Matthew White (basketball)

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Matt White
Personal information
Born (1957-08-15)August 15, 1957
New York City, New York
Died February 11, 2013(2013-02-11) (aged 55)
Nether Providence Township, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Career information
High school Choate (Wallingford, Connecticut)
College Penn (1976–1979)
NBA draft 1979 / Round: 5 / Pick: 100th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Position Center
Career history
1979–1980 Valladolid
1980–1981 RC Náutico Tenerife
1986–1988 Cacaolat Granollers
1988–1990 Puleva Baloncesto Granada
1990–1992 Valvi Girona
1992–1993 Gijón

Matthew Preston White "Matt" Wangler (August 15, 1957 – February 11, 2013) was an American basketball player for the University of Pennsylvania, and was later drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers. He helped lead the Pennsylvania basketball team into the final four of the 1979 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[1][2] He played professionally in the Liga ACB for Valladolid Miñón/Grupo Libro Valladolid, RC Náutico Tenerife, Cacaolat Granollers, Puleva Baloncesto Granada and Valvi Girona.[3]


White was killed by his wife Maria Reyes Garcia-Pellon, a native of Spain, after she allegedly observed him watching child pornography. Police found no pornography on any of the computers in their home.[4] She stabbed him several times in the throat.[5][6] In court proceedings, a plea of temporary insanity was entered. His wife was suffering from schizo-affective disorder at the time and had been off her medication.[7] Matthew had attempted to have her admitted to a psychiatric care center the day before his death, but was only able to make an appointment for the following day.[8] In December 2014 a court dropped the murder charges during a bench trial, and she was subsequently found guilty but mentally ill of voluntary manslaughter.[9] She was paroled pending availability of a bed at Norristown State Hospital [10]