Andrew Melvin “Drew” Gooden was born on September 24, 1981 in Oakland, Calif. His father, after whom he is named, played professional basketball in Finland, where he met Drew’s mother, Ulla. Taking after his father, Drew excelled in basketball, leading his El Cerrito High School team to the 1999 California Interscholastic Federation Boys Division III championship game in his senior year.
Drew was recruited by Roy Williams and continued his basketball journey at Kansas University. Still to this day he is a well-known Jayhawk. He averaged 15.6 PPG and 9.2 RPG there. Drew Gooden led the nation in rebounding and was named the NABC player of the year in 2002. The Jayhawks retired his #0 jersey at the Allen Fieldhouse arena in 2003.
Drew Gooden entered the NBA draft after a very impressive Junior Year at KU. He was selected as the 4th overall pick, by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2002 NBA draft. Drew has made a huge name for himself and is known as a solid power forward around the NBA. As he continues his childhood dream, Drew is on his 10th year in the league. The 6’10, 250lb,Washington Wizards Forward, has a current career average of 11.8 PPG and 7.8 RPG in the NBA.
When he has free time, Drew loves to spend time with his family and friends. He has a great love for music, playing golf, and going fishing. Giving back to the community is very important to him. He is closely tied into the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the MACC Fund. Drew is a proud sponsor of the Soldiers 17u Elite Basketball Team in his hometown.