Bill Chmielewski

William Chmielewski (born December 12, 1941) is an American former professional basketball player. He was born in Detroit, Michigan and attended Holy Redeemer High School, graduating in 1960. As a senior he helped Holy Redeemer capture the Class B state basketball championship.[1][2] Chmielewski then played basketball at the University of Dayton.

Bill Chmielewski
Personal information
Born (1941-12-12) December 12, 1941 (age 79)
Detroit, Michigan
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High schoolHoly Redeemer (Detroit, Michigan)
CollegeDayton (1961–1962)
NBA draft1964 / Round: 2 / Pick: 15th overall
Selected by the Cincinnati Royals
Career history
1962Trenton Colonials
1962–1963Philadelphia Tapers
1964–1965Muskogan Panthers
1966–1967Battle Creek Braves
Career highlights and awards


Chmielewski, who stood 6'10",[2] won the National Invitation Tournament in 1962 with the University of Dayton, and was named MVP of the tournament.[3] He left college after one season to get married, and signed with the Philadelphia Tapers in the American Basketball League.[4] In 1964, he was selected in the NBA draft by the Cincinnati Royals, but has never played in the NBA.[5][6]

In 1964–1965 he played for the Muskogan Panthers. In 1966–1967 he played for the Battle Creek Braves. Both teams were in the North American Basketball League[7]


  1. ^ "Boys Basketball Yearly Champions". Michigan High School Athletic Association. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Michigan High School Basketball Record Book: Hal Schram Mr. Basketball Award". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  3. ^ Archdeacon, Tom (May 20, 2007). "MVP of 1962 NIT lets 'hard feelings' go". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "ABL 1961-62 Regular Season Statistics". The Association for Professional Basketball Research. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  5. ^ "Bill Chmielewski Player Summary". Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  6. ^ Axelrod, Phil (June 8, 2005). "Ex-Dayton star keeps on playing". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  7. ^ "Bill Chmielewski Player Profile". Retrieved June 27, 2020.