John Fairchild
Center 54
200 lbs.
Last School
Palomar Junior College
Roster Years

Career Highlights

  • Fairchild was a satin-smooth shooter who could score with either hand
  • When he left BYU he held four offensive records
  • Finished his two-year career with 1109 points and 678 rebounds
  • His 13.2 average from the 63-64 season is still best all-time at BYU
  • Two-time first-team All-WAC
  • All-WAC Player of the Year his senior season
  • Helms and Look All-America

Before BYU

  • Fairchild was all-everything in high school and at Palomar J.C. before coming to BYU

After BYU

  • Was a second-round draft pick for the Los Angeles Lakers
  • Played on several NBA and ABA teams before retiring in 1970

Post BYU Honors and Societies

  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame in 1980


Year   G   FGM-FGA   FG%  FTM-FTA   FT%  R-AVE     P-AVE
63-64  25  192-425   45   123-166   74   330-13.2  507-20.3
64-65  28  218-444   49   166-206   81   348-12.4  602-21.5
Totals 53  410-869   47   289-372   78   678-12.8  1109-20.9
1980 BYU Hall of Fame

1980 BYU Hall of Fame

In high school, John Fairchild led his team to 25 wins in a row and the league, county, and Southern California championships during his senior year. He was named to the All-League, All-Southern California, and All-CIF teams. He played for one year at Pepperdine College, then transferred to Palomar Junior College All-American selection, setting new school scoring records.

At BYU he set new scoring and rebounding records during his junior year and was named to the All-Conference team. He was also an All-American honorable mention selection. During his senior year in 1965 he was again named to the All-Conference team, and was a third-team All-American. He was named the Most Valuable Player in the WAC, and was invited to play in the East-West College All-Star game.

During his two years at BYU he set six new scoring and rebounding records, led the team to 16 team records, and finished with an average of more than 20 points a game.

John was a second-round draft pick for the Los Angeles Lakers, and played on several NBA and ABA teams before retiring in 1970.

Freshman Year

Sophmore Year

Junior Year 1963-1964

  • Held school record for ppg with 20.3
  • Also held rebounding mark with 13.2
  • Was high point scorer for most Cougar games
  • Named to the All-WAC team
  • Led WAC in rebounding
Senior Year 1964-1965

  • Averaged 21.5 ppg and 12.4 rebounds
  • Led team to the WAC championship and 21-7 record
  • Leading scorer on BYU team that was second in scoring nationally with 95.9 point average
  • Shot 49 percent from the field and made 81 percent of his free throws
  • Named Player of the Year in the WAC
  • Named All-WAC first team for the second straight year
  • Named All-America by Helms and Look
Graduate Year

Redshirt Year

Medical Redshirt Year