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Dickie Hemric
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Personal information
Born (1933-08-29)August 29, 1933
Jonesville, North Carolina
Nationality American
Died August 3, 2017(2017-08-03) (aged 83)
North Canton, Ohio
High school Jonesville
(Jonesville, North Carolina)
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
College Wake Forest (1951–1955)
NBA Draft 1955 / Round: 2 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Pro career 1955–1957
Career history
1955–1957 Boston Celtics
Career highlights and awards
  • NBA champion (1957)
  • Consensus second-team All-American (1955)
  • Third-team All-American – AP (1954)
  • 2× ACC Player of the Year (1954, 1955)
  • 2× First-team All-ACC (1954, 1955)
  • No. 24 retired by Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Career statistics
Points 863 (6.3 ppg)
Rebounds 703 (5.1 rpg)
Assists 102 (0.7 apg)

Ned Dixon "Dickie" Hemric (August 29, 1933 – August 3, 2017) was an American collegiate and professional basketball player for Wake Forest University (1952–1955) and the NBA's Boston Celtics (1955–1957).

Hemric played the first two college years at Wake Forest when the school was a member of the Southern Conference. The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Male Athlete of the Year was created at the start of the 1954 season, and he played his last two seasons in the ACC, setting conference records for scoring and rebounding that were untouched for the first 50 years of the conference's existence. He was honored as the second recipient of the ACC Athlete of the Year in 1955. In 2002 Hemric was selected to the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team, honoring the 50 greatest players in ACC history.

Hemric's ACC scoring record of 2,587 points was untouched from 1956 until it was finally broken in 2006 by Duke University's JJ Redick and in 2009 by Tyler Hansbrough of the University of North Carolina. Hemric held the NCAA record for free throws made in a career with 905 for 54 years until it was passed by Hansbrough. Hemric still holds the Division I record for most free throw attempts (1,359) in a career.

Hemric's ACC record of 1,802 career rebounds may never face a serious challenge - for four decades the nearest runner-up was his contemporary Ronnie Shavlik who is now third on the list with 1,567 rebounds from 1954 to 1956. Second is legendary NBA power forward Tim Duncan, who pulled down 1,570 rebounds at Wake Forest from 1994 to 1997. With most of today's elite ACC players leaving for the NBA before completing four seasons, it is difficult to project a scenario in which Hemric's record could ever be broken. Nationally Hemric is still fifth all-time in Division I career rebounds.

Hemric died on August 3, 2017 at his home in North Canton, Ohio nearly four weeks shy of his 84th birthday.

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Dick Hemric para niños

  • List of NCAA Division I men's basketball career free throw scoring leaders
  • List of NCAA Division I men's basketball career rebounding leaders
  • List of NCAA Division I men's basketball players with 2000 points and 1000 rebounds
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