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Paul Denham

A native Akronite, after graduating from Central High School in 1955 Denham moved out west to attend Hancock Junior College in Santa Marie, Calif. There he continued to play basketball, averaging 26 points per game. In his final year at Hancock, 1957, the team won the state and national basketball championships and Denham enrolled at Arizona State University. He was a baseball and basketball letterman at ASU. In basketball, he averaged 17 points per game, leading the team and conference in foul shooting as Arizona State won the league championship. After graduation, Denham began his teaching career and eleven years later went into coaching. When he was eligible for senior events he began to compete in basketball where he excelled. He continued his basketball prowess as a senior participant at numerous events on the West Coast and other venues in the U.S. His crowning achievement was in the Nike World Masters Games in Portland, Oregon in 1998. His five-man team captured the Gold Medal in basketball and one of the teams they beat was from Russia, Denham has won 50 gold medals in senior basketball competition and has a total of 150 golds from all of his senior events he has won. Denham passed away in 2004 at the age of 66.

Inducted 2006 | Basketball