DeSoto Parish deputies arrest former NBA star

DeSoto Parish deputies arrest former NBA star

POSTED: Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 3:30pm

UPDATED: Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 3:34pm

A former NBA basketball player today was charged with theft by DeSoto Parish Sheriff's deputies.

Orlando Vernada Woolridge, 52, was arrested for stealing tubing and fitting from property owned by a well service company and charged with theft of more than $1,500.

After graduating from local schools in his home town of Bernice, La., Woolridge went to the University of Notre Dame, where he played collegiate basketball.

In 1978, he played in the Final Four as a freshman with teammate Bill Laimbeer (the two would later reunite as teammates of the Detroit Pistons during the 1990s). Woolridge helped guide Notre Dame to NCAA tournament appearances in 1980 and 1981.

As a senior in 1981, Woolridge made a last-second fall-away jumper to end #1 Virginia's 28-game winning streak; he also earned second team All American status that year.

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