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Walt Szczerbiak
Walt Szczerbiak

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Walt Szczerbiak is a 1971 graduate of GW and was named the top collegiate basketball player in the Metropolitan Washington area his senior year after leading the Colonials in scoring (22.8 ppg) and rebounding (13 rpg) while shooting 59.4% from the field. Following graduation, he played a season of professional basketball for the Pittsburgh Condors of the American Basketball Association.

But the 6-6, 220-pounder achieved stardom during eight years of play with Spain's perennial pro powerhouse, Real Madrid. In his first three seasons in Spain, he averaged 33 points a game, shot an amazing 65% from the field and let his team to the European Cup in 1974 and the Intercontinental Cup in 1976. Many referred to him at the time as the Dr. J of Europe. From 1980-82 he played in the Italian League and returned to the Spanish League for the 1983-84 season.

Walt and his wife, Marilyn, have three children Wally, Will and Wendy. His eldest son, Wally, had a lengthy NBA career before retiring in 2008.

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