Nick, 7’2” St.. Michaels grad, held the state’s season scoring record for 50 years until in was broken in 2011 by Bryce Alford. He scored 1033 points for a season in 1962-1963 plus scored 80 points in one game vs. El Rito High School. He went on to play for Kansas St for Coach Tex Winter, the inventor of the Triangle offense. He was drafted twice by the Los Angeles Lakers – 1967 11 round 1968 6th round (73 pick). Pino was always the big man on campus. Nearly 7 feet tall as a 1 6-year- old high school junior, he didn’t start for the St. Michael’s basketball team until his senior year (1962-1963). Enticed by the opportunity to crack the starting lineup, Pino worked hard to reach the standard set by his old teammates. Pino went from benchwarmer to shooting star in a matter of months. more than 100 colleges recruited him. As a senior at Kansas State in 1968, Pino helped the Wildcats win the Big 8 Conference championship and qualify for the NCAA Tournament. Only 16 teams were invited back then. Kansas State was leading TCU by double digits in the first round of the tournament when Pino injured a knee and was sidelined. With Pino out, TCU rallied to win by 5 points. That troublesome left knee ended Pino’s chance to make the Los Angeles Lakers roster. He went into the insurance business, first in Kansas, then in Santa Fe. He moved back home in 1985 so he could be close to his parents in their twilight years. he got an offer to play professionally in Mexico. He played there for one season, helping a team from San Luís Potosí win a Mexican national title In the most classiest acts ever, Nick prenented Byre the basketball that he was given in 1963 that broke the state’s scoring record “I want to congratulate the guy,” Pino said of La Cueva’s Bryce Alford, who broke Pino’s 50-year-old New Mexico high school single-season basketball scoring record.