Mel Peterson

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Mel Peterson
Personal information
Born (1938-03-23) March 23, 1938 (age 81)
Thief River Falls, Minnesota
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High schoolStephenson (Stephenson, Michigan)
CollegeWheaton (1956–1960)
NBA draft1960 / Round: 11 / Pick: 78th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career1963–1970
PositionGuard / Forward
Number16, 40, 44
Career history
1963–1964Baltimore Bullets
19671969Oakland Oaks
1969–1970Los Angeles Stars
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points1,032 (7.7 ppg)
Rebounds635 (4.7 rpg)
Assists160 (1.2 apg)
Stats at

Melvin Lowell Peterson (born March 23, 1938) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) and American Basketball Association (ABA) player.

Collegiate career[edit]

Mel attended Wheaton College. While at Wheaton College, Mel was selected as a three-time All-American basketball player.[1] He was also selected as the Most Outstanding Player of the 1957 NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Tournament, as Wheaton College won the inaugural NCAA Division II tournament.[2] Mel finished his career at Wheaton College, averaging 22.7 points and 15.8 rebounds per game. He still ranks as Wheaton College's all-time leader in points per game, career points, field goals made, and career rebounds.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Mel was drafted with the fourth pick in the eleventh round of the 1960 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons. On August 15, 1963 Mel signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Bullets. In two games with the Bullets, Mel recorded a total of two points and one rebound. Peterson did not play for the following three seasons. Mel made his ABA debut on October 13, 1967 for the Oakland Oaks.[4]


  1. ^ "Wheaton College Athletics – Men's Basketball All-Americans". Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  2. ^ "2010 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Tournament Records and Statistics: Division II men's basketball Championship" (PDF). Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Wheaton College Athletics – Men's Basketball Career Records". Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Mel Peterson NBA & ABA statistics". Retrieved 13 July 2012.