Ed Pinckney Inducted in 2007

Player Inducted in 2007
Ed Pinckney Ed Pinckney, Inducted into the NYC Hall of Fame in 2007
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Edward Lewis Pinckney attended Adlai E. Stevenson High School in the Bronx. He attended Villanova University and was a part of the Villanova Wildcats' 1981 heralded recruiting class that included Gary McLain, who was his roommate, and Dwayne McClain. The trio would call themselves "The Expansion Crew" during their time at Villanova.

A 6-foot-9-inch (2.06 m) forward from The Bronx, New York  Pinckney led regional eight-seed Villanova Wildcats to the NCAA title over the heavily favored Georgetown Hoyas in 1985. He was the recipient of the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player after registering 16 points and 6 rebounds in the 66–64 victory, widely considered one of the greatest NCAA tournament upsets of all time.

This game is featured in the book The Perfect Game by Frank Fitzpatrick. As a player, he played for the 1985-1987 Phoenix Suns, 1987-1989 Sacramento Kings, 1989-1994 Boston Celtics, 1994-1995 Milwaukee Bucks, 1995-1996 Toronto Raptors, 1996 Philadelphia 76ers, and 1996-1997 Miami Heat. As a coach 2003-2007 Villanova (assistant), 2007-2010 Minnesota Timberwolves (assistant), 2010-2015 Chicago Bulls (assistant), 2015-2016 Denver Nuggets (assistant), and 2016-2019 Minnesota Timberwolves (assistant). He is an NCAA champion(1985), NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1985), Robert V. Geasey Trophy winner (1985), 2× First-team All-Big East (1983, 1985), Second-team All-Big East (1984), and Fourth-team ParadeAll-American (1981).