Jerome Whitehead

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Jerome Whitehead
Personal information
Born (1956-09-30)September 30, 1956
Waukegan, Illinois
Died December 20, 2012(2012-12-20) (aged 56)
El Cajon, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Waukegan (Waukegan, Illinois)
NBA draft 1978 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41st overall
Selected by the Buffalo Braves
Playing career 1978–1989
Position Center / Power forward
Number 33, 40, 54, 52, 6
Career history
19781979 San Diego Clippers
1979–1980 Utah Jazz
1980 Dallas Mavericks
1980 Cleveland Cavaliers
19811984 San Diego Clippers
19841988 Golden State Warriors
1988–1989 San Antonio Spurs
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 4,423 (6.5 ppg)
Rebounds 3,268 (4.8 rpg)
Assists 374 (0.6 apg)
Stats at

Jerome Whitehead (September 30, 1956 – December 20, 2012) was an American professional basketball player. He was selected by the San Diego Clippers in the second round (41st overall) of the 1978 NBA draft. A 6'10" center-forward from Marquette University, Whitehead played in 11 National Basketball Association (NBA) seasons from 1978 to 1989. He played for the Clippers, Utah Jazz, Dallas Mavericks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs.

In his NBA career, Whitehead played in 679 games and scored a total of 4,423 points.[1]

In his junior season at Marquette University, Whitehead helped lead his Warriors to the 1977 national championship. In the semi-final game of the Final Four that season, Whitehead made a game-winning basket at the buzzer in the 1977 national semifinal victory over UNC-Charlotte on a length-of-the-court pass from Butch Lee. Previous to that, UNC-Charlotte's Cedric Maxwell had tied the game with only 3 seconds remaining. The game appeared to be headed for overtime when Whitehead's bucket won the game for the Warriors.

On December 20, 2012, Whitehead was found dead; an autopsy performed on December 21 found Whitehead died as a result of gastrointestinal hemorrhaging.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ Brown, Donald (2006). Great Teams, Players, & Coaches: Stories About High School Basketball from the State of Illinois. AuthorHouse. p. 156. ISBN 9781438937182. 
  2. ^ Masterson, Judy. "Jerome Whitehead, former NBA player, dead at 56". Archived from the original on 31 December 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ex-NBA player Whitehead found dead". Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Hunt, Michael. "Former Marquette basketball player dies at 56". Retrieved 30 December 2012. 

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