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Walter Berry
Nickname The Truth
Position Power forward
Height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Born May 14, 1964 (1964-05-14) (age 45)
New York City, New York
Nationality USA
College St. John's
Draft 14th overall, 1986
Portland Trail Blazers
Pro career 1986–1999
Former teams Portland Trail Blazers (1986)
San Antonio Spurs (1986–1988)
New Jersey Nets (1988–1989)
Houston Rockets (1989)
Paini Napoli (1989–1990)
Atletico de Madrid (1990–1991)
DePi Napoli (1991)
Aris BC (1991–1992)
Olympiacos BC (1992-1993, 1995-1996)
Iraklis BC (1994–1995)
PAOK BC (1993-1994, 1998-1999)
Aris BC (1996–1997)
Polti Cantù (1997–1998)
KK Union Olimpija, Alfa Makedonikos (2000)
Sic Jesi (2001)
Awards John Wooden Award (1986)
USBWA College Player of the Year (1986)
Greek League Scoring Leader 1995

Walter Berry (born May 14, 1964, in Harlem [1]New York City, USA) is an American former professional and college basketball player.


College career

He played basketball for his hometown college, St. John's University, and won the John Wooden Award and the Big East Men's Basketball Player of the Year award plus USBWA College Player of the Year in 1986, 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.

Pro career

Berry was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 14th overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft. He did not however want to play for the Blazers and soon after being drafted was traded to the Spurs in exchange for Kevin Duckworth. He spent three seasons in the NBA, from 1986 to 1989 with the Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, New Jersey Nets, and Houston Rockets. Walter Berry did not get along with some of coaches from different teams including Larry Brown while with the San Antonio Spurs. [2]. He was released by the New Jersey Nets after failure to conform to team policy. [3] He played the power forward position and he was known for his very effective left-hand sky hook. In 1989 Walter went to Italy where he played for Paini Napoli. Berry spent much of his career playing in Greece in the Greek A1 League, where he forged a reputation as one of the most savvy scorers of his generation, with a wide variety of shots and ways of scoring. He was particularly popular on Iraklis BC, whom he inspired to 3rd place in the Greek Championship in 1994-95 with a series of memorable performances.

Later career

He 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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Preceded by
Chris Mullin
John R. Wooden Award (men)
Succeeded by
David Robinson


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