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Lou Pucillo (born 1936 in Philadelphia) is best known for being an outstanding college basketball player for North Carolina State University Wolfpack from 1956-1959. Being only 5 foot 9 inches and 155 lbs., he was the smallest player to ever be recruited by Everett Case. As a guard for the Wolfpack he scored 944 points in 74 games. He was named on the first-team for the ACC in 1958 and 1959, the first team for the ACC Tournament in 1958 and 1959, and in 1959 he was named ACC Player of the Year.

Lou Pucillo
Personal information
Born1936 (age 82–83)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Listed height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Listed weight150 lb (68 kg)
Career information
High school
  • Southeast Catholic
    (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • Temple Prep
    (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
CollegeNC State (1956–1959)
NBA draft1959 / Round: 9 / Pick: 65th overall
Selected by the St. Louis Hawks
PositionPoint guard
Career highlights and awards

After graduating from N.C. State, Pucillo played for the Wichita Vickers in National Industrial League and later played for Sunbury in the Eastern Professional League. After quitting his professional basketball career, he later coached freshman basketball at N.C. State for three seasons before leaving to enter private business.

In 1991, he was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.


NC Sports Hall of Hame bio