Richard Melzer

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Richard Melzer (born December 8, 1979 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an American professional basketball player who has played in the Australian National Basketball League, the German Bundesliga, NBA D-League, Continental Basketball Association, as well as stints in France and Israel. He primarily plays power forward.

Melzer was named NCAA Division III Player of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the D-III News as a senior at Wisconsin–River Falls. He earned First Team All-America honours from the NABC his junior and senior seasons. He was named All-WIAC his last three seasons and was named league MVP his final two years and finished his career as the school's second all time leading scorer with 2, 363 points, the third all-time leading rebounder with 821 boards, and the all-time leading shot-blocker with 186 rejections.

Melzer has spent time trying out with the NBA's Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls and the Orlando Magic in the last two years. He also earned a spot on the San Antonio Spurs but was not named to the teams final roster. He led the Sioux Falls Skyforce to the Continental Basketball Association Championship in 2005. He also won a title with San Carlos in the Dominican Republic League and was voted MVP of the National Finals.

Melzer spent the 2005-06 season with the New Zealand Breakers of the NBL, earning NBL Player of the Week in Week 20.

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