state's land-grant university located The 2002 NBA Draft was held on June 26, 2002 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York Prince wears the jersey number 22 as a result of his draft position, signifying the 22 teams that passed on drafting him. His college number 21 was previously retired by the Pistons in honor of guard Dave Bing. David Bing (born November 24 1943 in Washington DC) is a retired American professional Basketball player in the NBA, primarily for the Detroit
Tayshaun Prince played four seasons (1998 to 2002) for the University of Kentucky Wildcats, averaging 13. 2 points and 5. Points in Basketball are used to keep track of the score in a game 7 rebounds as the Wildcats posted a 97-39 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament each year. A rebound in Basketball is the act of successfully gaining possession of the basketball after a missed field goal or Free throw. Prince won SEC Player of the Year in his junior season (2000-2001) - also leading the SEC in free throw percentage (84. The Southeastern Conference (SEC Men's Basketball Player of the Year is an award given to the player who has has proven himself throughout the season to be the most exceptional talent Main article Basketball moves In Basketball, free throws or foul shots are unopposed attempts to score points from a restricted 3%) - and was named to the Associated Press All-SEC Teams in both his junior and senior years.  Kentucky won the SEC Tournament in 1999 and 2001, and Prince was awarded the 2001 tournament's Most Valuable Player award. 
Notable individual performances included a 31 point, 11 rebound, 4 assist, 4 steal effort in a 79-59 victory over North Carolina. In Basketball, an assist is attributed to a player who passes the ball to a teammate in a way that leads to a score by field goal, meaning that he or she was "assisting" In Basketball, a steal occurs when a defensive player legally gains control of the ball from an offensive player In scoring Kentucky's first fifteen points, Prince made five consecutive three-point shots. Kentucky shooting guard Keith Bogans compared Prince's performance to "the Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan blistering Portland in the 1992 NBA Finals. " In an 87-82 victory over Tulsa during the 2002 NCAA Tournament, Prince scored a career-high 41 points (along with 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks) to lead Kentucky to the Sweet 16. 
In his rookie season under head coach Rick Carlisle, and trainer Chris Moning, Prince was not a member of the team's playing rotation and appeared in just 42 of 82 regular-season games. For the Walt Disney Pictures film about Jim Morris, see The Rookie (2002 movie. For the coaching strategy game see NFL Head Coach. A head coach is a professional who is responsible for the overall actions of Richard Preston Carlisle (pronounced KAHR-lye-uhl (born October 27, 1959 in Ogdensburg New York) is a former Basketball player and former However, in the first round of the 2003 NBA Playoffs, Detroit trailed the Orlando Magic three games to one, forcing Carlisle to experiment with a different rotation. The 2003 NBA playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Association 's 2002-03 NBA season. The Orlando Magic is a professional Basketball team based in Orlando Florida. Prince was inserted into the lineup and received heavy minutes; he was even asked to defend superstar Tracy McGrady at times. Tracy Lamar McGrady Jr (born May 24 1979 in Bartow Florida) is an American professional Basketball player currently positioned at starting The Pistons rallied to win the series, and Prince had a breakout performance during the decisive seventh game, scoring 20 points in 24 minutes.  In the second round against the Philadelphia 76ers, Prince continued to see action and made several memorable plays, including a turnaround hook shot during the final seconds of the second game, forcing an overtime period that the Pistons went on to win. The Philadelphia 76ers (also known as the Sixers for short are a professional Basketball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania A hook shot, in Basketball, is a play in which the offensive player usually turned perpendicular to the basket gently throws the ball with a sweeping motion of his arm Overtime is an additional period of play specified under the rules of a Sport in order to bring the game to a decision and avoid declaring the contest a tie or draw 
After the Pistons were eliminated by the New Jersey Nets in the Eastern Conference finals, Carlisle was fired and former Sixers coach Larry Brown took over as head coach. The New Jersey Nets are a professional Basketball team in the National Basketball Association that plays in the Eastern Conference 's Atlantic The Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams and organized in three divisions of five teams each Lawrence Harvey Brown (born September 14 1940 in Brooklyn, New York, United States) is the head coach of the National Basketball Association Under Brown, Prince became the Pistons' starting small forward and increased his scoring average to 10. 3 points per game, up from 3. 3 as a rookie.  In that 2003-04 season, Prince was also selected to play for the Sophomores (second-year players) in the NBA All-Star Rookie Game in February 2004. The 2003–04 NBA season was the 58th season of the National Basketball Association. February 2004 was the second month of 2004 in the Gregorian calendar. 
In the second game of the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers, Prince made a memorable defensive play.  In the final minute of the game, the Pacers' Reggie Miller took an outlet pass after an Indiana steal and sprinted up the right sideline for a seemingly uncontested basket that would have tied the score. Reginald Wayne Miller (born August 24 1965 is a retired American professional Basketball player and one of the greatest NBA players of the 90s Prince pursued from the left sideline. Miller, presumably thinking that Prince could not catch him, attempted a layup. See also Basketball moves A layup in Basketball is a two point attempt made by leaping from below laying the ball up near the basket and using one hand to At the last possible moment, Prince soared in from the other side of the basket and swatted the ball away; the ball landed in bounds and was scooped up by Pistons teammate Richard Hamilton, effectively ending the game. In Basketball, a block (short for blocked shot) occurs when a defensive player legally deflects a shot from an offensive player Richard "Rip" Hamilton (born February 14, 1978 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania) is an American National Basketball Association The Detroit Pistons went on to win the series and, eventually, the NBA championship. The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area The 2004 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 2003–04 National Basketball Association season. The block has been replayed numerous times on ESPN and sports programs on other networks. ESPN, originally an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American Cable television network dedicated to When the Pistons defeated the Los Angeles Lakers four games to one in the NBA Finals, Prince's tough defense on Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was credited a key factor in the Pistons' victory. The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA team based in Los Angeles, California. Kobe Bean Bryant (born) is an American All-Star Shooting guard
Prince continued to show improvement in the 2004-05 season, setting career highs in scoring (14. The 2004–05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA 7 points per game), rebounding (5. 3 per game), assists (3. 0) and blocks (0. 9).  He was selected for the NBA's All-Defensive Second Team and was a candidate for the NBA Most Improved Player Award, where he came in third behind winner Bobby Simmons of the Los Angeles Clippers and Primož Brezec of the Charlotte Bobcats. The NBA All-Defensive Team is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA honor given since the 1968–69 NBA season to the best defensive players during the regular The National Basketball Association's Most Improved Player Award is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA award given since the 1985–86 NBA season, to Bobby Simmons (born June 2 1980 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American professional Basketball player for the New Jersey Primož Brezec (born October 2, 1979 in Postojna, Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Slovenian professional Basketball The Charlotte Bobcats are a professional Basketball team based in Charlotte North Carolina. Although he and the Pistons made it back to the NBA Finals in 2005, they lost to the San Antonio Spurs in a close 4-3 series. The 2005 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 2004-05 National Basketball Association season.
Prince's superb play was rewarded by the Pistons with a 5-year contract extension worth $49 million on October 31, 2005. Events 445 BC – Ezra reads the Book of the Law to the Israelites in Jerusalem (see Nehemiah 91 NLTse Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. 
In the 2005-06 season, Prince played in all 82 regular season games, averaging 14. The 2005–06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. 1 points and 4. 2 rebounds a game.  In the playoffs, the Pistons were eliminated by the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. The 2006 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Association 's 2005-06 season. The Miami Heat (often referred to simply as the Heat, including in some official team publications with HEAT in all capital letters are a professional Basketball
In the 2006-07 season, Prince returned similar statistics to his 2004-05 campaign: 14. The 2006–07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. 3 points, 5. 2 rebounds, and 2. 8 assists per game.  In the Playoffs the Pistons were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Finals by the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games. The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional Basketball team based in Cleveland Ohio.
In the 2007-08 season, Prince played and started in all 82 regular season games, averaging 13. The 2007–08 NBA season was the 62nd season of the National Basketball Association. 2 points, 4. 9 rebounds, and 3. 3 assists each game.  The Pistons were eliminated in the Eastern Finals by the Boston Celtics in game six, averaging 13. The Boston Celtics are an American professional Basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts, playing in the Atlantic Division of the 8 points, 5. 5 rebounds, and 3. 2 assists in the playoffs. 
Prince married his college sweetheart, Farrah Brown, in 2005.  He has one child.
AP: Stromile Swift, Dan Langhi
Coaches: Dan Langhi
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