Andre Iguodala is a professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association for the Golden State Warriors (NBA). The swingman was chosen to the NBA All-Defensive Team twice and was an NBA All-Star in 2012. With the Warriors, he won three NBA championships and was voted the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2015. He also represented the United States at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Summer Olympics, winning gold medals in both events.
Springfield, Illinois, is where Iguodala was born. Linda Shanklin is his mother. Frank, his older brother, was a member of the Lake Land College football team in Mattoon, Illinois, and Dayton, Ohio. His father is a Nigerian and his mother is African American. Iguodala grew up rooting for the Chicago Bulls, and he considers Michael Jordan to be his idol.
Iguodala went to Lanphier High School in Springfield, Illinois, where he met baseball Hall of Famer Robin Roberts and basketball guard Kevin Gamble, among other prominent sportsmen. He excelled academically and athletically at Lanphier, earning All-Conference accolades, being named to the National Honor Roll, being named to the State Journal Student-Athlete of the Week numerous times, and earning three letters in track for the high jump.
Iguodala led Lanphier to a runner-up finish in the Illinois High School Association Class AA state tournament as a senior in 2002. He averaged 23.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game that season. He was voted Player of the Year by the Chicago Sun-Times, as well as a second-team Parade All-American and a Nike All-American. Dee Brown was named Illinois Mr. Basketball, and Iguodala was a finalist for the prize. His Lanphier uniform has been retired.
Andre Iguodala children
In August 2015, Iguodala married his childhood sweetheart, Christina Gutierrez, at One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico. Iguodala has a daughter, London, and a son, Andre Jr.