Fort Wayne Pistons draft picks

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  1. B. H. Born

    B. H. Born


    Bert H. "B. H." Born (June 6, 1932 – February 3, 2013) was an American basketball center. After graduating from Medicine Lodge High School in 1950, he played for the Kansas Jayhawks from 1951 to 1954. In the 1951–52 season, Born was a reserve behind Clyde Lovellette, averaging 1.6 points per game. The following season, he had 18.9 points per game for the Jayhawks as the team reached the NCAA Tournament final. Indiana defeated Kansas 69–68 in the championship game, but Born won the tournament's Most Outstanding Player award. During the final, Born scored 26 points, compiled 15 rebounds, and blocked 13 shots.

  2. Dick Groat

    Dick Groat


    Richard Morrow Groat (born November 4, 1930) is a former two-sport athlete best known as a shortstop in Major League Baseball. He played for four National League teams, mainly the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals, and was named the league's Most Valuable Player in 1960 after winning the batting title with a .325 average for the champion Pirates. From 1956 to 1962 he teamed with second baseman Bill Mazeroski to give Pittsburgh one of the game's strongest middle infields; he led the NL in double plays a record five times, in putouts four times and in assists twice. At the end of his career he ranked ninth in major league history in games at shortstop (1,877) and fourth in double plays (1,237), and was among the NL career leaders in putouts (10th, 3,505), assists (8th, 5,811) and total chances (9th, 9,690). Also an excellent basketball player, he attended Duke University and is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He was twice an All-American at Duke and was voted as the Helms National Player of the Year in 1952 after averaging 25.2 points per game. He played one season as a guard in the National Basketball Association. In 2011 Groat was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame, becoming the first man ever inducted into both the college basketball and college baseball halls of fame. He is currently the color commentator for Pittsburgh Panthers men's basketball radio broadcasts.

  3. Fred Schaus

    Fred Schaus


    Frederick Appleton "Fred" Schaus (June 30, 1925 – February 10, 2010) was an American basketball player, head coach and athletic director for the West Virginia University Mountaineers, player for the National Basketball Association's Fort Wayne Pistons and New York Knicks, general manager and head coach for the Los Angeles Lakers, head coach of Purdue University basketball, and a member of the NCAA Basketball Committee. He was born in Newark, Ohio.

  4. Murray Wier

    Murray Wier


    Murray Neal Wier (born December 12, 1926), nicknamed "Rampaging Redhead" and "Wizard Wier," is a retired American professional basketball player for the Tri-Cities Blackhawks (now the present-day Atlanta Hawks) and the Waterloo Hawks. He is better known for his standout college career at the University of Iowa, however, when in 1947–48 he was named a consensus first team All-American and was also the inaugural National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Major College scoring leader at 21.0 points per game.

  5. Jack Molinas

    Jack Molinas


    Jacob L. "Jack" Molinas (October 31, 1931 – August 3, 1975) was an American professional basketball player and one of the key figures in the point shaving scandal that almost destroyed NCAA basketball. Molinas attended Stuyvesant High School and graduated from Columbia University in 1953, where he set a team record for most points scored in a game—a mark that was eclipsed a few years later by Chet Forte.

  6. Ron Sobieszczyk

    Ron Sobieszczyk


    Ron Sobieszcyzk (September 21, 1934 – October 23, 2009) was an American professional basketball player.

  7. Jesse Arnelle

    Jesse Arnelle


    Hugh Jesse Arnelle (born December 30, 1933) is a retired American basketball player and attorney.

  8. George Yardley

    George Yardley


    George Harry Yardley III (November 3, 1928 – August 13, 2004) was an American basketball player. He was the first player in NBA history to score 2,000 points in one season, breaking the 1,932-point record held by George Mikan. Yardley was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996.

  9. Charlie Slack

    Charlie Slack


    Charles E. "Charlie" Slack is an American former college basketball standout from the Marshall University. He holds the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I record for the highest single-season rebound average when he grabbed 25.6 rpg in 1954–55.

  10. Dick Rosenthal

    Dick Rosenthal


    Richard Anthony "Dick" Rosenthal (born January 20, 1930) was an American NBA forward with the Ft. Wayne Pistons. He played collegiate basketball for the Notre Dame men's basketball team, where he averaged 16.4 points per game over his career. Rosenthal also played baseball at Notre Dame in 1952 and 1953. The Pistons drafted him in the first round of the 1954 NBA Draft. He played parts of two seasons for the Pistons, appearing in 85 career games and averaging 6.8 points per game in his NBA career.

  11. Kenny Rollins

    Kenny Rollins


    Kenneth Herman "Kenny" Rollins (September 14, 1923 – October 9, 2012) was an American basketball player who competed at the 1948 London Olympics and was a member of the University of Kentucky's "Fabulous Five" who won the 1948 NCAA Tournament. His college career was interrupted by service in the United States Navy during World War II. He was voted to the All-SEC and All-SEC Tourney teams following his junior and senior seasons.

  12. Don Meineke

    Don Meineke


    Don "Monk" Meineke (October 30, 1930 – September 3, 2013) was an American professional basketball player.

  13. John Oldham (basketball)

    John Oldham (basketball)


    John Oldham (born June 22, 1923) is a former college player, athletic director and basketball coach who gave the idea of Western Kentucky University's "Red Towel" logo, an iconic towel used by former coach Edgar Diddle.

  14. Art Burris

    Art Burris


    Arthur C. "Art" Burris (April 7, 1924 – September 19, 1993) was an American basketball player.

  15. Bobby Cook (basketball)

    Bobby Cook (basketball)


    Robert Bernard "Bobby" Cook (April 1, 1923 – October 11, 2004) was a player in the National Basketball League and National Basketball Association. He played with the Sheboygan Red Skins from 1948 to 1950. Previously, he had been drafted by the Fort Wayne Pistons of the Basketball Association of America in 1948.

  16. Dean Kelley

    Dean Kelley


    Melvin Dean Kelley (September 23, 1931 – January 13, 1996) was an American basketball player who competed in the 1952 Summer Olympics.

  17. Cleo Littleton

    Cleo Littleton


    Cleophus "Cleo" Littleton (born December 31, 1932) is a former American college basketball player who played for Wichita State University, then known as The Municipal University of Wichita.

  18. Charlie Kraak

    Charlie Kraak


    Charles Frederick "Charlie" Kraak (June 25, 1932 – February 16, 2014) was an American basketball player, best known for his college career at Indiana University, where he was a starter on the school's 1953 NCAA championship team.

  19. Arnold Short

    Arnold Short


    Arnold Short (born October 3, 1932) is a retired American basketball player. A 6'3 guard, he was an All-American college player at Oklahoma City University and a second round pick in the 1954 NBA draft.

  20. Jim Riffey

    Jim Riffey

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    James R. "Jim" Riffey (born December 14, 1923) is an American former professional basketball player. Riffey was selected in the second round (19th overall) of the 1950 NBA Draft by the Fort Wayne Pistons after a collegiate career at Tulane. He played for the Pistons in 35 total games in 1950–51.

  21. Johnny Horan

    Johnny Horan

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    John F. "Johnny" Horan (November 24, 1932 – November 14, 1980), also nicknamed "The Vertical Hyphen," was an American professional basketball player. Horan was selected in the 1955 NBA Draft (first round, sixth overall) by the Fort Wayne Pistons after a collegiate career at Dayton. He played for the Pistons in seven games before being traded to the Minneapolis Lakers in the middle of the 1955–56 season. While with the Lakers, Horan appeared in 12 games.

  22. Jack Kiley

    Jack Kiley


    John F. "Jack" Kiley (January 5, 1929 – February 16, 1982) was an American professional basketball player. Kiley was selected in the 1951 NBA Draft by the Fort Wayne Pistons after a collegiate career at Syracuse. He played for the Pistons in 1951–52 and the beginning of 1952–53 and averaged 2.3 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists per contest in 53 career games.

  23. Jim Bredar

    Jim Bredar


    James A. "Jim" Bredar (October 22, 1931 – August 28, 1997) was an NCAA All-American basketball player at the University of Illinois during a career that spanned from 1949 to 1953, and then was drafted by the Ft. Wayne Pistons of the National Basketball Association in the 1953 draft

  24. Jerry Nagel

    Jerry Nagel


    Gerald R. "Jerry" Nagel (May 18, 1928 – February 2, 1999) was an American professional basketball player. Nagel was selected in the fourth round in the 1949 BAA Draft by the Fort Wayne Pistons. He played for the Pistons in 1949–50 before ending his NBA career after one season.

  25. Ward Williams

    Ward Williams


    Ward M. Williams (June 26, 1923 – December 17, 2005) was an American professional basketball player. Ward was selected in the first round (8th overall) in the 1948 BAA Draft by the Fort Wayne Pistons. He played for the Pistons in 1948–49 and appeared in 53 games.

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