Jerod Ward

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Jerod Ward
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Personal information
Born (1976-05-05) May 5, 1976 (age 43)
Jackson, Mississippi
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight235.4 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High schoolClinton (Clinton, Mississippi)
CollegeMichigan (1994–1998)
NBA draft1998 / Undrafted
Playing career1998–2011
PositionPower forward / Center
Number32, 7, 20, 15, 3
Career history
1998–1999Grand Rapids Hoops
1999–2000Richmond Rhythm
2000–2001Los Angeles Stars
2001Mobiline Phone Pals
2002Cibona Zagreb
2003–2004Café Najjar
2004JA Vichy
2004–2005Jeonju KCC Egis
2005–2006RB Montecatini Terme
2006Sagesse Beirut
2006–2009Toyama Grouses
2009Toros de Aragua
2009–2011Fundación Adepal Alcázar
Career highlights and awards
* Later vacated

Jerod Davanta Ward (born May 5, 1976)[1] is an American former professional basketball player, who played shooting guard, small forward, power forward and center positions.[1] Currently, Ward is a TEDx & Motivational Keynote Speaker, Consultant, Coach and College Basketball Analyst for networks including ESPN, Fox Sports and Spectrum Sports.[2]

Ward was the number one recruit in the nation winning the Naismith Prep Player of the Year award coming out of Clinton, Mississippi in 1994.[3] The 1994 McDonald's All-American, First Team Parade & Slam magazine, USA Today, Basketball Times All-American scored 2,652 points with more than 800 rebounds in three varsity seasons at Clinton High School. As a senior, Ward averaged 29.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game for the 26–3 Arrows. He posted 51 & 49 points games along with a 19-rebound game in his senior year campaign. As a junior, Ward averaged 29.5 points and 9.3 rebounds while leading Clinton Arrows to the Class 5A state championship; averaging 33.5 points in the state in tournament. As a sophomore, Ward averaged 27.5 points and 9.5 rebounds. He was coached by Joel Boone. In the 2009–10 season Ward was honored by Clinton High School retiring his number 32 jersey. He signed with the University of Michigan and comprised part of its highly touted Fab Five II that included Travis Conlan, Maceo Baston, Willie Mitchell, and Maurice Taylor.[3] Though plagued by injuries at Michigan, Ward ranked fifth in career three-point field goals.[4]

The six foot nine inch, 235 lbs forward has played for the Grand Rapids Hoops of the CBA, In 1998–99, he averaged 14.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game and was named to the CBA All-Rookie team.[5][1] He also played for CB Granada in Spain, Cibona Zagreb (Croatia) and was part of the Toronto Raptors training camp in 2002.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Jerod Ward Eurobasket Profile". Retrieved 20 December 2013.
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  3. ^ a b "Looking Back at Michigan's Top Recruits of the Past 20 Years". 4 November 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Jerod Ward Profile". Archived from the original on 20 December 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  5. ^ 1999-2000 Official CBA Guide and Register, page 310
  6. ^ "Raptors Training Camp Roster". 30 September 2002. Retrieved 20 December 2013.