Cincinnati Men's Basketball Great Paul Hogue Passes Away|
Aug. 19, 2009
CINCINNATI - Former University of Cincinnati men's basketball star Paul Hogue, who helped lead the program to back-to-back NCAA titles in 1961 and 1962, died Monday, Aug. 17 at the age of 69.
Hogue, a native of Knoxville, Tenn., played center for the Bearcats under head coaches George Smith and Ed Jucker from 1959-62. Over that three-year stretch, UC posted a record of 84-7 and picked up three straight Missouri Valley Conference championships.
A two-time all-American, Hogue finished his career as the school's third-leading scorer and rebounder with 1,391 points and 1,088 boards. His point total remains 15th on the all-time career list, while his rebounds continue to be ranked third.
The highlight of his Cincinnati career came during his senior campaign when he captained the Bearcats to their second NCAA national title and Hogue was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, scoring 58 points and grabbing 38 rebounds during the two games at the Final Four in Louisville.
After finishing his career at Cincinnati, Hogue was taken with the second overall selection in the 1962 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. He went on to play three years in the NBA with the Knicks and the Baltimore Bullets, averaging 6.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.
Visitation for Hogue will take place Thursday, August 20, 2009 from 5-8 p.m. at the Gwen Mooney Funeral Home (4389 Spring Grove Ave. 45223). Final Services will take place Friday, August 21, 2009 with visitation at 10 a.m., followed by Funeral Service at 11 a.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church (10180 Woodlawn Blvd. 45215). In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions on behalf of Paul Hogue, Sr. may be directed to Mt. Zion Baptist Church's Education or Christ fund (10180 Woodlawn Blvd. 45215). People wishing to make online condolences can do so at www.springgrove.org.