Matthew White (basketball)

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Matt White
Personal information
Born (1957-08-15)August 15, 1957
New York City, New York
Died February 11, 2013(2013-02-11) (aged 55)
Nether Providence Township, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Career information
High school Choate (Wallingford, Connecticut)
College Penn (1976–1979)
NBA draft 1979 / Round: 5 / Pick: 100th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Career history
1979–1980 Valladolid
1980–1981 RC Náutico Tenerife
1986–1988 Cacaolat Granollers
1988–1990 Puleva Baloncesto Granada
1990–1992 Valvi Girona
1992–1993 Gijón

Matthew Preston White "Matt" Wangler (August 15, 1957 – February 11, 2013) was an American basketball player for the University of Pennsylvania, and was later drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers. He helped lead the Pennsylvania basketball team into the final four of the 1979 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[1][2] He played professionally in the Liga ACB for Valladolid Miñón/Grupo Libro Valladolid, RC Náutico Tenerife, Cacaolat Granollers, Puleva Baloncesto Granada and Valvi Girona.[3] White was murdered by his wife Maria Rey Garcia-Pellon, after she allegedly observed him watching child pornography. Police reported only finding pictures of naked young women, not children. She stabbed him several times in the throat.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Pennsylvania: Matthew White killed by wife". The Guardian Express. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Matthew White, member of '79 Final Four team, killed by his wife". VOXXI. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Matt White". Liga Endesa. ACB.COM. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Former Penn basketball star stabbed to death in his sleep by his wife 'because she caught him looking at child porn'". London: Daily Mail. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Wife charged with killing ex-Penn basketball star over porn". Retrieved 14 February 2013.