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Billy Oliver
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Billy Oliver

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Chatham, N.J.

High School:
Chatham

Height / Weight:
6-8 / 230

Position:
F

Birthdate:
05/12/1990

Experience:
SR


Oliver spent four seasons as a player in the Penn State program before ending his career due to the recurring concussion symptoms in his junior season of eligibility. He played in 58 career games with 20 career starts. Oliver knocked down 46 career threes and scored 220 career points (3.8 ppg) and grabbed 121 career rebounds (2.1). He played 32 games and significant minutes in the Lions 2011 NCAA Tournament season. The the two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree earned a degree in Finance and returned for a season with the team in a non-playing capacity.

"He is shooting the heck out of the basketball. I have never seen someone shoot the ball the way he does. I love that a four man can stretch the defense and he can take it off two dribbles and do something with the ball, which nobody even knows about.
- Patrick Chambers


2011-12 • JUNIOR

Oliver was having the best season of his career and was the team's leading three-point shooter before recurring concussion symptoms surfaced in mid-January and he announced his decision to end his career on Feb. 11 following the Nebraska game...Began to experience symptoms after getting sick at halftime of the game vs. Minnesota on Jan. 15 and sat out the following four games...Cleared to return to the floor on Feb. 4 at Iowa and played 16 minutes in that game and 14 in the following game vs. Michigan State (2/8) before ending his career...Played in 21 games and started 20 while averaging 24 minutes per game on the year...Recorded 35 threes while shooting 34 percent from the arc... Posted three double-digit scoring games and was the team's fourth leading scorer at 6.8 ppg prior to ending his career...Averaged 3.3 rpg...Scored a career-high 21 points on a career-best 7-of-10 from three...Seven threes equaled the most for a Penn State player vs. a Big Ten opponent...Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.

2010-11 • SOPHOMORE

Oliver saw his first action in his third season at Penn State and played in 32 games, averaging 14.3 minutes per game...averaged 2.3 ppg and 1.3 rpg and made 11 threes in 44 attempts on the year...scored in 19 games on the year...scored 10 points on 3-of-6 shooting and added three boards in a season opening win over Lehigh (11/12)...left the Duquesne game after getting hit in the head in the second half and suffering a headache...was held out of the subsequent game...scored nine points and had four rebounds in 23 minutes vs. Virginia Tech (12/12)...scored six points and had three boards in a Big Ten loss at Illinois (2/1)...Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

2009-10 • FRESHMAN

Oliver played in five games on the year before being sidelined with chronic exercise induced headaches in late December...he could potentially apply for a medical redshirt for the season and gain another season of eligibility...did not participate in any workouts in the final three months of the season...saw his first collegiate action with five minutes in the season-opening win over Penn (11/13)...scored his first points with a free throw vs. UMBC (12/8)...made his first career field goal in a win over Gardner-Webb (12/19)...returned to normal exercise in April...consultation with several doctors an specialists brought the headaches under control.

2008-09 • REDSHIRT

A pair of concussions suffered during pre-season and early season workouts sidelined Oliver and he elected to take a redshirt season...he used the time to hit the weight room and dining hall and added more than 20 pounds of muscle to his frame...displayed a high basketball IQ and deft passing in the Lions summer exhibition tour of Canada...posted point totals of eight and seven in the Lions' last two games.

HIGH SCHOOL

Oliver averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks per game while leading Chatham to a 26-7 record in his senior season...he scored a school record 1,300 points on his career and earned team MVP honors in three seasons for the Cougars...he earned first-team All-County pick and was an All-time Group II selection as a senior while also earning nomination as a McDonald's All-American...a three-time team captain, he averaged 13 points, eight rebounds and four blocks per game as a junior helping lead the team to a 31-2 record and New Jersey state Group 2 championship...Oliver, who shot 39 percent from behind the three-point line, was named Morris County Player-of-the-Year, Star Ledger Player of the Year and a third team all-state selection by the Associated Press and New Jersey Hoops, which also ranked him among the top 20 seniors in the state...his team won Iron Hills Conference and Morris County titles...he posted 25 points, seven boards and 10 blocks in the MCT title game...Named the MVP of the county tournament and was also the Player-of-the-Year in the conference...played in a fast-paced, pressing system under coach Todd Ervin at Chatham, which helped the team win 30-straight games and earn an invitation to the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions

PERSONAL

The son of Bill and Laura Oliver...born on May 12, 1990...has a younger brother, Brian, and two younger sisters, Kate and Sarah...carried over a 3.0 grade-point-average and was voted Homecoming King...he is an accomplished piano player.
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