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Fred Hetzel

Men's Basketball 1962-1965

Davidson College

2010 Southern Conference Hall of Fame Inductee


The only three-time Player of the Year in the history of the SoCon, Fred Hetzel was one of the greatest college basketball players in the 1960s, and in the process helped build the foundation of Davidson's recent basketball success.

A native of Washington, DC, Hetzel led the conference in scoring three consecutive years and finished tops in rebounding twice. Under the tutelage of coach Lefty Driesell, Hetzel's Wildcats won 20 games in each of his varsity seasons and captured two SoCon regular-season titles.

He was a three-time All-American selection, earning a consensus first-team placement in 1965. Hetzel finished his career as Davidson's leading scorer and fifth all-time in the conference with a 25.7 career scoring average, 2,032 total points and 1,094 rebounds. In 1964, Hetzel set a Davidson record that still stands today by scoring 53 points against Furman. His teams went 29-5 in conference play.

Hetzel was the first overall pick of the 1965 NBA draft by the San Francisco Warriors. He was named to the 1965-66 All-Rookie team and spent six seasons in the NBA. He was an inaugural selection to the Davidson Hall of Fame in 1989-90.

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