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Leroy Thompson

One of Kent State University's all-time great basketball players. Although a native of Sharon, Pa., Leroy prepped at Akron Ellet High School, where as a senior he led the Orangemen to a 22-3 record, including the Ohio Class B Championship in 1944. He enrolled at Kent State in 1946 after serving in the US Army. Before he finished his college career, Leroy had lettered all four seasons and established numerous records, including a career scoring mark of 1120 points. He established a new single game scoring mark when he hit for 35 points during the 1949-50 campaign. Two seasons before, as a sophomore, Leroy had grabbed the single season scoring standard with 436 points. After KSU, he continued to play until 1954 with the Goodyear Wingfoots under Chuck Bloedorn and with Hand Vaughn and Bobby Walker, all Hall of Famers.

Inducted 1980 | Basketball