Donnie Walsh Court now at Fordham Prep
Pacers longtime executive Donnie Walsh had his high school gym named after him at a dedication Tuesday evening. Walsh, who’s in town because the Pacers face the Knicks Wednesday night, was on hand for the event at Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx. A dinner was held following a varsity team scrimmage on the court that now bears his name.
Donnie Walsh Court.
Walsh played at Fordham for three years. He graduated in 1958 and then played at the University of North Carolina. In his time at Fordham, Walsh scored 1,260 points, the second highest total in school history and his scoring average of 25.2 points per game during the 1957-58 season remains a school record.
Among those in attendance for the dedication included: Walsh’s family, Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard, coaches Frank Vogel and Dan Burke, and numerous staff members.
Basketball is life for the 72-year-old. He coached at South Carolina and several other colleges before joining Larry Brown’s staff with the Denver Nuggets. He later took over as the head coach in 1979. Walsh first joined the Pacers in 1984 as an assistant coach, and then he was promoted to general manager two years later. Following a four-year stint (2008-2012) with the York York Knicks – the first three as team president – Walsh returned to the Pacers as president. With Larry Bird back in the fold, Walsh is still seen often at the Fieldhouse as a consultant.
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