Dunmore graduate and JB Hoops alum John Rinaldi recently completed a four-year college basketball career in which he went from freshman walk-on to senior captain at Division I Binghamton University.
Rinaldi used his defensive intensity and willingness to play team basketball to make 103 appearances, including a pair of late-season starts as a senior.
The 6-foot-2 guard was an all-star and 1,000-point scorer at Dunmore where he was a three-sport standout. He was one of the leaders of a football team that played in the state final and was both a District 2 champion and school record-setter as a jumper in track and field season.
At Binghamton, where he was coached by another Dunmore graduate, Tommy Dempsey, Rinaldi worked his way up. He went from scoring 7 points while averaging 4.9 minutes in 26 games as a freshman to scoring 51 points while appearing in all 32 games and averaging 12.7 minutes as a senior.
Binghamton lost its last nine games to finish 12-20. The Bearcats had started 9-6 and still had a winning record up until when the season-ending losing streak started.
Rinaldi had his best game in a rare chance to play a local opponent. Binghamton took on Division III Marywood University during the holiday break and he had 7 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists in a 101-54 rout.
As a senior, Rinaldi averaged 1.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.4 steals. He shot 45.7 percent from the floor and 56.3 percent from the line.