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Wayne Turner (basketball)


Wayne Turner (basketball)

Wayne Turner (basketball)
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Personal information
Born (1976-03-22) March 22, 1976
Boston, Massachusetts
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Beaver Country Day School
(Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts)
College Kentucky (1995–1999)
NBA draft 1999 / Undrafted
Pro career 1999–2008
Career history
1999 Boston Celtics
1999–2000 Cincinnati Stuff (IBL)
2000 Harlem Globetrotters
2001 Andrea Costa Imola (Italy)
2002 Dakota Wizards (CBA)
2002–2003 Townsville Crocodiles (NBL)
2005 Dakota Wizards (CBA)
2005–2006 Spirou Basket (Belgium)
2006 Boston Frenzy (ABA)
2007–2008 New Zealand Breakers (NBL)
2008 East Kentucky Miners (CBA)

Wayne Keon Turner (born March 22, 1976) is a retired American professional basketball player. He played high school basketball at Beaver Country Day School in Brookline, Massachusetts. As a star point guard for the University of Kentucky's Wildcats during a four-year period in which they won two national titles (1996 and 1998) and lost in the championship game once (1997). He set the NCAA record for games played (which has since broken) with 151 games in his four-year Kentucky Wildcats career.[1][2]

During his college career he appeared twice on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine. Following his college years he played for the NBA's Boston Celtics and the International Basketball League's Cincinnati Stuff.[3] In 2000 he signed with the Harlem Globetrotters.[4] In 2002 he played for the Dakota Wizards of the Continental Basketball Association and helped the team win the 2002 CBA Championship. Turner rejoined the Wizards in 2005, helping them reach the play-offs. In 2008 he returned to the CBA as a member of the East Kentucky Miners.

Wayne Turner also played as an import (non-local) in the Italian team Andrea Costa Imola (September to December 2001),[5] and in the Australasian National Basketball League for the Townsville Crocodiles (2002–03), before his contract was terminated[6] following charges laid in the U.S. after police found an illegally-possessed 9mm handgun, loaded with 12 rounds, in his rental car.[1] Turner said the case was eventually dismissed in 2005.[6] He also signed a one-year deal (2007–08) with the NBL's New Zealand Breakers.[7]

In September 2010, he returned to the University of Kentucky to finish his undergraduate degree, and joined the men's basketball staff at his alma mater.[2]

In literature

Wayne Turner is mentioned in Frank X. Walker's poem "Death by Basketball," found in his volume of poetry, Affrilachia.

See also


  1. ^ a b Guard played for two NCAA champions - Men's College Basketball - ESPN
  2. ^ a b Wayne Turner Joins Men's Basketball Staff - Kentucky Wildcats Official Athletic Site
  3. ^ Holtermann, Pete (February 6, 2000). "Stuff 81, Richmond 78". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved September 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Globetrotters sign former Kentucky standout Wayne Turner". 
  5. ^ "Legabasket". Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Breakers playing smart with imports |
  7. ^ "Basketball: Breakers net NBA player to replace Turner".  

External links

  • Kentucky Wildcats player biography
  • NBA stats @
  • Wayne Turner page
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