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Dino Meneghin

Enshrined 2003
Alano Di Piave, Italy
Born: January 18, 1950

Biography

Dino Meneghin possessed all the qualities needed to make him a star. He was big and strong, knew how to play both inside and outside, and was blessed with a knowledge of basketball's intricacies that was highly advanced. Meneghin began his celebrated international career at age 16 and did not retire until age 44. He dominated Italy's top division, playing in a record 836 games. A four-time Olympian (1972, '76, '80, '84), Meneghin led his Italian Club teams to a record seven Cup of Cup Championships in 12 finals appearances, and 12 national titles. He won two Cup of Cup championships and four Intercontinental Cup titles. Meneghin holds the distinction of winning four championships - national playoffs, Italy Cup, European and Intercontinental Cup - all in the same year, in 1970, 1973, 1987. Meneghin Italian teams finished fourth in the World Championships in 1970 and 1978.

Career Highlights

Named by Giganti del Basket as the greatest player in European history, 1991
Led Italy to the 1983 European Championships
National Team records for most games played (271) and points scored (2,947)
One of the first foreign players drafted in the NBA, by Atlanta Hawks, 1970