One of only seven players in franchise history to play 10 seasons in a Warriors uniform, Adonal Foyle returns to the Warriors to serve as a community ambassador with the team he played for from 1997-2007. The only native of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to ever play for an NBA franchise, Foyle remains the Warriors’ all-time leader in blocked shots (1,140) while ranking seventh on the team’s all-time games played list (641).
Selected eighth overall by the Warriors in the 1997 NBA Draft, the 6’10” center averaged 4.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.78 blocks per game over his 10 seasons with Golden State. Foyle, who was raised on the small island of Canouan and did not play organized basketball until he was 16 years old, ranked in the NBA’s top 10 in blocked shots four times between 2001 and 2005, and he currently ranks 53rd on the NBA’s all-time blocks list (1,193).
After his 10-year stint with the Warriors, Foyle played two more NBA seasons, appearing in 82 games with the Orlando Magic in 2007-08 and a total of 10 games combined between the Magic and Memphis Grizzlies in 2008-09. He finished his 12-year professional career with averages of 4.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.63 blocks over 733 regular-season games. Foyle most recently served as director of player development for the Orlando Magic from 2010-12.
Foyle was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame in 2009 for his tireless humanitarian work throughout his career, particularly with the Kerosene Lamp Foundation (KLF), which he founded in 2003. KLF, which empowers youth to grow into healthy and well-educated adults, has directly reached more than 5,000 children in the Caribbean and United States. Foyle also created Democracy Matters, a non-partisan, grassroots organization active on college campuses around the country that encourages students to have a voice in the campaign finance reform movement.
Foyle attended Colgate University, where he blocked a then-NCAA record 492 shots over the course of three seasons. While he left early to pursue his NBA career, he graduated magna cum laude in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in history. He received his master’s degree from John F. Kennedy University – a degree he began pursuing while still playing in the NBA.
Foyle currently resides in the East Bay, where he has maintained a home since his playing days with the Warriors.