|Draft:||1982 (2nd Rd.)|
|College:||San Francisco ('82)|
Wallace Bryant (born July 14, 1959 in Madrid, Spain) was obtained from the Chicago Bulls on September 14, 1984 for a conditional 1986 second round draft choice. He was only the second 7-foot player in Mavericks history standing at an even 7-foot -- Ralph Drollinger was the first.
Bryant attended the University of San Francisco and was the school's second leading scorer behind Quintin Dailey as a sophomore, junior and senior and he led the Dons in rebounding and shot blocking in each of his last three season at USF. He was used mainly as a forward in his freshman year when Bill Cartwright was USF's all-American center. He moved to the post as a sophomore and upon completing his career at San Francisco was the Dons' fifth all-time leading rebounder and sixth all-time leading scorer. Bryant teamed with Cartwright and Daily to earn three consecutive West Coast Conference championships and four NCAA tournament berths.
Bryant was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the second round of the 1982 NBA draft. Selecting to play in Italy, he helped lead his team, Ford Cantu, to the Euroleague title.
He returned to the States and joined the Bulls for the 1983-1984 season averaging 4.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in just 10.9 minutes.
After a difficult rookie season in Chicago, the Mavs acquired Bryant from Chicago. While with the Mavs, Bryant played in 65 games and averaged three points a game in around 16 minutes of game time.
On November 26, 1986, Bryant was waived by Dallas and was picked up shortly after by the Los Angeles Clippers, where he would play only 8 games before calling it a career. Bryant officially retired after the 1986 season after three seasons in the NBA.
Bryant went on to play three seasons in Europe (one in Spain and two in Italy) and more in South America before retiring from basketball completely in 1996.
Folliwng his playing career, Bryant coached with Jackson of the USBL and California of the ABA. Today he is the CEO of the Next Level Basketball Academy in Stockton, California.
He was named to the University of San Francisco Sports Hall of Fame in February of 2008.