John Rhodes (basketball)

John Kevin Rhodes (born September 25, 1965) is an American basketball coach and former professional basketball player.

John Rhodes
Personal information
Born (1965-09-25) September 25, 1965
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Listed height206 cm (6 ft 9 in)
Career information
High schoolMilwaukee Lutheran
(Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
CollegeOhio (1984–1988)
Playing career1988–1996
Career history
As player:
As coach:
1996–1997North Florida (assistant)
1997–1999St. Bonaventure (assistant)
1999–2004Ohio (assistant)
2004–2008Ohio (associate head coach)
2008–2009Northeastern (assistant)
2009–2012Ohio Northern
2012–2017Duquesne (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
As player:


Rhodes played for Ohio University from 1984 to 1988, averaging 8.9 points and 7.3 rebounds in 102 games. Rhodes served as team captain and was named All-MAC second-team his senior year.[1]

Playing career

Rhodes started his career in Germany in 1988 before playing two seasons in France.[1][2]

Rhodes joined Úrvalsdeild karla club Haukar in 1991.[3] He was selected to the 1992 Icelandic All-Star game, scoring 8 points.[4] On March 6, 1992, Rhodes scored 31 points against KR in 88-81 victory in the Icelandic Basketball Cup semi-finals[5] and helped Haukar to the Cup finals where his matchup with Njarðvík's Rondey Robinson was highly anticipated.[6][7] In the Cup finals, Rhodes scored 27 points but was unable to prevent Haukar's loss against Njarðvík.[8]

In September 1992, Rhodes was loaned to Valur for their games against CRO Lyon in the Korać Cup.[9][10] In his two games, Rhodes averaged 12.5 points and 13.0 rebounds.[11]

He had stellar season for Haukar in 1992-1993, leading the Úrvalsdeild in rebounds,[12] points scored and coming in second in points per game.[13][14] He helped Haukar reach the 1993 Úrvalsdeild finals[15] where they lost to Keflavík 3-0.[16]

On November 13, Rhodes grabbed a personal best 30 rebounds against Körfuknattleiksfélag ÍA.[17] In 1995, Rhodes twice grabbed 31 rebounds in a single game, on November 9 against Tindstóll[18][19] and on November 26 against Breiðablik.[20] He was named to the 1995 Icelandic All-Star game where he earned its MVP honours.[21][22]

Rhodes retired in 1996, after five seasons in Iceland.[23]

Coaching career

Rhodes started his coaching career as a player-coach for Íþróttafélag Reykjavíkur. He led the club to the third-best record in 1994–95 with 24 wins and 8 losses. The regular season success did not continue in the playoffs though as the team got swept in the first round by Skallagrímur.[24] During his second season at the helm of ÍR, the club finished seventh in the Úrvalsdeild and lost in the first round to Haukar.

Rhodes spent nine years as an assistant at Ohio University under Larry Hunter and Tim O'Shea. He began as an assistant under Hunter before being named associate head coach by O'Shea prior to the 2004-05 season.

Personal life

Rhodes married his wife, Jackie, in 1995 in Hallgrímskirkja in Iceland.[25]

In February 2015, Rhodes was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer.[26] Four days later, while walking in Philadelphia, Rhodes was struck by a car crossing the street, resulting in a six-hour surgery to fix a fractured tibia and fibula in his right leg. For cancer treatment, Rhodes underwent thirty-five radiation treatments and seven chemotherapy sessions over a seven-week span, which caused him to lose about 80 pounds. By late April, the tumor had disappeared.[27][28][29]


  1. "John Rhodes Bio Duquesne Dukes Official Athletic Site". Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  2. Kristján Grímsson (7 February 1995). "Vil reyna mig meö íslenska landsliðinu". Tíminn (in Icelandic). Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  3. Skúli Unnar Sveinsson (29 November 1991). "Njarðvíkingar á góðri siglingu". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  4. "Graham tróð best". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 25 February 1992. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  5. Pétur Hrafn Sigurðsson (6 March 1992). "Kominn tími til að leika í úrslitum". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  6. "Ráðast úrslitin á vítalínunni?". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 19 March 1992. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  7. "Stefnir í mikið einvígi hjá Robinson og Rhodes". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). 18 March 1992. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  8. Skúli Unnar Sveinsson (20 March 1992). "Frábær vörn UMFN gerdi gæfumuninn". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  9. "Rhodes með Val". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 3 September 1992. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  10. "Valsmenn réðu ekki við pressuvörn Lyon". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). 10 September 1992. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  11. "John Kevin Rhodes - Valur". FIBA. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  12. "Heildartölfræði einstaklinga á einu tímabili - Meðaltöl". (in Icelandic). Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  13. "Heildartölfræði einstaklinga á einu tímabili - Meðaltöl". (in Icelandic). Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  14. "Rhodes ber höfuð og herðar yfir aðra". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). 25 March 1993. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  15. Skúli Unnar Sveinsson (24 March 1993). "Haukar höfðu það". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  16. Skúli Unnar Sveinsson (1 April 1993). "Fjórfalt!". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  17. "Persónulegt met Rhodes". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 16 November 1993. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  18. Þórður Gíslason (10 November 1995). "Góður varnarleikur". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). pp. 16–17. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  19. Ívar Benediktsson (10 November 1995). "Öruggt hjá ÍR". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  20. Ágúst Ásgeirsson (28 November 1995). "Minna um mistök hjá ÍR-ingum". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). p. C3. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  21. "Lítið um varnir". Helgarpósturinn (in Icelandic). 13 February 1995. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  22. Róbert Róbertsson (13 February 1995). "Stigin urðu tæplega fjögur hundruð". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  23. Óskar Ófeigur Jónsson (17 December 2013). "Árin á Íslandi opnuðu fyrir hann dyrnar inn í þjálfun". Ví (in Icelandic). Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  24. "DHL-deildin Úrsl. keppni 94-95". (in Icelandic). ÍSÍ. 6 February 1997. Archived from the original on 26 February 2001. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  25. ""Coach" Rhodes". Dagur - Tíminn (in Icelandic). 13 August 1997. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  26. "John Rhodes glímir við krabbamein". (in Icelandic). 23 February 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  27. Meyer, Craig (2 October 2015). "Duquesne assistant coach enduring after illness, mishap". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  28. "After beating cancer and being hit by a car, Duquesne's John Rhodes sees nothing he can't conquer". American Sports Network. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  29. Price, Karen (1 October 2015). "Duquesne assistant Rhodes back after battle with skin cancer". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
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