Dave Budd grew up in Woodbury and attended Woodbury Junior-Senior High School. By sophomore year, it was evident that basketball was his true calling. Standing at 6'6" and weighing close to 200 pounds, Budd was a very imposing player. He possessed technical skills comparable to a point guard and blossomed into a star. He earned two first team All-Colonial Conference selections during his junior and senior years as well as an All-South Jersey selection during senior year. His talent interested many colleges, one of whom was Wake Forest University.
After graduating high school in 1956, Budd went on to play for Division I Wake Forest University. Due to NCAA rules (circa 1971 and earlier), freshmen in college were not allowed to play varsity basketball. When he became an eligible sophomore during the 1957-58 season, he played in 23 games, averaging 15.8 points per game (ppg) on a 47.5 field goal percentage as a forward. He also grabbed 8.5 rebounds per game (rpg) and shot 66.8% from the charity stripe. Assists were not yet tracked in college. His junior year campaign saw him play in 24 games and average 14.6 ppg on 43.2% shooting. Budd Snatched 8.6 rebounds per game and had a 66.8 free throw %. As a senior, he played in all 28 games while averaging 10.7 ppg and a career-high 10.0 rpg. Shot 49.7% from the field and 72.7% from the free throw line. Interestingly, Budd played with future NBA broadcaster (and then-sophomore) Billy Packer during his senior season. He was also a mean, but not dirty, player and got placed on probation for fighting, following the infamous Wake Forest-UNC brawl at Winston-Salem in 1959. Wake Forest also renamed their practice facility to the Dave Budd Gymnasium in his honor years later.
After enjoying success at the college level, Budd was drafted after his senior year by the New York Knicks in 1960. He was the 10th overall selection in the second round (at the time there were fewer teams in the league and each round only had eight selections). He was drafted the same year that Oscar Robertson and Jerry West were picked #1 and #2, respectively. Though never an All-Star, Budd did enjoy moderate success while playing at the highest level. One of his claims to fame was that he was one of the three centers for the Knicks that attempted to guard Wilt Chamberlain on the night of his record-setting 100-point performance. On that night, Budd was the only opponent who mustered a double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in 27 minutes. Also on that same night, Budd was the only other player in the game to collect a double digit number of rebounds (Chamberlain had 25). Budd is the only person from Woodbury, NJ to ever play in the NBA, and wore #10 as his jersey number.
Ranked #6 in the league in field goal percentage (.493) during the 1962-63 season.  Ranked #9 in the league in true shooting percentage (.540) during the 1962-63 season.