the Baller’s Almanac: August 18, 2012

Eight years ago today Clyde Vaughan was arrested in a prostitution ring in Hartford, Connecticut. Vaughan was one of the greatest players in Pitt basketball history, and following his professional career he returned to the college ranks as a coach. At the time of his arrest he was an assistant coach for the UConn Huskies.

Vaughan had recently been married, and he apparently offered an undercover cop $10 (!) for a blow job, and was arrested. He was later treated at the hospital for injuries sustained during his arrest after he resisted. He immediately stepped down from Jim Calhoun's coaching staff.

It's Jonathan Hargett's 30th birthday. Born in Richmond, Virginia, the oft troubled high school star was descrbied by Amar'e Stoudamire as the best player he's ever played with, at any level. He enrolled at West Virginia where he played for one season. He was later arrested and is currently in prison.

The New York Times published a piece on him today which is an absolute must-read.

It's the birthday of the former color commentator for the video game series NBA Live. Bob Elliott, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1955, played his college basketball at the University of Arizona. He led the Wildcats to a WAC Championship and two NCAA appearances. He was a 3rd Team Al American as a senior.

He was Arizona's all time leading scorer until his record was surpassed by Sean Elliot. He is in the UA Hall of Fame, and the only Arizona player in the Academic Hall of Fame.

Since his NBA career ended he has worked widely as a broadcaster, and with the Retired NBA Players Association.

He was also the color commentator for EA Sports NBA Live games from 1999-2003.

Other birthdays include: Gene Bartow 1930 (UAB Coach), Rickey Green 1954 (Michigan), Fat Lever 1960 (Arizona State), Brian Martin 1962 (Kansas), Jim Les 1963 (Cleveland State and Bradley), Kenny "Sky" Walker 1964 (Kentucky), Henry Turner 1966 (CSU Fullerton), Isaac Austin 1969 (Arizona State), Jay Guidinger 1969 (Minnesota Deluth), and Mustafa Shakur 1984 (Arizona)