Birthdate: March 18, 1946
Birthplace: Springfield, Ohio
High School: Springfield South (1964)
College: Miami University (1968)
Died: October 4, 1985
Year Inducted: 2017
Fred Foster was a 6-foot-5 forward who had two strong years at Miami University and played in a reserve role for five National Basketball Association teams over eight seasons.
Foster blossomed in his junior year at Miami, averaging 21.3 points and 10.1 rebounds per game for the 18-7 Redskins who won the Mid-American Conference Championship and advanced to the 1966 NCAA Tournament. As a senior in 1966-67 he was voted MAC Player of the Year after averaging a school-record 26.9 points and collected 12.5 rebounds. He scored 43 points in a 69-65 victory at Ball State.
Though he averaged only 3.4 points per game as a sophomore, Foster still ranks third at Miami with a career point average of 18.8.
Foster was drafted in 1968 by both the Cincinnati Royals of the NBA and the Kentucky Colonels of the ABA. He signed with the Royals and averaged 14.8 points for them in his second season. He also played for Philadelphia, Detroit, Cleveland and Buffalo, appearing in 524 games.
Fred Foster died on October 4, 1985.