Walter Berry (basketball)

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Walter Berry
Walter Berry, Atletico Madrid Villalba.jpg
Personal information
Born (1964-05-14) May 14, 1964 (age 52)
New York City, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Benjamin Franklin
(New York City, New York)
College
NBA draft 1986 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Playing career 1986–2002
Position Power forward
Number 21, 6
Career history
1986 Portland Trail Blazers
19861988 San Antonio Spurs
1988 New Jersey Nets
1988 Houston Rockets
1989–1990 Paini Napoli (Italy)
1990–1991 Atlético de Madrid Villalba (Spain)
1991 Aris (Greece)
1992 Napoli (Italy)
1992–1993 Olympiacos (Greece)
1993–1994 PAOK (Greece)
1994–1995 Iraklis (Greece)
1995–1996 Olympiacos (Greece)
1996–1997 Aris (Greece)
1997–1998 Polti Cantù (Italy)
1998–1999 PAOK (Greece)
1999 Union Olimpija (Slovenia)
2000 Makedonikos (Greece)
2000–2001 Aurora Basket Jesi (Italy)
2001–2002 Panteras de Miranda (Venezuela)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 2,882
Rebounds 971
Assists 292
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Walter Berry (born May 14, 1964) is an American former professional basketball player. After spending three seasons in the NBA, he had a very successful career in various leagues around Europe and the Euroleague. Berry played the power forward position and was known for his very effective left-hand sky hook. Out of New York, Berry was originally nicknamed "The Truth", a nickname subsequently used by current NBA player Paul Pierce.

College career[edit]

Berry's retired St. John's # 21 jersey.

Berry played college basketball for his hometown college, St. John's University, with the St. John's Red Storm. At St. John's he won the John Wooden Award, the Big East Men's Basketball Player of the Year award, plus the USBWA College Player of the Year award in 1986, after averaging 23 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. Berry, nicknamed, "The Truth", was also the second leading scorer on St. John's 1985 Final Four team.

Professional career[edit]

NBA[edit]

Berry was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 14th overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft. However, he did not want to play for the Blazers, and soon after being drafted, he was traded to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for Kevin Duckworth. He spent three seasons in the NBA, from 1986 to 1989, with the Trail Blazers, Spurs, New Jersey Nets, and Houston Rockets. However, he did not get along with some of his coaches, including Larry Brown, while with the San Antonio Spurs.[1] He was released by the New Jersey Nets, after failure to conform to team policy.[2] He holds NBA career averages of 14.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

Europe[edit]

In 1989, Berry went to Italy, where he played for Italian A League club Paini Napoli. After that, he spent much of his career playing in Greece, in the Greek Basket League and the Euroleague, where he forged a reputation as one of the most savvy scorers, with a wide variety of shots and ways of scoring.

Later career[edit]

Berry would continue to play basketball for Jayson Williams' NBA Charity Team. He joined Jayson Williams at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, where Williams' NBA charity team played exhibition games.[citation needed]

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