Position: C Date of Birth: 09/18/1981 Height: 7' 1" Weight: 250 lbs
Pro Experience: NBA D-League, China (CBA), PBL, ABA Resides: New York, New York and Los Angeles, CA
Rashid is a long and athletic big man that can play both the Center and Power Forward positions. He is a defensive stopper who can guard the post and can guard players out on the perimeter. Byrd who played on the And 1 Tour and the SBA All-Stars has amazing leaping ability (40 inch vertical) and can make spectacular dunks from anywhere on the court. His strengths are his great shot blocking ability, grabbing rebounds in and out of his area from both the offensive and defensive end, dunking, and hitting the 15-18 foot jump shot, and running the floor. Rashid’s long frame and wing span allow him to be a great defender man-to-man or on the weakside. Rashid has played profesionally for the Los Angeles Defenders (NBA D-League), ABA, PBL, China (CBA), Sacrementon Kings (Training Camp), Seattle Sonics (Summer League), West Coast Basketball Professional League.
In addition, Rashid recently was featured on Ocelot Production’s “Book of Cool” as being one of the best shot blockers in the world.
Pro Career Highlights:
2009: NBDL Los Angeles Defenders, averaged 4.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.1 blocks in 15.6 minutes per game. Per 36 minutes, Byrd averaged 11.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game. 2009: NBDL acquired by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, averaged 3.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks. Per 36 minutes, Byrd averaged 10.9 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 5.5 blocks per game. 2008: WCBPL Santa Barbara Breakers, averaged 14.0 points, 9.4 rebounds in 16 games. 2007-08: ABA Orange County Gladiators (statistics unavailable). 2007: Sacramento Kings NBA training camp. Made team, but was released before seeing any game action. 2007: IBL Santa Barbara Breakers (statistics unavailable). 2006-07: China with the Shanxi Dongshen Kylins and the Henan RenHe Dragons (statistics unavailable). 2006: IBL Tacoma Thunder and Seattle Mountaineers in the summer of 2006 (statistics unavailable). 2005-06: Tacoma Navigators and Buffalo Rapids in the ABA (statistics unavailable). 2005: Seattle SuperSonics Participated in NBA summer league. 2004-05: ABA Fresno Heat Wave, averaged 8.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in three games. 2004-05: Finished the year with Dukagijin Peje in Kosovo (statistics unavailable). 2003-04: Tijuana Tzamania Diablos and the Trenton Jersey Squires in the ABA (statistics unavailable). 2003: USBL in the summer of 2003 with the Pennsylvania Valley Dawgs (statistics unavailable). 2002: Selected by the Huntsville Flight in the seventh round (#33 pick overall) of the 2002 NBDL Draft. 2002: Participated in the NBA summer league with the Detroit Pistons and Denver Nuggets in 2002. 2002: Signed with the Harlem Globetrotters in the fall of 2002. 2002: An early candidate for the 2002 NBA Draft, but was not selected. 2001: Originally declared for the 2001 NBA Draft, but withdrew his name from consideration before the draft. Was a member of the And1 Streetball Tour.
College Highlights: Played part of one season at Eastern Oklahoma State Junior College in Wilburton, OK.
High School: Was considered a Top 250 recruit in high school at both Freeport HS in Long Island, NY and Winchendon Prep School in Massachusetts.
Personal: Formerly known as Rashid Hardwick; changed his last name to Byrd in 2005. Nickname is “Seven and Sum Change”. Made his Hollywood movie debut in “SemiPro” and has appeared in a commercial for the “Got Milk?” campaign.