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Ilario Enrico ("Eli") Pasquale (born August 24, 1960 in Sudburymarker, Ontariomarker) is a former star Canadianmarker basketball player. A 6-foot, 1-inch point guard, he led the Canadian national men's basketball team during two Olympic games, three FIBA World Championships, and two Pan-American Games.

Pasquale grew up in Gatchell, Ontariomarker, a predominantly Italian neighbourhood of Sudburymarker. He played his first organized basketball in Grade 8 on his school team, St. Francis School. By grade 10, Pasquale's height was a mere 5 feet, 3 inches.

Pasquale starred at the University of Victoriamarker, leading the Vikings to five straight CIAU championships. He stands as the school's all-time leading scorer, was a three-time CIAU all-star, and has had his jersey number 13 retired. He was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics 106th overall in the fifth round of the 1984 NBA Draft and played in 3 exhibition games for the team before being released. He played in the Amateur Athletic Union for Seattle and the Los Angeles Summer Pro League in 1985 and earned a try-out with the Chicago Bulls, but failed to make the club. He then played professionally in Argentinamarker in 1986, West Germanymarker in 1989, and Switzerlandmarker in 1990.

Pasquale was a member of the Canadian national team at various levels over 15 years. He led the Canadians to a fourth place finish at both the 1984 Summer Olympics and the 1982 FIBA World Championship. He was also a prominent member of 1983 World University Games team that won the gold medal by defeating in the semi-finals the United States led by Charles Barkley and Karl Malone and in the finals Yugoslavia led by Drazen Petrovic.

At age 37, he returned to national team play for the 1997 Tournament of the Americas, after a five year absence, to help the Canadians qualify for the 1998 FIBA World Championship. However, he did not play in this tournament.

Pasquale was inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003 and the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. For the past 20 plus years he has operated Eli Pasquale Sports Group, a business that operates basketball camps for youths.


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