Pinero, playing for Murcia in 2009
|No. 22 – Élan Béarnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez|
|League||LNB Pro A|
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||A.S. Junior Casale|
|2014–2015||San Sebastián Gipuzkoa|
|2016||San Sebastián Gipuzkoa|
|2017–present||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 again, this time to the Russian Super League club Dynamo Moscow. In 2007, he signed with the Italian 2nd Division team Casale Monferrato.
In July 2008, Dean played for the Phoenix Suns in the Las Vegas NBA Summer League. In 2008, he signed with the Spanish ACB club Murcia. In 2009, he joined the Euroleague club Unicaja Málaga by signing a one-year contract. He moved for a short time to Saski Baskonia before finishing the 2009–10 season with Kavala BC. He has signed with Air Avellino for the 2010–11 season.
Two months later, Pinero leaves Lebanon for agreeing terms 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.
- "Dynamo adds Dean to back court", Euroleague, February 13, 2007. Accessed March 12, 2008.
- NBA.com : Summer League 2008
- 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.