Son of former Atlanta Hawks center to play at Seattle Pacific


Joe Rasmussen, the son of former NBA player Blair Rasmussen, has signed a letter of intent to attend Seattle Pacific University and play men’s basketball.

A 6-foot-8 center from Mercer Island High School, Rasmussen averaged 13.8 points and eight rebounds per game as a junior last year.

“Joe has a bright future in basketball,” SPU coach Ryan Looney said. “He is currently 6-8, weighs 230 pounds and wears a size-19 shoe, so he might still be growing.”

Joe’s father Blair Rasmussen starred at Auburn High School and played eight seasons in the NBA, from 1985 to 1993. A 7-foot center, he was the 15th overall pick in the 1985 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets.

Rasmussen spent most of his career in Denver, averaging double-figures in scoring three times in his career.

In 90-91 season, Rasmussen averaged 12.5 ppg and 9.7 rpg per game in 70 games for the Nuggets.

In total, he appeared in 532 NBA games (282 started), averaging 9.6 ppg 5.7 rpg and 0.9 bpg in 21.4 minutes of playing time.

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