Darington Hobson

Darington Hobson

Hobson in 2009 with New Mexico
No. 1 Guangxi Weizhuang Rhinos
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
League NBL
Personal information
Born (1987-09-29) September 29, 1987
Las Vegas, Nevada
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school Decatur Christian (Decatur, Illinois)
NBA draft 2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 37th overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Playing career 2010–present
Career history
2011–2012 Milwaukee Bucks
2011–2012Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2013 Santa Cruz Warriors
2014 Hapoel Migdal Ha'emek
2014 Brasília
2015–2016 Santa Cruz Warriors
2016–present Guangxi Weizhuang Rhinos
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Darington O'Neal Hobson (born September 29, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for the Guangxi Weizhuang Rhinos of the Chinese National Basketball League (NBL). He played college basketball for the University of New Mexico Lobos men's basketball team. Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, Hobson attended five high schools and a junior college before finally becoming eligible to play Division I college basketball. Hobson was drafted in the 2nd round (37th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. Hobson was waived on December 2, 2010, due to injury.[1] A year later, Hobson was re-signed by the Bucks for the 2011–12 season. He was waived again on February 3, 2012.

High school and junior college

Hobson attended Western High School in Las Vegas for his freshmen year,[2] before moving to Houston, Texas to attend Alief Hastings High School. At fifteen he attended Gulf Shores Academy,[2] earning his nickname of "Butta" through his pick-up play in Houston.[3] He then moved to southern California and attended his fourth high school of Calvary Baptist Christian. Eventually, he finally moved to Decatur Christian in Illinois for prep school.[4] At Decatur Christian, Hobson was prompted by his coach, Alan Huss, to take the ACT, where he passed.[4] Hobson, rated a 4-star recruit by Scout.com, was coming off a season where he averaged 19 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists.[2] He still needed credit, and therefore attended the College of Eastern Utah, leading them to a 25–7 record where he averaged 15.2 points and 8.7 rebounds.

College career

University of New Mexico

Upon coming to UNM, Hobson broke down and cried. "You always wished that you were there and playing on that level," Hobson said. "When I finally got there, I just sat in my room and just thanked God and cried for a couple of hours because I finally got to the place where I always wanted to get."[3]

Virtually unknown coming into the season, the left-handed Hobson was the question mark in how successful UNM's season would be. The Lobos had players in Roman Martinez and Dairese Gary, but the 6'7" point forward JC transfer Hobson was the key to the year where the Lobos were picked fifth in the Mountain West Conference. He did not disappoint, being the first Lobo to ever lead the team in points, rebounds and assists in the regular season. In 2010, Hobson was awarded the Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, making him the only player to ever achieve both honors in the same year.[5] He was also named to First-Team All-Mountain West.[5] He was also one of twenty-six finalists for the John R. Wooden Award, which annually awards the most outstanding player in men's college basketball.[6] On March 29, 2010, Hobson was named an Associated Press Third Team All-American, the first since Danny Granger in 2005.[7]

Hobson had 30 points and 10 rebounds against Louisiana Tech on November 21, 2009, going 3 for 4 from behind the arc. He had 22 points and 15 rebounds against the California on December 2, 2009, only to best that with a 29-point, 12-rebound performance against San Diego St. on February 2, including a 56-footer at the first half buzzer.[8] On February 23, Hobson was two points away from being only the second Lobo in UNM history to record a triple-double, with 8 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. In the 2010 Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, Hobson had 28 points and 15 rebounds en route to a 75–69 Lobos victory over the Air Force Academy.

Games Played Minutes/Game Points/Game Rebounds/Game Assists/Game Field Goal Percentage 3pt. Field Goal Percentage
35 33.6 15.9 9.3 4.6 44.0% 36.1%

Professional career

On April 13, 2010, it was reported that Hobson declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft while not hiring an agent, leaving the possibility of returning to college basketball a possibility.[9] On May 8, 2010, Hobson declared for the 2010 NBA Draft, forfeiting his final year of eligibility at the University of New Mexico.[10]

On June 24, 2010, Hobson was selected with the seventh pick of the second round (37th overall) by the Milwaukee Bucks.

On September 3, 2010, Hobson signed with the Bucks. After not playing during the preseason or during the regular season, he was waived on December 2, 2010 due to injury. He later re-signed with the Bucks for the 2011–12 season, but in February 2012, he was waived again.

On January 1, 2013, Hobson was acquired by the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA D-League.[11]

On August 29, 2013, Hobson's rights were acquired by the Delaware 87ers in the 2013 NBA Development League Expansion Draft.[12]

In September 2014, Hobson signed with UniCEUB/BRB of Brazil for the 2014–15 season.[13] He left Brazil in December 2014 after appearing in just six games for UniCEUB. On January 27, 2015, he joined the Santa Cruz Warriors after his rights were traded back to the team from the 87ers on January 21.[14] On April 26, he won the D-League championship with the Warriors.[15]

On November 2, 2015, Hobson was reacquired by Santa Cruz.[16]

On May 25, 2016, Hobson signed with Guangxi Weizhuang Rhinos of the Chinese NBL.[17] Four days later, he made his debut in a 112–95 loss against Hebei Xianglan, recording 30 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and one steal in 34 minutes.[18]

See also


  1. Bucks cut ties with Darington Hobson ESPN.com, December 2, 2010
  2. 1 2 3 "Player Bio: Darington Hobson – NEW MEXICO OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE". Golobos.com. September 29, 1987. Retrieved March 22, 2010.
  3. 1 2 Leung, Diamond (March 16, 2010). "Only a 'matter of time' for Hobson – College Basketball Nation Blog – ESPN". Espn.go.com. Retrieved March 22, 2010.
  4. 1 2 "Hobson making his mark after long road to New Mexico – CBK News – FOX Sports on MSN". Msn.foxsports.com. January 7, 2010. Retrieved March 22, 2010.
  5. 1 2 "Mountain West Conference Announces 2009–10 Men's Basketball All-Conference Awards – MWC OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE". Themwc.com. March 8, 2010. Retrieved March 22, 2010.
  6. "Top Candidates – Men – Wooden Award". Woodenaward.com. Retrieved March 22, 2010.
  7. "Kentucky Wildcats' John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins make AP All-America team". ESPN. 2010-03-30. Retrieved 2011-03-17.
  8. "Lobos Darrington Hobson with halftime buzzer beater". YouTube. Retrieved March 22, 2010.
  9. "Sources: New Mexico Lobos' Darington Hobson declares for NBA draft but doesn't hire an agent". ESPN. 2010-04-12. Retrieved 2011-03-17.
  10. "New Mexico's Darington Hobson elects to stay in draft". ESPN. 2010-05-08. Retrieved 2011-03-17.
  11. Santa Cruz Warriors Claim Forward Darington Hobson
  12. NBA Development League Announced 2013 Expansion Draft Results
  13. Darington Hobson heads to Brazil. He signs with Uniceub Brasilia
  14. Warriors Acquire Ronald Roberts Jr., Rights to Darington Hobson
  15. "Title Wave: Santa Cruz Wins NBA D-League Championship". NBA.com. April 26, 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  16. "Santa Cruz Warriors Announce 2015 Training Camp Roster". NBA.com. November 2, 2015. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  17. "Guangxi tabs Darington Hobson". Asia-Basket.com. May 25, 2016. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  18. "Regular Season Round 1: Guangxi - Hebei X. 95-112". Eurobasket.com. May 25, 2016. Retrieved October 16, 2016.

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