Jay Vincent

Jay Fletcher Vincent (born June 10, 1959) is an American former professional basketball player.

Jay Vincent
Personal information
Born (1959-06-10) June 10, 1959 (age 62)
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolEastern (Lansing, Michigan)
CollegeMichigan State (1977–1981)
NBA draft1981 / Round: 2 / Pick: 24th overall
Selected by the Dallas Mavericks
Playing career1981–1993
PositionSmall forward / Power forward
Number31, 30, 3
Career history
19811986Dallas Mavericks
1986–1987Washington Bullets
19871989Denver Nuggets
1989San Antonio Spurs
1989Philadelphia 76ers
1989–1990Los Angeles Lakers
1990–1991Philips Milano
1991–1992Baker Livorno
1992–1993Robe di Kappa Torino
1993Goccia di Carnia Udine
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points8,729 (15.2 ppg)
Rebounds3,167 (5.5 rpg)
Assists1,124 (2.0 apg)
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com

A 6'7" forward, Vincent played at Michigan State University under coach, Jud Heathcote, where he teamed with Magic Johnson and Greg Kelser to win the 1979 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. Vincent won the Big Ten scoring championship in his junior and senior years. He was then selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the 1981 NBA draft (24th overall pick), and he went on to have a productive 9-year NBA career, playing for the Mavericks (1981–86), Washington Bullets (1986–87), Denver Nuggets (1987–89), San Antonio Spurs (1989), Philadelphia 76ers (1989–1990) and Los Angeles Lakers (1990). He concluded his NBA career in 1990 with 8,729 career points, 3,167 career rebounds, and 1,124 career assists.

Vincent is the older brother of seven-year NBA player and former NBA coach Sam Vincent.

In August 2010 it was revealed that an East Lansing, Michigan, company owned by Vincent was involved in a scam that defrauded about 20,000 people across the United States out of more than $2 million. On August 18, 2010, Vincent and another man were indicted by a federal grand jury on mail fraud charges stemming from conduct between 2006 and 2009.[1] Vincent later pleaded guilty.[2] In July 2011 he voluntarily revoked his bond and was jailed ahead of his September 2011 sentencing.[3] He was sentenced to five and a half years in prison on September 2, 2011.[4] Upon being released in March 2016, he worked as a manager at a Battle Creek, Michigan, based restaurant called Juicy Burger until his release from parole in July 2016.


  1. ^ Grasha, Kevin (August 20, 2010). "Jay Vincent, ex-MSU star, indicted in jobs scam". Lansing State Journal. Retrieved August 1, 2011.
  2. ^ Jay Vincent guilty in Internet scam
  3. ^ "Ex-MSU hoops star Jay Vincent jailed while awaiting fraud sentence". Detroit News. Associated Press. July 29, 2011. Retrieved August 1, 2011.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Jay Vincent gets 5½-year prison term". ESPN. Associated Press. September 3, 2001. Retrieved February 15, 2015.

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