Richard Atha

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Richard Atha
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Point guard
Personal information
Born (1931-09-21) September 21, 1931 (age 83)
Otterbein, Indiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Otterbein (Otterbein, Indiana)
College Indiana State (1950–1953)
NBA draft 1953 / Round: 6 / Pick: 50th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Pro career 1955–1958
Career history
1955–1956 New York Knicks
1957–1958 Detroit Pistons
Career statistics
Points 137
Rebounds 66
Assists 51
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Richard E. "Dick" Atha (born September 21, 1931) is a retired American basketball player and coach.

Basketball career[edit]

He played collegiately for the Sycamores and scored 1,119 career points. He led the team in scoring during the 1951-52 and 1952-53 seasons. He was a 2-time All-Indiana Collegiate Conference guard was selected as an All-American for the 1953 season; leading the Sycamores to a 3rd place finish in the National NAIA Tournament. He was a 2x All-ICC player.

During his sophomore season, (1950-51), Atha was a member of the US National Basketball team; he averaged 4.3 ppg in helping the U.S. to a 6-0 record and the first gold medal in Pan Am Games history.[1]

He was selected by the New York Knicks in the 1953 NBA Draft; however, he was required to serve two years in the United States Army before he could begin his professional career; he played for the Knicks (1955–56) and Fort Wayne Pistons (now the Detroit Pistons) (1957–58) in the NBA for 43 games before an injury ended his playing career.

Later career[edit]

Following his NBA career, Atha was the head basketball coach at Oxford High for ten seasons. When Oxford High consolidated into Benton Central High School in Oxford, Indiana, he became the principal, serving during the 1970s and '80s. He moved to the athletic director post in the summer of 1986, and retired from that position in 1997.

He was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1988.[2]


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