|No. 15 – Capitanes de Arecibo|
|League||Baloncesto Superior Nacional|
|Born||September 21, 1986|
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
|Nationality||Puerto Rican / U.S. Virgin Islander|
|Listed height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Listed weight||169 lb (77 kg)|
|High school||Florida Air Academy|
|NBA draft||2009 / Undrafted|
|2009||Capitanes de Arecibo|
|2010–2011||Cangrejeros de Santurce|
|2013–2014||Laboral Kutxa Vitoria|
|2014||→Capitanes de Arecibo|
|2014–2015||Zenit Saint Petersburg|
|2015–present||Capitanes de Arecibo|
|Career highlights and awards|
Walter Wallace Hodge Muñoz (born September 21, 1986) is an Puerto Rican-U.S. Virgin Islander professional basketball player who plays for Capitanes de Arecibo of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN). Internationally, Hodge plays with the senior U.S. Virgin Islands national basketball team, due to eligibility arising from his Virgin Islander grandfather. After being a reserve point guard in his first two seasons with the Florida Gators, he became the starting point guard for the two-time defending national champions in the 2007–08 season. On June 5, 2013, in appreciation for his contribution to Zielona Góra, his jersey number was retired.
Hodge was born in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. He attended Florida Air Academy in Melbourne, Florida, a private military academy, and played high school basketball for the Florida Air Falcons. The Falcons won state championships, with undefeated teams, during his sophomore and senior seasons.
Hodge accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida, where he played for head coach Billy Donovan's Florida Gators men's basketball, team from 2005 to 2009. Playing a reserve role in the 2005–06 season, Hodge averaged 3.9 points and 1.2 assists per game, as a freshman. He started 8 games in Southeastern Conference (SEC) play, and averaged 19 minutes per contest, during the Gators' first national title run.
Hodge had a decreased number of starts and minutes during the 2006–07 season, starting just three games, but increasing his scoring average to 5.7 points per game, as the Gators repeated as national champions. He had a career high of 17 points against Florida State, and finished the season hitting exactly 50% of three-point shot attempts. With the departure of Taurean Green to the NBA, and Lee Humphrey to graduation/playing overseas, Hodge became the starting point guard for the Gators, during the 2007–08 season.
On August 2010 Hodge signed with the Polish League team Zielona Góra. In April 2012, Hodge was named the Most Valuable Player of the Polish Basketball League. As the Zastal Zielona Góra's top player, he won with his team the 2011–12 Polish League Bronze Medal (3rd place).
In the 2012–13 season, Zielona Góra's team debuted in the European-wide 2nd-tier level EuroCup, and advanced to the Last 16. Hodge was the team's leader, with averages of 21.2 points and 5.4 assists per game, while shooting 51.7% overall from the field (52.4% on 2 point field goals) and 50% on 3 point field goals (making 25 out of 50 attempts). In week 6, he took the EuroCup Basketball Player of the Round honors. On February 25, 2013, Hodge was awarded the Polish-Czech All Star Game MVP (he scored 22 points in the game). He was named to the All-EuroCup Second Team in 2013. In June 2013 he won the Polish League championship. It was the first Polish national championship in Zielona Góra's history. On June 5, 2013, Basket Zielona Góra retired Hodge's jersey number 15. He became the first player in the club's history to be honored with a jersey retirement.
In June 2013, Hodge signed a two-year deal with Spanish club Laboral Kutxa Vitoria. In February 2014, he was loaned to Puerto Rican club Capitanes de Arecibo, for the rest of the season. In August 2014, he parted ways with Laboral Kutxa, and signed with Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg. On May 6, Hodge returned to Capitanes de Arecibo.
On July 31, 2017, Hodge signed with Homenetmen Beirut of the Lebanese Basketball League. After playing with Capitanes de Arecibo for some time in 2018, Hodge returned to Homenetmen Beirut on September 25, 2018.
Hodge signed with Sagesse Club in Lebanon in 2019 and averaged 22 points per game. Later he joined Al Wahdi in Saudi Arabia. On September 21, 2020, Hodge signed with US Monastir of the Championnat National A.
In October, Hodge signed with Zamalek in Egypt. He played with the team in the 2021 season of the Basketball Africa League, winning the first-ever championship. Hodge had 12 points and 4 assists in the final and was named the first-ever BAL Most Valuable Player.
National team career
Hodge is a member of the senior U.S. Virgin Islands national basketball team. With the U.S. Virgin Islands, he played at the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship, the 2010 Centrobasket, the 2011 FIBA CBC Championship, where he won a gold medal, the 2012 Centrobasket, the 2014 Centrobasket, the 2016 Centrobasket, and the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup.
Awards and accomplishments
- 2× SEC Men's Tournament Champion: (2006, 2007)
- 2× NCAA Men's Division I Tournament Champion: (2006, 2007)
- EuroCup Last 16 Week 6 MVP: (2013)
- All-EuroCup Second Team: (2013)
- Polish League Champion: (2013)
- Polish League 3rd Place: (2012)
- 2× Polish League Regular Season MVP: (2012, 2013)
- Polish League Top Scorer: (2012)
- 2× All-Polish League First Team: (2012, 2013)
- Polish League 3rd Place Game MVP: (2012)
- Polish League All-Star Game MVP: (2013)
- Polish League All-Star Game Starting Lineup Top Vote-Getter: (2013)
- 3× Polish League All-Star Game Participant: (2011, 2012, 2013)
- Eurobasket.com's All-Polish League Third Team: (2011)
- First player in Zielona Góra's basketball history with a retired jersey (#15).
Baloncesto Superior Nacional
- Arab Club Championship Champion: (2017)
- Lebanese League Champion: (2018)
- Lebanese Cup Winner: (2018)
- Lebanese League League MVP: (2018)
- Lebanese League Guard of the Year: (2019)
- Lebanese League Import of the Year: (2019)
- Lebanese League 1st Team: (2019)
- Lebanese League All-Imports Team: (2019)
- Basketball Africa League winner: (2021)
- BAL Most Valuable Player: (2021)
- Egyptian Basketball Super League winner: (2020–21)
BAL career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
|†||Won an BAL championship|
- Eurocupbasketball.com Star power fills 2012-13 All-Eurocup teams!
- "LABORAL KUTXA lands playmaker Hodge as first signing of summer". Euroleague.net. June 5, 2013. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
- "Walter Hodge officially loaned from Baskonia to Capitanes de Arecibo". Sportando.com. February 23, 2014. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
- "Walter Hodge and Baskonia officially part ways". Sportando.com. August 19, 2014. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
- Modestti, Luis (May 6, 2016). "Hodge listo para debutar con los Capitanes". BSNPR.com (in Spanish). Retrieved May 15, 2016.
- "Walter Hodge inks in Lebanon with Homenetmen Club". Sportando.com. July 31, 2017. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
- "Walter Hodge returns to Homenetmen". Sportando. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
- Madwar, Ahmad (September 21, 2020). "US Monastir tabs Walter Hodge". Latinbasket. Retrieved September 22, 2020.
- "UFFICIALE - Walter Hodge firma in Tunisia con l'Us Monastir". September 23, 2020.
- "El al Zamalek se fortalece con la incorporación de Walter Hodge". October 8, 2020.
- "Zamalek are the champions of the inaugural BAL". BAL. May 30, 2021. Retrieved May 31, 2021.
- Walter Wallace HODGE (ISV).
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