HEAT Player 2010: Erick Dampier
Selected by Indiana in the first round (10th overall pick) of the 1996 NBA draft acquired by Golden State with Duane Ferrell in exchange for Chris Mullin on Aug. 8, 1997 traded to Dallas along with Evan Eschmeyer, Dan Dickau and the draft rights to Steve Logan in exchange for Christian Laettner, Eduardo Najera, two future first round draft picks, cash considerations and the rights to both Luis Flores and Mladen Sekularac on Aug. 24, 2004 traded to the Charlotte Bobcats along with Matt Carroll and Eduardo Najera in exchange for Tyson Chandler and Alexis Ajinça on July 13, 2010 was waived by the Bobcats on Sept. 14, 2010 signed with the HEAT on Nov. 23, 2010.
Named honorable mention All-America by The Associated Press in each of his last two seasons at Mississippi State named to the SEC Coaches Team and AP All-SEC First Team his sophomore and junior seasons helped lead Mississippi State to three post-season tournaments, including the 1996 Final Four and 1995 Sweet 16 started all but 4 of his 93 games, including 78 consecutive starts finished career ranked 4th in rebounding (859) and 13th on the schools all-time scoring list (1,231) in his final season (1995-96), ranked 2nd in the SEC in rebounding (9.3), FG% (.551) and blocks (3.1 bpg) set a single-season school record for blocks (106) in 1995-96...was listed on the 1995- 96 SEC Academic Honor Roll as a sophomore, paced the SEC in FG% (64.0%), ranking 4th nationally voted the Mississippi 1994-95 College Player of the Year by the Mississippi Sports Writers Association unanimous First Team pick to the SEC All-Freshman squad.
Full name is Erick Travez Dampier parents are Mary and Kenneth Dampier has two younger sisters, Sheerra and Kierra founded the Erick Dampier Foundation to assist underprivileged children in Mississippi and the Bay Area provides fi nancial assistance to kids who want to attend sports camps throughout the U.S .as part of the kickoff for his foundation, held a sports memorabilia auction to benefi t the families of the tragic workplace shootings at the Lockheed Martin plant in Meridian, MS, in the summer of 2004 also distributed approximately $12,000 worth of clothing to children through the Lawrence County Boys and Girls Clubs active with the Boys and Girls Club of Mississippi during the offseason hosts the Annual Erick Dampier Basketball Camp at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS. also hosted the Inaugural Erick Dampier Foundation Basketball Camp at Pleasant Oaks Rec. Center in Dallas for over 100 area youths free of charge played in the Starpower VIP Invitational benefitting The Jason Terry Foundation (Sept. 2009)...majored in physical education at Mississippi State led Lawrence County H.S. (New Hebron, MS) to the Mississippi State title when he rebounded a missed shot and put it back at the buzzer to give his team the win in the championship game...enjoys R&B and jazz music hobbies include movies, tennis, fi shing and shopping has worn his number, 25, since elementary school...has his own website (erickdampier.com).