Now that the power from Hurricane Sandy has been fully restored, we come back full-force with What the Hell Happened To, this week, remembering back on the career of Fred Saunders.
Fred originally attended the University of Southwest Louisiana (now known as the University of Louisiana Lafayette) for basketball (college of this Celtic killer and home of a future WTHHT, Oriene Greene). When the school got his for NCAA violations, Saunders left, and wound up attending Syracuse for his senior year. After sitting out the first semester of his senior year, he was made eligible in January of 1974. He averaged around 10 points and an impressive 10 rebounds per game for the Orangemen who made the NCAA tournament.
Despite the modest stats, Fred would be picked in the second round of the
But Fred would get his shot in the playoffs the following season, 1977 when he appeared in 9 games. He'd play a total of 2 seasons with the Celtics, in 1977 and 1978 before being dealt to the New Orleans Jazz in Feb of 78 for a second round pick that would turn into Jeff Judkins. After 30 games in 78 with the Jazz, Fred's NBA career came to an end.
After finishing his career in the NBA, Fred, in the likeness of Lou Tsioropoulos, Mark Acres and Fred Roberts, would go the educational route. He'd become a Physical Education instructor and basketball coach at Franklin Heights High School in Columbus, Ohio. Today he is apparently a successful businessman in Ohio according to Lee Feinswog of the Swon Blog. Read Lee's article too, he talks about living on the same floor back in college as Fred and describes him as "cooler than cool."
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