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USA Basketball Mourns Death Of Former Executive Director William Wall


Aug. 4, 2014, at his home in Bermuda Dunes, California, at 83 years old. On Jan. 1, 1975, Wall undertook


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ABAUSA’s executive director position. The success of ABUSA and USA Basketball during his tenure was remark- able: Olympic gold medals in 1976, 1984 and 1992 for the USA men and 1984 and 1988 for the women; FIBA World Championship titles in 1986 for the men and 1979, 1986 and 1990 for the women; and many more gold medal showings. He oversaw the integration of


professional players into FIBA competitions, including the famed 1992 Dream Team. “The entire USA Basketball family


mourns the passing of Bill Wall. Bill was a treasure to the basketball community worldwide, someone who gave much more than he ever received back. His passion for basketball, as a player, coach, official and as an administrator, was evident to anyone who met him, and his efforts helped grow the game to the popularity it enjoys today,” said USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director Jim Tooley. “Under Bill’s leadership, USA Basketball was recognized as one of the premiere national federations and Bill from the early years on was a true advocate for women's basketball. Bill


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Aug. 16, Chicago, Ill.), Dominican Republic (105-62, Aug. 20, New York, N.Y.), Puerto Rico (112-86, Aug. 22, New York, N.Y.) and Slovenia (101-71, Aug. 26, Gran Canaria, Spain). As a member of four USA


Basketball teams, Irving is 19-0 all-time in a USA jersey. In addition to his FIBA


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Bridgeport, Conn.), Australia (72-66, Sept. 19, Paris, France) and China (99-75, Sept. 20, Paris France), a loss


to France (76-72, Sept. 21, Paris, France) and a win over Czech Republic (76-41, Sept. 23, Prague, Czech Republic).


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will be missed and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.” Wall graduated in 1948 from


Marysville High School (Ohio), received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees from The Ohio State University, and a honorary Doctorate of Public Service from MacMurray College (Ill.). He coached three seasons at the high


school level in Columbus, Ohio, then in 1956 became head basketball coach at Ripon College (Wis.). He was head basketball coach at MacMurray for 18 seasons (1957-75) and also served as the school’s director of athletics (1961-75). Additional highlights of his profes-


sional career include: executive director (1973-75) and president (1972) of the National Association of Basketball


World Cup gold, he participated in the 2013 USA Men’s National Team min- camp; was a member of the 2012 USA Select Team that trained against the U.S. Men’s Olympic Team prior to the 2012 London Olympic Games; he won a gold medal and compiled a 5-0 record at the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship; and he helped the USA to a 101-97 win over the World Select


Tabbed as the 2014 WNBA MVP, an


All-Star and as an All-Defensive second- team selection, Moore also earned the 2014 WNBA scoring title with a league- best 23.9 points per game. In leading Minnesota in 2014 to a


25-9 record and the Western Conference finals, she started in all 34 games and contributed 8.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists


ormer ABAUSA and USA Basketball executive director William (Bill) Wall died on


Coaches (NABC); Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Trustees (1968-92); inductee into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (2004); Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame (2009); Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame; and MacMurray College Athletic Hall of Fame (1988), where he also had the gymnasium there named in his honor; he was a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee Executive Committee (1984- 88); the FIBA Eligibility Committee (1984-91); and the Pan American Basketball Confederation (COPABA) Executive Committee (1983-91). He was a recipient of numerous


awards, including the FIBA Order of Merit for his lifetime service to the game (1994); the John W. Bunn Award from the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame (1994); the USA Basketball Edward S. Steitz Award (1992) for his valuable contributions to international basketball. He is survived by his wife Marilyn


of 36 years, his first wife Patricia Wilder Wall with whom he had two children, Scott and Cynthia Ann Wall, who preceded him in death. He is also survived by his daughter-in-law, Cynthia, and his two grandchildren, William Hayden Wall and Jay Dalton Wall. Memorial contributions may be


made in his memory to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, and MacMurray College.


Team in the 2010 Nike Hoop Summit. Irving completed his third NBA


season in 2013-14, all with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and started in all 71 games played and averaged 20.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.5 steals per game. H was named 2014 All-NBA honorable mention and was selected as a 2014 NBA Eastern Conference All-Star.


per contest. She posted a WNBA record 12 games with 30 or more points in 2014. During the 2013-14 WNBA


offseason, she averaged 39.3 points per game to lead the Women’s Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA) in scoring and to help her team, Shanxi Flame, to a second-straight WCBA championship.


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