Joe Richey
Forward 6
178 lbs.
St. Johns, 
Roster Years


  • 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


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
1977 BYU Hall of Fame

1977 BYU Hall of Fame

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, first with the 1950 team and again 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-America Second Team, Look’s All-American First Team, Collier’s’s All-American Second Team, and the All-District Seven Team.

He was drafted by the Minneapolis Lakers in 1953. He instead played for several years in the AAU for Kirby's Shoes entry in the league. Joe received his B.S. degree from BYU in 1958.

After his playing days were over, Joe became a paving contractor. He died of leukemia on April 4, 1995.

Freshman Year

Sophmore Year 1950-1951

  • Appeared in 36 games and averaged 8.7 points and 5.4 rebounds
  • Played a pivotal role in the Cougars NIT championship run

Summary from the 1950-51 Media Guide

This outstanding sophomore won all-American recognition as St. Johns, Ariz., high school forward in 1948-49, and played regular frosh ball last season. He will be a regular forward this year and should be a strong contender for sophomore honors in the western states. · Joe's speed and sharp-shooting will help make up for Nelson's loss. 

Junior Year 1951-1952

  • Led Cougars in scoring with a 14.6 average
  • Averaged 7.0 rebounds per game
  • Named All-Conference
Senior Year 1952-1953

  • 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
Graduate Year

Redshirt Year

Medical Redshirt Year