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Competitor for  United States
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Silver 1982 Colombia USA

John Gabriel Pinone Jr. (born February 19, 1961, in Hartford, Connecticut) is a retired American professional basketball player. Pinone played competitively at South Catholic High School in Hartford, Connecticut, leading the team to the Class L state championship in 1977 and 1979.[1] Early in the 1978-79 season, Pinone and South Catholic defeated Middletown, ending their 80-game winning streak, longest in state history.[2]

Pinone played collegiately for the Villanova Wildcats from 1979 to 1983. He was named a third-team All-American as a senior. Pinone earned first-team All-Big East honors three times, and was a first-team All-Philadelphia Big 5 selection four times. Pinone was the only freshman in Villanova history to lead the team in scoring, and Villanova retired his number 45 in 1995.

He played for the US national team in the 1982 FIBA World Championship, winning the silver medal.[3]

A third-round draftee in 1983, Pinone played seven games in the NBA for the Atlanta Hawks in 1983-84. After spending the rest of the season with the CBA, he joined CB Estudiantes in the Spanish Liga ACB in 1984-85, playing there until 1992-93. He won the Spanish Cup in 1991-92, contributed to Estudiantes reaching the Final Four of Euroleague in 1992 and played more than 12,000 minutes and scored more than 6,000 points in Liga ACB. The eight seasons played with Estudiantes left a durable mark in the history of the club because of his basketball and his character.[4] Pinone is now the Cromwell High School Boys basketball team coach, and coached them to a class S state championship in the 2009 season.


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