Former Marquette great Dean "The Dream" Meminger was found dead in a hotel room in New York City on Friday, August 23, as reported by The New York Post.
Meminger was recruited to come to Marquette by Al McGuire in 1968 after Meminger became the second player in New York City history to be named to the All-City team three years in a row. The first? A kid by the name of Lew Alcindor. Meminger's teams at Marquette created a ferocious home court advantage in the MECCA Arena, posting a 46-0 record. For comparison purposes, the current MU home winning streak is only 25 games long.
The man Al McGuire once called "quicker than an 11:15 Mass at a seaside resort" averaged 16.4 points per game in his debut sophomore season (remember, freshmen weren't eligible at the time), then led Marquette to an NIT title in 1970 and was named MVP of the tournament. For a senior year finale, Meminger guided Marquette to a 26-0 record before losing to Ohio State by 1 in the Midwest Regional semifinals of the 1971 NCAA tournament. Meminger finished his Marquette career second all time in points behind only George Thompson, and his 1,637 points is still good enough for 13th place all time today. Because of all of his outstanding accomplishments in a Marquette uniform, Meminger's #14 hangs in the rafters of both the Bradley Center and the Al McGuire Center.
Meminger was selected in the first round of the 1971 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks and was a key component of their 1973 NBA Championship team. The team reunited at Madison Square Garden back in April to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their championship run. It seems that the moment stuck with Meminger over the last few months, as he was found with his championship ring still on his hand.
We here at AE extend our condolences to the friends and family of Dean Meminger.