Roland T. Minson Athlete Profile

#11 Roland T. Minson

Position: Forward Height: 6-0 Weight: 180 Roster Years: 1947-1951 Hometown: Idaho Falls, ID Hall of Fame: 1976

  • 1976 Men's Basketball 



1976 Hall of Fame Inductee

Roland Minson was a three-year letterman in basketball at BYU and was co-captain of the team his senior year. A member of the 1951 NIT championship team, he was voted the most valuable player in that tournament. He also received the 1951 BYU Basketball Most Valuable Player Trophy.

A first team All-Conference selection his sophomore, junior and senior years, he set a new record for total points scored during his career at BYU. He also led the team in assists. As a sophomore Roland was voted the most outstanding newcomer in 11 western states. During his senior year he was selected to play in the East-West All-Star Game in Madison Square Garden.

Roland was the first-round draft choice of the New York Knicks in 1951, but he put aside his basketball career for three years of service as an officer in the Navy during the Korean War. Following his release from active duty, the Knicks again offered him a contract, but he chose to work in the banking industry, which allowed him more time with his family.

Roland was an assistant basketball coach at BYU for two years and officiated basketball games in the WAC. He received his B.S. degree from BYU in 1951.

Personal

  • Received his B.S. degree from BYU in 1951

Career Highlights

  • Scored 1,407 career points and was BYU's all-time leading scorer for 22 seasons (Kresimir Cosic broke the record in 1973)
  • Held the BYU single-season record for points (619) for 27 seasons, broken by Danny Ainge in 1978
  • Named fourth-team All-American by Converse and honorable mention by AP, Look, International Press, UPI
  • Member of the 1951 NIT championship team
  • Voted Most Valuable Player in the NIT tournament
  • Received the 1951 BYU Basketball Most Valuable Player Trophy
  • Was a three-time first-team all-conference performer
  • Drafted in the first round by the New York Knicks

Post BYU Honors and Societies

  • Selected by the New York Knicks as the No. 15 overall pick in the 1951 NBA draft
  • He was again offered the position with the Knicks after his release from active duty, but instead chose to work in the banking industry
  • Chose to forego a career in the NBA to serve as an officer in the Navy during the Korean War
  • Selected by the U.S. Navy for the All-Navy Basketball team in 1952
  • Played for the Denver Bankers of the National AAU league while working for Denver Bank from 1955-57
  • Assistant BYU Basketball Coach for two seasons from 1961-63
  • Worked in the banking industry for 40 years
  • Vice President, Union Bank of California in Los Angeles from 1979-94
  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame in the inaugural class of 1976

Stats

Year    G    FGM   FTM   P-AVE
48-49   34   149   73    371-10.9
49-50   34   173   71    417-12.3
50-51   37   239   141   619-16.7
Totals  105  561   285   1407-13.4


1947-1948 | Sophomore Year

  • Averaged 10.8 points per game
  • Earned first-team all-conference honors
  • Named Most Outstanding Newcomer in 11 western states

1949-1950 | Junior Year

  • Averaged 12.0 points as a junior
  • Earned first-team all-conference honors
  • Received second-team All-NCAA tournament honors

1950-1951 | Senior Year

  • Averaged team highs of 16.7 points and 2.7 assists and added 5.0 rebounds as the Cougars won the NIT championship
  • Was named the 1951 NIT MVP
  • Named fourth-team All-American by the Converse Yearbook and honorable mention by AP, Look, International Press and UPI
  • Named first-team all-conference
  • Received the BYU Basketball Most Valuable Player Trophy
  • Played in the East-West All-Star Game in Madison Square Garden
  • A co-captain for the Skyline Conference regular season champions