William Avery (basketball)

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William Avery
Personal information
Born (1979-08-08) August 8, 1979 (age 37)
Augusta, Georgia
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Oak Hill Academy
(Mouth of Wilson, Virginia)
College Duke (1997–1999)
NBA draft 1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall
Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves
Playing career 1999–2011
Position Point guard
Number 5
Career history
19992002 Minnesota Timberwolves
2002–2003 Strasbourg IG
2003 Makedonikos
2004 Hapoel Tel Aviv
2004–2005 Hapoel Jerusalem
2005 Azovmash Mariupol
2005–2006 Panionios
2006–2007 Alba Berlin
2007 Galatasaray Café Crown
2007–2008 AEK Athens
2008–2009 Trikala 2000
2009 PAOK
2011 Energa Czarni Slupsk

William Franklin "Will" Avery Jr. (born August 8, 1979) is an American former professional basketball player.

College career[edit]

Avery, at 6 ft 2 in (1.90 m), was the starting point guard on the 1998–99 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team, where he averaged 14.9 points and 5.0 assists per game his sophomore year. After winning 32 straight games, Duke lost in the National Championship game to the University of Connecticut. Avery, along with Elton Brand and Corey Maggette, became one of the first players under Mike Krzyzewski to leave Duke before graduating.

Professional career[edit]


Avery was selected 14th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1999 NBA Draft after his sophomore year. He averaged 2.7 points per game and 1.4 assists per game in 142 NBA games over three seasons with the Timberwolves.

Israel and Europe[edit]

Avery was not signed by any NBA teams after his 3-year contract with the Timberwolves expired in 2002, so he moved his career overseas. Avery played with the following pro clubs: Hapoel Tel-Aviv and Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli League, Strasbourg IG of the French League, Azovmash Mariupol of the Ukrainian League, Makedonikos Alfa, Panionios, and AEK Athens of the Greek League, ALBA Berlin of the German League, and Galatasaray Café Crown of the Turkish League.

Avery was released from Galatasaray in October 2007, just three months after signing with the club. He then immediately moved to Greece and signed with AEK Athens. He joined Trikala 2000 in 2008. In the summer of 2009, he moved to PAOK BC. In February 2011 he signed with Energa Czarni Slupsk in Poland.[1]


Avery retired from professional basketball in 2012. He currently resides in Evans, Ga.[2]


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