Orlando Méndez-Valdez

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Orlando Méndez-Valdez
Orlando Mendez-Valdez.JPG
No. 33 – Maccabi Haifa
Position Guard
League Israeli Basketball Premier League
Personal information
Born (1986-04-29) April 29, 1986 (age 31)
San Antonio, Texas
Nationality American / Mexican
Listed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Career information
High school Lanier (San Antonio, Texas)
Charis Prep (Goldsboro, North Carolina)
College Western Kentucky (2005–2009)
NBA draft 2009 / Undrafted
Playing career 2009–present
Career history
2009–2011 Halcones de Xalapa
2012 Pioneros de Quintana Roo
2012–2016 Halcones de Xalapa
2016–present Maccabi Haifa
Career highlights and awards

Orlando Homer Méndez-Valdez (born April 29, 1986) is an American-born Mexican[1] professional basketball player who plays for Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli Basketball Premier League.

High school career[edit]

Mendez-Valdez attended Lanier High School in San Antonio, Texas, where he graduated in 2004. He was named the San Antonio Player of the year his senior year, and his jersey number was retired in 2009.[2][3]

Mendez-Valdez attended prep school at Charis Prep in Goldsboro, North Carolina.[4] He won the MVP award in the Bull City Classic, and led the team to a championship at the tournament.

College career[edit]

At the collegiate level, Mendez-Valdez played for Western Kentucky University from 2005–2009. He was a member of the 2008 Sweet Sixteen team which included Courtney Lee, Tyrone Brazelton, Ty Rogers, and Boris Siakam. In 2009, he was named the Sun Belt Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year, and the Sun Belt Conference Male Athlete of the Year. In addition, he received All-American accolades, and recorded the first-ever triple double in Western Kentucky history.[5]

International career[edit]

In 2013, Mendez-Valdez helped lead Mexico to victory in the gold medal game against Puerto Rico at the FIBA Americas Championship.

Pan American Games[edit]

  • Pan American Games 2011 Silver Medal Med 2.png

FIBA COCABA Championship[edit]

  • FIBA COCABA Championship 2013 Gold Medal Med 1.png

FIBA Americas Championship[edit]

  • FIBA Americas Championship 2013 Gold Medal Med 1.png


  • Centrobasket 2016 Silver Medal Med 2.png


  1. ^ http://www.wkusports.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/092313aac.html
  2. ^ Flores, David. "Lanier graduate Mendez-Valdez has fond memories of Tractor-Traylor". KENS 5. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Persistence Paid Off for Orlando Mendez-Valdez". ALL KY Hoops Feature. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Charis Prep Home Page, accessed 26 September 2011
  5. ^ WKU Official Athletics Page, accessed 26 September 2011