Calvin Duncan
Personal information
Born (1961-03-21) March 21, 1961 (age 60)
South Boston, Virginia
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school
CollegeVCU (1981–1985)
NBA draft1985 / Round: 2 / Pick: 30th overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
PositionShooting guard
Career history
1990–1993Cedar Rapids Silver Bullets / Tri-City Chinook
Career highlights and awards

Calvin Anthony Duncan (born March 21, 1961) is an American pastor and retired basketball player. Duncan is pastor at the Faith & Family Church in Richmond, Virginia. He also played basketball with Oak Hill Academy and the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams.[1] He was drafted in the 1985 NBA Draft in the 2nd round with the 30th overall pick by the Chicago Bulls but instead of signing, he joined Athletes in Action, an evangelical Christian traveling team.[2]


During the 1980–81 season, Duncan set the all-time record for points in a game for Oak Hill Academy with 61. Brandon Jennings later broke this record, tallying 63 points in a single game.[3] He is a member of the VCU Rams Hall of Fame.[4] With VCU, Duncan was named Sun Belt Conference co-Player of the Year as a sophomore in 1983, sharing the award with fellow sophomore Charlie Bradley of the South Florida.

After the close of his college career, Duncan was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the 1985 NBA draft (30th pick overall). He did not play in the NBA, but did play in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) for the Cedar Rapids Silver Bullets and Tri-City Chinook.[5]


Duncan's mother died in childbirth and, with no knowledge of his father, was raised by his aunt in Linden, New Jersey. He transferred to Oak Hill Academy after his junior year at Linden High School, hoping to earn the grades that would be necessary to play Division I basketball.[6]

At Virginia Commonwealth, Duncan earned a degree in criminal justice.[7] He lives in Richmond, Virginia with his wife Barbara and his three children, Richard, Chelsea, and Azell.


  1. ^ You Can't Jam This Ram Sports Illustrated, December 12, 1983
  2. ^ Basketball Star Snubbed Million$ To Play for God Jet Magazine, April 28, 1986
  3. ^ Individual High Scoring Games Archived 2010-11-25 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ VCU Rams Hall of Fame
  5. ^ 1992-93 Official CBA Guide and Register, page 285
  6. ^ Berman, Zach. "VCU success story Calvin Duncan has Jersey roots", The Star-Ledger, March 31, 2011, updated March 31, 2019. Accessed May 17, 2020. "Calvin Duncan was 18 in 1979 with a budding basketball career, a laughable transcript and no parents. The aunt who raised him in Linden remained bedridden from a stroke. Needing improved test scores and a new environment, Duncan transferred from Linden High School to Oak Hill Academy in rural Virginia — as removed from Linden as he figured he could go."
  7. ^ Biography of Pastor Calvin Duncan Archived 2010-11-27 at the Wayback Machine Faith and Family Church