23 Facts About Wally Szczerbiak


Wally Szczerbiak played college basketball for Miami University, and is one of five players to have his Miami jersey retired.


Wally Szczerbiak spent much of his childhood in Europe, during his father's playing career, where he was taught how to speak Spanish and Italian fluently.


Wally Szczerbiak played basketball at Cold Spring Harbor High School in Cold Spring Harbor, New York.


Wally Szczerbiak was named the winner of the Richard Sangler Award as Nassau County's outstanding boys' basketball player.


Wally Szczerbiak competed for the Long Island team in the 1994 Empire State Games.


Wally Szczerbiak was named MAC Player of the Year, and first-team All-American by Basketball News and Sports Illustrated and second-team All-American by the Associated Press.


Wally Szczerbiak finished his college career with a degree in marketing and Miami's second all-time leading scorer with 1,847 points.


In 2001, Wally Szczerbiak became the fifth Miami player to have his jersey retired.


Wally Szczerbiak's best year as a pro was in 2002, when he was a coaches' selection to the Western Conference All-Star team.


Wally Szczerbiak was uncomfortable with the role and wanted to be a starter.


Wally Szczerbiak underwent surgery in the 2006 offseason to fix a knee which had been injured for several months.


Wally Szczerbiak played in 25 regular season games with the Cavaliers averaging 8.2 points and 3.2 rebounds.


Wally Szczerbiak scored 18 points against Detroit on April 16,2008.


Between the SuperSonics and the Cavaliers, Wally Szczerbiak played in 75 games and averaged 11.5 points and 2.9 rebounds.


Wally Szczerbiak was in discussions with the Denver Nuggets in August 2009, about joining the team on a one-year contract.


Wally Szczerbiak reportedly rejected a veteran's minimum contract offer from Denver, opting instead to continue to rehabilitate his knee and possibly test the free agent market later.


Wally Szczerbiak harbored hopes of signing a one-year contract with the New York Knicks.


However, on November 5,2009, Wally Szczerbiak revealed he'd had a third surgery performed on his left knee, which doctors told him would almost certainly end his career.


Wally Szczerbiak succeeded in making the transition to sports broadcasting, becoming a basketball analyst for CBS College Sports.


Currently, Wally Szczerbiak is an analyst at MSG Network covering the New York Knicks as a color analyst backup for Walt Frazier and contributor to the teams' post-game broadcasts.


Wally Szczerbiak is of Ukrainian origin: his grandparents were Ukrainians and met in a refugee camp in West Germany after World War II.


Wally Szczerbiak has a brother, Will, nine years his junior, and a sister, Wendy, thirteen years younger.


In 2013, Wally Szczerbiak was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame.