Dick Schnittker, an All-American forward for the Ohio State men’s basketball team in 1950, died Jan. 12 in Green Valley, Arizona. He was 91.
The 6-foot-5 Schnittker, who played at Sandusky High School, averaged 17.9 points per game in his college career and was a two-time all-Big Ten player as well as a consensus All-American as a senior in 1950.
That season, he helped the Buckeyes finish 22-4, win the conference championship and qualify for the eight-team NCAA Tournament. OSU lost in the first round to eventual champion City College of New York.
Schnittker was the No. 4 overall selection in the 1950 NBA draft and played part of one season with the Washington Capitols before joining the U.S. Army to serve in the Korean War.
He returned to the NBA two seasons later and played five years for the Minneapolis Lakers. He was a member of two championship teams and finished his 364-game career in 1958, having averaged 8.3 points per game.
Schnittker also played one season of football at Ohio State, serving as a two-way end on the 1949 Buckeyes team that beat California in the Rose Bowl. He was inducted to the Ohio State athletics hall of fame in 1981 and the Ohio Basketball hall of fame in 2009.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; a son, Richard Jr.; and three grandchildren.