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Amal McCaskill #00

  • Position: Forward/Center
  • Height: 6'11“
  • Weight: 220 lbs.
  • Birthdate: October 28, 1973, in Maywood, IL

High School Career

Perhaps the best example of Coach Kevin O'Neill's ability to identify and develop basketball talent. McCaskill played in just six games as a junior at Westchester St. Joseph's and his best game during his senior season was a 13-point effort.

Marquette Career

Amal averaged 7.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, and 1.6 bpg, while shooting 55 percent (328-602 FGs), during the course of his college career. He led the team in rebounding during the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons. He finished his collegiate career second on Marquette's all-time blocked shot list (175 blks), fourth in career field goal percentage and 11th in rebounds (770).

As a senior he averaged 10.3 ppg and 8.9 rpg, while shooting 55 percent from the floor. He was named a 1995-96 All-Conference USA Second Team Selection as a senior and ranked in the top five in the league in rebounding, field goal percentage and blocked shots. Amal had 17 double-figure scoring games as a senior (career and season-high 19 points vs. Memphis) and 11 double-digit rebounding games (career and season-high 19 rebound vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee). As a junior, he averaged 10.7 ppg, 8.5 rpg and 2.3 bpg. As a sophomore, he averaged 5.2 ppg and 3.3 rpg, in helping Marquette advance to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16. He Redshirted in 1992-93 and saw action in 15 games as a true freshman in 1991-92.

All-Time Marquette Rankings

  • 10th, Rebounds (700)
  • 2nd, Blocked Shots (175)

All-Time Career Leader Rankings

  • 4th, Field Goal Percentage (min. 500 att.) (54.5%)

All-Time Single Game Rankings

  • 2nd, Blocked Shots (tied with six others), 8 vs. Virginia Tech (January 17, 1995)
All-Time Single Season Rankings
  • 6th, Blocked Shots (76)
  • 9th, Blocked Shots (55)
All-Time Senior Season Rankings
  • 6th (tie), Rebounds (266)
  • 7th (tie), Rebounding Average (8.9)
  • 4th, Blocked Shots (55)
All-Time Junior Season Rankings
  • 8th, Field Goal Percentage (min. 250 att.) (51.1%)
  • 2nd, Blocked Shots (76)
All-Time Sophomore Season Rankings
  • 4th (tie), Blocked Shots (32)

Accolades

  • 1995-96 All-Conference USA Second Team

Pro Career

Amal Omari McCaskill was selected by the Orlando Magic in the 2nd round (49th overall) of the 1996 NBA Draft. He played in 4 NBA seasons, with the Orlando Magic, San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Hawks, and Philadelphia 76ers. In his NBA career, McCaskill played in 114 games and scored a total of 204 points.

  • June 26, 1996 - Selected as the 49th pick in the NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic. Officially signed on September 16.
  • 1996 - Was also drafted as the 27th overall pick by the Florida Beachdogs in the CBA Draft. Also, was drafted as the 48th pick of the second draft day by the Atlantic City Seagulls.
  • Made his NBA debut, recording 9 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal in 20 minutes, against the Atlanta Hawks on 11/27/96
  • 1996-1997 - As an Orlando Magic rookie, McCaskill played 17 games with one start.
  • June 23, 1997 - Resigned by the Orlando Magic.
  • August 1, 1997 - Waived by the Orlando Magic.
  • September 30, 1997 - Signed by the Washington Wizards.
  • 1997-98 - Played with the Fort Wayne Fury; averaged 14.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg.
  • February 1998 - Signed with FC Barcelona of the Spanish League.

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  • 1998-1999 - Signed with Panionios Athens of the Greek League, but was released late October 1998.
  • January 22, 1999 - Signed by the Miami Heat.
  • February 1999 - Waived by the Miami Heat.
  • 1999-2000 - Signed by BC Leon of the Spanish League.
  • Mid 2000 - Signed by Alicante of the Spanish League, but was released late Decemeber 2000.
  • Summer 2001 - Signed with Guaqueries Margarita of the Venezuela League. Also played with Brujos de Guayama of the Puerto Rican League.
  • August 4, 2001 - Signed by the San Antonio Spurs to a two-year contract for $1,150,000. He appeared in 27 games.
  • August 5, 2002 - Traded with Antonio Daniels and Charles Smith by the San Antonio Spurs to the Portland Trailblazers for Erick Barkley and Steve Kerr.
  • October 28, 2002 - Waived by the Portland Trailblazers.
  • October 31, 2002 - Signed by the Atlanta Hawks.
  • December 10, 2002 - Waived by the Atlanta Hawks after appearing in 11 games.
  • January 2003 - Signed with Forum Valladolid of the Spanish League; averaged 14.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg.
  • Summer 2003 - Played with the New York Knicks summer team in the Reebok Summer League in Boston, MA.
  • July 16, 2003 - Signed by the Philadelphia 76ers to a three-year, minimum salary contract with only the first year guaranteed for $813,679.
  • 2003-04 - With the 76ers, McCaskill would see the most action of his career. Of the 59 games in which he saw action, he was named a starter for three of them. His highest career totals would come from this year: 113 points, 133 total rebounds, 20 blocks, 20 assists, and 12 steals.
  • August 8, 2004 - Traded along with Derrick Coleman by the Philadelphia 76ers to the Detroit Pistons for Corliss Williamson and cash.
  • October 2004 - Waived by the Detroit Pistons.
  • November 2004 - Signed with Climamio Bologna with the Italian League.
  • December 2004 - Tested positive for steroids while with Climamio Bologna. Already released by the team, he was suspended for six months by a Euroleague judge on January 14.
  • Late 2004-05 - Signed with Sagesse-Al Hekmeh of the Lebanese League.
  • September 30, 2005 - Signed as a free agent by the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • October 10, 2005 - Waived by the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • January 2006 - Signed with Los Barrios Cadiz of the Spanish League.
  • 2007-08 Season - Signed with the CBA's Albany Patroons.
  • June 2008 - Signed with the Philippine Basketball Association's Magnolia Beverage Masters.

Accomplishments

  • 10th place, All-Time Leading Rebounds, career (700)
  • 5th place, All-Time Field Goal Percentage, career (54.5%)
  • 2nd place, All-Time Blocked Shots, career (175)
  • Holds the Bradley Center single-game rebound record with 19 against UW-Milwaukee, 11/26/05
  • 1995-96 All-CUSA Second Team
  • Averaged 1.8 points and 1.9 rebounds in his 4 year NBA career.
  • During his Marquette career, he played on the 1993-94 Great Midwest Conference Champions and 1995 National Invitational Tournament (NIT) Runners-Up teams.

Quotables

  • Sixers Coach Randy Ayers on signing Amal McCaskill (July 16, 2003):

“Amal is an athletic inside player. He's long and can block shots. He really fulfills a need for us in terms of providing some athleticism across the front line, so we're thrilled to have him. He's a young guy who can get better and better.”

  • Amal McCaskill on joining the Sixers (July 16, 2003):

“I'm glad to be here, glad the way it happened. It took me off guard, but it was one of those good surprises. Hopefully, I've learned from all my past experiences and can earn a spot long-term here. I'm not going to get comfortable, but keep working to get better.
On what he brings to the Sixers I want to show my all-around game, that I can score in the post, run the floor, play defense and block shots. Most of all, the most important thing is to show that I'm going to always play hard.
On playing with Tim Duncan and David Robinson What didn't I learn from those guys? They were both the ultimate in professionalism, always humble, never thought they were better than anyone else. Just being able to compete against them every day in practice was well worth it and taught me a lot.”

Did You Know?

  • Trained with Tim Grover previous to the 1996 NBA Draft. Grover trained Michael Jordan and fellow MU alum, Dwyane Wade.
  • In the 1996 USBL Draft, ex-Marquette teammate Rodney Eford was picked 8 spots before McCaskill…by the same team: the Atlantic City Seagulls.
  • Appeared as himself in the documentary Hoop Dreams, a movie about MU recruit William Gates and fellow Chicago high schooler Arthur Agee. McCaskill was a teammate of Gates at St. Joseph's in Westchester, IL.
  • During the 2002-03 season, played with ex-MU teammate Chris Crawford with the Atlanta Hawks.
  • Wore #00 while at Marquette as well as most of his NBA career. Wore #23 with the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • Only appeared in the Playoffs once: 1996-97 NBA playoffs as his Orlando Magic bowed out to the Miami Heat, 3-2. He appeared in two games playing only 7 minutes and averaging 2.5 ppg and 1.5 rpg.
  • Appeared in the 2004 The Apprentice Finale along with 15 other NBAers: Shandon Anderson, Jason Collins, Juan Dixon, Michael Finley, Drew Gooden, Larry Hughes, Mark Jackson, Brevin Knight, Corey Maggett, Dikembe Mutombo, Morris Peterson, Tayshaun Prince, Kareem Rush, Amare Stoudemire and Dwyane Wade.

Pictures

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