Joe Richey Athlete Profile

#6 Joe Richey

Position: Forward Height: 6-1 Weight: 178 Roster Years: 1950-1953 Hometown: St. Johns, AZ Hall of Fame: 1977

1977 Hall of Fame Inductee

Joe was born in 1931 in Douglas, Arizona. In high school he received All-Conference honors as a football quarterback, and was named All-Conference, All-State, and All-American in basketball. He set a state scoring record of 41 points during the Arizona State High School Tournament.

At BYU, Joe participated in two NIT Basketball Tournaments - with the 1950 team and with the championship team of 1951. He also participated in the 1951 NCAA Tournament, the East-West All-Star Game, the Dixie Classic, and the AAU Championship Tournament in Denver, Colorado.

Joe was named to the All-Conference team during his junior and senior years and led the team in scoring. As a senior, he was named to the All-American Basketball second team, Look’s All-American first team, Collier’s’s All-American second team, and the District Seven team.

Joe received his B.S. degree from BYU in 1958.

Personal

  • Born in Douglas, Arizona
  • Received his B.S. degree from BYU in 1958

Career Highlights

  • Led the Cougars in scoring his junior and senior seasons
  • Named All-Conference his junior and senior seasons
  • Finished his career with 1170 points and 580 rebounds
  • Named All-America by Colliers (2nd), Look (1st) and Basketball (2nd)

Before BYU

  • Received All-Conference honors as a football quarterbakc
  • Was named All-Conference, All-State and All-American in basketball
  • Set a state scoring record of 41 points in the Arizona State High School Tournament

Stats

Year    G    FGM   FG%  FTM   FT%  R-AVE     P-AVE
52-53   29   194   35   123   79   217-7.5   511-17.6
51-52   24   145   35   62    73   167-7.0   352-14.6
50-51   36   126   34   62    57   196-5.4   314-8.7
Totals  89   465   35   247   70   580-6.5   1177-13.2

1950-1951 | Sophomore Year

  • Played a pivotal role in the Cougars NIT championship run

1951-1952 | Junior Year

  • Led Cougars in scoring with a 14.6 average
  • Averaged 7.0 rebounds per game
  • Named All-Conference

1952-1953 | Senior Year

  • Averaged 17.6 points and 7.5 rebounds his senior season
  • Named second-team All-America by Colliers and first-team by Look
  • Named All-Conference