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Terry Deems

Basketball fans who watched Terry Deems play for Wittenberg University from 1955-59 were amazed at his scoring and rebounding prowess. It's especially puzzling when you hear Deems admit to this day, "I couldn't shoot and I couldn't jump very well." Deem's coach, the legendary Ray Mears, said, "He did it on his competitive nature." Teammate Tony Verdova reasoned, "He positioned his body well." Deems credits Mears' offense, which put him in the low post and close to the basket. Perhaps all three are right because for certain, the 6-4 Deems used his abilities well to forge an outstanding basketball career. While starting in all 85 games in his career, Deems established school and Ohio Conference (OC) records in scoring 1700 points and grabbing 1515 rebounds. That averages out to 20 points and 17.8 rebounds per game. As a sophomore, he hauled down 435 missed shots, including a career high 29 versus Kenyon, in only 21 games - a 20.7 average. That same season Deems set a new Wittenberg single game scoring record with 46 points against Heidelberg. As a junior and again as a senior player in the OC. In 1958-59 Deems garnered honorable mention All-American honors as he led the 18-2 Tigers to the OC Championship and a berth in the NCAA College Division Tournament. Deems, a native of Tuscarawas, Ohio, came to Akron and played on the Goodyear Wingfoot teams of 1959-60 and 1961-62. In 1986 he became a charter inductee into Wittenberg's Athletic Hall of Fame.

Inducted 1993 | Basketball