Walter Sharpe

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Walter Sharpe
No. 42 – Cocodrilos de Caracas
Position Forward
League Liga Profesional de Baloncesto
Personal information
Born (1986-07-18) July 18, 1986 (age 28)
Huntsville, Alabama
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school Parker (Birmingham, Alabama)
College Mississippi State (2004–2006)
UAB (2007–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 32nd overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Pro career 2008–present
Career history
2008–2009 Detroit Pistons
2009 Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2010 Idaho Stampede
2010–2011 Dakota Wizards
2011 New Mexico Thunderbirds
2012 Guangzhou Free Man
2013 GlobalPort Batang Pier
2014 Reales de La Vega
2014 Brujos de Guayama
2015–present Cocodrilos de Caracas

Walter L. Sharpe III (born July 18, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cocodrilos de Caracas of the Liga Profesional de Baloncesto (LPB).

Early career[edit]

Sharpe attended Parker High School in Birmingham, Alabama.

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Sharpe was listed as the No. 9 power forward and the No. 44 player in the nation in 2004.[1]

He later signed with Mississippi State University. Sharpe's career at Mississippi State was suspended frequently during his freshman season, declared academically ineligible during his sophomore season and eventually left the team.[2]

He transferred to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he averaged 14.2 points per game in 12 games before being declared academically ineligible for the spring semester of the 2007–08 season.[3]

Professional career[edit]

He was selected as the 32nd overall pick by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 2008 NBA Draft. Shortly after being drafted, the Sonics traded his rights to the Detroit Pistons. Shortly after being drafted, Sharpe was diagnosed with narcolepsy, a sleeping disorder that causes excessive sleepiness.[4][5]

On July 13, 2009, he was traded along with Arron Afflalo to the Denver Nuggets for a second round pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.[6]

On July 31, 2009, he was traded along with Sonny Weems and cash considerations to the Milwaukee Bucks for Malik Allen.[7] On October 26, 2009, he was waived by the Bucks.[8]

In March 2013, he signed with GlobalPort Batang Pier of the PBA, replacing Justin Williams as their import.[9] On March 19, 2013, GlobalPort Batang Pier terminated his contract due to "conduct unbecoming of a professional basketball player" after a controversial photo of him sleeping on parking lot pavement went viral. GlobarPort Batang Pier team manager BJ Manalo said that they "will not tolerate actions of any local or foreign player who destroys the integrity" of both their team and that of the PBA. Sharpe played only two games in the PBA.[4]

On July 1, 2014, he signed with Brujos de Guayama of Puerto Rico.[10] He left Guayama after appearing in only one game.

On February 9, 2015, he signed with Cocodrilos de Caracas of Venezuela for the 2015 LPB season.[11]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Detroit 8 0 2.5 .364 .000 .000 .4 .0 .0 .2 1.0
Career 8 0 2.5 .364 .000 .000 .4 .0 .0 .2 1.0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walter Sharpe Recruiting Profile
  2. ^ Mississippi State dismisses forwards Sharpe, Houston
  3. ^ Irvine, Steve (January 15, 2008). "UAB's Walter Sharpe is academically ineligible". al.com (The Birmingham News). Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b GlobalPort gives sleeping import Sharpe the boot
  5. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1817&dat=20080628&id=MssyAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Mb8EAAAAIBAJ&pg=6756,3759388
  6. ^ "Nuggets Acquire Afflalo, Sharpe from Detroit". NBA.com. July 13, 2009. Retrieved July 13, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Milwaukee Bucks trade Malik Allen to Denver Nuggets for Walter Sharpe, Sonny Weems and cash". InsideHoops.com. July 31, 2009. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Walter Sharpe Waived By Bucks". realgm.com. October 26, 2009. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  9. ^ Walter Sharpe moves to Global Port
  10. ^ "Brujos de Guayama waive Mike Sweetney, sign Walter Sharpe". Sportando.com. July 1, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Walter Sharpe es el tercer importado de Cocodrilos de Caracas". ultimasnoticias.com.ve (in Spanish). February 9, 2015. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 

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