Richard "Dick" Edwards '50
College basketball player
Dick Edwards was an All-City basketball player for North Central High School in 1950. As a freshman at Whitworth College, he scored nearly 300 points during the 1950-51 season. Dick transferred to Eastern Washington College and scored 438 points playing for the school’s junior varsity squad. As a varsity player in the 1952-53 season, he scored 295 points in 28 games for a 10.5 average.
With more than 1,900 points as a college player, Edwards had two of the greatest scoring seasons in school history. In 1953-54 he scored 475 points for a 19.0 average, a record that stood for 18 years. He scored 444 points and averaged 18.5 the following season as he finished his three-year EWC career with 1,214 points and a 15.8 average in 77 games, a school record that stood for 17 years.
If the three-point shot existed in those days, he probably would have averaged up to 24 points per game during his Junior and Senior years when his long-shot became legendary. Dick held the single season school free throw percentage record for 47 years and finished his college career with an 84.9 free throw percentage. He was inducted into the EWU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.
Dick Edwards was Eastern Washington University’s first-ever ROTC Brigade Commander and graduated as an Infantry Second Lieutenant. He served three years in the U.S. Army Rangers Airborne before going to work at Boeing.
Dick returned to Spokane in 1972 to take over the family’s roofing business.