Jerod Ward

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Jerod Ward after speaking to a group in 2016

Jerod Ward
Personal information
Born (1976-05-05) May 5, 1976 (age 41)
Jackson, Mississippi
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 235.4 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school Clinton (Clinton, Mississippi)
College Michigan (1994–1998)
NBA draft 1998 / Undrafted
Playing career 1998–2011
Position Power forward/Center
Number 32, 7, 20, 15, 3
Career history
1998–1999 Grand Rapids Hoops (CBA)
1999–2000 Richmond Rhythm (IBL)
2000–2001 Los Angeles Stars (ABA)
2001 Mobiline Phone Pals (Philippines)
2001–2002 Granada (Spain)
2002 Cibona Zagreb (Croatia)
2002–2003 Granada (Spain)
2003–2004 Café Najjar (Lebanon)
2004 JA Vichy (France)
2004–2005 Jeonju KCC Egis (South Korea)
2005–2006 RB Montecatini Terme (Italy)
2006 Sagesse Beirut (Lebanon)
2006–2009 Toyama Grouses (Japan)
2009 Toros de Aragua (Venezuela)
2009–2011 Fundación Adepal Alcázar (Spain)
Career highlights and awards

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 is a college basketball analyst for ESPN and Motivational Speaker.

Ward was the #1 recruit in the nation winning the Naismith Prep Player of the Year award coming out of Clinton, Mississippi in 1994.[2]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 one of finest Mississippi High School Coaches. In the 2009-2010 season Ward was honored by Clinton High School retiring his jersey #32. 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.[2] Though plagued by injuries at Michigan, Ward ranked 5th in career three-point field goals.[3]

The 6'9", 235 lbs[1] 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.[4] He also played for CB Granada in Spain, Cibona Zagreb (Croatia) and was part of the Toronto Raptors training camp in 2002.[5]


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