Pete Mickeal, 98-00
Played SF for the Bearcats
11/15/04: Greece Makedonikos signed Pete Mickeal.

02/24/04: "Peristeri signed Pete Mickeal, shooting guard never considered by the NBA (drafted #58 the summer 2000 by the Pistons, then traded to N.Y. Knicks) despite his good College career (in four years, IHCC and Cincinnati, he averaged 14.2 points and 6.8 rebounds, being member of the team USA for the Worlds University Games in 1999). He became a minor leagues star, winning the ABA as MVP with Kansas City Knights in 2002 (his team-mate was the same Maurice Carter, considered one of the worst Americans ever seen in Greece, released after a few games of the 2001-02 season by Peristeri).

Mickeal, waived by Yakima Sun Kings (CBA) in November, arrived in Greece at the Princes of West and made his debut against Apollon (19 points); losing effort one week after at Thessaloniki against Aris, then he exploded, 26 vs PAOK, 25 vs Ilysiakos, 35 vs Panionios, 40 vs Irakleio, 24 vs AEK, leading the Princes of West to five victories in a row. He had 24 against Olympiakos, but missing completely the crunch time. After he scored only 5 points against Iraklis and 12 against Ionikos, his last appearances in the Greek league (Peristeri lost both games). What will Mickeal (and Peristeri) offer after twenty days without basketball? With the snow and the postponement of Peristeri-Marousi will Mickeal have grown rusty? Princes of West fans are only waiting for the amazing Mickeal who averaged 30 points in five consecutive victories." - Hellenic Hoops

12/07/03: Pete has resurfaced in Greece, playing for Athens Peristeri. In his first three games he has averaged 16 ppg and 7 rpg. He is shooting 64% from the field. - Mike Ryan

11/18/03: Waived from the Sun Kings.

11/1/03: Listed on the training camp roster of the CBA's Yakima SunKings.

1/8/03: "Houston Rockets waived forward Pete Mickeal." - NBA.com

9/26/02: "the Houston Rockets signed center Steve Goodrich and forward Pete Mickeal to non-guaranteed contracts." - NBA.com

9/20 - Pete's team lost the series 4-3. He did have 27 pts in a losing effort. He averaged 27 ppg over the 16 games he played. This led the league.

9/2/02: "Pete Mickeal had 28 points, 13 rebounds and five assists" in a win for talk N Text, that puts them in the championship game for the Philipine League. - Mike Ryan

8/16/02: "Pete Mickeal had the game¹s biggest numbers contributing 34 points, 18 rebounds and six steals..." Mickeal's Talk N Text team will play for the PBA championship. - Mike Ryan

8/7/02: "New acquisition Pete Mickeal, after only two games, has shot up to the No. 1 spot in scoring, averaging 28.5 points per game. He has dislodged teammate Jerald Honeycutt, who slid to No. 3 with his 26.8 ppg." - http://www.pba.com.ph/

7/31/02: Pete has joined the Talk N Text team of the Phillipine Basketball League. In his first game for his new team, he scored 30 points. Now, Damon Flint, Art Long and Pete are all connected to the Phillipine league. - Mike Ryan

4/15: "Pete Mickeal was named MVP of the ABA today. He led the KC Knights to the championship. He joined the team two weeks into the season and the team went 26-2 with him. Pete averaged 23.4 points, 5th in the league. He scored a season hi 42 in a game. He was also named MVP of the playoffs." - Lance McAlister

4/14: "...the Knights made plays when they had to and pulled out a dramatic 118-113 victory over the Southern California Surf on Friday night in the ABA championship game at Cox Pavilion. The Knights finished the year on a 24-game winning streak and with a sparkling 34-5 record. That earned them the right to raise the ABA championship glass trophy after the game. The Knights will wrap up their season at 4:15 p.m. Sunday at Kemper Arena when they play the ABA All-Stars. "It was a battle out there," said Pete Mickeal, who finished with 27 points and was chosen Most Valuable Player in the championship series. "That's the way a championship game is supposed to be. We never felt like we had control of the game. It felt good to hold up that trophy." - KC Star

4/10/02: "When Pete Mickeal was playing for the University of Cincinnati, his winning track record was well-documented. He played for two junior college national championship teams at Indian Hills (Iowa) Community College, going a combined 76-1. The Bearcats were 56-10 during Mickeal's two years. Now he's with the Kansas City Knights, the regular-season champions of the American Basketball Association. The Knights have a first-round bye in the league's postseason tournament, which begins tonight in Anaheim, Calif.

Kansas City finished 32-5, nine games ahead of second-place Southern California. But it has gone 24-2 since Mickeal joined the club Jan.16 and takes a 22-game winning streak into the single-elimination tourney. Mickeal is among the top candidates for the ABA's most valuable player award. The 6-foot-7 forward is averaging 23.4 points (sixth in the league), 6.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists with a high game of 42 points. He is shooting 58.8 percent from the field (third-best among regular players), 38.2 percent from 3-point range and 75 percent from the foul line. "He was hands-down the best player every single night in our league,” Kansas City associate head coach Michael Born said. “He's had games where he's been 10-for-18 and he's apologized to us, saying he didn't bring it like he needs to bring it."

Among Mickeal's teammates: Thomas More College graduate Rick Hughes (21.3 ppg, 11.8 rpg). Kansas City was interested in Mickeal for some of the same attributes he had as a college player: toughness, defense, finishing around the basket. And winning. His Indian Hills/UC/Kansas City record is 156-13 (.923). "Because he's not a big-time athlete and he's not a big slasher and he's not going to jump over anybody or shoot a bunch of 3s, he kind of almost lulls you to sleep a little bit,” Born said. “And then when it's done, he's got 32 points and 12 rebounds and you're like, "Ge ez, where did that come from?'”

Mickeal was selected No.58 overall by the New York Knicks in the 2000 NBA draft and spent the summer with the franchise but eventually was released. He went to Tampa to play for its ABA team, but in the fourth game he went up for a rebound, came down and tore his Achilles. "I watched everybody play all year," Mickeal said. "I think that's what motivated me the most. I finally got to sit back and study the game. I looked at all the tapes from college — all the things I did right, all the things I did wrong.”

He was living in Miami and gained 20-25 pounds. One doctor said he didn't know if Mickeal would walk straight. “It was a hard process,” Mickeal said. “I didn't know what to do without basketball. The thing about it is, not one day went by where I got down on myself. Not one day. I think that helped." The cast came off for good in June — after four months. Mickeal spent July in a walking boot and resumed walking without it in August. He was in the gym by October and in December went to London but couldn't find the kind of deal he was looking for.

That's when Mickeal returned to the United States and landed with the Knights. "From the first game I got here, I've been ready to play,” Mickeal said. “My game is so much better now than it was when I got hurt, it's not even funny. I know how to play the game better, shoot the ball better. I'm smarter about the decisions I make. I go to the hole better. I'm driven by what happened and the process I went through."

George Bass, Mickeal's Dallas-based agent, said eight or nine NBA teams have asked about his client and he expects Mickeal will play for an NBA team in a summer league. Mickeal said he had an offer to earn $30,000 for one month playing in Spain, but the team wanted him to leave Tuesday, which he declined to do out of loyalty to Kansas City. "This team has been great to me,” Mickeal said. “I wouldn't just pick up and leave them like that. We're really going to blast these guys Thursday and Friday. Nobody can stop us." - Enquirer.com

4/5/02: Pete is averaging 23 ppg, 6.6 rpg and 2.5 assists !
He is 5th in the league in scoring. - Mike Ryan

1/17/02: "Former Bearcat Pete Mickeal has reached an agreement with the Kansas City Knights of the ABA, a team spokesman said. The contract is expected to be finalized today." - Enquirer.com

12/8/01: "Coach Bob Huggins said Mickeal was on the New York Knicks' roster as an injured reserve player for most of last season. Then he played briefly in the Continental Basketball Association before suffering an injury. He spent the summer rehabilitating and is now playing in France." - Enquirer.com

2/10: Pete Mickeal signs with the ABA2000 Tampa Bay Thunderdawgs. The first game he played was on Feb 15. He played 10 mins, had 1 point and 3 reb's. On Feb 18th he played 35 mins, scored 20 pts had 8 rebs and 2 steals. - Mike Ryan

1/21/01: "He was on the Knicks injured list with "lower back pain" (the standard excuse to hide players) all season, but was put on waivers about 2 weeks ago with no fanfare." - Richard Litt, Forum post-er

11/25: "Charlie Ward will miss 6-8 weeks because he will undergo arthroscopic surgery Monday to clear loose cartilage out of his right knee. In Ward's place, rookie forward Pete Mickeal will be activated." - NY Knicks Territory

http://nba.com/draft2000/playerfiles/Pete_Mickeal.html

10/30/00 NY - Placed on IL, Lower back pain.

10/12: "the Knick coaching staff called Cincy coach Bob Huggins on Monday to tell him how well Mickeal has fit in." - NY Post

10/12: "As the 58th and final pick of the draft, Mickeal was considered a longshot to make any NBA roster this season. But Mickeal enhanced his stock by performing well in the Boston Summer League and showing up daily at Purchase for workouts in August and September.
Mickeal's hunger immediately caught Van Gundy's attention and prior to Tuesday's preseason opener against Chicago, Mickeal's college coach, Bob Huggins, called to tell him "the coaches said you put yourself in great position to make the team." Later that night, Mickeal played seven minutes in the Knicks' 96-91 victory over the Bulls, scoring four points on 2-for-2 shooting with one rebound." - NY Daily News

10/3/00: "The New York Knicks signed free-agent center Felton Spencer and rookies Lavor Postell and Pete Mickeal on Tuesday. Mickeal was the 58th overall pick by Dallas and was traded to the Knicks on draft day along with guard Erick Strickland in exchange for forward John Wallace and the rights to forward Donnell Harvey, picked 22nd overall by New York. Mickeal, a 6-5 forward, averaged 16.3 points and 7.6 rebounds in 142 games at Cincinnati." - AP

Taken by the Rockford Lightning in the CBA Draft. Here is his bio from CBAHoops.com HIGHLIGHTS: Selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round (58th pick) of the 2000 NBA Draft. Named Honorable Mention All-America by Associated Press as a senior. Transferred to Cincinnati after two years at Indian Hills Community College (Ottumwa, Iowa). At Nike Desert Classic, named to All-Tournament Team after averaging 14.7 ppg, second-best in tourney, and shooting 56 percent from the field and grabbing 4.7 rpg...1999-2000: As a senior, was First Team All-Conference USA for second straight season. Averaged 13.5 ppg for the season and 15.5 ppg in NCAA Tournament play...1998-99: As a junior, earned First Team All-Conference honors by leading Bearcats in scoring (14.9 ppg), rebounding (7.2 rpg) and steals (51). Also led team and conference in FG% (.583). Named to C-USA All-Tournament Team...1997-98: As a sophomore at Indian Hills CC, named National Junior College Player of the Year after leading team to second straight national championship...1996-97: Helped lead Indian Hills to first of two straight national championships as a freshman by averaging 14.3 ppg and 7.5 rpg. - CBAHoops.com

http://www.ucbearcats.com/bko/bkc/bkcmickeal.html

10/30/00 NY - Placed on IL, Lower back pain.
10/03/00 NY - Signed as draft pick.
06/28/00 NY - Traded from Dallas Mavericks.