June 23, 1974 |
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||256 lb (116 kg)|
|High school||Westover (Albany, Georgia)|
|NBA draft||1994 / Round: 2 / Pick: 37th overall|
|Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics|
|Position||Small forward / Power forward|
|1995–1998||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Born in Albany, Georgia, Wingfield had a stellar high school career at Westover, where he led his team to 4 straight state championships, earning him McDonald's All American team honors in a class considered to be one of the best national high school classes ever; the class included Randy Livingston, Jerry Stackhouse, Rasheed Wallace, Rashard Griffith, Darnell Robinson and others. A 6'8" forward, Wingfield had a solid freshman season with the University of Cincinnati's Bearcats; he arrived there precisely after the departure of point guard Nick Van Exel.
Subsequently, he was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 2nd round (37th overall) of the 1994 NBA Draft, but appeared sparingly throughout his short National Basketball Association career; after his debut with the Sonics (20 games, 81 minutes), he was selected by the Toronto Raptors in the 1995 expansion draft, but was waived before the season began.
From 1995–98, Wingfield collected a further 94 regular season appearances, for the Portland Trail Blazers. On March 10, 1996, against the Indiana Pacers, he scored a career-high 17 points, adding seven rebounds and five assists (career-high tie) in a 113–108 win.
The Blazersedge "Dontonio Wingcast" podcast is named after Wingfield. During college and afterwards, Wingfield encountered various personal and legal troubles, including being convicted for assaulting two suburban Cincinnati police officers. He later sustained severe injuries in an automobile accident.
After recovering from the auto accident, Wingfield got his culinary arts degree from Cincinnati and returned to Albany, where he began working with youth organizations, such as coaching an AAU basketball team, the Albany Hawks. Most recently, Wingfield has been active in an organization called Save Our Sons (SOS). That program focuses on providing alternatives to gangs and crime for young Albany males. His son, Dontonio "DJ" Wingfield Jr., was a three-time All-Ohio high school basketball player who now plays basketball at Ohio University.