Walt Davis

Basketball
Nederland High School

Biography

Walt Davis (Walter Francis "Buddy" Davis; born January 5, 1931) is an Olympic gold medalist in the high jump, and later basketball player, from the United States. He was born in Beaumont, Texas.
Despite contracting polio at age nine and being unable to walk for three years, Davis had a standout athletic career at Texas A&M University and later won Olympic gold in the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland, with a leap of 2.04 metres (6 ft 8 in).
The Philadelphia Warriors selected the 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) Davis in the second round of the 1952 NBA Draft. He spent five seasons with the Warriors and St. Louis Hawks, averaging 4.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

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