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Canes in the NBA Draft: Rick Barry

Canes in the NBA Draft: Rick Barry

With the 2013 NBA Draft on June 27, will count down the days with features on each former UM player selected on draft day.

Rick Barry 1965 San Francisco Warriors 1st Round-2nd overall
In 1965, Rick Barry was selected by the San Francisco Warriors as the second pick of the NBA Draft. The consensus first team All-American who averaged an NCAA-best 37.4 points his senior season, is Miami’s all-time leading scorer with 2,298 points and holds the school record with 1,274 rebounds. He is the only Cane to top 1,000 points and rebounds in his career. He holds the top two spots for points in a season with 973 in 1964-65 and 870 in 1963-64 and for rebounds in a season with 475 in 1964-65 and 448 in 1963-64. Barry owns the top eight marks for points in a game, topping the list with 59 against Rollins in 1965. During his career from 1962-65, he helped Miami to a pair of NIT appearances (1963 and 1964), and UM’s first postseason win in 1963.

Barry started his pro career with the San Francisco Warriors, who selected him in the first round of the 1965 NBA Draft. He scored 25.7 points per game (fourth in the league), made the All-Star Team, was named NBA Rookie of the Year and earned a berth on the All-NBA First Team. The Hall of Famer is the only player ever to lead the NCAA, NBA, and ABA in scoring. When he left the game, Barry was sixth on the NBA-ABA all-time scoring list with 25,279 points. At the time of his retirement, Barry’s .900 career free-throw percentage was the best in NBA history. Barry’s professional honors include: Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1987); NBA champion (1975); NBA Finals MVP (1975); All-NBA First Team (1966, ’67, ’74, ’75, ’76); All-NBA Second Team (1973); Rookie of the Year (1966); Eight-time All-Star; All-Star MVP (1967); One of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996).

Mike McCoy 1963 Detroit Pistons 3rd Round-21st overall
Mike McCoy was the 21st player selected in the 1963 NBA draft, by the Detroit Pistons.
McCoy was a 7-footer who played for the Hurricanes from 1959-63, helping the Canes their first postseason games, a pair of NIT appearances in 1961 and 1963 and the first NCAA tournament appearance, in 1960. Following his career, he was the school’s third-leading scorer with 1,231 points and second-best rebounder with 857 caroms, earning him a first-team selection to the Hurricane’s All-Time Team. He notched 27 20-point games in his UM career, was UM’s leading scorer in 1961-62 and 1962-63, and led the team in rebounding in 1961-62. McCoy’s 19.8 points per game in 1963 were the school’s third-most at the time, and 554 points the same year were second-best in UM history. In 1963, McCoy scored 48 points against Rollins, the most ever tallied by a Hurricane to that point.
Dick Miani 1956 New York Knicks Knicks’ 10th selection
Dick Miani was Miami’s first basketball player to be taken in the NBA Draft, the Knicks’ 10th selection of the 1956 Draft. Miani played for the Hurricanes from 1952-56, scoring 1,042 points, placing him No. 30 on Miami’s all-time scoring list. He was the second Hurricane to score 1,000 points, led the team in scoring in both 1955 and 1956, and recorded 18 20-point games in his UM career. At the conclusion of his time at The U, Miani scattered his name around UM’s career, season and game record books. Miani was second in total points in a career (1,042), and tops in free throws made (258). In season records, he scored 511 in 1956 for the most by a Cane (as of 1956), and his 19.7 ppg in 1956 was the second-most in a season. His 39 points against Florida Southern in 1956 were the third-most points scored in a game, his 35 points vs. Tulane were fifth and 31 against Tampa in 1955 were ninth. The 1960 media guide listed Miani on the All-Time Miami Basketball Team, giving him a second-team nod.