Charles O'Bannon

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Charles O'Bannon
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O'Bannon with Toyota Alvark in 2009
Personal information
Born (1975-02-22) February 22, 1975 (age 45)
Bellflower, California
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolArtesia (Lakewood, California)
CollegeUCLA (1993–1997)
NBA draft1997 / Round: 2 / Pick: 31st overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career1997–2013
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
Coaching career2018–present
Career history
As player:
19971999Detroit Pistons
1999–2000Śląsk Wrocław
2000–2002Toyota Alvark
2003Benetton Treviso
2003–2010Toyota Alvark
2010–2011Toshiba Brave Thunders Kanagawa
2011–2013Panasonic Trians
As coach:
2018Seattle Ballers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Charles Edward O'Bannon Sr. (born February 22, 1975) is an American former professional basketball player. He played college basketball with the UCLA Bruins. He was a two-time first-team all-conference player in the Pac-10 (now known as the Pac-12) and teamed with brother Ed to help the Bruins win a national championship in 1995. O'Bannon played two seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the Detroit Pistons and also played overseas in Japan, Poland, and Italy.

College career[edit]

He played college basketball for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Bruins men's basketball team, where he was a star small forward/shooting guard. He was a starter in 1994–95 on the school's 1995 NCAA championship team. O'Bannon was a first team All-Pac-10 selection in 1996 and 1997,[1] and he was also voted co-Most Valuable Player of the Bruins in both of those years.[2] He is the younger brother of former NBA forward Ed O'Bannon, who played with him at UCLA.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Charles O'Bannon was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the third pick in the second round of the 1997 NBA draft. He played for the Pistons for two seasons before being released. He scored his NBA career high of 14 points on April 14, 1999 against the Charlotte Hornets.

O'Bannon continued his professional basketball career by playing in various leagues outside of the United States in Italy, Poland, and Japan. He ended his career in 2013.

Coaching career[edit]

In 2018, O'Bannon was announced as head coach of the Seattle Ballers in the Junior Basketball Association (JBA).[4] During that season, he coached Seattle to a 6–2, as well as a spot in the 2018 JBA Finals, where the team lost to the Los Angeles Ballers. After the conclusion of the league's inaugural season, O'Bannon was named an assistant coach under the JBA USA Team (coached by Los Angeles Ballers' head coach Doyle Balthazer) for their 2018 international tour.


  1. ^ Finney, Ryan (2010). "2010–11 UCLA Men's Basketball Media Guide" (PDF). UCLA Athletic Department. p. 105. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 10, 2011.
  2. ^ Finney 2010, p. 110.
  3. ^ Tom Friend. "O'Bannon Brothers Team Up at U.C.L.A.". New York Times. December 5, 1993. Retrieved on May 1, 2010.
  4. ^ Peter, Josh (June 22, 2018). "LaVar Ball's Junior Basketball Association debuts with a freewheeling style in front of small crowd". USA Today. Archived from the original on June 25, 2018.

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