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Lorenzo Charles

Date of birth : 1963-11-25
Date of death : 2011-06-27
Birthplace : Brooklyn, New York, United States
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2011-06-28

Lorenzo Emile Charles, nicknamed Zo was an American college and professional basketball player.

Career history

1985–1986 Atlanta Hawks
1986–1987 Arexons Cantù (Italy)
1987–1988 Irge Desio (Italy)

Charles was a graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School. While playing for the North Carolina State University Wolfpack, Charles scored the game-winning dunk in the championship game of the 1983 NCAA Tournament over the heavily favored Houston Cougars led by Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde "The Glide" Drexler and the rest of Phi Slama Jama. Coincidentally, Charles would go on to play for a Cougars team years later — for the United States Basketball League's Raleigh Cougars.

Charles was selected 41st overall in the 1985 NBA draft and went on to have a modest professional career, playing briefly in the National Basketball Association with the Atlanta Hawks, as well as with several European teams, particularity in Italy for Arexons Cantù and Irge Desio.

Charles died on June 27, 2011 in a bus crash on Interstate 40 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was at the controls of the Elite Coach rental bus; there were no passengers.

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