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|No. 33 – Mineros de Zacatecas|
|Born||April 29, 1986|
San Antonio, Texas
|Nationality||American / Mexican|
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Listed weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|College||Western Kentucky (2005–2009)|
|NBA draft||2009 / Undrafted|
|2009–2011||Halcones de Xalapa|
|2012||Pioneros de Quintana Roo|
|2012–2016||Halcones de Xalapa|
|2017–2019||Soles de Mexicali|
|2019–present||Capitanes de Ciudad de México|
|Career highlights and awards|
Mendez-Valdez attended Lanier High School in San Antonio, Texas, where he graduated in 2004. He was named the San Antonio Player of the year his senior year, and his jersey number was retired in 2009.
At the collegiate level, Mendez-Valdez played for Western Kentucky University from 2005–2009. He was a member of the 2008 Sweet Sixteen team which included Courtney Lee, Tyrone Brazelton, Ty Rogers, and Boris Siakam. In 2009, he was named the Sun Belt Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year, and the Sun Belt Conference Male Athlete of the Year. In addition, he received All-American accolades, and recorded the first-ever triple double in Western Kentucky history.
After failing to be drafted in the 2009 NBA Draft, he played professional basketball in the LNBP from 2009-2016. On September 14, 2016, Mendez-Valdez signed with the Israeli team Maccabi Haifa for the 2016–17 season. During his season with the club, Mendez-Valdez won the Three-Point Shootout contest in the Israeli League All-Star event, he also helped Haifa reaching the Israeli League Finals.
In 2013, Mendez-Valdez helped lead Mexico to victory in the gold medal game against Puerto Rico at the FIBA Americas Championship.
- Pan American Games 2011 Silver Medal
- FIBA COCABA Championship 2013 Gold Medal
- FIBA Americas Championship 2013 Gold Medal
- Centrobasket 2016 Silver Medal
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