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Yinka Dare

Yinka Dare
Personal information
Born (1972-10-10)October 10, 1972
Kano, Nigeria
Died January 9, 2004(2004-01-09) (aged 31)
Englewood, New Jersey
Nationality Nigerian
Listed height 7 ft 1.5 in (2.17 m)
Listed weight 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school Milford Academy
(New Berlin, New York)
College George Washington (1992–1994)
NBA draft 1994 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall
Selected by the New Jersey Nets
Pro career 1994–2003
Position Center
Number 11, 33
Career history
19941998 New Jersey Nets
1998–1999 New Jersey Shorecats (USBL)
1999–2000 Fort Wayne Fury (CBA)
2003 Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs (USBL)
Career NBA statistics
Points 233 (2.1 ppg)
Rebounds 281 (2.6 rpg)
Stats at

Yinka Dare (October 10, 1972 – January 9, 2004) was a Nigerian professional basketball player. A 7'1 1/2" (217 cm), 265 pound (120.2 kg) Center (basketball), he played four seasons in the National Basketball Association. In 2004, Dare died at only 31 years of age after suffering a heart attack.


  • Early years 1
  • High school/college career 2
  • Professional career 3
  • Death 4
  • Other appearances 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early years

Born in Kano, Dare was discovered by Nigerian-born lawyer Lloyd Ukwu during a visit to Lagos in 1991. While Ukwu was driving, he noticed a very tall man sitting on a bench eating a bowl of food. When he asked him how tall he was, Dare said he didn't know.

Dare had previously spent most of his free time playing tennis, but soon picked up basketball for the first time.[1]

High school/college career

Already in the Mike Jarvis, also helping revive the basketball program. As a freshman in 1992–93, he led the Colonials to the NCAA Tournament round of 16 ('The Sweet 16'), the furthest they had ever advanced.

The next year, Dare led the team to the second round of the tournament. He finished his college career averaging 13.8 points and 10.7 rebounds per game; additionally, after just two seasons, he had become the Colonials' all-time leader in blocked shots, averaging more than two per game.

Professional career

Dare was selected in the first-round (14th overall) of the 1994 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets, agreeing to a six-year, $9 million guaranteed contract. In the NBA, he would appear in 110 games in four seasons, all with the Nets; in his rookie campaign, he played for three minutes before getting injured (torn ACL) and missing the rest of the season.

The Nets left him unprotected during the 1995 expansion draft, but Dare was not selected by either the Toronto Raptors or the Vancouver Grizzlies. In his first full season (1995–96), in which he played a personal best 58 out of 82 games, he turned the ball over 72 times while registering no assists, holding the dubious NBA record for most games played in a season, 58, without recording an assist.[2] During his four-year career, he would rack up a total of four assists accompanied by 96 turnovers, while averaging 2.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, and less than 0.1 assists per game.

In early 1998, Dare was traded, along with David Benoit and Kevin Edwards, to the Orlando Magic, for Brian Evans and Rony Seikaly, and was immediately waived. Subsequently, he played intermittently in other leagues including the Continental Basketball Association and United States Basketball League, until 2003.[2]


Dare died in 2004, after collapsing in his home in Englewood, New Jersey. A medical examiner determined that he had suffered a heart attack due to an arrhythmia condition discovered when he was in college.[2]

Lucious Harris, who joined the Nets in 1997–98, Dare's final season said: "It's a bad situation. I feel for his family. Just 32, to have a heart attack, that's scary. It always seemed like he was in shape. But things happen and you don't understand why."

Kerry Kittles, who played with Dare in the latter's final two Nets seasons said: "He was a quiet guy, didn't talk that much. He worked hard - he didn't really play much, but he was a fun guy to be around. [He was] young: It makes you think... anything can happen any time. It's in the back of your mind [that] it could happen to you."

Jarvis, who coached Dare at George Washington, told The Washington Post: "Yinka was a kind, gentle person. He was nice to my family, as respectful as anybody I've come into contact with. I don't remember him having a bad word to say about anybody; just a nice, sweet kid."

Dare was survived by parents Gabriel and Joan, two sisters and a brother.[3]

Other appearances


  1. ^ Lawyer brings Nigerian players to U.S. colleges; Dayton Daily News, 15 March 2001
  2. ^ a b c d Eulogizing Yinka; The Cornell Daily Sun, 3 February 2004
  3. ^ Yinka Dare, athlete, 32; at Deathwatch

External links

  • profile
  • Stats at Basketball-Reference
  • Stats at BasketballReference
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