Wlamir Marques, also commonly known simply as Wlamir (born July 16, 1937 in São Vicente, Brazil) is a retired Brazilian basketball player and basketball coach. Marques is considered to be one of the best Brazilian basketball players of all time, and to have been one of the best players in the world during the nineteen-sixties (except for United States players). Alongside fellow countrymen Amaury Pasos, Algodão, and Rosa Branca, he led the best basketball generation Brazil ever had. At a height of 1.85 m (6'1") tall, he played at the small forward position. He was nicknamed "The Flying Saucer", and "The Blonde Devil".
|Born||July 16, 1937|
São Vicente, Brazil
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|NBA draft||1959 / Undrafted|
|1953–1954||Clube de Regatas Piracicaba|
|1955–1961||XV de Novembro|
|1962–1972||S.C. Corinthians Paulista|
|1973||Tênis Clube de Campinas|
|1963–1964||S.C. Corinthians Paulista women|
|1968||XV de Novembro women|
|1970–1971||S.C. Corinthians Paulista|
|1981–1982||São Caetano women|
|Career highlights and awards|
|As a player:|
Along with Kresimir Cosic, Marques is one of the top two medalists in FIBA World Cup history, having won 2 gold medals and 2 silver medals. He was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991. The Ginásio Poliesportivo Wlamir Marques arena is named after him, in his honor.
At the club level, Marques played as a junior with São Vicente, and at the senior level with XV de Novembro, S.C. Corinthians, and Tênis Clube Campinas. He won the Brazilian League in 1965, with S.C. Corinthians.
National team careerEdit
Marques played for the senior men's Brazilian national team, and with them he won the 1959 FIBA World Championship and the 1963 FIBA World Championship gold medals. He was the MVP of the 1963 FIBA World Championship. He also won silver medals at the 1954 FIBA World Championship and 1970 FIBA World Championship.
He won bronze medals at the 1960 Summer Olympic Games and the 1964 Summer Olympic Games, a silver medal at the 1963 Pan American Games, and bronze medals at the 1955 Pan American Games and 1959 Pan American Games.
After his basketball playing career ended, Marques worked as a head basketball coach. He then worked as a sports commentator for basketball games on ESPN Brasil, and has been an active personality on the show called, "Brazilian Basketball Reborn", working as an important voice on TV and internet channels.