Name John Pinone
Position Power forward
College Villanova (1979–1983)
Education Villanova University
|Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)|
Weight 104 kg
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Role Basketball Player
|Born February 19, 1961 (age 54)
Hartford, Connecticut (1961-02-19) |
High school South Catholic (Hartford, Connecticut)
NBA draft 1983 / Round: 3 / Pick: 58th overall
John Gabriel Pinone Jr. (born February 19, 1961) is a retired American professional basketball player.
Pinone played competitively at South Catholic High School in Hartford, leading the team to the Class L state championship in 1977 and 1979. Early in the 1978-79 season, Pinone and South Catholic defeated Middletown, ending their 80-game winning streak, longest in state history.
Pinone played collegiate basketball 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 Conference 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.
A third-round draftee in 1983, Pinone played seven games in the NBA for the Atlanta Hawks in the 1983-84 season. After spending the rest of the season in the Ohio Mixers, of the CBA, and earning a place in the '84 CBA All-Star Game; he joined CB Estudiantes of the Spanish Liga ACB in the 1984-85 season, and played there through the 1992-93 season.
He won the Spanish Cup in the 1991-92 season, and contributed to Estudiantes reaching the 1992 EuroLeague Final Four. In his Liga ACB tenure with Estudiantes, Pinone played 12,306 minutes, played in 332 games, scored 6,175 points, secured 2,193 rebounds, and averaged 18.6 points per game. He was selected for the ACB All-Star Game in 1989 and 1991. During the nine seasons he played with Estudiantes, Pinone left a durable mark in the history of the club, because of his solid team basketball, and his competitive character.
Pinone played for the US national team in the 1982 FIBA World Championship, where he won the silver medal.
Pinone later became the Cromwell High School boys' basketball team coach, and coached them to a class S state championship in the 2009 season.
Pinone pleaded guilty, in October 2010, to a misdemeanor of filing a false tax return, and in December 2010, he was sentenced to six months of home confinement, six months probation, and a $10,000 fine.