Jerry Darnell Stackhouse (1974- )

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Jerry Darnell Stackhouse is a basketball coach and former National Basketball Association (NBA) player. Stackhouse was born November 5, 1974, to Minnie Stackhouse and George Stackhouse in Kinston, North Carolina. Growing up, Stackhouse attended Kinston High School in Kinston, North Carolina. He played for the school basketball team and led them to the state finals. During his senior year, Stackhouse played for Oak Hill Academy in the Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, and led that team to an undefeated season. Stackhouse is a two-time first-team Parade All-America selection and was the McDonald’s All-American Game MVP.

After graduating from high school, Stackhouse attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Stackhouse played for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tar Heels Men basketball team. Stackhouse teammates include future NBA players Rasheed Wallace, Jeff McInnis, and Shammond Williams. Dean Edwards Smith would coach him. During his sophomore season, he led the team in scoring with 19.2 points per game and averaged 8.2 rebounds per contest. He led the Tar Heels to a Final Four appearance, was named the National Player of the Year by Sports Illustrated, and earned first-team All-America and All-ACC honors. After two years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Stackhouse declared himself for the 1995 NBA Draft. Stackhouse was selected 3rd overall by the Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) 76ers in the 1995 NBA Draft. Stackhouse would later return to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to complete his bachelor’s degree in African American Studies in 1999.

During his rookie season in the NBA, Stackhouse averaged 19.2 points per game and was named to the NBA’s All-Rookie team. Stackhouse would remain with the 76ers until he was traded to the Detroit (Michigan) Pistons during the 1997 NBA Season. While playing with the Pistons, Stackhouse would become a two-time NBA All-Star and help the team make several playoff appearances.

During the 2002 offseason, Stackhouse was traded to the Washington Wizards, where he played alongside Michael Jordan during the 2002-2003 NBA Season. Stackhouse remained with the Wizard until 2004, when he was traded to the Dallas (Texas) Mavericks. During the 2005-2006 NBA season, Stackhouse was a part of the Mavericks team that made their first NBA Finals appearance when they lost to the Miami (Florida) Heat in 6 games. Stackhouse remained with the Mavericks until after 2009. For the remainder of his NBA career, Stackhouse played with other NBA teams, including the Milwaukee (Wisconsin) Bucks (2010), Miami (Florida) Heat (2010), Atlanta (Georgia) Hawks, and Brooklyn (New York) Nets.

Stackhouse retired from the NBA following the 2012-2013 NBA season at the age of 39. Following his retirement, Stackhouse began his coaching career as an assistant coach for the Toronto (Canada) Raptors from 2015-2016. In 2016, he became head coach of the Raptors 905, NBA G League in Mississauga, Ontario. In 2018, he became assistant coach of the Memphis (Tennessee) Grizzles. A year later, Stackhouse became head coach of the Vanderbilt Commanders Men Basketball team at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2023, Stackhouse was the Southeastern Conference (SEC) coach of the year.

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