Ray Allen

Ray Allen – Early Life, Education and Basketball Playing Career

This post is about an NBA Hall of Famer, Ray Allen’s personal life and career.

Highlights:

  • Born in Merced, California, USA, on July 20, 1975
  • An alumnus of the University of Connecticut, USA
  • Married to Shannon Walker Williams, a renowned actress and singer since 2008
  • Played basketball from 1996 to 2014
  • Had 24,505 points as an NBA player
  • 6′ 5″ tall and weighs 93 kg

Read on as we explore the biography of Ray Allen, including his early life, educational background, and much more.

Who Is Ray Allen?

Walter Ray Allen Jr. is an NBA player renowned as one of the all-time greatest three-point shooters. He held this record for over a decade until Stephen Curry overtook him.

Ray played 18 seasons in the NBA, holding the shooting guard position with Number 34 and 20. He is widely known as the NBA’s Hall of Famer.

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Personal Life (Early/recent)

Ray Allen is the third of five children of Walter Sr. and Flora Allen. He was born at Castle Air Force Base, California, which makes him a military child. Ray grew up in the US, England, and Germany. After several years of frequent travels and relocations, his family finally settled in Dalzell, South Carolina.

He then attended Hillcrest High School, Dalzell, South Carolina. He had inherent athletic talents, and his obsession made him excel in various sports. Besides, his growth spurt gave him an edge in basketball. He then committed his leisure time to training to become the best basketball player.

Moreover, Ray wished to lead in basketball at the military base where he and his family lived. As a result, he trained for long hours daily and didn’t let it affect his education. He played for Hillcrest Wildcats, his high school’s varsity team, and led their first state championship game. While playing the game, he posted 25 points, alongside 12 rebounds, making his team win.

After graduating from Hillcrest, he enrolled at the University of Connecticut and studied there from 1993 to 1996. He was called Big East All-Freshman Team after his initial game as a first-year student. Ray was also named the first-team All-Big East in his second year of study. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies.

Ray Allen married Shannon Walker Williams, a well-known singer and actress, in 2008, after dating for about four years. They currently have four children.

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Career – How Ray Allen Became Famous?

Ray Allen started playing professional basketball on November 11, 1996. He played for the Milwaukee Bucks until 2003. That same year, he joined Seattle SuperSonics until 2007. Ray then played for Boston Celtics until 2012. That year, he played for Miami Heat until he retired in 2014.

However, he considered returning to playing basketball in several seasons but finally decided to retire officially from the game on November 1, 2016.

Ray has served as a spokesperson for the National Basketball Association on a few occasions. These include the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA program.

Here are some of Ray’s recognitions:

  • 1993 – South Carolina Mr. Basketball
  • 1995 – Male Athlete of the Year by USA Basketball
  • 1996 – UPI Player of the Year
  • 2000-2002, 2004-2009, and 2011 – NBA All-Star
  • 2001 – NBA Three-Point Contest champion
  • 2003 – NBA Sportsmanship Award
  • 2008 and 2013 – NBA champion

Ray Allen featured as Jesus Shuttlesworth, a high school basketball phenomenon, in He Got Game, an American sports drama film produced in 1998. The movie also starred Denzel Washington and Milla Jovovich. Even though it was his acting debut, Roger Joseph Ebert, an American film critic, praised his performance.

He also played the role of Marcus Blake in Harvard Man, a Hollywood crime comedy-drama thriller film produced in 2001.

The Athletic, The New York Times sports department named Ray Allen among the top 75 NBA players in 2021.

In August 2021, he became the basketball director for male and female students at Gulliver Preparatory School. He is also the head coach for the boys’ varsity basketball team.

Ray Allen has received several medals, representing the United States in men’s basketball. These include playing in the 1995 Summer Universiade, the 2000 Summer Olympics, and the 2003 Tournament of the Americas (now known as FIBA Americas Championship).

He is the founder of the Ray of Hope Foundation, and NGO created to support non-profit organizations in communities.


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