1951 NBA Draft Recap

The 1951 NBA Draft took place in New York on April 25, 1951

First Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
1 Gene Melchiorre BAL G 5-8 175 23 0 Bradley Sr United States
2 Mel Hutchins TCB FC 6-6 200 22 7 Brigham Young Sr United States
3 Marcus Freiberger IND C 6-10 - 22 0 Oklahoma Sr United States
4 Zeke Sinicola FWP G 5-10 165 22 2 Niagara Sr United States
5 John McConathy SYR SYR to MIL F 6-5 195 21 1 Northwestern State Sr United States
6 Ed Smith NYK F 6-6 180 21 1 Harvard Sr United States
7 Ernie Barrett BOS GF 6-3 180 21 2 Kansas State Sr United States
8 Sam Ranzino ROR G 6-1 185 23 1 NC State Sr United States
9 Don Sunderlage PHI PHI to MIL SG 6-1 180 21 2 Illinois Sr United States
10 Whitey Skoog MIN G 5-11 180 24 6 Minnesota Sr United States

Second Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
11 Jack Stone BAL G 6-3 190 N/A 0 Kansas State Sr United States
12 Bill Gossett TCB F 6-7 190 N/A 0 Colorado State Sr United States
13 Scotty Steagall IND G 5-11 170 21 0 Millikin Sr United States
14 Jack Kiley FWP G 6-1 170 22 2 Syracuse Sr United States
15 Don Savage SYR SF 6-3 205 23 2 Le Moyne Sr United States
16 Roland Minson NYK F 6-0 180 N/A 0 Brigham Young Sr United States
17 Bill Garrett BOS GF 6-3 - 22 0 Indiana Sr United States
18 Ray Ragelis ROR GF 6-4 205 22 1 Northwestern Sr United States
19 Mel Payton PHI GF 6-4 185 24 2 Tulane Sr United States
20 Lew Hitch MIN FC 6-8 200 21 6 Kansas State Sr United States

Third Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
21 Bill Mann BAL - - N/A 0 Bradley Sr United States
22 Ron Bontemps TCB G 6-2 174 24 0 Beloit Sr United States
23 Glenn Kammeyer IND - - N/A 0 Central Missouri Sr United States
24 Jake Fendley FWP G 6-0 180 21 2 Northwestern Sr United States
25 Bato Govedarica SYR G 5-11 170 23 1 DePaul Sr United States
26 Joe Luchi NYK - - N/A 0 Cincinnati Sr United States
27 John Furlong BOS - - N/A 0 Pepperdine Sr United States
28 Fred Diute ROR SG 6-3 210 22 1 St. Bonaventure Sr United States
29 Bob Schloss PHI - - N/A 0 Georgia Sr United States
30 Bob Payne MIN - - N/A 0 Oregon State Sr United States

Fourth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
31 Bill Hagler BAL - - N/A 0 California Sr United States
32 Jim Slaughter TCB MIL to BAL C 6-11 210 22 1 South Carolina Sr United States
33 Bill Tosheff IND G 6-1 170 24 3 Indiana Sr United States
34 Herb Hargett FWP - - N/A 0 Mississippi State Sr United States
35 Paul Horvath SYR - - N/A 0 NC State Sr United States
36 Lloyd Sandstrom NYK - - N/A 0 St. Thomas (MN) Sr United States
37 Bob Barnett BOS - - N/A 0 Evansville Sr United States
38 Elmer Behnke ROR ROR to MIL F 6-7 210 22 1 Bradley Sr United States
39 Jud Milhon PHI - - N/A 0 Ohio Wesleyan Sr United States
40 Gale McArthur MIN G 6-2 185 N/A 0 Oklahoma State Sr United States

Fifth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
41 Leroy Ishman BAL - - N/A 0 American University Sr United States
42 Bob Sakel TCB - - N/A 0 Evansville Sr United States
43 Bob Pierce IND - - N/A 0 Nebraska Sr United States
44 Leo Johnson FWP - - N/A 0 Arizona Sr United States
45 Glen Anderson SYR - - N/A 0 Colorado State Sr United States
46 Tom Smith NYK G 6-1 165 22 0 Saint Peter's Sr United States
47 Rip Gish BOS - - 21 0 Western Kentucky Sr United States
48 Dan Bagley ROR - - N/A 0 Notre Dame Sr United States
49 Mike Kearns PHI PG 6-2 178 21 1 Princeton Sr United States
50 Leo Vander Kuy MIN GF 6-5 180 21 0 Michigan Sr United States

Sixth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
51 Glen Duggins BAL - - N/A 0 Utah Sr United States
52 John Rennicke TCB G 6-2 185 21 1 Drake Sr United States
53 Marv Johnson IND - - N/A 0 Wheaton (IL) Sr United States
54 Frank Clasbeek FWP - - N/A 0 Iowa Sr United States
55 Bob Wheeler SYR F 6-6 - N/A 0 Idaho Sr United States
56 Al McGuire NYK PG 6-2 180 22 4 St. John's Sr United States
57 Jim Luisi BOS BOS to NYK
NYK to BAL
- - 22 1 St. Francis (NY) Sr United States
58 Jim Ove ROR C 6-5 - N/A 0 Valparaiso Sr United States
59 Bob Swails PHI - - N/A 0 Indianapolis Sr United States
60 Deward Dopson MIN - - N/A 0 Arkansas Tech Sr United States

Seventh Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
61 Tom Riach BAL G - - N/A 0 USC Sr United States
62 Bob Ambler TCB - - N/A 0 Arkansas Sr United States
63 Ted Beach IND GF 6-1 165 N/A 0 Illinois Sr United States
64 Jim Ramstead FWP - - N/A 0 Stanford Sr United States
65 Roy Reardon SYR - - N/A 0 St. Francis (NY) Sr United States
66 Sid Ryen NYK - - N/A 0 Denver Sr United States
67 John Azary BOS G 6-4 - 21 0 Columbia Sr United States
68 John Brown ROR - - N/A 0 Southern Methodist Sr United States
69 George Dempsey PHI PG 6-2 190 21 5 King's College (NY) Sr United States
70 Ed Head MIN - - N/A 0 Kansas State Sr United States

Eighth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
71 Bill Harper BAL - - N/A 0 Oregon State Sr United States
72 Aaron Preece TCB - - N/A 0 Bradley Sr United States
73 George Kelly IND - - N/A 0 Vanderbilt Sr United States
74 John Manning FWP - - 22 0 Duquesne Sr United States
75 Tom Jockle SYR GF 6-4 185 N/A 0 Syracuse Sr United States
76 Hugo Kappler BOS F - - N/A 0 NC State Sr United States
77 George Davidson ROR - - N/A 0 Lafayette Sr United States
78 James Phelan PHI G 6-1 175 22 1 La Salle Sr United States

Ninth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
79 Bob Crowe BAL - - N/A 0 San Jose State Sr United States
80 Wayne Tucker TCB - - N/A 0 Colorado Sr United States
81 Ray Kirkwasser SYR - - N/A 0 Ithaca Sr United States
82 Hugh Faulkner PHI - - N/A 0 Pepperdine Sr United States

Tenth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
83 Dan Torrey BAL - - N/A 0 Oregon State Sr United States
84 John DeWitt TCB - - N/A 0 Texas A&M Sr United States
85 Paul Gerwin PHI - - N/A 0 Cornell Sr United States

11th Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
86 Clem Pavilonis BAL - - N/A 0 DePaul Sr United States

12th Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
87 John Burke BAL - - N/A 0 Springfield College (Massachusetts) Sr United States

Undrafted Players

Player Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
Jerry Fowler C 6-8 230 23 1 Missouri Sr United States
John O'Boyle G 6-2 185 23 1 Colorado State Sr United States

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