Now lets talk about UCF basketball….. Basketball is one of the most common team sports among sports fans. Basketball tournaments are held at both National and International levels. Among the countries which play basketball internationally, USA has achieved the top ranks. Especially in 2019, it has come over Serbia, France as well as Spain according to the recent world ranking of Basketball. So, it is essential to take a look at the current state of Basketball, as a sport in the USA.
USA, UCF and Basketball
When we talk about the state of Basketball in the USA, definitely we have to think of College basketball in the USA as it plays a significant role there. There are several college basketball teams in the USA, and one of the most popular College basketball team is UCF as it is one of the upcoming college basketball team in the USA. Here, UCF means the University of Central Florida. So, the This team says the group which represents this university.
UCF Basketball Teams
There are two UCF Basketball teams.
- UCF Knights Men’s Basketball Team
- UCF Knights Women’s Basketball Team
UCF Knights Men’s Basketball Team
The chief coach of this team is Johnny Dawkins (third season), and he is working for UCF basketball team since 2016. This great team comes with a uniform in black and gold, and it crazes the hearts of the basketball fans over the playing fields. Especially the Center, Tacko Fall is the tallest basketball player currently in college basketball, and luckily he is from the UCF team.
UCF Basketball team has recorded their first season like 1969-1970, and their record is 760-615 (.553). Also, the student section of this team is known as for as Knightmare. Anyhow the UCF Knights Men’s Basketball team is also called as Knights team. However, the team plays its home games in CFE Arena situated on the University’s main campus.
- Johnny Dawkins- Head coach
- Kevin Norris- Assistant coach
- Vince Taylor- Assistant coach
- Robbie Laing- Assistant coach
- Tacko Fall- Center
- Aubrey Dawkins- Guard
- Ibrahim Doumbia- Forward
- Chance McSpadden- Guard
- Ceasar DeJesus- Guard
- Collin Smith- Forward
- Dayon Griffin- Guard
- Terrell Allen- Guard
- B.J. Taylor- Guard
- Mayes Douglas- Forward
- Ryan Anders- Forward
- Frank Bertz- Guard
- Xavier Grant- Guard
- Anthony Catotti- Guard
- Levy Renaud- Guard
- Dre Fuller Jr.- Guard
- Chad Brown-Forward
- Education Gymnasium (1969- 1991)
- UCF (1991- 2007)
- CFE Arena (2007 present)
The UCF Men’s Basketball team has appeared in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II tournament in 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981 and 1982. Altogether six times they appeared there, and their combined record is 6-9. Moreover, they were fortunate to look in the final four in 1978. Not only in Division II but also they could perform in Division I tournament in 1994,1996,2004,2008 as well as 2019 and their Combined record is 1-5. And even the Knights have played in two National Invitation Tournaments, and their combined record is 3-2. Further, this team has reached in one College Basketball Invitation and here their combined record is reported as 2-1.
Championships of UCF Knights Men’s Basketball Team
- 12 conference championships
- Seven regular season championships
- Five tournament championships
Currently, the head coach of Katie Abrahamson Henderson (second season) leads the UCF Knights Women’s Basketball Team. This team also has won many Basketball tournaments and grasped a top level among the Women’s basketball teams in the USA. Same as the Men’s team this team even comes into the playing fields with a black and gold glorious uniform with their uniqueness.
The first season of the UCF Knights Women’s Basketball team is recorded as 1977-1978, and their record is 509-554(.479). This team also usually called Knights and the team belongs to the student section of Knightmare as same as the UCF Men’s team.
- Katie Abrahamson Henderson- Head coach
- Tahnee Balerio- Assistant coach
- Isoken Uzamere- Assistant coach
- Nykesha Sales- Assistant coach
- Ebone Henry- Assistant to the Recruiting coordinator / Video Director
- Stephanie Follett- Director of Basketball Operations
- Kornelia Wright- Guard
- Nyala Shular- Guard
- Lawriell Wilson- Guard
- Massey Kaba- Forward
- Diamond Battles- Guard
- Brittney Smith- Forward
- Tolulope Omokore- Forward
- Fifi Ndour- Forward
- Jaylen Williams- Forward
- Britney Onyeje- Guard
- Sydnee McDonald- Guard
- Kayla Thigpen- Guard
- Sianni Martin- Guard
- Ty Willis- Forward
- Jamesha Paul- Guard
When it comes to the talents of this team in the game, they also have participated in the NCAA tournament eight times. Here, they have reached 5 NCAA Division I tournament rounds and 3 NCAA Division II tournament rounds.
Championships of UCF Knights Women’s Basketball Team
- Elite Eight (1982)
- Won AIAW Division II, Florida State Championship (1980)
- Won two of the last four conference tournament titles
During the second half of a second-round game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament held on March 2009 in Colombia, the UCF guard Aubrey Dawkins had a stellar performance against Duke, and he became a star in UCF although Duke’s win over UCF. But this star has left early to enter the NBA Draft pool. Anyhow this is a recent highlight in UCF basketball and among the basketball fans over the USA.