DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Former UNC power forward and NBA standout Rasheed Wallace has been named the new head basketball coach at Jordan High School in Durham.
Wallace helped the Tar Heels make a run to the Final Four in 1995 before being taken No. 4 overall in the 1995 NBA Draft by the Washington Bulllets.
He played in the NBA for nearly 20 years – playing for the Bullets, Portland Trail Blazers, Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics, and Knicks.
Wallace said he wants to prepare his players for college and adulthood.
“I like dealing with high school kids, helping them find a better future by teaching them to work hard,” said Wallace. “I plan to help teach them to be responsible and to hold themselves accountable—what we call ‘adulting.’”
He will begin coaching at Jordan for the 2019-20 season.
“This is a special day for Jordan High School and our athletic department,” said Jordan Director of Athletics Shelba Levins. “When we seek leaders for our athletic programs, there are several different types of criteria that are important.”