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Melzer Pursues Professional Basketball Career

Nov. 6, 2006

Former Falcon basketball player, Rich Melzer, continues his professional basketball career. In July he signed a two-year, non-guaranteed contract with the NBA's San Antonio Spurs. Unfortunately he was released in October.

Melzer played with the Spurs in the 2006 Rocky Mountain Revue which featured six NBA teams. Melzer averaged about 20 minutes of playing time. His best game was against Seattle when he scored 15 points and had five rebounds.

Melzer played the 2005-06 season with the New Zealand Breakers of the Australian National Basketball League. He averaged 18.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. He led the team in scoring, steals (37) and blocked shots (35).

During the 2004-05 season he helped lead the Sioux Falls Skyforce to the CBA championship. He also won a title with San Carlos in the Dominican Republic league and was voted MVP of the National finals.

Melzer was named the 2004 National Association of Basketball Coaches Player of the Year after his final season at UWRF. He is only the second WIAC player to win the NABC Player of the Year award. UW-Platteville's Merrill Brunson won the award in 1999.

Melzer was named to the NABC's All-American first team, to the All-West Region team and the West Region Player of the Year. Melzer and the Falcons won the WIAC championship with a 12-4 league record and they finished 20-7 overall. The championship is the University's first since 1950.

He was named to the All-WIAC for the third straight year in 2004 and he earned honorable mention honors in 2001. This year he led the WIAC in scoring for the second straight season averaging 26.9 points. He was third in scoring in the NCAA Div. III in the Feb. 22 report. He finished second in rebounding averaging 8.5. Melzer finished second in field goal shooting (280-502 .558), 13th in free throw shooting (162-221 .733), 13th in steals (32), 12th in assist to turnover ratio (.96) and fourth in blocked shots (44). He scored a season high 37 points and grabbed a season high 14 rebounds at Puget Sound on Nov. 22. He scored in double digits in every game but one and had eight double-doubles in 2004. He led the Falcons in scoring in every game but two and led the team in rebounding in every game but four.

Melzer is currently second in scoring in Falcon history with 2,363 points. He has 821 career rebounds and ranks third all-time in that category. His 22.9 career scoring average is third in the record book. He is first in career field goals (935) and second in career field goals attempted (1,736). Melzer is eighth in career field goal percentage (.538). He holds the career record for blocked shots (186). He scored in double figures in 98 games, including the last 76 of 77 games he played.

In the WIAC, Melzer holds the league's all-time record in field goals made, while ranking second on the conference's all-time scoring list. Melzer becomes the sixth player in WIAC history to earn back-to-back Player of the Year awards. He joins UW-Oshkosh's Tim Dworak (2002-03), UW-Stevens Point's Terry Porter (1984-85), UW-Eau Claire's Gib Hinz (1979-80), UW-Oshkosh's Ralph Sims (1977-78) and UW-Eau Claire's Mike Ratliff (1970-72).

Melzer was named the WIAC Most Valuable Player for the second straight season. He was named the league's Co-MVP, with UW-Oshkosh's Tim Dworak, in 2003. Melzer is just the second Falcon to win the WIAC MVP award. Jeff Payton was named WIAC MVP in 1983.

He was named to the All-American first team and to the West All-Region team. He was named to the second d3hoops,com All-American team in 2003.

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