Counts , Mel
Mel Counts was born October 16, 1941 and by the time he graduated from Marshfield High School (Marshfield, Oregon) he was one of the top high school basketball centers in the country. He went on to star at Oregon State University where he lettered from 1962 to 1964 and led the Beavers to a Final Four appearance in 1963 scoring over 20 points in 5 games. When his career concluded at Oregon State he was the school's all-time leading scorer (1,973 points) and leading all-time rebounder with (489 rebounds.) In 1964, he won an Olympic Gold Medal with the U.S. Olympic Basketball Team and was drafted in the first round by the legendary Boston Celtics and went on to have a strong NBA career that spanned 12 years concluding in 1976. In 1974, he was one of the NBA players drafted by the ABA. With the Celtics he won two NBA titles from 1964 to 1966. During his NBA career he averaged 8.3 points per game, scored 6,516 points, averaged 6 rebounds per game and grabbed 4,756 career rebounds. His long professional basketball career included stints with the Los Angeles Lakers, Baltimore Bullets, Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Jazz and the Philadelphia 76-ers. Other honors include induction into his high school hall of fame and the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame (1982), Oregon State Sports Hall of Fame (1988), PAC-10 Hall of Honor (2004) and the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.