Carlos Mario Quintanar Rohana (2 June 1937 – 14 October 2010) was a Mexican basketball player from Chihuahua who was the Captain of the Mexico national team in the 1960 Summer Olympics, the 1964 Summer Olympics, and the 1968 Summer Olympics.[1]

Carlos Quintanar
Personal information
Born(1937-06-02)2 June 1937
Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
Died14 October 2010(2010-10-14) (aged 73)
Poza Rica, Mexico
Career information
NBA draft1971: 18th round, 234th overall pick
Selected by the San Diego Rockets
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He also competed in 4 World Championships: Chile 1959, Brazil 1963, Uruguay 1967, and Yugoslavia 1970; and represented Mexico in 4 Pan American Games: Chicago 1959, Sāo Paulo 1963, Winnipeg 1967, and Cali 1971[1]

Carlos Quintanar was nicknamed "Aguja", "Pistolitas" and "The Yokohama Sensation" after being the Most Valuable Player of the 1964 Pre-Olympics, held in Yokohama, Japan. "Aguja" Quintanar is considered to be the greatest Mexican player ever to step into the court.[citation needed]

He won the silver medal in the 1967 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada losing in the finals against the U.S.A. led by Jo Jo White and Wes Unseld

Quintanar is the second Mexican to be drafted by a National Basketball Association team (after his Olympic teammate Manuel Raga); he was drafted in 1971 by the San Diego Rockets in the 18th round (234th overall pick) of that year's NBA draft (his surname was misspelled Quintar).[2][3] However, he never played professionally to maintain his amateur status.


  1. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Carlos Quintanar". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
  2. ^ "1971 NBA Draft". basketball-reference.
  3. ^ "San Diego/Houston Rockets draft picks". basketball-reference.