Wendell Paul Alexis (born July 31, 1964) is a retired American professional basketball player who played for several European clubs, between 1986 and 2004, most notably for ALBA Berlin, where he was voted MVP of the German Bundesliga four times, during his 6-year stay with the club.
|Born||July 31, 1964|
Brooklyn, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|High school||Christ the King|
(Queens, New York)
|NBA draft||1986 / Round: 3 / Pick: 59th overall|
|Selected by the Golden State Warriors|
|1993–1994||Maccabi Tel Aviv|
|1994||Pfizer Reggio Calabria|
|Career highlights and awards|
Alexis was drafted by the Golden State Warriors, just one pick ahead of future Hall of Fame member Dražen Petrović. Alexis never played in the National Basketball Association (NBA), though, but he went on to play in Europe until 2004. He settled in Spain for his first two years there, winning the Korać Cup in 1988, with Real Madrid. From 1988 until 1993, Alexis played in Italy, where he reached the domestic championship's finals in 1989, as a team member of Enichem Livorno. After a brief return to Forum Valladolid, he moved to Israel. As a player for Maccabi Tel Aviv, he won the Israeli League championship. Alexis spent another year in Italy, at Reggio Calabria, before joining French club Levallois.
He then moved to Berlin for ALBA, where he would stay until 2002. Alexis won the German League championship every season there, and he was chosen as the competition's MVP in 1997, 1998, 2000, and 2002. He is still the club's all-time leading scorer, with 5,922 points scored overall, being dubbed "Iceman" by the fans. Alexis competed in the FIBA EuroStars games of 1997–98 and 1998–99, as a member of the Western rosters.
National team careerEdit
Alexis also represented the senior United States national team at the 1998 FIBA World Championship, where Team USA played without any NBA players being available, due to the NBA lockout. He won the bronze medal at the tournament, and he was the team's second best scorer.
After the end of his active professional basketball playing career, Alexis worked as an assistant coach of the NJIT Highlanders college basketball team. In September 2008, Alexis was named an assistant coach of the NBA Development League's Austin Toros.
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- Profile at the official website of Alba Berlin Archived 2011-07-18 at the Wayback Machine (in German)
- "Stats of the US team at the 1998 WC". Archived from the original on 2008-09-10. Retrieved 2008-09-24.
- Toros Basketball: Bench Changes