Hemric played the first two college years at Wake Forest when the school was a member of the Southern Conference. The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Male Athlete of the Year was created at the start of the 1954 season, and he played his last two seasons in the ACC, setting conference records for scoring and rebounding that were untouched for the first 50 years of the conference's existence. He was honored as the second recipient of the ACC Athlete of the Year in 1955. In 2002 Hemric was selected to the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team, honoring the fifty greatest players in ACC history.
For 55 years, Hemric held the NCAA record for free throws made in a career with 905, until being surpassed by North Carolina's Hansbrough on February 28, 2009. Hemric still holds the Division I record for most free throw attempts (1,359) in a career.