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John Francis Wetzel (born October 22, 1944) is an American former professional basketball player and coach. A 6'5" guard, he played collegiately at Virginia Tech and was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 8th round of the 1966 NBA draft. Over a seven-year career, Wetzel played for three teams: the Lakers, the Phoenix Suns, and the Atlanta Hawks. He later coached the Suns during the 1987-88 NBA season. He served as an assistant for several other teams, retiring from basketball in 2004. Wetzel currently splits time in Tucson, Arizona and Maui, Hawaii.

John Wetzel
John Wetzel (head coach)- Phoenix Suns.jpg
Wetzel in 1987
Personal information
Born (1944-10-22) October 22, 1944 (age 74)
Waynesboro, Virginia
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High schoolWilson Memorial
(Fishersville, Virginia)
CollegeVirginia Tech (1963–1966)
NBA draft1966 / Round: 8 / Pick: 75th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Playing career1967–1976
PositionSmall forward / Guard
Number24, 25, 33
Career history
As player:
1967–1968Los Angeles Lakers
19701972Phoenix Suns
19721975Atlanta Hawks
1975–1976Phoenix Suns
As coach:
19791987Phoenix Suns (assistant)
1987–1988Phoenix Suns
Career NBA statistics
Points1,215 (3.4 ppg)
Rebounds682 (1.9 rpg)
Assists494 (1.4 apg)
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