Frederick Robert "Rick" Robey (born January 30, 1956) is a retired American professional basketball player. At 6'11", he played the center and forward positions.
After playing high school basketball at Brother Martin High School in New Orleans, Louisiana, Robey starred at the University of Kentucky. At Kentucky Robey was a member of the team that won the 1978 NCAA Championship and the team that was the 1975 NCAA Runner Up. Though Kentucky's 1978 championship win is most often remembered for Jack Givens' 41-point outburst, Robey's stellar performance (20 points, 8 of 11 from the floor, 11 rebounds) was equally critical to the Wildcats' 94-88 victory.
Robey was the third overall pick in the 1978 NBA Draft, selected by the Indiana Pacers.
Robey then played eight seasons (1978–86) in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics, and Phoenix Suns. He scored 3,723 points in his career and was a member of the 1981 Celtics championship team.
At Kentucky, Robey was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, along with fellow UK star Mike Phillips.
Career after retirement from pro sports
Robey returned to the Louisville area after his pro career and became a real estate broker.1
Robey's son Sam played on the offensive line for the University of Florida football team.2