Ronnie Valentine

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Ronnie Valentine
Personal information
Born (1957-11-27) November 27, 1957 (age 61)
Norfolk, Virginia
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolNorfolk Catholic
(Norfolk, Virginia)
CollegeOld Dominion (1976–1980)
NBA draft1980 / Round: 3 / Pick: 51st overall
Selected by the Denver Nuggets
Playing career1980–1987
PositionPower forward
Career history
1980–1981Denver Nuggets
1981–1982Montana Golden Nuggets
1982–1983A.P.U. Udine
1983–1985Detroit Spirits
1985Tampa Bay Thrillers
1985–1986Baltimore Lightning
1986Tampa Bay Stars
1987Rhode Island Gulls
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Ronnie L. Valentine (born November 27, 1957) is an American former professional basketball player.


A 6'7" forward, Valentine attended Old Dominion University from 1976 to 1980. He set a school record with 2,204 points in his college career and scored ten points or more in 101 consecutive games.[1] His career high for the Old Dominion Monarchs was 44 points in a game against Tulane University during his sophomore year. As a senior in 1980, he led Old Dominion to their first appearance in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, where the team fell to UCLA.[2]

Professional career[edit]

After college, Valentine was selected by the Denver Nuggets with the 51st pick of the 1980 NBA draft. He played 24 games for the Nuggets during the 1980–81 NBA season, scoring 84 points.[3] Valentine later played in the Continental Basketball Association, the United States Basketball League,[4] and in Italy. In 1982, he earned the CBA's MVP Award after averaging 32 points per game for the Montana Golden Nuggets.[5] He also led the West team with 25 points in the 1982 CBA All-Star Game.[6] After his playing career ended, Valentine lived homeless on the streets of Miami for 27 years.[7]


Valentine was inducted into Old Dominion University's Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.[8]


  1. ^ Thomas R. Garrett, Clay Shampoe, and Paul Webb. Old Dominion University Men's Basketball. Arcadia Publishing, 2007. 60.
  2. ^ Ronnie Valentine Profile at Old Dominion Athletics. Retrieved on February 12, 2009.
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  4. ^ History of the United States Basketball League at Retrieved on February 12, 2009.
  5. ^ Randy Beard. "Thriller's top sub makes the most of his minutes". The Evening Independent. February 5, 1985. Retrieved on February 12, 2009.
  6. ^ "Valentine leads West". Washington Post. January 31, 1982. Retrieved on February 12, 2009.
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  8. ^ Old Dominion University Hall of Fame Members Archived 2006-08-05 at the Wayback Machine at Old Dominion Athletics. Retrieved on February 12, 2009.