1961 NBA Draft Recap

The 1961 NBA Draft took place in New York on March 27, 1961

First Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
1 Walt Bellamy CHI C 6-11 225 21 14 Indiana Sr United States
2 Tom Stith NYK F 6-5 210 22 1 St. Bonaventure Sr United States
3 Larry Siegfried CIN G 6-3 190 21 9 Ohio State Sr United States
4 Ray Scott DET FC 6-9 215 22 9 Allentown (United States) 1938 DOB United States
5 Wayne Yates LAL C 6-8 235 23 1 Memphis Sr United States
6 Ben Warley SYR F 6-5 200 24 5 Tennessee Tech Sr United States
7 Tom Meschery PHI F 6-6 215 22 10 Saint Mary's Sr China
8 Cleo Hill STH G 6-1 185 22 1 Winston-Salem State Sr United States
9 Gary Phillips BOS G 6-3 189 21 5 Houston Sr United States

Second Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
10 Whitey Martin NYK G 6-2 185 21 1 St. Bonaventure Sr United States
11 Bob Wiesenhahn CIN F 6-4 215 22 1 Cincinnati Sr United States
12 Johnny Egan DET PG 5-11 180 22 11 Providence Sr United States
13 Fred Sawyer LAL C 6-11 210 N/A 0 Louisville Sr United States
14 Chris Smith SYR F 6-6 225 N/A 0 Virginia Tech Sr United States
15 Ted Luckenbill PHI F 6-6 205 21 2 Houston Sr United States
16 Ron Horn STH F 6-7 220 22 2 Indiana Sr United States
17 Al Butler BOS G 6-2 175 22 4 Niagara Sr United States
18 Jack Turner CHI F 6-5 220 21 1 Louisville Sr United States
19 Jerry Graves CHI F 6-6 190 N/A 0 Mississippi State Sr United States
20 York Larese CHI G 6-4 190 22 1 North Carolina Jr United States
21 Don Kojis CHI SF 6-3 202 22 12 Marquette Sr United States
22 Doug Moe CHI F 6-6 219 22 0 North Carolina Jr United States
23 Jeff Cohen CHI F 6-7 225 21 0 William & Mary Sr United States

Third Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
24 Tony Jackson NYK G 6-4 190 18 0 St. John's Sr United States
25 Bevo Nordmann CIN C 6-10 230 21 4 Saint Louis Sr United States
26 Doug Kistler DET F 6-9 205 23 1 Duke Sr United States
27 Frank Burgess LAL G 6-1 188 26 0 Gonzaga Sr United States
28 Chuck Osborne SYR F 6-6 210 22 1 Western Kentucky Sr United States
29 Jack Egan PHI F 6-5 220 N/A 0 Saint Joseph's Sr United States
30 Tom Chilton STH G 6-4 180 N/A 0 East Tennessee State Sr United States
31 Bill Depp BOS F 6-7 200 21 0 Vanderbilt Sr United States
32 Bill Bridges CHI CHI to STH FC 6-6 228 21 13 Kansas Sr United States

Fourth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
33 George Blaney NYK G 6-1 175 21 1 Holy Cross Sr United States
34 Lowery Kirk CIN F 6-6 - N/A 0 Memphis Sr United States
35 George Finley DET C 7-0 220 N/A 0 Tennessee State Sr United States
36 Charles Henke LAL F 6-7 205 N/A 0 Missouri Sr United States
37 Hank Whitney SYR F 6-7 230 21 0 Iowa State Sr United States
38 John Tidwell PHI G 6-3 180 N/A 0 Michigan Sr United States
39 Gus Guydon STH F 6-7 185 22 0 Drake Sr United States
40 Carl Cole BOS G 6-3 190 N/A 0 Eastern Kentucky Jr United States
41 Roger Kaiser CHI G 6-1 190 N/A 0 Georgia Tech Sr United States

Fifth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
42 Bill Smith NYK GF 6-5 190 21 1 Saint Peter's Sr United States
43 Rossie Johnson CIN - - N/A 0 Tennessee State Sr United States
44 Danny Doyle DET PF 6-8 200 21 1 Belmont Abbey Sr United States
45 Bill Lickert LAL GF 6-3 185 N/A 0 Kentucky Sr United States
46 Don Jacobson SYR G 6-2 - N/A 0 South Dakota Sr United States
47 Bruce Spraggins PHI SF 6-5 188 N/A 0 Virginia Union Sr United States
48 John Berberich STH - - N/A 0 UCLA Sr United States
49 Bob DiStefano BOS - - N/A 0 North Carolina Central Sr United States
50 Howie Carl CHI PG 5-9 160 22 1 DePaul Sr United States

Sixth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
51 Cleveland Buckner NYK FC 6-9 210 22 2 Jackson State Sr United States
52 Bob Slobodnik CIN - - N/A 0 Duquesne Sr United States
53 Lee Patrone DET - - N/A 0 West Virginia Sr United States
54 Bill McClintock LAL F 6-4 215 N/A 0 California Sr United States
55 Billy Joe Price SYR - - N/A 0 New Mexico State Sr United States
56 Dick Goldberg PHI - - N/A 0 Southern Mississippi Sr United States
57 Bob McDonald STH - - N/A 0 Maryland Sr United States
58 Ned Twyman BOS - - N/A 0 Duquesne Sr United States
59 Dave Voss CHI - - N/A 0 Tulsa Sr United States

Seventh Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
60 Donnie Butcher NYK G 6-2 200 25 5 Pikeville Sr United States
61 Dave Zeller CIN PG 6-1 175 21 1 Miami (OH) Sr United States
62 Burt Price DET - - N/A 0 Wittenberg Sr United States
63 Albert Alamanza LAL - - N/A 0 Texas Sr United States
64 Roger Newman SYR GF 6-4 190 22 0 Kentucky Jr United States
65 Charles McNeil PHI - - N/A 0 Maryland Sr United States
66 Charles Riley STH - - N/A 0 Winston-Salem State Sr United States
67 Mel Klein BOS GF 6-5 190 N/A 0 Northern State Sr United States
68 Ron Heller CHI F 6-7 - N/A 0 Wichita State Sr Uruguay

Eighth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
69 Cedrick Price NYK - - N/A 0 Kansas State Sr United States
70 Jerry Thelen CIN - - N/A 0 Thomas More Sr United States
71 Walter Ward DET - - 22 0 Hampton Sr United States
72 Bill Ellis LAL - - N/A 0 UCLA Sr United States
73 Dave Mills SYR - - N/A 0 Seattle Sr United States
74 Larry Swift PHI - - N/A 0 Truman State Sr United States
75 Gene Velloff STH - - N/A 0 Doane College Sr United States
76 John Wessels CHI C 6-7 210 N/A 0 Illinois Sr United States

Ninth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
77 Charles Bowman NYK - - N/A 0 Wabash College Sr United States
78 Larry Krueger CIN - - N/A 0 Ohio Sr United States
79 Peter Baltic DET - - N/A 0 Penn State Sr United States
80 Carl Anderson LAL - - N/A 0 Oregon State Sr United States
81 Rex Tippitt SYR - - N/A 0 Grambling State Sr United States
82 Herbert Gray STH - - N/A 0 North Carolina A&T Sr United States
83 Steve Strange CHI - - N/A 0 Southern Methodist Sr United States

Tenth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
84 Ron Debillous NYK - - N/A 0 Milwaukee Sr United States
85 Jack Waters CIN GF - - N/A 0 Ole Miss Sr United States
86 Wayne Monson DET - - N/A 0 Northern Michigan Sr United States
87 Robert Williams LAL - - N/A 0 Allan Hancock Sr United States
88 Pete Chudy SYR F 6-4 - N/A 0 Syracuse Sr United States
89 Leo Hill PHI - - N/A 0 Cal State Los Angeles Sr United States
90 Tom Faszholz STH - - N/A 0 Concordia Theological Seminary (IN) Sr United States
91 Larry Comley CHI F 6-5 210 21 0 Kansas State Sr United States

11th Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
92 Kevin Loughery NYK SG 6-3 190 20 11 St. John's Sr United States
93 Carl Short CIN - - N/A 0 Newberry Sr United States
94 Richard Kraft DET - - N/A 0 SUNY Brockport Sr United States
95 Howard Hunt LAL - - N/A 0 Duke Sr United States
96 Dick Sammons SYR - - N/A 0 Le Moyne Sr United States
97 Corky Whitrow PHI - - N/A 0 Georgetown College (Kentucky) Sr United States
98 Dick Kepley STH C 6-9 220 N/A 0 North Carolina Sr United States

12th Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
99 Earl Shultz NYK - - N/A 0 California Sr United States
100 George Patterson CIN C 6-8 230 21 1 Toledo Sr United States
101 Jackie Crawford STH - - N/A 0 Centenary Sr United States

13th Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
102 Ned Jennings NYK C 6-9 220 22 0 Kentucky Sr United States
103 Clair McRoberts CIN - - N/A 0 Monmouth Sr United States
104 Howard Stacy STH - - N/A 0 Louisville Sr United States

14th Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
105 Bill Engressor NYK - - N/A 0 LSU Sr United States
106 Carl Bouldin CIN G 6-2 180 21 0 Cincinnati Sr United States

15th Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
107 Vince Kempton NYK - - N/A 0 Saint Joseph's Sr United States

Undrafted Players

Player Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
Ed Burton F 6-6 225 21 2 Michigan State Sr United States
Stacey Arceneaux GF 6-4 210 25 1 Iowa State Sr United States
Dick Eichhorst G 6-3 200 27 1 Southeast Missouri State Sr United States

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