John Wallace was expect to be a big player for the Knicks when he was drafted. At the time he had to fight for playing time behind Larry Johnson and Charles Oakley, and he played for a demanding defensive coach in Jeff Van Gundy so…Wallace never lived up to the billing. In college he was considered a player with promise.
Wallace led Syracuse University to the NCAA Men’s College Basketball championship game during his senior season in 1996, where they lost to the Kentucky Wildcats. After his college graduation, Wallace played seven seasons in the NBA, with the New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns and the Miami Heat. He was selected with the 18th pick in the 1996 NBA draft by the New York Knicks.
Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights…John Wallace.