Terry Dischinger hailed from Terre Haute, Indiana. The 6' 7 scorer had been a four-sport star there under the watch of basketball legend Clyde Lovellette, another local product. Dischinger is rated by many the finest prep athlete the state has produced. Signed to Purdue University, Dischinger threatened Oscar Robertson's NCAA scoring marks to single-handedly keep the school competitive in the Big Ten. He led the nation at over 30 points per game. He later joined Robertson on the famed 1960 USA Olympic squad. Drafted by the ill-fated Chicago Zephyrs, Dischinger teammed with fellow Indianan Walt Bellamy. He was named the 1962-63 NBA Rookie Of The Year, scoring 25 points per game on 50% shooting. The teamed moved to Baltimore the following year. Dischinger worked a trade to more-close-to-home Detroit and saw time at both forward and guard. Just 215 pounds, Dischinger was slender athlete with a deadly shot and good range. He remained an NBA All-Star. Military service interrupted Dischinger's career in the mid/late 1960s, leaving some NBA observers to wonder what the star might have done and developed to as a player had he not gone to service. He was not really the same player when he returned. Dischinger retired as an original Portland Trailblazer in 1971. Highly intelligent and degreed, Dischinger today is a dentist and surgeon with a website. He could possibly be named a Hall Of Famer someday.



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