Dan Callandrillo

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Dan Callandrillo
Personal information
Born (1959-02-02) February 2, 1959 (age 62)
North Bergen, New Jersey
NationalityItalian / American
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High schoolNorth Bergen
(North Bergen, New Jersey)
CollegeSeton Hall (1978–1982)
NBA draft1982 / Round: 8 / Pick: 176th overall
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Playing career1982–?
PositionPoint guard / Shooting guard
Career history
1982–1983Rochester Zeniths
1983–1984Bracknell Pirates
1984–1985Solent Stars
Career highlights and awards

Daniel Callandrillo is an Italian-American former professional basketball player. He played NCAA Division I college basketball at Seton Hall. At a height of 1.88 m (6'2") tall, he played at both the point guard and shooting guard positions, with shooting guard being his main position.

High school[edit]

Raised in North Bergen, New Jersey, Callandrillo played basketball at North Bergen High School.[1] In 1977, as a senior, he averaged 32 points a game, was a high school All-American, and led the school to a high school state championship.[2]

College career[edit]

Callandrillo played college basketball at Seton Hall University, with the Seton Hall Pirates, from 1978 to 1982. While at Seton Hall, he was named Second Team All-Big East, in both his sophomore and junior seasons. As a senior, he averaged 25.9 points per game[3] (3rd in the nation),[4] and was named a Third Team All-American, the Haggerty Award winner, and the Big East Player of the Year, in 1982.[5]

In his four years at Seton Hall, Callandrillo scored a total of 1,985 points.[6] He was later inducted into the Seton Hall Pirates Hall Hall of Fame, in 1989.[7]

Professional career[edit]

After his college basketball career, Callandrillo was drafted by the Houston Rockets, in the 1982 NBA draft, but he never played for the team in the NBA. He instead played with the Rochester Zeniths in the American Continental Basketball Association (CBA), in the 1982–83 season. He then played with the Bracknell Pirates of the British Basketball League (BBL), in the 1983–84 season. Various reports credit him with a league high 52-point game that season against Sunderland. In fact the game was in a pre-season tournament played at Bracknell Sports Centre. It was the highest scored for Bracknell in any game at the time, but didn't count in the official records.[8]

He then moved to the British club Solent Stars, for the 1984–85 season. With the Solent Stars, he played in the FIBA European Champions Cup (now called EuroLeague), in the 1984–85 season. He scored 52 points in the club's EuroLeague first leg game against the French club Limoges.[9]

He then played professionally in Italy.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Callandrillo's son, Danny, also played college basketball, at Bryant University, and also played professionally in Italy.[11] One of Dan's older brothers was Paul Callandrillo, who was an actor who performed as Paul Land.

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

College career[edit]


  1. ^ Roberts, Jeff. "Where are they now? Seton Hall's Dan Calandrillo", The Record (Bergen County), March 30, 2010. Accessed August 12, 2016. "Like the story of how he made it out of North Bergen, the youngest of 13 kids born to deaf parents, all crammed into a three-bedroom, fourth-floor walk-up.... He would become an All-State player at North Bergen, winning a State title in 1977 and beating Kelly Tripucka-led Bloomfield in a nail-biter semifinal."
  2. ^ Dan Callandrillo Sport: Basketball.
  3. ^ Dan Callandrillo Position: Guard 6-2 (188cm) School: Seton Hall.
  4. ^ Dan Callandrillo School: Seton Hall Height: 6-2.
  5. ^ Delozier, Alan. Seton Hall Pirates: A Basketball History Arcadia Publishing, 2002.
  6. ^ MBB: Seton Hall readies for Georgetown on ‘80s night.
  7. ^ Hall of Fame Hall Of Fame Member: Daniel Callandrillo.
  8. ^ Basketball Monthly Vol.23, No.2 October 1983 p.7
  9. ^ Solent Stars Basketball Club - The Complete History.
  10. ^ For 'insane' Nick Galis, journey to Naismith Hall of Fame took off at Seton Hall.

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