Niner Elite: Eddie Basden

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Position: SG
From: Upper Marlboro, MD
High School: Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Years at Charlotte: 2001-2005

Career Highlights

- Conference USA Player of the Year  (2005)
- 2x Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year  (2004, 2005)
- #2 Charlotte's all-time  leading steals (264)
- 1,000 Points Club (1,006)
- #13 retired by Charlotte
- 3 NCAA appearances (2002, 2004, 2005)
- Conference USA Regular Season Champions (2004)

Eddie Basden will always be remembered as one of Charlotte's most electric players. History will show you that Eddie is one of Charlottes greatest all time defenders, but the best part is he was just as good on the offensive side. No matter which side of the court, Eddie would be found terrorizing other teams until the final buzzer. His athleticism and size made him your prototypical “swingman”. He was fast and could leap out of the gym. On the break, from beyond the arch or posting up, Eddie was going to find a way to score and beat you…and there was nothing you could do about it.

Eddie's ball hawking skills sits him amongst the top of the all-time steals list. Perhaps one of the most electrifying scenes on game day is when he would rip off the ball from opposing teams, streak down the court, leap as if he was gliding through the air to slam it down with authority. This happened regularly. His play could change the momentum of any game to where opponents could never be comfortable.

During his tenure, he was the Conference USA's defender of the year back to back years and the outright player of the year in 2005. During his tenure, Eddie helped his team make 3 NCAA appearances, a regular season conference championship and several appearances in the top 25.

Life After College

Eddie wasn't drafted in the NBA, but he was scooped up by the Chicago Bulls. He starred for the Bulls development team where he earned a two year contract. After the NBA, Eddie continues to play in leagues in Europe and South America.

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