Saturday, July 31, 2010

1988-89 Trail Blazers Franz #6 Rolando Ferreira

Rolando Ferreira played center for the University of Houston basketball team for two seasons, 1986-87 and 1987-88. He was co-captain with Richard Hollis of the 1987-88 team that was an NIT participant.

Ferriera was a very solid defensive player for the Cougars:
#9 in UH career blocked shots average (1.6)
Led team in rebounds (6.8) and blocked shots (1.6) in 1987-88
Led team in free throw percentage (.735) in 1986-87

For his efforts, he was named to the 1998 Southwest Conference All-Defensive Team.

After his college career, Rolando was selected by the Portland Trailblazers in the 2nd round of the 1988 NBA Draft. He played 12 games for the Blazers in the 1988-89 season. He was the first Brazilian to play in the NBA.

He was also an outstanding international player. He played for the Brazilian national team for 12 years. He played for Brazil in the 1988 and 1992 Olympics and in 3 FIBA World Championships. He was a member of the 1987 team that won the 1987 Pan American Games over the USA team.

Today's card is the 1988-89 Trail Blazers Franz #6. This set was produced by Fleer for Franz Bread. The backs are printed in pink and red on white card stock.

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