Juan "Pachín" Vicéns

Juan "Pachín" Vicéns

Infobox NBA Player


caption = Picture of Vicéns playing
position = Guard
nickname = "Pachín"
height_ft = 5
height_in = 9
nationality = PUR
birth_date = birth date|1934|9|7
birth_place = Ciales, Puerto Rico
death_date = death date and age|2007|2|18|1934|9|7
death_place = Ponce, Puerto Rico
college = Marquette University Kansas State University
draft =
draft_year =
draft_team =
career_start = 1950
career_end = 1966
former_teams = Ponce Lions
awards =
halloffame =

Juan "Pachín" Vicéns Sastre (September 7, 1934 - February 18, 2007) was a renowned Puerto Rican basketball player. Vicéns was famous for his performance with the Ponce Lions and with the Puerto Rican National Basketball Team.

During the 1959 FIBA World Championship in Chile, Juan "Pachín" Vicens was declared to be the "Best Player of the World" cite book |last=Gems |first= Gerald R. |title= The Athletic Crusade: Sport And American Cultural Imperialism |publisher= University of Nebraska Press |year= 2006 |id= ISBN 0803222165] while NBA legends like Oscar Robertson and Jerry West also played in that tournament.

Basketball career

Juan Vicéns Sastre was born in Ciales, Puerto Rico. He was the sixth child of José 'Pepito' Vicéns Batalla and Antonia 'doña Lila' Sastre. In 1949, he moved to Ponce to study in the "Colegio Ponceño" encouraged by his brother Enrique "Coco" Vicéns, who was already playing with the Lions.

After moving, he started visiting the practices and filling in for the team when a player was needed. In 1950, he finally debuted in the National Superior Basketball (BSN) league with the Ponce Lions. In 1952, he led the Lions to their first championship, and was declared the Most Valuable Player of the series. In 1954, he repeated the feat with another championship and his second MVP award.

Also, from 1954 to 1956, Vicéns played point guard at Marquette University and Kansas State University, under the tutelage of Tex Winter (Winter was a mentor of future Chicago Bulls/LA Lakers coach, Phil Jackson). [ [http://www.49abcnews.com/news/2007/feb/22/Former_K_State_basketball/ ABC News (49): "Former K-State basketball star dies at 72"; February 22, 2007.] ] In 1956, he led Kansas State to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.

During his sixteen years with the Ponce Lions, he led them to ten finals, and seven championship titles. In 1958, he was the scoring leader of the league, and was selected the league's Most Valuable Player two more times (1958 and 1960). He was also the first player to score 5,000 points in the league, retiring with a total of 5,102. At the end of the 1950s, he received an invitation to play for the New York Knicks, but he declined, so he could continue playing with Ponce and with the Puerto Rican team.

Vicéns was a member of the Puerto Rican National Basketball Team and represented the island in four Central American and Caribbean Games, two World Championships and two Olympic Games. It was at the 1959 FIBA World Championship, held in Antofagasta, Chile that Vicéns was elected as the World's Best Basketball Player. He was also named among the five best players of the tournament, together with USA's Oscar Robertson and Jerry West, Brazil's Amaury Dos Pasos, and Puerto Rican Juan "Johnny" Báez.

In 1966, Vicéns - along with Juan "Johnny" Báez and Teo Cruz - led the National team to a gold medal at the Caribbean and Central American Games held in San Juan.

Post-Career

After retiring as an active basketball player in 1966, politician Luis Ferré attempted to recruit Vicéns as a candidate for the seat of Mayor of Ponce, with the newly-founded New Progressive Party. However, Vicéns declined and dedicated himself to private businesses. He had a successful career as branch manager for several banks in Ponce, and continued being involved in sports as a radio commentator.

In 1972, the Ponce Lions gave their new venue the name of Juan Pachín Vicéns Coliseum. The venue is still decorated with Vicéns memorabilia like pictures, shirts, and a sculpture.

During the second half of 2006, Vicéns' health started to deteriorate to the point that he had to have his legs amputated. Due to his illness he had to be hospitalized several times, and finally died on February 18, 2007 at his home in Ponce at the age of 72.

On May 25, 2007, Vicéns was officially named as a FIBA Hall of Fame candidate [ [http://www.halloffame.fiba.com/pages/eng/hof/cand/p/openNodeIDs/1190/selNodeID/1190/list.html FIBA Hall of Fame - Powered by www.fiba.com ] ] . The list of candidates includes a total of 34 world-renowned basketball figures. [ [http://www.basketball.ca/en/hm/inside.php?sid=87&id=1161&PHPSESSID=1f02554bda44c6de62046f6a3f345ec6 Canada Basketball | Official Website ] ]

Pictures



References

ee also

*List of Puerto Ricans
* National Superior Basketball

External links

* [http://ciales.tripod.com/pachin.html Biography]


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