Not only is Mark Hendrickson among a handful of major leaguers to have played in the NBA, he’s also on the list of professional baseball players to have participated in March Madness.
Hendrickson played for Washington State in the 1994 NCAA basketball tournament. The Cougars, an eight seed in the East, lost a tough opening-round contest to the ninth seeded Boston College Eagles 67-64. The game was played in Landover, Md., just down the road from Hendrickson’s future Camden Yards home.
Boston College upset top-seeded North Carolina in the tournament’s second round as part of an Elite Eight run that season.
Hendrickson, a sophomore, averaged 10.5 points during the 1993-1994 season for Coach Kelvin Sampson’s Cougars. He ended up a two-time All-Pac 10 selection and ranks second in career rebounds at Washington State. The Philadelphia Sixers drafted Hendrickson with the 31st pick in the second round of the 1996 NBA Draft.
Read more about Hendrickson and the Cougars’ NCAA tournament season at the WSU website.
Also worth noting is that Hendrickson won a basketball state championship in high school and is a member of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Hall of Fame. For more, visit the WIAA website.