Roland Minson

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Roland Minson
Personal information
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school Idaho Falls (Idaho Falls, Idaho)
College BYU (1948–1951)
NBA draft 1951 / Round: 2 / Pick: 15th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Position Small forward
Number 11
Career highlights and awards

Roland T. Minson is a retired American basketball player. He is best known for his college career at Brigham Young University (BYU), where he led the Cougars to the 1951 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) championship.

Minson came to BYU from Idaho Falls High School in Idaho Falls, Idaho.[1] He became a three-year starter and was a first team All-Conference pick for each of his varsity seasons. In his senior season, Minson averaged 16.7 points and along with teammate Mel Hutchins, led the Cougars the 1951 National Invitation Tournament title at a time where the NIT winner was considered a national champion on par with the NCAA Tournament titlists. Minson averaged 26 points per game in the tournament to take MVP honors.[2] In his BYU career, Minson scored 1,407 points. at the time of his graduation, this made his the all-time leading scorer in Cougar history - a mark that would stand until Krešimir Ćosić broke it in 1973.[3]

Following the close of his college career, Minson was drafted by the New York Knicks in the second round of the 1951 NBA draft (15th pick overall). However, he was drafted into active duty in the United States Navy for the Korean War. Upon returning, he passed on an offer to join the Knicks to go into the banking industry, continuing his basketball career with the Denver Bankers in the Amateur Athletic Union.[3]

On February 16, 2013, Minson's jersey was retired by BYU alongside his former teammate Mel Hutchins.[4]


  1. ^ Goates, Les (June 14, 1947). "Looks Good for US Cleanup in Olympiad". Deseret News. Retrieved October 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ Wright, Earl (March 31, 1951). "Mighty Mites may Steal Casaba Show". Deseret News. Retrieved October 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Roland Minson BYU profile". BYU Cougars. Retrieved October 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ Erickson, Dahl (February 5, 2013). "Valley resident, Roland Minson, to have jersey retired by BYU". Star Valley Independent. Retrieved October 10, 2013. 

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