Acie Law IV
|No. 2 - Memphis Grizzlies|
|Date of birth||January 25, 1985|
|Place of birth||Dallas, Texas|
|High school||Kimball (Texas)|
|Listed height||6 ft 3|
|Listed weight||202 lbs|
|NBA Draft||2007; Rnd: 1 / Pck: 11th|
|Selected by the Atlanta Hawks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Acie Law IV at NBA.com|
Acie Law IV (born January 25, 1985, in Dallas, Texas, USA) is an American professional basketball player who is currently playing for the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies . He is a point guard who finished a four-year college career at Texas A&M University in 2007. In his four seasons at Texas A&M, Law scored 1,653 points and was credited with 540 assists. Nicknamed "Captain Clutch" for his ability to take over the game late, Law is well known among Aggie basketball fans for "The Shot," his buzzer-beating 3-pointer to beat the archrival Texas Longhorns at Reed Arena on March 1, 2006, as well as for his play in the Aggies' stunning 69-66 upset win against the Kansas Jayhawks (the only Big 12 South team to win at Allen Fieldhouse) on February 3, 2007. He played collegiately with NBA players Antoine Wright and DeAndre Jordan.
Acie Law IV was born January 25, 1985 in Dallas, Texas to Acie and Dolores Law. He was named for his great-grandfather (Acie Law, Sr.), whom he never met; his grandfather (Acie Law, Jr.), who died in 1997 after suffering a heart attack from the excitement of watching a boxing match with young Acie IV; and his father, Acie III, who played point guard at Navarro Junior College. Law has an older brother, Lamont, and two younger sisters, Vivien and Frances.
Law was recruited by the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, University of Connecticut, University of Texas at Austin and Georgia Tech. In order to stay close to home, and because he wanted to have an immediate impact, Law chose to play for Texas A&M under Coach Melvin Watkins.
As a junior at Kimball High School in Dallas, Texas, Law led his team to a 29-7 record and the state Class 5A championship game, averaging 17.8 points per game and 6.0 assists. Some compare Law's game to another point guard, Cody Patton, who is known for making clutch shots and involving his team mates. Unfortunately, Law's team lost the state championship game when the other team made a shot from half-court at the buzzer. Law's performance was enough to earn him all-state honors, as well as district Most Valuable Player. Law also had the distinction of being the only junior to be named to The Dallas Morning News All-Area Team.
Despite a broken wrist that caused Law to miss the first part of his senior season, his performance in the sixteen remaining games in the school's season earned him first-team Class 5A all-state honors. In those sixteen games, Law averaged 16.6 points per game (19.5 ppg in district play) and 6.5 assists per game. In the Texas State High School All-Star Game Law scored 35 points, leading his team to victory.
Law attended college at Texas A&M University, where he played college basketball for the Texas A&M Aggies. Although the Aggies were an undeveloped team during Law's freshman year and failed to win a single conference game, Law's performance stacked up well against his fellow conference players. As a freshman, Law was a starter for the 12 of the team's 27 games, including 10 of the last 11, and saw playing time in the remaining 15 games. With an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.00, Law ranked fourth in the Big 12 Conference, and was the leading freshman in the conference. His average 3.9 assists per game ranked eighth in the conference.
Law averaged 7.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per game, and by the final ten games of the season Law was scoring double-digit points in each game. In his two best games of the year, Law scored a then-career-high 19 points against the Tennessee Volunteers and put up 18 points against the Grambling State Tigers.
Following the 2003-2004 season, Coach Melvin Watkins was replaced by former UTEP coach Billy Gillispie, who came to the school insisting that the Aggies could win in basketball. Gillispie's intense coaching style was very different from that of Watkins, and after an initial two-week boot camp Law seriously considered transferring to a different school. After seeing a video of UTEP's NCAA trip the year before Law decided that he wanted to experience that feeling too, and committed to staying at A&M.
Law's commitment paid off, as under Gillispie the team improved from 7-21 to 21-10, winning half of their conference games and earning an invitation to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). Law started in 30 games, earning a spot on the Big 12's All-Improved Team as well as honorable-mention All-Big 12 honors. He completed 49.3% of his shots from the field, 38.4% of three's (28 of 73) and converted 71.6% of his free-thow shots. With a team best 153 assists, Law ranked third in the Big 12.
Law scored in double figures in 20 games, including four games where he earned over twenty points. With the help of his 24 points and six assists, the team beat ninth-ranked Texas. In his best game of the season, against the Houston Cougars, Law earned nine assists and scored 25 points, making all twelve of his free throw shots. Against the Missouri Tigers, Law scored 11 points and a then-career-high 14 assists, one shy of the school record. Law also cemented the team's victory against Penn State, making the winning free throws with 11 seconds left in a 62-60 win.
As a junior, Law became one of only four players in A&M history to reach 1000 career points with 300 assists and 100 steals. He led the team in scoring, averaging 16.1 overall and 17.3 points in Big 12 play, with 3.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists. In games that Law had at least 5 assists, the team was 10-2.
Law also set an A&M record in Big 12 play, scoring 35 points and earning seven steals in a game against Oklahoma State. After making the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer to beat the Texas Longhorns 46-43, Law was named Big 12 Player of the Week. With his ranking among the top 10 players in the Big 12 in scoring, assists, steals, and field goal percentage, several newspapers named Law to their first-team All-Big 12 teams.
With Law's help, the Aggies earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1987. In their first round match-up against the Syracuse Orangemen, the Aggies won, with Law contributing 23 points. The Aggies appeared poised to reach the Sweet 16 when, with 18 seconds left in their second-round game against LSU, Law hit a jumper, giving the Aggies a 57-55 lead. The dream was dashed fifteen seconds later, however, when Darrell Mitchell completed a three-point shot for LSU.
Shortly after beginning play in the 2006-2007 season, the Aggies reached Number 6 in the rankings, the highest rank the school had ever achieved. The team had their best start since opening 16-2 in the 1959-1960 season, as well as their best conference opening since the inception of the Big 12.
On February 1, 2007, Law was named one of the seventeen finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, presented annually to the nation's top collegiate point guard. The winner will be chosen by a committee including NBA Hall of Fame inductees Cousy, Lute Olson and Jim Calhoun, as well as college coaches, members of the media, and additional college basketball experts.
Law has morphed into a true clutch player. As of the beginning of February, 2007, he has averaged a team-high 16.6 point per game, shooting 50.9% from the field and 45.8% from the 3-point line. In a five-game period, he averaged 11 points in the first thirty-five minutes of the games, and an additional 10 points per game in the last 5 minutes. During Big 12 regular-season play, Law has averaged 6.3 points in the last four minutes of games, making 75 percent from the field, 83 percent from 3-point range and 83 percent from the free throw line.
In a historic moment on February 3, 2007, Law's Aggies became the first Big 12 South team (in 32 attempts) to ever beat the then-Number 6 Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas led for much of the game, but Law scored 10 of A&M's final 13 points to ensure the victory for the Aggies, and Big 12 Player of the Week honors for himself. Two days later the team beat then-Number 25 Texas, their twenty-first straight home win, making them the sole leader of the Big 12. Although forced to leave the game for three minutes after hitting the floor hard and injuring his leg, Law earned 21 points and a school-record 15 assists in the 100-82 victory over their archrivals. Following the team's win over Texas, Law was named the Sports Illustrated Player of the Week.
Law again proved his ability to make plays that matter in the Aggies' second game against Texas on February 28, 2007. Playing all 50 minutes during the Aggies' double-overtime 98-96 loss, Law scored a season-high 33 points, with 5 assists and five turnovers. His three pointer at the end of regulation tied the game, sending the teams into overtime. Another three-pointer with 26 seconds left in the first overtime again tied the game, leading to a second overtime. Fouled at the end of the second overtime so that he would not be able to rescue the Aggies with another last-second three-pointer, Law deliberately missed his second free throw in the hopes that the Aggies could recover the ball and score again. Law's outstanding season earned him the honors of being on the AP 1st Team All American squad. He also made Dick Vitale's 1st Team All American squad as players such as Arron Afflalo of UCLA, Alando Tucker of Wisconsin, and Nick Fazekas of Nevada did.
Big 12 and NCAA Tournaments
Although the Aggies were the number two seed for the Big 12 Conference Tournament, they played poorly in their first game in the quarterfinals of the tournament and were eliminated in a loss to Oklahoma State. Law had only ten points on five-for-twelve shooting.
On Selection Sunday, however, the Aggies were rewarded for their regular-season play with a Number 3 seed in the South region of the 2007 NCAA Tournament. In their first-round game against Penn, Law had a game-high 20 points despite completing only six of fifteen shots. The Aggies won 68-52 to advance to the second round of the tournament.
Exhibiting his trademark poise in front of an unfriendly crowd during a tough second-round game against Louisville, Law again provided a number of big shots. Hitting 13 of his 15 free-throw attempts, he ended the game with 26 points, including the final two points of the game. The Aggie's 72-69 victory earned them a berth in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1980. In a show of good sportsmanship, Law spent time after the game consoling disappointed Louisville freshman Edgar Sosa, complimenting him on his performance. On March 22, however, Law and his teammates faced the #2 seed Memphis Tigers. The score was close throughout and Law had a chance to put A&M up by three with just a few seconds to play. However, the Aggies lost in a narrow contest 65-64, ending his collegiate career.
Acie Law was a unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 first team, and was named to both the ESPN.com and Sports Illustrated five-man first-team All-American teams. He was also named Big 12 Player of the Year by the Dallas Morning News.
On June 28, 2007, Law was selected in the first round (11th pick overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. He was the first college senior selected in that draft. He got his first NBA start on November 6, 2007, when the Hawks played the New Jersey Nets Although his college jersey read "Law IV" on the back, his NBA jersey just reads "Law," though he wears the number 4.
In his rookie season, Law averaged 4.2 points and 2.0 assists, and made 20.6% of his three point attempts as well as 40% of his field goal shots. He missed ten games due to a right ankle sprain.
In the 2008 summer preseason, Law made the All-Revue summer league first team, along with four other players. He averaged 16.2 points, 3.6 assists, and 2.2 rebounds, leading the Hawks to a 4–2 record. He ranked sixth in scoring and sixth in assists overall.
Golden State Warriors
- 2007 Bob Cousy Award Winner
- Associated Press All-America Team
- Wooden Award All-America Team
- Wooden Award Finalist
- 2007 Chip Hilton Player of the Year Award Winner
- First-team All-Big 12
- Associated Press first-team All-Big 12
- ESPN.com first-team All-American
- Sports Illustrated first-team All-American
- Dallas Morning News Big 12 Player of the Year
- National Association of Basketball Coaches first-team All-American
- United States Basketball Writers Association All-America Team
- The Sporting News Men's First Team All-America Team
- CollegeInsider.com All-America Team
- CollegeInsider.com Defensive All-America Team
- CollegeInsider.com Big 12 Most Valuable Player
- 2006-'07 State Farm Scholar-Athlete
While in junior high, Law broke his right hand during basketball practice. In order to continue to compete, the naturally right-handed Law taught himself to shoot the basketball with his left hand. After recovering from his injury, Law was able to shoot with either hand, but as of 2007 still primarily relied on his left-hand to shoot from a long distance. His left-handed jump shots are unusual, however, because the ball has hardly any spin, instead flying straight into the basket. After much examination, Coach Billy Gillispie realized that this is because Law uses his right thumb when he shoots, negating the spin. To help improve his form, Gillispie ordered Law to tape his right thumb against his hand in practice and try shooting without it. Law was unable to make the shots, and Gillispie quickly decided not to intervene further.
- Law's cousin, Dwight Thorne, plays basketball for Colorado. The two played against each other in January 2007, a game the Aggies won 87-69.
- Law is the great-nephew of Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks.
- The back of his jersey reads "Law IV" instead of "Law."
- Law has a tattoo on his right arm that reads "Lord's Favorite Lawman," and one on his left arm that is from Psalms 91 and 93.