Mel Cartwright is truly one of the greatest basketball players to have ever attended Washington and Lee. Cartwright’s list of accomplishments on the court are astounding.
A letterwinner, starter and Team MVP all four years at the forward position, he remains the school’s all-time rebounder (1,079) and third-leading scorer (1,800). He is just one of two players to have eclipsed over 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds and is also one of two players in W&L history to have led the team in scoring all four years.
A two-time All-College Athletic Conference (CAC) and a three-time CAC All-Tournament team selection, Cartwright was named the CAC Player of the Year following his senior season when he averaged 17.5 points, 11.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. That season, Cartwright registered the only triple double on record at W&L as he dropped 25 points, 22 rebounds and 10 assists on Hampden-Sydney.
Cartwright was also recognized with Honorable Mention AP Little All-America laurels following the 1967 and 1970 seasons.
During Cartwright’s four years, W&L posted a 75-24 overall record and three College Athletic Conference Championships.