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  • Italian Basketball Players - Complete List of Players

    There have been a number of great players and coaches of Italian heritage who helped shaped the sport of basketball. Be the first to own this unique design from Italiansrus.com showcasing some of the greats who have contributed to this great game. There are over 100 shirts and novelty items to choose from.
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    Name Years Played Position
    Paul Arizin 1950-1962 Forward/Guard
    Geno Auriemma 1978-Present Coach
    Andrea Bargnani 2002-Present Center/Forward
    Marco Belinelli 2007-Present Guard
    Al Bianchi 1956-1966 Guard
    * Dan Biasone   Innovator
    George Bucci 1975-1976 Guard
    John Calipari 1982-Present Coach
    Peter J. Carlesimo 1982-Present Coach
    Lou Carnesecca 1965-1992 Coach
    Ben Carnevale 1944-1967 Coach
    Alfred Cervi 1949-1959 Coach
    Alfred Cervi 1945-1953 Guard/Forward
    Jerry Colangelo 1969-1970 & 1972-1973 Coach
    Mike D'Antoni 1990-Present Coach
    Mike D'Antoni 1973-1977 Guard
    Vinny Del Negro 1988-2002 Guard
    Carlos Delfino 1998-Present Guard/Forward
    Ernest DiGregorio 1973-1978 Guard
    Al Ferrari 1955-1963 Guard/Forward
    Mike Fratello 1983-2007 Coach
    Danilo Gallinari 2004-Present Forward
    John Gianelli 1972-1980 Center/Forward
    Manu Ginobili 1995-Present Guard
    Tom Gugliotta 1992-2005 Forward
    Marc Iavaroni 1982-1989 Forward
    Marc Iavaroni 2007-2008 Coach
    Mike Iuzzolino 1992-1993 Guard
    Tom Izzo 1977-Present Coach
    Dan Langhi 2000-2004 Forward/Center
    Rudy LaRusso 1959-1969 Forward/Center
    ** Hank Luisetti   Innovator
    Rollie Massimino 1969-Present Coach
    + Dino Meneghin 1966-1994 Forward/Center
    Dick Motta 1968-1997 Coach
    Andres Nocioni 1996-Present Forward
    Togo Palazzi 1954-1960 Forward/Guard
    John Pinone 1983 Forward
    Rick Pitino 1974-Present Coach
    Kathrin Ress 2007-Present Forward
    ++ Cesare Rubini 1941-1956 Guard
    ++ Cesare Rubini 1957-1978 Coach
    Stefano Rusconi 1995-1996 Forward
    Brian Scalabrine 2001-Present Forward/Center
    Diana Taurasi 2004-Present Guard
    Jay Triano 2008-Present Coach
    Jim Valvano 1968-1990 Coach
    Dick Vitale 1970-1979 Coach
    Jayson Williams 1990-1999 Forward/Center
    Return to Basketball Players List

    * Dan was instumental in getting the 24 second clock adopted by professional basketball.

    ** Hank did not play professionally. He revolutionized basketball with the one-handed shot. He became the first player to score 50 points in a college game. In 1950 he was named the second best player of the mid-century.

    + Dino was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in 1970, but never played in the NBA. He was considered one of the greatest players of his generation. Dino was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.

    ++ Cesare was the first Italian inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994. He is considered by many to be the father of Italian basketball. Cesare was also inducted into the Swimming Hall of Fame making him one of the few athletes to be inducted into more than one hall of fame.

    Throughout history there have been many basketball players of Italian heritage. The list in no way is complete list of players. Should there be a name that I omitted please let me know by sending me the information to the following address: anthony@italiansrus.com.

    Last Updated 11/11/13

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