Kitwana Rhymer
DOB: May 22, 1978

post-UMass - at UMass


US Virgin Islands national team, July 2006

Rhymer joined the team for the 2006 Centrobasket Tournament, a Central American & Carribean tournament. USVI took 2nd place in the 8 team tournament. Rhymer averaged 10 ppg in 5 games, and led the team in rebounds (36) and blocks (9).

Rhymer (center, #8) battles for a rebound in the tournament final.

Waikato PistonsWaikato Pistons, National Basketball League (New Zealand), May-June 2006


Long Island PrimetimeLong Island (NY, USA) Primetime, USBL, Spring 2006

Rhymer appeared in 3 games, and was deactivated on 5/9/2006.

Henan DragonsHenan Dragons / Henan Jigang, Chinese Basketball Association, 2005-06

Rhymer was selected in the 2nd round, 5th pick, in the CBA draft.

Rhymer's page on their site (Chinese).

Rhymer is seated, first on the left.

Minot (North Dakota, USA) Minutemen, All Americal Professional Basketball League, Summer 2005

Rhymer was drafted by the Minutemen, but the league folded on 8/1/05 and never played any games.

Atlanta HawksAtlanta Hawks, NBA, 2005

Played with the Hawks' summer league team. (7/25/2005)
The Hawks completed the 2005 Reebok Rocky Mountain Revue which ran from July 15-22 and was hosted by the Utah Jazz. Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, San Antonio, Seattle and Utah all participated. Rhymer played in five of the Hawks' six games and made his only start against the Jazz on July 15. He scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in his 43 minutes of action during the week.

Rome GladiatorsRome (Georgia, USA) Gladiators, World Basketball Association, 2005

Played in 21 games averaging just over 7 points and 6 rebounds per game to help the Gladiators win the WBA Championship on July 2.


Rhymer with the Rome Gladiators
Kit Rhymer - Rome Gladiators

Roanoke DazzleRoanoke (Virginia, USA) Dazzle, National Basketball Developmental League, Spring 2005

The Dazzle acquired Rhymer from the NBA's National Basketball Development League available player pool. (4/14/2005)

Great Lakes (Michigan, USA) Storm, Continental Basketball Association, March 2005

Rhymer signed with Great Lakes. (3/14/05)

Columbus RiverdragonsColumbus (Georgia, USA) Riverdragons, National Basketball Developmental League, 2004-05

He played 31 games (five starts) with the Riverdragons, averaging 22.2 minutes, 4.5 points and 4.9 rebounds before being waived on February 25, 2005.

Ranked 8th in the league in blocked shots (1.5 bpg) at the end of the 2004-05 season.

Rhymer was a fourth-round (19th overall) selection by Columbus (Georgia, USA) Riverdragons in the 2004 NBDL Draft (11/5/2004).

los Toritos De Cayey, National Superior Basketball League of Puerto Rico, Summer 2004

Played with Cayey in the summer of 2004, averaging 11.5 points and 7.4 rebounds in 29 games.

Westchester (White Plains NY, USA) Wildfire, United States Basketball League, 2003-04

Summer 2004: Rhymer played in 10 games and averaging 9.9 points and 6.9 rebounds.

Wildfire signed C Kitwana Rhymer (5/23/2004)

Summer 2003: Played in 27 games, averaging 8.6 points and 6.4 rebounds.

Columbus RiverdragonsColumbus (Georgia, USA) Riverdragons, National Basketball Developmental League, 2002-03

Played in 23 games, averaging 4.0 points and 3.9 rebounds.

Brooklyn KingsBrooklyn (NY, USA) Kings, USBL, Summer 2002

Appeared in 3 games for the Brooklyn Kings in the USBL in the summer of 2002, averaging 9.3 points and 5.0 rebounds.

US Virgin Islands national team, 1998-2003


Appeared on ESPN's Outside The Lines program in 2002 in a show about eligibility to play in college. Transcript of the show.

at UMass

Kitwana Rhymer Center, 1997-2002, #33
6' 10", 256, St. Thomas USVI (St. Raymond's, NY)

Senior year (2001-02) achievements
Led team in scoring in three games. Led team in rebounding in 13 games. Scored 24 and grabbed 15 rebounds against Central CT State, both season highs. The 15 rebounds were the team's high that year. A-10 Player of the Week (Dec. 9-15).

Senior year (2001-02) bio
Senior center and tri-captain Kitwana Rhymer returns for his fifth season in the program, and third as UMass’ starting center...a third-team All-Atlantic 10 selection and the league’s Defensive Player of the Year as a junior, Rhymer will challenge for first team all-league honors in his final season...UMass’ top returning scorer (9.9 ppg) and rebounder (7.3 rpg) will be a cornerstone of Steve Lappas’ first Massachusetts team...enters his final season 374 points shy of becoming the school’s 35th career 1,000-point scorer and needs just 242 rebounds to crack the UMass top 10 in that of only seven players in school history to record 100 career blocks, Rhymer’s 137 snuffs rank fifth on the all-time UMass list, and while first-place Marcus Camby’s total of 336 rejections is well out of reach, he needs just 89 blocks to move into second place...had off-season ankle surgery, but was fully recovered for UMass’ trip to Greece...on UMass’ four-game exhibition tour, Rhymer averaged 6.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, and recorded one double-figure scoring game...successfully met NCAA requirements to earn back his fourth season of eligibility...“Kit works very hard,” Lappas said. “He’s a tough kid, a great defender, and he’s going to be one of our main guys.”

As a Junior in 2000-01
The Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year, Rhymer shared the league’s Most Improved Player award with teammate Micah Brand, earned third team all-league honors and was selected to the conference’s all-defensive team, too...the only Minuteman to start all 30 games, he was Massachusetts’ top rebounder (7.3 rpg) and shot-blocker (63), and second-best scorer (9.9 ppg)...ranked third on the team in minutes played (732), field goal (.505) and free throw (.687) percentage, and was fifth in assists (22)...averaged 10.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per outing against A-10 foes, while hitting 70.0 percent at the free throw line...selected to the 2001 Verizon Atlantic 10 Tournament all-championship team after averaging 13.7 points and 10.7 rebounds in UMass’ title game run...registered a career-high 30-point effort against Rhode Island in Amherst, the highest scoring game by a Minuteman in 2000-2001, and one of 14 double-figure games he produced...had team-best eight double-doubles (13 over his three-year career), nine double-figure rebounding efforts (20 over career) and grabbed five or more rebounds 21 rebound effort was a 16-board performance in homecourt victory over George Washington...ranked second in the A-10 in blocks (2.10 bpg) and sixth (7.3 rpg) in rebounding for all games...tallied 63 blocks, a mark which equalled the ninth-best single-season effort in school history...had at least one block in 25 of 30 games, including 17 multiple-block games, and a high of five three times...grabbed 500th career rebound in UMass’ win at George Washington...earned A-10 Player of the Week and WHMP/UMass Athlete of the Week honors (Jan. 14-20) after averaging 17.0 points and 12.5 rebounds in UMass’ wins over Dayton and Duquesne...also earned the WHMP/UMass honor for the week of Jan. 1-7...played 30 or more minutes in 10 appearances...led team in blocks 20 times and rebounding on 15 occasions...recognized at UMass’ season-ending banquet as the team’s top defender and most productive player.

As a Sophomore in 1999-2000
Appeared in 33 games and drew 32 starts…led UMass in field goal percentage (.535) and blocked shots (53), while ranking third in free throw percentage (.676) and fourth in scoring (7.8 ppg)…ranked fifth in the A-10 in both rebounding and blocked shots…averaged 8.4 points and 7.6 rebounds against Atlantic 10 foes, and hit 51.8 percent from the field and 74.3 percent from the foul line, the later a mark which ranked 14th in the league…in the A-10 Tournament, he averaged 10 points and eight rebounds over three games, while connecting on 68.8 percent of his field goals…played career-high 39 minutes against Temple in the A-10 Tournament semifinals, and netted 12 points and pulled down four boards…played 30 or more minutes 13 times…had team-leading six double-doubles, including 16-point, 12-rebound effort against Siena in NIT first round...grabbed 10 or more rebounds 10 times, including a career-high 17 caroms at Connecticut…nine of his 17 boards vs. UConn came off the offensive glass as he recorded the highest rebound total for a UMass player since the 1997-1998 campaign…grabbed five or more rebounds 22 times…led team in blocked shots 19 times and rebounding 16 times…his then-career-high 19-point performance at Fordham was aided by a seven-of-eight shooting game from the floor…recorded 12 double-figure scoring games…had at least one block in 22 games, two or more rejections in 14 appearances, including a career-high six against Marshall.

As a Freshman in 1998-99
The only newcomer to crack the UMass rotation on a regular basis over the season, Rhymer appeared in 29 games, after sitting out the 1997-1998 season due to academics…averaged 2.5 points and 2.7 rebounds per game, in only 9.4 minutes of action...connected on 54.8 percent of his field goal attempts...ranked third on the team in blocked shots with 21…had then-career highs of 10 rebounds and seven points, while also blocking two shots, against Boston College…pulled down seven rebounds at George Washington in a then-career-high 22 minutes of work…grabbed five or more rebounds five times and had three multiple-block games.

Before UMass
Played three years for Gary DeCesare at St. Raymond’s in the Bronx, N.Y., the same school that produced former UMass guard Charlton Clarke and forward Dana Dingle…averaged 10.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game as a senior…1997 All-Catholic High Athletic Association pick…helped St. Raymond’s to a 15-13 mark as a senior…member of the 1995 New York City championship team...signed with UMass in the fall of 1996 after considering St. John’s, Xavier, Cincinnati and Iona.

Born May 22, 1978, in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Kitwana is the son of Joyelin Hendricks...played for the Virgin Islands national team two of the last four summers...Sociology major.


UMass boasts pillars in post (12/8/2001)
Senior expands game (10/18/2001)
Lappas: Rhymer got job done (7/17/2001)
Rhymer has ankle surgery (6/23/2001)
Rhymer rebounds with class (5/28/2001)

It's All in the Family with Kit (11/13/2000)
Ruling could benefit Rhymer (11/13/2000)

Rhymer rebounds with reason (1/30/2000)
Rhymer has cheering section (12/20/1999)

A reason for Rhymer (3/2/1999)
Rhymer becomes fan favorite (1/7/1999)
Rhymer reason for UMass turnaround (1/4/1999)

Rhymer's Career Highs

Points30 - vs. Rhode Island (2/20/2001)
Field Goals10 - at Central CT St. (12/15/2001)
10 - vs. Rhode Island (2/20/2001)
Field Goals Att.14 - vs. Connecticut (12/11/2001)
Free Throws11 - at St. Bonaventure (1/13/2001)
Free Throw Att.14 - at St. Bonaventure (1/13/2001)
Rebounds17 - at Connecticut (11/22/1999)
Assists3 - four times, last vs. George Washington (3/6/2002)
Blocks6 - vs. Holy Cross (12/4/2001)
6 - vs. Marshall (11/29/1999)
Steals3 - twice, last vs. Texas (2/5/2000)
Minutes39 - vs. Temple (3/10/2000)

Career Statistics
  Total 3-Pointers   Rebounds  
Season GP GS Min Avg FG FGA % FG FGA % FT FTA % Off Def Tot Avg PF FO A TO Blk St Pts Avg
1998-99 29 0 274 9.4 23 42 .548 0 0 .000 26 53 .491 36 43 79 2.7 51 1 3 18 21 5 72 2.5
1999-2000 33 32 857 26.0 92 172 .535 0 0 .000 73 108 .676 89 163 252 7.6 106 6 12 52 53 18 257 7.8
2000-01 30 30 732 24.4 98 194 .505 0 0 .000 101 147 .687 74 144 218 7.3 102 4 22 51 63 11 297 9.9
2001-02 29 27 714 24.6 97 182 .533 0 0 .000 64 99 .646 69 106 175 6.0 88 4 25 57 47 12 258 8.9
Career 121 89 2577 21.3 310 590 .525 0 0 .000 264 407 .649 268 456 724 6.0 347 15 62 178 184 46 884 7.3

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