Pinero, playing for Murcia in 2009
|Born||August 6, 1983|
Red Bank, New Jersey
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||198 lb (90 kg)|
(Neptune Township, New Jersey)
|NBA draft||2006 / Undrafted|
|2007–2008||Junior Casale Monferrato|
|2014–2015||San Sebastián Gipuzkoa|
|2016||San Sebastián Gipuzkoa|
|2017–2019||Élan Béarnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez|
|Career highlights and awards|
Dean was a star college basketball player for the University of Louisville through 2006, where he majored in justice administration. Throughout his four-year college career, he scored 1,657 career points, and made 361 three-point field goals. Considered a lock to be drafted in the first round of the 2005 NBA Draft after Louisville's great season and subsequent run through the NCAA Tournament, he decided to stay at Louisville for his senior season. This proved to be a mistake, draft stock wise, as Dean spent much of his senior season on the bench with an ankle injury.
He went undrafted in the 2006 NBA Draft, and he signed with Angelico Biella of the Italian League. After half of the season, he transferred to the Russian Super League club Dynamo Moscow. In 2007, he signed with the Italian 2nd Division team Junior Casale Monferrato.
In 2009, he joined the Euroleague club Unicaja Málaga of Spain by signing a one-year contract. He moved for a short time to Saski Baskonia before finishing the 2009–10 season with Greek Kavala B.C. He then signed with Italian club Air Avellino for the 2010–11 season.
Two months later, Pinero signed with Spanish team Iberostar Tenerife. In February 2017, Pinero leaves the team. Later that month, he signed with French club Élan Béarnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez for the rest of the 2016–17 Pro A season. On June 2, 2017, he signed a two-year contract extension with Pau-Orthez.
In October 2016, he changed his name from Taquan Dean to Taqwa Pinero, as he found after a DNA test that his supposed father was not the real one, adopting finally the surname of the new one and as he converted to Islam, taking an Arabic given name.
- "I changed my name from Taquan Dean to Taqwa Pinero: This is why". Hoopshype.com. 12 October 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
- Pelzman, J.P. "Feeling the pain of troubled lives", The Record (Bergen County), April 2, 2005, backed up by the Internet Archive as of March 4, 2016. Accessed October 14, 2016. "Dean's college career hasn't been easy, either, although his various injuries and maladies pale in comparison to what he's already been through. The former Neptune High School standout was hampered by a sports hernia last season, when he averaged 10.8 points."
- "Dynamo adds Dean to back court", Euroleague, February 13, 2007. Accessed March 12, 2008.
- NBA.com : Summer League 2008 Archived 2008-07-15 at the Wayback Machine
- Sportando.net Unicaja inks scoring machine Taquan Dean
- Unicaja inks scoring machine Taquan Dean
- San Sebastian Gipuzkoa announces Taquan Dean
- Gipuzkoa agreed to part ways with Taquan Dean
- Taquan Dean inks with Mahram
- Taquan Dean moves to Socar Petkim
- Gipuzkoa lands Taquan Dean
- TaQuan Dean signs with Hoops Club in Lebanon
- "El Iberostar Tenerife se hace con los servicios de Taqwa Pinero" (in Spanish). ACB.com. 7 December 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
- Acuerdo de desvinculación con Taqwa Piñero (in Spanish)
- TAQWA PINERO À L'ÉLAN BÉARNAIS JUSQU'À LA FIN DE SAISON (in French)
- Taqwa Pinero signs two-year extension with Elan Bearnais Pau-Orthez
- "Taquan Dean changed his name in Taqwa Pinero". Sportando. 11 October 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016.