Oct. 5, 2011
MONTREAL - St. John's basketball legend Bill Wennington - a 1985 NCAA Final Four participant, a three-time NBA World Champion, a two-time Canadian Olympian and a 2005 inductee into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame - will add another honor to his already-impressive resume on Wednesday, when he is inducted into the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame in Montreal, Canada.
Wennington's Class of 2011 includes hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy, who led the Montreal Canadiens to Stanley Cups in 1986 and 1993, Olympic medalist speed skater Eric Bédard, former Montreal Expos pitcher Denis Boucher and Olympic weightlifter Maryse Turcotte.
Wennington's story is one of great patience, hard work and a burning desire to succeed. He reached the pinnacle of athletic competition by winning three NBA championship rings as a member of the Chicago Bulls and earning a trip to the NCAA Men's Final Four as a member of the 31-4 St. John's Redmen in 1985. The Montreal, Quebec, native came to St. John's from Lutheran High School in Long Island. A McDonald's All-American, Wennington averaged 23 points and 12 rebounds a game and led Lutheran to two New York State championship titles. An impressive 124 games later in a St. John's uniform, Wennington ranks among the school bests in many categories. He is second all-time with a career .579 shooting percentage. His 1,021 career points rank him 46th on the St. John's all-time scoring chart and his 644 career rebounds are listed at 27th.
He is among just 28 St. John's players to have scored 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds in the school's 103-year basketball history. A prolific shot blocker, Wennington had 151 career swats which is third-best in school history and makes him one of six players all-time with more than 1,000 career points, 500 career rebounds and 100 career blocks. As a senior, he was named a second team All-BIG EAST selection. That year he was also selected as a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers All-District II team, a Sporting News honorable mention All-American, a Basketball Weekly All-East selection and a first team All-Metro selection. Wennington was also a member of the Canadian National Team, and was chosen 16th overall in the first round of the NBA draft by the Dallas Mavericks in 1985. He is now an analyst on Chicago Bulls NBA radio broadcasts.
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