Dick Nemelka Athlete Profile

#20 Dick Nemelka

Position: Guard Height: 6-0 Weight: 175 Roster Years: 1962-1966 Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT Hall of Fame: 1977

  • 1977 Men's Basketball 




All-America

  • 1965-66 Converse First Team
  • 1965-66 Look First Team

1977 Hall of Fame Inductee

Dick began his basketball career at West High School in Salt Lake City, where he was named to the All-State team. He also won the Hale Award as the outstanding high school athlete.

At BYU, Dick averaged 25 points per game, and was selected as an All-Conference and All-American guard. He helped his team to the 1966 NIT Tournament Championship and was given the BYU Outstanding Basketball Player of the Year Award. He played professional basketball with the Utah Stars of the ABA, winning the ABA Championship in 1971.

Dick’s academic career was as distinguished as his athletic ventures. Virtually a straight “A” student, he was named a Scholastic All-American, and received an NCAA scholarship award for postgraduate work. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in psychology from BYU in 1966 and 1970, and in 1976 he earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Utah.

Personal

  • Earned his B.S. degree in psychology from BYU 1966
  • Earned his M.S. degree in psychology from BYU 1970
  • Earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Utah 1976

Career Highlights

  • Led the team to the 1966 NIT championship 
  • Named the BYU Outstanding Basketball Player of the Year Award
  • Averaged 24.0 ppg his senior season, 16.7 overall
  • Named All-America by Look and Converse his senior season
  • Named to the Academic All-WAC team during his three varsity seasons
  • Also named Scholastic All-American and received an NCAA scholarship award for postgraduate work

Before BYU

  • Prepped at West High School in Salt Lake City
  • Named to the All-State basketball team
  • Won the Hale Award as the outstanding high school athlete
  • Also played shortstop on the baseball team 

After BYU

  • Played professional basketball with the Utah Stars of the ABA, winning the ABA Championship in 1971.

Post BYU Honors and Societies

  • Won the ABA Championship in 1971
  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame in 1977

Stats

Year    G    FG    FG%   FTM   FT%   R-AVE      P-AVE
Frosh   13   80    ---   51    ---   ------     211-16.2
63-64   25   109   45    51    65    71-2.84    269-10.8
64-65   28   170   44    91    82    84-3.0     431-15.4
65-66   25   242   52    115   74    119-4.76   599-24.0
Totals  78   521   47    257   74    274-3.51   1299-16.7


1962-1963 | Freshman Year

  • Played 13 games for the freshman team
  • Averaged 16.2 ppg

1963-1964 | Sophomore Year

  • Averaged 10.8 ppg as a sophomore
  • Started every game in 63-64 campaign

1964-1965 | Junior Year

  • Averaged 15.4 points on a team that won the WAC championship and finished 21-7
  • Named second team All-WAC
  • Was high point man in 6 of 28 games
  • Scored 28 against USU and 31 against Creighton
  • Academic All-WAC selection

1965-1966 | Senior Year

  • Named first-team All-America by Look and Converse
  • Also named first-team All-WAC
  • For the third straight year was Academic All-WAC
  • Also named Scholastic All-American and received an NCAA scholarship award for postgraduate work
  • Averaged 24.0 ppg on a team that won the NIT 
  • Shot 52% from the field