A star basketball player for Long Island University, Dick Holub was drafted by the New York Knicks in 1947, and playing in the center position averaged 10.5 points per game as a rookie. He connected on 195 field goals in 662 attempts in 48 games. In that season's playoffs he scored 8.7 ppg in 3 games.
After one season in the National Basketball Association, NBA, Richard Holub signed with the American Basketball League. He led the ABL in scoring in the 1948-49 season in the following categories with 835 points, in ppg with 20.4 and in free throws with 265. Playing with the Paterson Cresents of New Jersey he led his team to a 4th place finish in the then 8-team ABL with a 24-17 regular season record.
IN 1949-50 Dick Holub led the Paterson Cresents in scoring with a 14.8 ppg average, 7th highest in the ABL, and again led the league in free throws with 213.
Note: In this era, when a foul occured, the team which was fouled was able to select their best free throw shooter and Dick Holub was one of the top free throw shooters in the league.