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Jim "Red" Fenton

Although he didn't make a serious attempt at basketball until his junior year at Garfield High, "Red" Fenton became one of a long list of Akron U greats in the early 1950s. By the time he finished his Zip cage career in 1954 he had netted an all-time high of 1319 points - averaging 19.5 points per game. He set a single game high of 45 points versus Hiram in 1953 and in 1952-53 became the second player in the school's history to score over 500 points (527). The first was Hall of Famer Fritz Nagy. In 1951-52 he topped the nation in free throw shooting - sinking 104 of 121 attempts for an .859 percentage. In one encounter he attempted 26 free throws - still a record at UA. Only three times in his three-year career did he fail to score in double figures. Three times Fenton was named All-Ohio Conference, and twice to the All-Ohio honor squad and he earned honorable mention All-American as a junior and senior.

Inducted 1977 | Basketball