Manuel Raga

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Manolo Raga
Manuel Raga 1972.jpg
Manolo Raga in 1971.
Personal information
Born (1944-03-14) March 14, 1944 (age 75)
Aldama, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight170 lb (77 kg)
Career information
NBA draft1970 / Round: 10 / Pick: 167th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career1963–1979
PositionShooting guard
Career history
1963–1968Villa Aldama
1968–1974Ignis Varese
1974–1979Federale Lugano
Career highlights and awards
FIBA Hall of Fame as player

Manuel "Manolo" Raga Navarro (born March 14, 1944) is a retired Mexican professional basketball player. During his playing career, he was nicknamed, "The Flying Mexican",[1] due to his nationality and his one of a kind 43 inch standing (no step) vertical leap.[2] In 2008, he was named one of the 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors. In 2016, he became a member of the FIBA Hall of Fame.

The national quintet of those who included Captain Carlos Quintanar (12), Arturo Guerrero (5), and Manuel Raga (15) at the 1968 Olympics.

Club career[edit]

Raga played professionally for Varese in the Italian League, from 1968 to 1974, and with them, he won three EuroLeague championships. In 1970, he became the first player from an international league to be selected in the NBA Draft,[3] when Atlanta Hawks general manager, Marty Blake, took him with the 167th overall pick. However, Raga never played in the NBA.

National team career[edit]

Raga was a part of the senior national team of Mexico. He won a gold medal at the 1965 CentroBasket, and a silver medal at the 1967 Pan American Games.[4] He also played with Mexico in three different Summer Olympic Games, at the 1964 Summer Olympics, the 1968 Summer Olympics, and the 1976 Summer Olympics. He also played in 3 different FIBA World Cups, at Brazil 1963, at Uruguay 1967, and at Puerto Rico 1974.[5]

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Club career[edit]


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