Former Notre Dame basketball star and long time NBA player, Orlando Woolridge passed away on May 31st at his parents’ home in Mansfield, La. Woolridge was 52 years old.
He was under hospice care due a chronic heart condition.
At Notre Dame, Orlando played on the 1978 team that went to the Final Four. He was only a freshman at the time. As a senior, the star forward averaged 14.4 points and 6.0 rebounds. He was even awarded 3rd team All-American by the United Press International.
Woolridge helped the Irish to a four-year total mark of 92-26 and 4 appearances in the March Madness Tournament. He also helped the Irish defeated 4, #1 ranked teams in the country: Marquette (1977-1978), DePaul (1979-1980), Kentucky (1980-1981), Virginia (1980-1981).
In the 1981 NBA Draft, Woolridge was selected 6th overall by the Chicago Bulls. He played there from 1981-1985. From 1986-1993, Wollridge played for New Jersey Nets, Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers. He finished his NBA career averaging 16.0 points (13,623 career points), 4.3 rebounds (3,696) and 1.9 assists.
Woolridge also played in Italy in 1994-95 and 1995-96 and finished his playing career there.
He graduated from Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters in 1981 with a degree in economics.