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James Frederick Saunders (Fred)
Born March 16, 1951 (1951-03-16) (age 59)
Columbus, Ohio
Nationality USA
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
College University of Louisiana at Lafayette Syracuse University
Draft 31st overall, 1974
Phoenix Suns
Pro career 1974–1978
Former teams Phoenix Suns 1974–1976
Boston Celtics 1976–1978

James Frederick Saunders (born June 13, 1951) is a retired American professional basketball player. He is currently a physical education teacher and basketball coach at Franklin Heights High School.

Collegiate career

Fred Saunders began his collegiate career at University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1970; in his three years there, he averaged 6.5 points per game. Saunders transferred to Syracuse University for his senior year. At Syracuse University, Saunders averaged 9.8 points per game as a power forward for the Orangemen. The Orangemen finished the season with a record of 17-9 and went on to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship tournament. At Syracuse, he acquired the nickname "Chocolate Thunder" due to his unique skyhook. Collegiate Stats


Saunders was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1974 National Basketball Association Draft (31st Overall) by the Phoenix Suns; he played power forward for the Phoenix Suns and the Boston Celtics during the 1970s. NBA Stats

After Basketball

Saunders is the physical education teacher and head basketball coach at Franklin Heights High School in Columbus, Ohio. He has one daughter, Amber, who resides in Atlanta, Georgia.



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