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John Vallely
John Vallely.jpg
Vallely from the 1970 UCLA yearbook
Personal information
Born (1948-10-03) October 3, 1948 (age 71)
Newport Beach, California
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High schoolCorona del Mar
(Newport Beach, California)
NBA draft1970 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career1970–1975
PositionShooting guard
Number40, 33
Career history
19701971Atlanta Hawks
1971–1972Houston Rockets
1975Belgium Lions
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

John Vallely (born October 3, 1948) is an American former professional basketball player from Balboa Island, Newport Beach, California who played for UCLA and in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

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High school career

Vallely attended Corona del Mar High School, where he was a guard turned forward. He was selected to the all California Interscholastic Federation team and twice captured All Irvine League honors.

College career

As a 6'2" forward for Orange Coast College, Vallely averaged 26 points per game and broke 18 scoring records. He was selected a junior college All-American. He dribbled with his left hand and shot with his right hand. He was especially good at shooting an outside jump shot.

After transferring to UCLA in 1968, he became an integral member of the Bruins' backcourt in 1968. Vallely was quick to make the transition from forward to guard at UCLA. In his first season, he was the Bruins' third leading scorer (12.9 ppg) and adapted smoothly to head coach John Wooden's "attack and gamble offense".[1] He was a member of the UCLA teams that won national titles in the 1969 NCAA Tournament and the 1970 NCAA Tournament. Vallely majored in economics at UCLA and had a 3.36 grade point average as a junior.[1]

He was selected to the twelve man 1968 Olympic trials team coached by Jerry Tarkanian which competed in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Professional career

Vallely was selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the 1970 NBA Draft. He sat on the bench much of the time, playing behind Pete Maravich, Lou Hudson, Walt Hazzard, and Herm Gilliam.[2] Vallely was acquired by the Houston Rockets in November 1971 along with 6'7" forward Jim Davis.[2]

He served as player-coach for the Belgium Lions of the European Professional Basketball League in 1975.[3]


Vallely married Karen, a woman he met at Orange Coast College, where he studied prior to attending UCLA. They wed around the time he was selected in the NBA. The couple had two children, Eric and Erin. Erin died of a rare form of cancer of the soft muscle tissue in September 1991. Eric starred as a volleyball player while he was a student at UCLA.


Vallely was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2003. He had a single stem cell treatment which was unsuccessful. He received a second offer from a stem cell donor bank, which received a nearly exact match from a winemaker who lived near Frankfurt, Germany. This time the treatment was a success. Vallely was able to meet his donor following a two-year waiting period.[4]


  1. ^ a b "UCLA's Vallely: Pride of Balboa", Los Angeles Times, January 23, 1969, pg. E1.
  2. ^ a b "Opportunity Knocks for County's Vallely", Los Angeles Times, November 10, 1971, pg. E20A.
  3. ^ McLain, Jim (June 1, 1975). "Jack Holley: the highs and lows of a Switzerland Alpine". The Times (Shreveport). Retrieved November 12, 2017 – via (subscription required)
  4. ^ Cancer Survivor John Vallely steps beyond recovery, Los Angeles Times, October 21, 2011, Internet article.
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