Wake Forest basketball lost one of its all-time greats Thursday.
Dickie Hemric, the program’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder, passed away at the age of 83 in Akron, Ohio, the school announced.
Hemric played for the Demon Deacons from 1952-55 and made a huge mark on ACC basketball. He won back-to-back Player of the Year awards in 1954 and 1955, while also earning first-team All-American honors in 1955. He remains the conference’s career rebounding leader and held the ACC career scoring title for more than 50 years until Duke’s J.J. Redick and North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough passed him in the past decade.
Hemric was selected No. 10 overall by the Boston Celtics in the 1955 NBA Draft, playing two seasons as a professional. He was part of Boston’s 1957 NBA championship squad.