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Priest Lauderdale

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Priest Lauderdale
Priest Lauderdale, Sofia, Bulgaria, 30 May 2011
Personal information
Born (1973-08-31) August 31, 1973 (age 50)
Chicago, Illinois
NationalityAmerican / Bulgarian
Listed height7 ft 4 in (2.24 m)
Listed weight330 lb (150 kg)
Career information
High schoolCarver (Chicago, Illinois)
CollegeCentral State (1993–1994)
NBA draft1996: 1st round, 28th overall pick
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career1995–2016
Number15, 30
Career history
1996–1997Atlanta Hawks
1997–1998Denver Nuggets
2000Grand Rapids Hoops
2000Fort Wayne Fury
2001Connecticut Pride
2001Gaiteros del Zulia
2002Apollon Limassol
2002–2005Lukoil Academic
2005–2006Al-Ittihad Jeddah
2006Saba Mehr Kazvin
2007Al-Ittihad Jeddah
2007Al Nasr
2008Shandong Lions
2008–2009Mahram Tehran
2009–2010Saba Mehr Qazvin
2011Levski Sofia
2011Bucaneros de La Guaira
2014–2016Oxford City Hoops
Career highlights and awards
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Priest Lauderdale (born August 31, 1973) is an American-Bulgarian[1][2] former professional basketball player.

College career[edit]

Lauderdale attended high school at Carver Military Academy, in Chicago, Illinois. After high school, Lauderdale played college basketball at Central State University, in Wilberforce, Ohio, where he played with the Central State Marauders (1993–1994). Lauderdale also attended Kaskaskia College, in Centralia, Illinois, but he did not play competitive basketball while he was there.

Professional career[edit]

After college, Lauderdale, a 7'4" (2.24 m) tall, 330 lbs. (150 kgs), center, played professionally in the Greek Basket League. He played with Peristeri Athens, during the 1995–96 season. He also played in the Greek League All-Star Game that season.

Lauderdale was selected in the first round, with the 28th overall pick of the 1996 NBA draft, by the Atlanta Hawks. Lauderdale saw action in 35 NBA regular season games played with the Atlanta Hawks, in the 1996–97 season. He averaged 3.2 points, as well as 1.2 rebounds per contest, and he also played in three playoff games for Atlanta that season. He concluded his brief NBA career with the Denver Nuggets, in the 1997–98 season, in which he averaged 3.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per game, in 39 games played for the team.[3] Lauderdale also played with the Fort Wayne Fury, in the Continental Basketball Association, and with the Connecticut Pride, in the International Basketball League, during the 2000–01 season.[4]

Lauderdale played professionally with the Bulgarian Basketball League club Lukoil Academic, from 2002 to 2005. While he was a member of the club, he received Bulgarian citizenship.[5][6]

During his pro club career, Lauderdale also played in numerous other countries besides Greece and Bulgaria, including: Venezuela, Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, China, Iraq, Lebanon, and the United Kingdom.

Coaching career[edit]

Lauderdale has worked as a basketball coach at youth camps in Germany.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ PRIEST LAUDERDALE basketball profile Nationality: USA-Bulgarian.
  2. ^ 24sec.net – Basketball News – Priest Lauderdale – a Bulgarian. Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Priest Lauderdale | Denver Nuggets". www.nba.com. Retrieved 2022-03-27.
  4. ^ "Priest Lauderdale minor league basketball Statistics on StatsCrew.com". www.statscrew.com. Retrieved 2022-03-27.
  5. ^ PRIEST LAUDERDALE basketball profile Nationality: USA-Bulgarian.
  6. ^ 24sec.net – Basketball News – Priest Lauderdale – a Bulgarian. Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Priest Lauderdale: Ehemaliger NBA Basketballer bei HOOP-CAMPS". www.hoop-camps.de. Retrieved 2022-03-27.

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