Ben Wallace inducted into Virginia Sports Hall of Fame


ben-wallaceEx-NBA star and former Virginia Union University player Ben Wallace has been inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, according to Athlete Promotions.

“I think the biggest thing that happened to me coming to Virginia Union was the fact that I started to grow up and become a man,” Wallace said.

During the ceremony he was honored for his decorated career at Virginia Union and for his outstanding play in the NBA from 1996 to 2012.

Wallace averaged 13.4 points and 10 rebounds during his career and earning NCAA Division II first team All-American honors as a senior in 1996 after helping his team to a 28-3 overall record and a berth in the NCAA Division II Final Four.

He went on to play 16 seasons in the NBA with the Washington Bullets, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls, and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Wallace appeared in total of 1088 games (912 started), averaging 5.7 ppg, 2.0 bpg and 9.6 rpg.

Wallace was a 4-time NBA All-Star, won an NBA title with the Detroit Pistons in 2003-04. Known for his rebounding and shot-blocking ability, Wallace led the NBA in offensive rebounds twice, in defensive rebounds once during his career. He twice led the NBA in rebounds per game and once in blocks per game.



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