Wayne Brabender

American-Spanish basketball player and coach

Wayne Brabender
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Brabender (#4 in white)
Personal information
Born (1945-10-16) October 16, 1945 (age 76)
Montevideo, Minnesota
NationalitySpanish
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High schoolMilan (Milan, Minnesota)
College
NBA draft1967 / Round: 14 / Pick: 145th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career1967–1985
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
Number4, 14
Coaching career1990–2004
Career history
As player:
1967–1983Real Madrid
1983–1985Caja Madrid
As coach:
1990–1991Real Madrid
1991–1992Gran Canaria
1994–1997Valladolid
2004CB Illescas
Career highlights and awards
As a player:
  • 4× FIBA Intercontinental Cup champion (1976–1978, 1981)
  • 4× EuroLeague champion (1968, 1974, 1978, 1980)
  • 13× Spanish League champion (1968–1977, 1979, 1980, 1982)
  • 7× Spanish Cup winner (1970–1975, 1977)
  • 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors (2008)
  • EuroBasket MVP (1973)
  • FIBA European Selection (1974–1976, 1979, 1980)
  • FIBA's 50 Greatest Players (1991)
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Medals

Wayne Donald Brabender Cole (born October 16, 1945) is an American-born Spanish retired professional basketball player and coach. He acquired Spanish citizenship in 1968,[1] relinquishing his U.S. citizenship to qualify for the Spanish national team.[2] At a height of 6'4" (1.93 m), he could play at either the shooting guard or small forward positions. He was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991. On February 3, 2008, Brabender was chosen as one of the 50 most influential personalities to European professional club basketball, over the previous half-century, by the EuroLeague Basketball Experts Committee.[3]

College career

Born in Montevideo, Minnesota, Brabender played college basketball at Willmar Junior College (now Ridgewater College) and the University of Minnesota Morris after a high school career at Milan High School.[4]

Club playing career

Brabender was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 14th round (145th overall) of the 1967 NBA Draft, though he never played in the NBA. Brabender came to Spain in order to gain experience, and he ended up contributing to four EuroLeague titles won by Real Madrid in 1968, 1974, 1978, and 1980. With Real Madrid, he also won 13 Spanish League championships, 7 Spanish Cups, and 4 Intercontinental Cups.

National team playing career

Brabender played for the senior men's Spain national basketball team, and he won the silver medal at the EuroBasket 1973, where he was also named the MVP of the tournament. He also played at the EuroBasket 1971, the 1972 Summer Olympic Games, the 1974 FIBA World Championship, EuroBasket 1975, the 1975 Mediterranean Games, EuroBasket 1977, EuroBasket 1979, the 1980 Summer Olympic Games (where Spain achieved 4th place), EuroBasket 1981, and the 1982 FIBA World Championship.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Brabender Wayne Brabender Cole". RealMadrid.com. Archived from the original on December 29, 2021. Retrieved April 12, 2022.
  2. ^ "Ex-American basketballer to play in Moscow Olympics for Spain". Wilmington Morning Star. Wilmington, North Carolina. Associated Press. July 12, 1980. p. 1-C. Retrieved April 7, 2022 – via Google News.
  3. ^ "EuroLeague official website, Experts decide European Club Basketball's 50 greatest contributors".
  4. ^ Brown, Curt (October 24, 2018). "A basketball star's journey, from Milan (Minn.) to Madrid". Star Tribune. Retrieved August 9, 2020.

External links

  • Euroleague.net Profile
  • LeyendasBaloncestoRealMadrid.es (in Spanish)
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Spain squad1980 Summer Olympics – 4th place
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Real Madrid 1977–78 FIBA European Champions Cup winners
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Real Madrid 1979–80 FIBA European Champions Cup winners
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EuroLeague's 50 Greatest Contributors (2008)
35 players
10 coaches
5 referees
  • Artenik Arabadjian
  • Mikhail Davidov
  • Ľubomír Kotleba
  • Yvan Mainini
  • Costas Rigas