Cory Blackwell

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Cory Blackwell
Personal information
Born (1963-03-27) March 27, 1963 (age 53)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Crane (Chicago, Illinois)
College Wisconsin (1981–1984)
NBA draft 1984 / Round: 2 / Pick: 28th overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Position Small forward
Number 30
Career history
1984–1985 Seattle SuperSonics
1985–1986 Olympique Antibes (France)
1986–1987 Fenerbahçe (Turkey)
1987–1988 NMKY Helsinki/Sornaisten (Finland)
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Cory Blackwell (born March 27, 1963) is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 2nd round (28th overall) of the 1984 NBA Draft. A 6'6" forward from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Blackwell appeared in only one NBA season, playing for the Sonics during the 1984-85 season, appearing in 60 games and scoring a total of 202 points.[1] He has been a minister for the International Churches of Christ and is a Middle East World Sector Leader[2] (overseeing minister) for the International Christian Churches.[3] He will also begin serving as an Evangelist for their Chicago congregation.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Cory Blackwell was born in Chicago. He was raised Sunni Muslim by his mother, Wazirah. After attending Crane Technical High School, located in the westside of Chicago, he was accepted into the University of Wisconsin. He played on the school's basketball team and was later drafted into the NBA.

After his time in the NBA, Blackwell lived in Chicago. Later on he and his then wife, Megan, were baptized there in 1990 into the Chicago International Church of Christ.[5] In 1991, he was asked by Kip McKean to move to LA. In 1994, he and his then wife were selected to be the Middle East World Sector Leaders (WSL) since Cory's mother, Wazirah, was a muslim.[6] In 2000 he and Megan stepped down from the ministry and later they divorced in 2002.

In 2010, Cory Blackwell joined the ICC and after remarrying, he was appointed Middle East WSL. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California.[7] This summer he and his current wife, Jeraldine, are moving to Chicago to lead the Chicago ICC and oversee the Midwest and Middle East from there.[8]