April 26, 1963 |
|Listed height||7 ft 0 in (213 cm)|
|Listed weight||245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school||Long Island Lutheran
(Brookville, New York)
|College||St. John's (1981–1985)|
|NBA draft||1985 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16th overall|
|Selected by the Dallas Mavericks|
|Pro playing career||1985–2000|
|1991–1993||Virtus Bologna (Italy)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||3,301 (4.6 ppg)|
|Rebounds||2,148 (3.0 rpg)|
|Assists||440 (0.6 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
William Percey "Bill" Wennington (born April 26, 1963) is a retired Canadian basketball player who won three NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls. A center, he represented Canada in the 1984 Olympics and in the 1983 World University Games, where Canada won gold after defeating the USA and Yugoslavia. He was also on the Canadian team that narrowly missed qualification for the 1992 Olympics. Wennington has been inducted into the Quebec Basketball Hall of Fame and the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame.
Wennington attended New York's Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School, where he played under coach Bob McKillop, and led the Crusaders to, at one time, a No. 1 ranking in the northeast region, and a top 10 ranking in the nation. He then was recruited to St. John's University, and he played on one NCAA Final Four team under basketball coach Lou Carnesecca.
He was drafted 16th in the first round of the 1985 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks, where he played his first several seasons. Wennington made his NBA debut on October 29, 1985. On June 26, 1990, he was traded to the Sacramento Kings along with two 1990 first-round draft picks in exchange for Rodney McCray and two future second round draft picks.
Before signing as a free-agent with the Chicago Bulls in 1993, he spent a few years in Italy playing for Virtus (Knorr) from Bologna. In 1998, Chicago-area McDonald's restaurants sold a sandwich named after Wennington called the Beef Wennington. After the break-up of the highly successful Chicago Bulls of the 1990's, Wennington played his final NBA season in familiar territory with the Sacramento Kings.
After his playing career, Wennington became a radio color commentator for the Bulls.
- Elliott Harris. "Beefing up his role - Bulls' Wennington latest burger celebrity". Chicago Sun-Times. March 8, 1998. Sports, 14.
- 2012-13 Chicago Bulls media guide. pg. 418.
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- CSTV.com with story on Wennington's induction into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame
- Career Statistics