Dino Meneghin

Dino Meneghin ( born January 18, 1950 in Alano di Piave, Veneto ) is an Italian former professional basketball player who was active from 1966 to 1994. The 2.06 m wide center player is especially true because of his leadership skills and his abilities in the rebound as one of the best European basketball player of his time, as well as the best Italian basketball player ever. Unique is its participation in twelve finals in the European Champions Cup ( ten of them in a row), of which he won seven. In 2003 he was accepted as one of the first players who had never played in the NBA, in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Dino Meneghin was honored in May 2008 as one of the fifty major personalities of the sport of basketball in Europe. The ceremony was performed by the Euro League Basketball at an official ceremony at the Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid (Spain).

Meneghin was from late September 2008 to early February 2009 provisionally and then to January 2013 officially President of the Italian Basketball Federation.

His son Andrea Meneghin also played in the Italian national team.

  • 2.1 At the club level
  • 2.2 At national level
  • 2.3 Individual Awards


Meneghin began his career in the adult population in 1966 Pallacanestro Varese. In this club he remained until 1980 and celebrated with him numerous successes, including seven Italian league titles and four Italian Cups. At the European level Meneghin reached with Varese 1970 to 1979 every year the final of the European Cup and won the title here five times. In the 1970 NBA Draft he was selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the eleventh round, making him the second is under contract with a European club player who has been in a NBA Draft selected. Only one previous round was his teammate at Varese, the Mexican Manuel Raga, has also been selected by the Hawks.

In 1981, Meneghin then Olimpia Milano, where he was when he played except in the years 1990 to 1993 Pallacanestro Trieste, stood up to end of his career in 1994 under contract. During this time he won five more times the Italian Championships and the Italian Cup twice each, and the European Cup of Champions. Overall, he completed 836 games in Serie A, in which he scored 8560 points and 6,000 rebounds.


Meneghins greatest success with the Italian national team were winning the silver medal at the 1980 Olympic Games and the European title in 1983. At the European Championships in 1971 and 1975 he also won bronze medals. 1970 and 1978 reached Meneghin the semifinals of the World Championships.

In total, he played 271 times for the national team, scoring 2847 points - both numbers mean today the second in the history of the Italian national team. Meneghin participated in four Olympic Games, two World Championships and eight European championships. Later he was manager of the national team.


At club level

At national level

  • Olympic Games: Silver medal 1980
  • World Championships: Semi-finals in 1970 and 1978
  • European Championship: winner 1983, bronze in 1971 and 1975

Individual Awards

  • Europe basketball players of 1983
  • Inclusion in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003
  • Inclusion in the FIBA Hall of Fame 2010
  • Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 2005