October 26, 1926|
|Died||July 3, 2006
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Listed weight||175 lb (79 kg)|
|High school||Pendleton (Pendleton, Indiana)|
|College||NC State (1946–1950)|
|NBA draft||1950 / Round: 3 / Pick: 25th overall|
|Selected by the Baltimore Bullets|
|1950–1951||Anderson Packers (NPBL)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||127 (2.8 ppg)|
|Rebounds||81 (1.8 rpg)|
|Assists||50 (1.1 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Richard Lea "Dick" Dickey (October 26, 1926 – July 3, 2006) was an American professional basketball player for the National Professional Basketball League's Anderson Packers and National Basketball Association's Boston Celtics, although he is best remembered for his college career while playing at NC State.
Dickey was born in Rigdon, Indiana. He attended Pendleton High School in Pendleton, Indiana and graduated in 1944. During his senior year of his high school basketball career, of which he started for three years, Dickey earned All-Sectional honors while playing for coach Art Gross.
Dickey decided to attend North Carolina State University to play basketball for future Hall of Fame coach Everett Case two years after he graduated high school. It is his college career for which Dickey is most remembered. Between 1946–47 and 1949–50, the 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) forward (who would later play guard professionally) led the Wolfpack to all four Southern Conference championships during his tenure and was named all-conference four times. He is the only NC State player to earn that distinction. The Wolfpack compiled an overall record of 106–23 in that time, finishing with season records of 26–5, 28–4, 25–8 and 27–6. As a sophomore in 1947–48, Dickey was voted a consensus Second Team All-American.
In 1949–50, Dickey's senior season, the Wolfpack advanced to the NCAA Tournament Final Four, where they lost to eventual national champion CCNY, 78–73. When the Wolfpack defeated Holy Cross in the quarterfinals, Dickey cut down the rim's net, which was an Indiana high school basketball tradition that he is credited with introducing to the college game. He was also selected to play in the East-West College All-Star game at the end of the year.
After graduating in 1950, Dickey was selected as the 25th pick in the third round by the Baltimore Bullets in the 1950 NBA Draft. Although he was drafted by an NBA team, he actually spent his first year of professional basketball, 1950–51, playing for the Anderson Packers in the National Professional Basketball League, which existed independently for only that season. In 1951–52, Dickey played for the Boston Celtics of the NBA and finished with 127 points, 81 rebounds and 50 assists. Dickey would be let go at the end of the season and never played professionally again.
After his basketball playing career ended, Dickey spent much of his later life in the insurance industry, spending 29 years with Farm Bureau Insurance. He received a handful of belated honors for his basketball efforts at NC State and in the high school level, including a 2005 induction into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and having his college jersey number (#70) officially retired. Dickey died on July 3, 2006, in Indianapolis at age 79. The cause of death was due to complications from recent lung surgery. He was survived by his wife, Jean, and his seven children.
- "Former N.C. State All-American Dick Dickey dies at 79". USA Today. Gannett Company, Inc. July 5, 2006. Retrieved September 5, 2010.
- "Dick Dickey". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2010. Retrieved September 5, 2010.
- "Dick Dickey". Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. Hoops Hall. 2008. Retrieved September 5, 2010.
- Dick Dickey's entry at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame