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Monte Towe

Monte Towe
Personal information
Born (1953-09-27) September 27, 1953 (age 62)
Marion, Indiana
Nationality American
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Career information
High school Oak Hill (Converse, Indiana)
College NC State (1972–1975)
NBA draft 1975 / Round: 4 / Pick: 57th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Pro career 1975–1977
Position Point guard
Number 13
Career history
As player:
1975–1977 Denver Nuggets (ABA / NBA)
As coach:
1978–1980 NC State (assistant)
1980–1989 Florida (assistant)
1996–1999 UNC Asheville (assistant)
1999–2001 Santa Fe CC
2001–2006 New Orleans
2006–2010 NC State (assistant)
2011–2014 Middle Tennessee (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

Monte Corwin Towe (born September 27, 1953) is an American basketball coach and retired player.

Towe attended Oak Hill High School in Converse, Indiana. He was the starting point guard on North Carolina State's 1974 NCAA championship team, and also played varsity baseball for NC State, earning All-ACC recognition in basketball and playing on conference championship teams in both sports. In 1975, the 5'7" (1.7 m) Towe received the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award as the year's best college player under Script error: No such module "convert". tall. Monte Towe and David Thompson are credited with "inventing" the alley-oop. Because dunking was illegal at the time, Towe would throw the ball to Thompson while he was in the air and Thompson would gently drop the ball in the basket. Towe was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the third round of the 1975 ABA Draft and by the Atlanta Hawks in the fourth round of the 1975 NBA Draft. Towe joined Thompson in signing with Denver, for whom he played in 1976 in the final year of the American Basketball Association and in the 1976-1977 season when Denver joined the NBA. He played in the 1976 ABA All-Star game when the game format was Denver vs. All-Stars.

After his retirement as a player, Towe became an assistant coach under Norm Sloan, first at NC State (1979–80) and then at the University of Florida (1981–89). During the 1990s, he was coach and general manager of two teams in the Global Basketball Association; coach of a professional team in Venezuela (Marinos de Oriente); an assistant coach of the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the Continental Basketball Association under head coach Flip Saunders; coach of two junior college teams; and an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

In 2000, Towe was named head basketball coach at the University of New Orleans. He compiled a 70-78 record over five seasons. In May 2006, he left UNO to become associate head coach at North Carolina State under head coach Sidney Lowe. On April 14, 2011, he was named an assistant coach at Middle Tennessee State University.[1]

Towe was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.

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