Kyle Chilton | Posted: 15 Feb 2013 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Hutchins and Minson jerseys to be retired Saturday

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The jerseys of BYU greats Mel Hutchins and Roland Minson will be retired on Saturday at halftime of the BYU vs. Portland men's basketball game. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. MST at the Marriott Center and will be broadcast live on BYUtv and KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM. For tickets visit

Mel Hutchins

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  • Known for his defensive prowess, Hutchins long arms made him adept at blocking shots and rebounding
  • Set the BYU career record for rebounds (900) in just two seasons of recorded rebounding statistics; Kresimir Cosic broke the record in 1973
  • Set the BYU single-season record for rebounds with 471 in 1950-51, a record that still stands
  • Named to several All-America teams after he led the Cougars to the 1951 NIT championship, including first-team honors by Look, Helms, and Sporting News and third-team honors by UPI
  • A member of the 1951 NIT championship team
  • Named MVP of the 1951 East-West College All-Star Game
  • A two-time first-team all-conference honoree
  • Averaged 15.4 points and 12.7 rebounds his senior season as the Cougars won the NIT championship
  • Led BYU to three conference titles and two 20-win seasons
  • Drafted second overall in the 1951 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Hawks
  • Led the NBA in rebounding as a rookie (13.3) and was named NBA rookie of the year in 1952
  • Held the NBA single-season record for rebounds for a player under 6-6 until 1987 when Charles Barkley broke the record
  • Played in four NBA All-Star games and started in three
  • Retired from the NBA following a severe knee injury in 1958
  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame in the inaugural class of 1976

Roland Minson

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  • Scored 1,407 career points and was BYU's all-time leading scorer for 22 seasons (Kresimir Cosic broke the record in 1973)
  • Held the BYU single-season record for points (619) for 27 seasons, broken by Danny Ainge in 1978
  • Named fourth-team All-American by Converse and honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press, Look, International Press and UPI
  • A member of the 1951 NIT championship team
  • Voted Most Valuable Player of the 1951 NIT tournament
  • Received the 1951 BYU Basketball Most Valuable Player Trophy
  • Played in the 1951 East-West All-Star game in Madison Square Garden
  • Was a three-time first-team all-conference performer
  • Led BYU to three-consecutive 20-win seasons and back-to-back conference titles in 1950 and 1951
  • Drafted in the first round, 15th overall pick, by the New York Knicks in 1951
  • Chose to forego a career in the NBA to serve as an officer in the Navy during the Korean War
  • Selected by the U.S. Navy for the All-Navy Basketball team in 1952
  • Played for the Denver Bankers of the National AAU league while working for Denver Bank from 1955-57
  • Assistant BYU Basketball Coach for two seasons from 1961-63
  • Worked in the banking industry for 40 years
  • Vice President, Union Bank of California in Los Angeles from 1979-94
  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame in the inaugural class of 1976


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