Saint Thomas Academy has chosen Khalid El-Amin to head up its basketball program and serve as head coach for the varsity team. El-Amin, an accomplished point guard in high school, college and the pros, has many years’ experience as a director of basketball training camps and has served as an assistant high school coach.
“Khalid is a basketball legend in the state of Minnesota. He is a three-time state champion, was a three-time Minnesota High School Player of the Year, was a Minnesota Mr. Basketball winner and was a McDonald's All-American,” said Greg May, athletic and activities director at Saint Thomas Academy. “He went on to UConn to win an NCAA National Championship before having a long professional basketball career. Khalid is an energetic guy who understands the importance of relationships and development when it comes to student-athletes. His vast experience, basketball IQ and winning background is exactly what we were looking for in our next head coach. Khalid is going to do great things at the Academy!”
Since retiring as a professional player, El-Amin has served as an assistant high school basketball coach for three years – two at Burnsville and one at Minneapolis North – and has led training camps for both El-Amin Training and Minneapolis Nike Basketball Camps for 12 years.
El-Amin was drafted by the Chicago Bulls as the 34th pick overall in the 2000 NBA draft. He played one year with Chicago, earning a trip to the Rookie All-Star Game. He then played 15 years for various European teams before retiring due to injuries.
As a college player for the UConn Huskies, El-Amin was named Big East Freshmen of the Year in 1998, the same year he helped Team USA win the gold medal at the Goodwill Games. He led UConn to an NCAA Championship in 1999 and helped the team in being named the All Big East First Team in 2000.
El-Amin made a name for himself in Minnesota basketball while playing for Minneapolis North High School, where he led the team to three consecutive state championships and was thrice named Minnesota Player of the Year. He was named Minnesota Mr. Basketball in 1997. He was inducted into the Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018 as part of the initial class of inductees.