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Jerome Whitehead (September 30, 1956 – December 20, 2012) was an American professional basketball player. He was selected by the San Diego Clippers in the second round (41st overall) of the 1978 NBA draft. A 6'10" center-forward from Marquette University, Whitehead played in 11 National Basketball Association (NBA) seasons from 1978 to 1989. He played for the Clippers, Utah Jazz, Dallas Mavericks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs.

Jerome Whitehead
Personal information
Born(1956-09-30)September 30, 1956
Waukegan, Illinois
DiedDecember 20, 2012(2012-12-20) (aged 56)
El Cajon, California
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolWaukegan (Waukegan, Illinois)
NBA draft1978 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41st overall
Selected by the Buffalo Braves
Playing career1978–1989
PositionCenter / Power forward
Number33, 40, 54, 52, 6
Career history
19781979San Diego Clippers
1979–1980Utah Jazz
1980Dallas Mavericks
1980Cleveland Cavaliers
19811984San Diego Clippers
19841988Golden State Warriors
1988–1989San Antonio Spurs
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points4,423 (6.5 ppg)
Rebounds3,268 (4.8 rpg)
Assists374 (0.6 apg)
Stats at

In his NBA career, Whitehead played in 679 games and scored a total of 4,423 points.[1]

In his junior season at Marquette University, Whitehead helped lead his Warriors to the 1977 national championship. In the semi-final game of the Final Four that season, Whitehead made a game-winning basket at the buzzer in the 1977 national semifinal victory over UNC-Charlotte on a length-of-the-court pass from Butch Lee. Previous to that, UNC-Charlotte's Cedric Maxwell had tied the game with only 3 seconds remaining. The game appeared to be headed for overtime when Whitehead's bucket won the game for the Warriors.

On December 20, 2012, Whitehead was found dead; an autopsy performed on December 21 found Whitehead died as a result of gastrointestinal hemorrhaging.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ Brown, Donald (2006). Great Teams, Players, & Coaches: Stories About High School Basketball from the State of Illinois. AuthorHouse. p. 156. ISBN 9781438937182.
  2. ^ Masterson, Judy. "Jerome Whitehead, former NBA player, dead at 56". Archived from the original on 31 December 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Ex-NBA player Whitehead found dead". Retrieved 30 December 2012.
  4. ^ Hunt, Michael. "Former Marquette basketball player dies at 56". Retrieved 30 December 2012.

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