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Tayshaun Durell Prince is a professional basketball player from the United States of America and plays as a small forward. Prince went to the Dominguez High School and then to the University of Kentucky where he helped the team advance to the NCAA tournament in each of his 4 years.
In his junior year, Prince was named as the SEC Player of the Year while he also led the conference with 84.3% accuracy from the line. Prince was named to the All-SEC team in the junior and senior seasons by the Associated Press.
During his four years, silverware came to the Wildcats in the form of the SEC tournament titles in 1999 and 2001 while in 2001, Prince was named as the MVP.
Prince was picked by the Detroit Pistons at 23rd overall, in the 2002 NBA Draft. Prince failed to make it to the starting rotation of the Pistons in his rookie season. He played just 42 games while starting 5, however, the team’s poor performance in the Playoffs forced coach Rick Carlisle to do something drastic and Prince was made a part of the lineup. He, in turn, ended up setting a record in the NBA for being the only player in the history of the league to score more points in the playoffs than in the regular season. Prince’s 20 points in 24 minutes in Game 7 saw the Pistons beat the Magic from being 3-games down to winning 4-3.
After proving his worth in the playoffs, 2003-04 saw Prince play a bigger role and although Prince was just averaging at 3.3 in his debut season, he took his scoring up to 10.3 per game and was even picked to be a part of the NBA All-Star weekend as a player in the sophomore team for the NBA Rookie Challenge.
Prince was credited for his defense in the season especially after his game-winning block on Reggie Miller when the latter was going in for a simple layup. Prince, seemingly too far, somehow managed to rise in at the last second and blocked the shot. The shot could have tied the score however, the block was picked up be Richard Hamilton and he ran out the clock to help the Pistons win. His defense against Kobe Bryant in the finals was also said to be one of the main reasons why the Detroit Pistons ended up as the NBA Championship winning team.
In the 2004-05 season, Prince took his scoring rate to 14.7 per game with rebounding at 5.3 and assists at 3.0 per game. His defense was extremely strong that season and was picked for the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. He came third in the race for the NBA Most Improved Player Award after Bobby Simmons and Primoz Brezec. Despite returning to the NBA Finals, the Pistons lost to the San Antonio Spurs but Prince ended with a 5-year contract with $49 million to his name.
For the next two seasons, Prince maintained a scoring average in the 14s, with a 14.1 points per game, and 14.3 points per game in each season. His overall game dropped a little in 2007-08 with 13.2 points per game and 4.9 rebounds in 82 appearances.
From 2004-05 to 2007-08, Prince was picked in the NBA All-Defensive Second Team for four seasons in a row. He won the Gold Medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games as part of Team USA.
Prince was a part of the 2006 movie, Hood of Horror, starring Snoop Dogg.
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