Minnesota Timberwolves forward Ryan Gomes has been proving critics wrong ever since his college days and has quietly put together a solid first four years in the NBA. Not highly recruited out of Wilby High School in Waterbury, Gomes emerged as a First Team All-American at Providence College. At one point Gomes torched UConn for 26 points and 12 rebounds in a Friars win - a game that afterward, featured one of Jim Calhoun's more famous tirades when he was asked why he did not recruit the Connecticut-native. Since college, Gomes has worked his way into the starting lineups for both the Boston Celtics, who selected him with the 50th pick in the 2005 draft, and the Timberwolves. Before the 2007-08 season, Gomes was part of the six-player trade that landed the Celtics All-Star Forward Kevin Garnett. This past season, he averaged a career-best 13.3 points per game, while starting 76 games for Minnesota.
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