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Paul Heuerman

At 6-8, Paul Heuerman was the ‘80’s era big man for the University of Michigan basketball teams. The Firestone high grad got into 25 games as a freshman and averaged less than two points and two rebounds a game. But, by the time he graduated, Heuerman left his mark on Wolverine hoops. As he told the Wolverine Magazine a few years back, “What happened was my sophomore year, Phil Hubbard got hurt and they needed some size, so I got the opportunity to play much more.” Along with Marty Bodnar (another UM grad and Summit County Sports Hall of Fame member) Heuerman got to play against highly-ranked Notre Dame in the last game of the ’78-79 season. It was a nationally televised game and it was the best game of Heuerman’s young career. He scored 12 points in the Wolverine’s three-point victory over the Irish before 50,000 in the Pontiac Silverdome, one of the largest crowds ever for a college basketball game. Heuerman was named the Wolverines most improved player that year. He was also named best defensive player two years in succession. He led the team in free throw percentage his junior and senior years, was the most improved player his second year, and was third-team All-Big Ten in 1980-81, the same year he was the squad’s co-captain. Heuerman was Academic All-Big Ten and second team Academic All-American in 1981. Drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the fifth round, Heuerman was one of the last two players cut. While on break from law school at the University of Florida, he worked out with the Indiana Pacers before deciding to give his law career full attention. Today, he is a member of one of the country’s prestigious law firms. In retrospect Heuerman told the Wolverine Magazine of his experience up north, “Even today, I look back and can’t believe I was so fortunate.”

Inducted 2005 | Basketball