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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Dick Davies, American gold-medal winning Olympic basketball player died he was 76

Richard Allen "Dick" Davies  was an American basketball player died he was 76. He played for the gold medal-winning United States men's national basketball team at the 1964 Summer Olympics.[1] He is also the youngest brother of Bob Davies, who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 1970.[2][3]

(January 21, 1936 – February 25, 2012)

Davies was born and raised in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and attended John Harris High School.[1][2] He then attended Gettysburg College and played for his brother, who was the coach at the time, before transferring to Louisiana State University (LSU) where he lettered for two seasons.[2][4]
Standing at 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) and weighing 176 pounds (80 kg), Davies played the guard position.[1] He was captain of LSU for one season, and in 1960 was selected by the St. Louis Hawks in the 11th round of the NBA Draft.[5] Despite his late-round selection, Davies opted to play in the Amateur Athletic Union for the Akron Goodyear Wingfoots.[1] He was selected to represent the United States in the 1964 Summer Olympics, one in which they went 9–0 and won the gold medal.[1] Davies averaged 3.4 points per game, and his personal tournament-high was 12 points in the opening game against South Korea.[1]
The following season, Boston Celtics' head coach Red Auerbach invited him to play in their summer camp, followed by an offer of $7,500 to play for them that season.[2] Davies declined and played for the Wingfoots, who paid $8,800 instead.[2] After the formation of the present day National Basketball Association, Davies decided to go into business. He eventually became a vice-president for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.[2]
Dick Davies holds the rare distinction having played for four coaches who are now in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: Red Auerbach at the 1964 Boston Celtics summer league; Hank Iba at the 1964 Summer Olympics; John McLendon for the eight game Olympics "prep tour"; and Bob Davies at Gettysburg College.[2]
On February 25, 2012 Davies died from a heart attack.[6] He was 76. At the time of his death Davies resided in Loudon, east of Knoxville, Tennessee.[6]
Dick Davies was the uncle of actor Eddie Frierson.[citation needed]
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