Samuel Salvador Ranzino (June 21, 1927 – March 13, 1994) was an American college and professional basketball player. He was an All-American guard at North Carolina State University and played one season in the NBA with the Rochester Royals.

Sam Ranzino
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A newspaper article about Ranzino in 1951 with accompanying sketches.
Personal information
Born(1927-06-21)June 21, 1927
Gary, Indiana
DiedMarch 13, 1994(1994-03-13) (aged 66)
Winnabow, North Carolina
Listed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High schoolEmerson (Gary, Indiana)
CollegeNC State (1947–1951)
NBA draft1951 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Rochester Royals
Playing career1951–1952
PositionShooting guard
Number3
Career history
1951–1952Rochester Royals
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points86
Rebounds39
Assists25
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Ranzino starred at Emerson High School in Gary, Indiana and was recruited to NC State by coach Everett Case, who also hailed from Indiana. Ranzino led the Wolfpack to four consecutive Southern Conference basketball titles and the school's first Final Four appearance in 1950. Individually, Ranzino received All-American mention in 1950 and was a consensus first-team All-American in 1951. Ranzino scored 1,967 points in his career, a mark that stood until 1975 when it was broken by David Thompson. Ranzino's number 77 is honored by NC State and hangs in the rafters of the RBC Center.[1]

After completing his college career, Ranzino was selected by the Rochester Royals in the first round (8th pick overall) of the 1951 NBA Draft. He played one season for the Royals, averaging 2.2 points per game.[2]

Sam Ranzino was elected to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1982.

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