Player Profile: Brendan Haywood


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Position: Center
Height: 7-0
Weight: 263 lbs.
Birthdate : November 27, 1979
College: North Carolina
High School: Dudley, Greensboro, NC
NBA Years: 8
Drafted: 20th overall (first round) by Cleveland in 2001

Career Transactions: Draft rights traded by Cleveland to Orlando for Michael Doleac (6/27/01)...Draft rights traded by Orlando to Washington for Laron Profit and a first-round draft pick (8/1/01)…Signed a contract extension with Washington (11/1/04).

Professionally: Is the longest-tenured Wizards player…Had his best season as a professional in 2007-08 with career-high averages with 10.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.4 offensive rebounds in 27.9 minutes per game, with a .735 free throw percentage…Has registered two career games with seven blocked shots, one of which tied a Verizon Center record for blocks in a game (vs. ATL, 12/19/01)…Named NBA Rookie of the Month in December 2001.

Personally: Served as color commentator for Comcast SportsNet on select Washington Mystics WNBA games in the summer of 2008, as well as in 2003, 2004 and 2005…Hosts an annual free one-day basketball camp for Greensboro, North Carolina, youth at his alma mater, Dudley High School…Has provided single mothers with gift cards to local grocery stores and tickets to Wizards games…Donated over $25,000 to provide 40 computers to the Guilford Preparatory Academy in Greensboro, NC…As a champion of educational endeavors, joined the Community Foundation of Greensboro to sponsor a book fair for Peck Elementary School…Is a fixture at Wizards community events, including “Abe’s Table” and the Wizards’ annual Family-to-Family Holiday Delivery…Has visited wounded persons at Andrews Air Force Base…Hosted “Haywood’s All-Star Teachers” and rewarded 10 winning teachers from the Washington, DC area with $1,000…Held a youth basketball camp at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA…Majored in communications at UNC…Has a personal website at, and authors a blog on yardbarker…Resides in Arlington, VA.