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From: Charlotte, NC
High School: East Meck High School
Years at Charlotte: 1985-1989
- Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year (1988)
- 2x Sun Belt All Conference Team (1988, 1989)
- #10 Charlotte's all-time leading scorer (1,657)
- #3 Charlotte's all-time leading assists (513)
- #8 Charlotte's all-time Field Goals Made (636)
- #4 retired by Charlotte
- NCAA appearance (1988)
- Sun Belt Conference Champions (1988)
After the Charlotte 49ers magical Final Four run in 1977, there was a very long, dark transition period for Niner Basketball. Successful head coach Lee Rose left for Purdue, which led to nearly a decade of mediocrity and coaching changes.
Then along came Coach Jeff Mullins with his first Niner recruit, a golden cladded freshmen named Byron Dinkins. Dinkins was a Charlotte native that would spark the restoration of the 49ers program, making the dark days of 49er basketball a distant memory. Between his lightning quick moves and his long range shooting accompanied with the introduction of the 3-point field goal to the NCAA, Byron catapulted himself and the Niners back into the national picture. In 1988, Dinkins led the Niners to the Sun Belt Regular Season and Tournament Championships, a first since 1977. Dinkins earned conference player of the year and brought the Niners back to the post season.
Dinkins did not get drafted in the NBA, but he played in games for both the Spurs and the Rockets. In 1991 he decided to play in Greece where he played 12 years. In 2004, Dinkins retired and returned home to Charlotte, NC. Today you can find “The Dink” as the head coach of Northside Christian Academy.
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