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Jack Givens
Givens in 2010
Personal information
Born (1956-09-21) September 21, 1956 (age 67)
Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High schoolBryan Station
(Lexington, Kentucky)
CollegeKentucky (1974–1978)
NBA draft1978: 1st round, 16th overall pick
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career1978–1983
PositionShooting guard / small forward
Career history
19781980Atlanta Hawks
1982–1983Akita Isuzu Motors
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points1,040 (6.7 ppg)
Rebounds456 (2.9 rpg)
Assists142 (0.9 apg)
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Jack "Goose" Givens (born September 21, 1956) is an American former professional basketball player. He played college basketball for the Kentucky Wildcats, earning consensus second-team All-American honors. He led the team to the 1978 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship and was named that year's Final Four Most Outstanding Player due in most part to his 41-point performance in Kentucky's 94–88 victory over Duke in the championship game. He was a 6'5" (1.96 m), 205 lb (93 kg) forward. Givens played professionally for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also played overseas in Japan.


Collegiate career

A jersey honoring Givens hangs in Rupp Arena

Givens earned Kentucky Mr. Basketball and Parade All-American honors after his senior year at Lexington's Bryan Station High School in 1974. In his freshman year at the University of Kentucky, the Wildcats finished as national runners-up, falling 92–85 to UCLA in the 1975 Final Four championship game. In 1978, Givens and Kentucky returned to the Final Four at the Checkerdome in St. Louis, Missouri. After leading Kentucky to a semifinal victory over the Arkansas, he scored a career-high 41 points and made 18 of 27 field goal attempts against Duke to help Kentucky clinch their fifth NCAA Championship in men's basketball.

Givens lettered four times in varsity basketball from 1974–75 to 1977–78. In that span, he scored 2,038 points in 123 games (16.6 ppg), ranking third on the school's all-time scoring list. He was named first team all-Southeastern Conference three times from 1976 to 1978 and was a consensus second-team All-American in 1978. Kentucky retired Givens' #21 jersey and a banner in his honor hangs in the rafters of Rupp Arena, Kentucky's home court.

NBA career

Following his collegiate career, the Atlanta Hawks drafted Givens with the 16th overall pick in the 1978 NBA draft. He played two years for the Hawks, scoring 1,040 points in 156 games (6.7 ppg).

Italy, Belgium and Japan

Givens played for the Akita Isuzu Motors basketball team of Japan, where he still returns regularly with his family to visit the friends he made there, in 1982–83.[1][2]


After his playing career, Givens was an NBA television color analyst for various networks and teams, most notably with the Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) and the Orlando Magic for both the Sun Sports and FS Florida cable stations from the team's inception in 1989 to 2004 before being replaced by Matt Guokas.

Personal life

Givens is the CEO and President of Orlando Comets, a basketball organization that has placed over 60 players into NCAA basketball on full scholarships. In 2006, the Orlando Comets won the national AAU Championship in the 16 and under division.[3] Jack and his wife Linda have two children, Jeremy and Jaimie.[4] In September 2005, a jury acquitted Givens of sexual battery charges.[5]


  1. ^ Athlete-Samos. "日本リーグ男子 歴代外国人選手一覧". Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  2. ^ ussports (October 18, 2017). "ジャック・ギブンス". Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  3. ^ Archived February 2, 2011, at the Wayback Machine }
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 3, 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2011.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Former Magic Sportscaster Cleared In Sex Case". September 8, 2005. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved June 12, 2007.