I was allowed to wear his championship ring once in a while. Jerseys In The Rafters: John Richter (1957-59) : The Pack Insider Legendary Wolfpack coach Everett Case reeled in a legendary recruiting class in 1956 when he brought in two players from Philadelphia, who would eventually go on to earn All-American honors, win an ACC title and have their jerseys permanently honored in the rafters. Lou Pucillo and John Richter would go on to be one of the most dynamic duo's in NC State history. There was nearly 12 inches separating Pucillo and Richter in height. Pucillo possessed the ball handling skills and he made a habit of feeding the ball to John Richter in the post. Richter knew how to use his height to his advantage, not only becoming one of the best rebounders in NC State history, but in ACC history as well. He led NC State in rebounding all three varsity seasons, averaging double-digit rebounds in all three seasons ('57 - 12.7, '58 - 10.9, '59 - 14.2). Richter's 936 career rebounds rank 4th all-time in NC State history. The big guy's career average of 12.64 rebounds per game ranks 3rd in school history and 9th in ACC history. John was also the first Wolfpack player to ever lead the ACC in scoring, when he posted a season average of 17.0 points per game. His career scoring average of 15.0 points per game ranks 10th in school history. Richter not only possessed the ability to score, but he also was efficient in doing so, leading the ACC in Field Goal Percentage in 1957, connecting on 51.9% that season. Richter's monstrous senior campaign didn't go unnoticed. After averaging a double-double in his last season (17.0 points and 14.2 rebounds), and winning an ACC title, the voters smiled on the big man from Philly. Richter earned 1st Team All-ACC, 1st Team All-ACC Tournament, and 1st Team All-American honors in his final season. This padded his accolade resume that already contained two 2nd Team All-ACC selections ('57 and '58) and a Dixie Classic MVP award in 1958. John Richter, one of the best post players to ever play at NC State, went on to be a 1st round draft pick by the Boston Celtics in the 1959 NBA draft.