July 18, 1986 |
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school||Parker (Birmingham, Alabama)|
|NBA draft||2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 32nd overall|
|Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics|
|2009||→Fort Wayne Mad Ants|
|2011||New Mexico Thunderbirds|
|2012||Guangzhou Free Man|
|2013||GlobalPort Batang Pier|
|2014||Reales de La Vega|
|2014||Brujos de Guayama|
|2015||Cocodrilos de Caracas|
Walter L. Sharpe III (born July 18, 1986) is an American professional basketball player.
Sharpe attended Parker High School in Birmingham, Alabama.
He later signed with Mississippi State University. Sharpe's career at Mississippi State was suspended frequently during his freshman season, declared academically ineligible during his sophomore season and eventually left the team.
He transferred to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he averaged 14.2 points per game in 12 games before being declared academically ineligible for the spring semester of the 2007–08 season.
He was selected as the 32nd overall pick by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 2008 NBA Draft. Shortly after being drafted, the Sonics traded his rights to the Detroit Pistons. Shortly after being drafted, Sharpe was diagnosed with narcolepsy, a sleeping disorder that causes excessive sleepiness.
On December 9, 2011, Sharpe signed with the Memphis Grizzlies for the lockout-shortened 2011–12 season's training camp. On December 23, two days before the start of the regular season, Sharpe was waived by the Grizzlies
In March 2013, he signed with GlobalPort Batang Pier of the PBA, replacing Justin Williams as their import. On March 19, 2013, GlobalPort Batang Pier terminated his contract due to "conduct unbecoming of a professional basketball player" after a controversial photo of him sleeping on parking lot pavement went viral. GlobarPort Batang Pier team manager BJ Manalo said that they "will not tolerate actions of any local or foreign player who destroys the integrity" of both their team and that of the PBA. Sharpe played only two games in the PBA.
NBA career statistics
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|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- Walter Sharpe Recruiting Profile
- Mississippi State dismisses forwards Sharpe, Houston
- Irvine, Steve (January 15, 2008). "UAB's Walter Sharpe is academically ineligible". al.com. The Birmingham News. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
- GlobalPort gives sleeping import Sharpe the boot
- "Nuggets Acquire Afflalo, Sharpe from Detroit". NBA.com. July 13, 2009. Retrieved July 13, 2009.
- "Milwaukee Bucks trade Malik Allen to Denver Nuggets for Walter Sharpe, Sonny Weems and cash". InsideHoops.com. July 31, 2009. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
- "Walter Sharpe Waived By Bucks". realgm.com. October 26, 2009. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
- Walter Sharpe moves to Global Port
- "Brujos de Guayama waive Mike Sweetney, sign Walter Sharpe". Sportando.com. July 1, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
- "Walter Sharpe es el tercer importado de Cocodrilos de Caracas". ultimasnoticias.com.ve (in Spanish). February 9, 2015. Retrieved March 12, 2015.