Don Rehfeldt

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Don Rehfeldt
Personal information
Born(1927-01-07)January 7, 1927
Chicago, Illinois
DiedOctober 16, 1980(1980-10-16) (aged 53)
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolAmundsen (Chicago, Illinois)
CollegeWisconsin (1944–1945, 1946–1950)
NBA draft1950 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Baltimore Bullets
Playing career1950–1952
PositionPower forward
Number15, 13
Career history
19501951Baltimore Bullets
1951–1952Milwaukee Hawks
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points692 (7.1 ppg)
Rebounds494 (5.0 rpg)
Assists118 (1.2 apg)
Stats at

Don Rehfeldt (January 7, 1927–October 16, 1980) was an American basketball player. He was a graduate of Amundsen High School in Chicago and went on to become a two time Big Ten (then Western Conference) leading scorer in 1949 and 1950 and the Big Ten MVP in 1950 at Wisconsin. He was also a First Team All-American in 1950. Don is a charter member of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Athletic Hall of Fame, elected in 1991. He is also a member of the Illinois Public League Hall of Fame and the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. He was most noted for his hook shot.

Upon graduation in 1950, Rehfeldt was the Badger all-time leading scorer and held 14 other individual records. He was the first Badger to score 1,000 points. He held the Badger record as its last All-American for 56 years until Alando Tucker was named a First Team All-American in 2007. Rehfeldt was the second overall pick in the 1950 NBA draft by the Baltimore Bullets. After graduation, he also played in the "World Series of Basketball" which was a nationwide tour that pitted the College All-Americans against the Harlem Globetrotters. Don was the leading scorer on that tour with other notables including top 50 all time NBA players Paul Arizin and Bob Cousy.

Don was also an avid bridge player and achieved the rank of Life Master along with his wife, Joyce. He also served almost 16 years on the Board of Education of his adopted home town, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. He died from cancer on October 16, 1980.

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