1953 NBA Draft Recap

The 1953 NBA Draft took place in Boston on April 24, 1953

Territorial Selections

Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
Ernie Beck PHI GF 6-4 190 21 7 Pennsylvania Sr United States
Walter Dukes NYK C 7-0 220 22 8 Seton Hall Sr United States

First Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
1 Ray Felix BAL C 6-11 220 22 9 Manchester (ABL) (United States) 1930 DOB United States
2 Bob Houbregs MIL FC 6-7 210 21 5 Washington Sr Canada
3 Jack Molinas FWP SF 6-6 200 21 1 Columbia Sr United States
4 Richie Regan ROR G 6-2 180 22 3 Seton Hall Sr United States
5 Frank Ramsey BOS F 6-3 190 21 9 Kentucky Sr United States
6 Jim Neal SYR C 6-11 235 22 2 Wofford Sr United States
7 Jim Fritsche MIN FC 6-8 210 21 2 Hamline Sr United States

Second Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
8 Larry Hennessy PHI G 6-3 185 23 2 Villanova Sr United States
9 Don Ackerman BAL BAL to NYK G 6-0 183 22 1 Long Island Sr United States
10 Bob Speight MIL F 6-7 185 22 0 NC State Sr United States
11 George Glasgow FWP G - - N/A 0 Fairleigh Dickinson Sr United States
12 Norm Swanson ROR F 6-6 210 22 1 Detroit-Mercy Sr United States
13 Chet Noe BOS C 6-6 200 21 0 Oregon Sr United States
14 Dick Knostman SYR FC 6-6 215 21 1 Kansas State Sr United States
15 Neil Gordon NYK - - N/A 0 Furman Sr United States
16 Ron Feiereisel MIN G 6-3 185 21 1 DePaul Sr United States

Third Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
17 Norm Grekin PHI GF 6-5 180 22 1 La Salle Sr United States
18 Bob Peterson BAL F 6-5 210 21 3 Oregon Sr United States
19 Irv Bemoras MIL GF 6-3 185 22 2 Illinois Sr United States
20 Jim Bredar FWP G 5-10 170 21 0 Illinois Sr United States
21 Frank Reddout ROR F 6-5 195 N/A 1 Syracuse Sr United States
22 Cliff Hagan BOS BOS to STH GF 6-4 210 12 10 Kentucky Sr United States
23 Billy Kenville SYR G 6-2 187 22 6 St. Bonaventure Sr United States
24 Dick Atha NYK PG 6-2 190 21 2 Indiana State Sr United States
25 Hartly Kruger MIN - - N/A 0 Idaho Sr United States

Fourth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
26 Fred Ihle PHI - - N/A 0 La Salle Sr United States
27 Paul Nolen BAL C 6-10 - 23 1 Texas Tech Sr United States
28 Bill Bolger MIL MIL to BAL F 6-5 205 21 1 Georgetown Sr United States
29 Jim Bingham FWP - - N/A 0 Eastern Kentucky Sr United States
30 Gene Dyker MIL F 6-6 225 23 1 DePaul Sr United States
31 Earle Markey BOS G - - N/A 0 Holy Cross Sr United States
32 Andy McGowan SYR - - N/A 0 Manhattan Sr United States
33 Thomas Bishop NYK - - N/A 0 Southern Mississippi Sr United States
34 Ken Flowers MIN - - N/A 0 USC Sr United States

Fifth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
35 Eddie Solomon PHI - - N/A 0 West Virginia Tech Sr United States
36 Bill Schyman BAL - - N/A 0 DePaul Sr United States
37 Joe Cipriano MIL - - 21 0 Washington Sr United States
38 Mike Bodnar FWP - - N/A 0 St. Bonaventure Sr United States
39 Will Walls ROR - - N/A 0 Miami (FL) Sr United States
40 John Holup BOS - - N/A 0   United States
41 Warren Shackelford SYR G - - N/A 0 Tulsa Sr United States
42 Bob Santini NYK F 6-5 190 21 1 Iona Sr United States
43 Zippy Morocco MIN - - N/A 0 Georgia Sr United States

Sixth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
44 Don Eby PHI - - N/A 0 USC Sr United States
45 Elmer Tolson BAL - - N/A 0 Eastern Kentucky Sr United States
46 John O'Brien MIL G 5-8 165 22 0 Seattle Sr United States
47 Norb Lewinski FWP - - N/A 0 Notre Dame Sr United States
48 Hugh Beins ROR C 6-7 210 N/A 0 Georgetown Sr United States
49 Vernon Stokes BOS - - N/A 0 St. Francis (NY) Sr United States
50 Bill Jenkins SYR G 6-1 170 N/A 0 Le Moyne Sr United States
51 Joe Smyth NYK GF 6-3 215 23 1 Niagara Sr United States
52 Pete Silas MIN - - N/A 0 Georgia Tech Sr United States

Seventh Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
53 Bob Marske PHI F 6-8 - N/A 0   Sr United States
54 Herman Sledzik BAL - - N/A 0 Penn State Sr United States
55 Eddie O'Brien MIL G 5-8 165 22 0 Seattle Sr United States
56 William Hagan FWP - - N/A 0 Siena Sr United States
57 Kendall Sheets ROR - - N/A 0 Oklahoma State Sr United States
58 Lou Tsioropoulos BOS SF 6-5 190 22 3 Kentucky Sr United States
59 Bill Hull SYR - - N/A 0 Utah State Sr United States
60 Bob Matheny NYK - - N/A 0 California Sr United States
61 Lloyd Olmstead MIN - - N/A 0 Cornell College Sr United States

Eighth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
62 Bill Dodd PHI - - N/A 0 Colgate Sr United States
63 Connie Rea BAL G 6-3 175 18 1 Centenary Sr United States
64 Darrell Tucker MIL - - N/A 0 Utah State Sr United States
65 Dean Kelley FWP 5-10 165 21 0 Kansas Sr United States
66 Jim Scottie ROR - - N/A 0 West Virginia Sr United States
67 Ted Lallier BOS - - N/A 0 Colby College Sr United States
68 Joe Hughes SYR - - N/A 0 Denver Sr United States
69 Allan Schutts NYK - - N/A 0 Springfield College (Massachusetts) Sr United States
70 Joe Richey MIN F 6-1 178 N/A 0 Brigham Young Sr United States

Ninth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
71 Bob Sassone PHI - - N/A 0 St. Bonaventure Sr United States
72 Dennis Murphy BAL G 6-5 - N/A 0 Georgetown Sr United States
73 Paul Brandt MIL - - N/A 0 Columbia Sr United States
74 Dick White FWP - - N/A 0 Eastern Kentucky Sr United States
75 Dick Gross ROR - - N/A 0 Wheaton (IL) Sr United States
76 Lewis Gilcrease BOS - - N/A 0 Texas State Sr United States
77 Gerald Nappy SYR FC - - N/A 0 Georgetown Sr United States
78 Forrest Hamilton NYK - - N/A 0 Missouri State Sr United States
79 Hank Budde MIN - - N/A 0 Xavier Sr United States

Tenth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
80 Toar Hester PHI - - N/A 0 Centenary Sr United States
81 Jack Carby BAL - - N/A 0 Kansas State Sr United States
82 Bob Rousey MIL G - - N/A 0 Kansas State Sr United States
83 Jim Gerber ROR - - N/A 0 Bowling Green Sr United States
84 Tom Lillis BOS - - N/A 0 Saint Louis Sr United States
85 Al Bailey SYR - - N/A 0 Duquesne Sr United States
86 Richard Prater NYK - - N/A 0 Kentucky Sr United States
87 Walt Kearns MIN - - N/A 0 Arkansas Sr United States

11th Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
88 John Doogan PHI C 6-6 - N/A 0 Saint Joseph's Sr United States
89 Bob Emmercik BAL - - N/A 0 Clarion Sr United States
90 Will Bales ROR - - N/A 0 Eastern Kentucky Sr United States
91 Gil Reich BOS G 6-0 187 N/A 0 Kansas Sr United States
92 Glen Dille SYR - - N/A 0 Tulsa Sr United States
93 Larry O'Connor NYK - - N/A 0 Canisius Sr United States
94 Bill Chambers MIN GF 6-4 180 22 0 William & Mary Sr United States

12th Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
95 Charles Duffley PHI - - N/A 0 Saint Anselm Sr United States
96 Russ Johnson BAL - - N/A 0   United States
97 Bill Edwards ROR - - N/A 0 St. Bonaventure Sr United States
98 Jim Dogerty BOS - - N/A 0 Whitworth University Sr United States
99 Garrett Beshear SYR - - N/A 0 Murray State Sr United States
100 Delmer Diercks NYK - - N/A 0 Iowa State Sr United States
101 Harold Christensen MIN G 6-2 175 N/A 0 Brigham Young Sr United States

13th Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
102 Jack George PHI G 6-2 190 24 8 La Salle Sr United States
103 Don Stemmerich BAL - - N/A 0   United States
104 Bob Goss ROR - - N/A 0 NC State Sr United States
105 Bob Gelle MIN - - N/A 0 Minnesota Sr United States

14th Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
106 Bob Kraback BAL - - N/A 0   United States
107 Paul Smaagard ROR - - N/A 0 Hamline Sr United States
108 Lloyd Thorgaard MIN - - N/A 0 Hamline Sr United States

15th Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
109 Joe Piorkowski BAL - - N/A 0   United States
110 Kenny Sears ROR F 6-9 198 19 8 Santa Clara Sr United States
111 Bob Gussner MIN - - N/A 0 Hamline Sr United States

16th Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
112 Edward Walsh BAL - - N/A 0   United States
113 John Kurz ROR - - N/A 0 Loyola Marymount Sr United States
114 Chuck Wolfe MIN - - N/A 0 North Dakota Sr United States

17th Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
115 Ed Kohl ROR - - N/A 0 Regis Sr United States
116 Doug Atkins MIN FC 6-8 257 22 0 Tennessee Sr United States

18th Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
117 Gene Lambert, Jr. ROR - - N/A 0   United States
118 Roger Kuss MIN - - N/A 0 Wisconsin-River Falls Sr United States

19th Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
119 Tex Silverman ROR G 6-3 175 N/A 0 George Washington Sr United States

20th Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
120 Nick Maguire ROR G - - N/A 0 Villanova Sr United States

Undrafted Players

Player Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
Rollen Hans SG 6-2 210 22 2 Long Island Sr United States
Al Roges GF 6-4 195 22 2 Long Island Sr United States
Don Asmonga G 6-2 185 25 1   United States
Ed Earle GF 6-3 190 25 1 Loyola (IL) Sr United States
Hal Uplinger G 6-4 180 23 1 Long Island Sr United States
Isaac Walthour G 5-11 163 22 1   Sr United States

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