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Robin Freeman

Class of 2007


Robin Freeman

  • Robin Freeman

Birthdate: April 8, 1934
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio
High School: Cincinnati Hughes High School (1952)
College: The Ohio State University (1956)
Died: September 23, 2014
Year Inducted: 2007

Robin Freeman, a 1952 graduate of Cincinnati Hughes High School, set a state high school scoring record of 39.5 points per game during the 1951-52 season. In 20 games he scored 790 points, hitting 47% of his field goal attempts and 79% of his free throw attempts.

As far as most Ohio State basketball experts are concerned, little Robin Freeman ranks as one of the most exciting players ever to wear the Scarlet and Gray, a 5′ 11″ guard. Freeman was the first Ohio State player to include the jump shot in his offensive repertoire. He was one of the most prolific scorers in Ohio basketball history. He developed the jumps shot to perfection through extensive practice and determination to excel. Freeman did not letter as a sophomore. But he averaged 31.5 points through the first 13 games of his junior year before being sidelined with health problems that forced him to miss the final nine games of the year. Even though he played in just 13 games that year, he was a consensus All-American pick. The Cincinnati native picked up as a senior where he left off as a junior, averaging a school record 32.9 points per game and helping OSU to a 16-6 record.

He also earned All-American honors that year, thus becoming Ohio State’s first two time All-American. Freeman’s career scoring average of 28 points a game is the best in Ohio State history. His career total of 1,597 points in just 57 games is good for 10th place on the all-time OSU scoring list. His 723 points in 1956, a school record at the time, is still the third highest one season total at OSU behind Dennis Hopson’s 958 in 1987 and Gary Bradd’s 735 in 1964. 

Robin Freeman died on September 23, 2014 at the age of 80.