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John B. Tresvant (born November 6, 1939) is a retired American basketball player.

John Tresvant
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Personal information
Born (1939-11-06) November 6, 1939 (age 78)
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Spingarn (Washington, D.C.)
College Seattle (1961–1964)
NBA draft 1964 / Round: 5 / Pick: 40th overall
Selected by the St. Louis Hawks
Playing career 1964–1973
Position Power forward / Center
Number 25, 27, 23, 30, 14, 12
Career history
19641965 St. Louis Hawks
19651968 Detroit Pistons
19681969 Cincinnati Royals
19691970 Seattle SuperSonics
1970 Los Angeles Lakers
19701972 Baltimore Bullets
Career statistics
Points 5,118 (9.2 ppg)
Rebounds 3,546 (6.3 rpg)
Assists 806 (1.4 apg)
Stats at

A native of Washington, D.C., he played high school football and baseball, but not basketball as he was cut from the team. After graduating, he joined the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed at Paine Field in Everett, Washington and repaired aircraft radar units. He grew several inches and was playing AAU basketball when Seattle University spotted him and gave him a scholarship after his military stint was up.

A 6'7" forward/center, Tresvant played three seasons at Seattle. He averaged 17.9 points and 14 rebounds per game as a senior, and 12.6 and 11.1, respectively, in his three-year career at Seattle. In 1963, he snared 40 rebounds in a game against the University of Montana at the Seattle Center Arena, the fourth-highest total in NCAA history.[1]

He was selected in the fifth round (40th overall) of the 1964 NBA draft by the St. Louis Hawks.[2] He played nine seasons in the league with St. Louis, the Detroit Pistons, the Cincinnati Royals, the Seattle SuperSonics, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Baltimore Bullets, posting NBA career averages of 9.2 points and 6.3 rebounds.[3]

After retiring from basketball because of a knee injury, Tresvant worked as an industrial arts teacher and middle school basketball coach. In 2006, he invented the Total Rebounder Exercise System (TRES), a basket designed for use in training young players in rebounding techniques.

Tresvant is divorced and the father of three grown children. He resides in Snohomish, Washington.[4]

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  4. ^ "Where Are They Now: John Tresvant". 2006-08-23. Retrieved 2009-08-14.