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Ron Bonham

2017 Inductee


Ron Bonham

  • Ron Bonham

Birthdate: May 31, 1942
Birthplace: Muncie, Indiana
High School: Muncie Central (1960)
College: University of Cincinnati (1964)
Year Inducted: 2017

Bonham was Indiana's Mr. Basketball in 1960 after a splendid career at Muncie Central High School where he averaged 28 points per game as a senior and finished his prep career as Indiana's all-time leading scorer with 2,023 points.

Heavily recruited, he attended Purdue University for three days before changing his mind and enrolling at the University of Cincinnati. As a sophomore Bonham averaged 14.3 points for the Bearcats who posted a 29-2 overall record and defeated Ohio State, 71-59, for the national championship.

Bonham was UC's leading scorer as a junior, averaging 21 points per game while the Bearcats went 26-2 and repeated as Missouri Valley Conference champions but lost the NCAA championship game, 60-58, to Loyola of Chicago in overtime. In three years at UC he scored 1,666 points, which was second only to Oscar Robertson's 2,973.

Bonham was a substitute on back-to-back Boston Celtics championship teams, then sat out a year before playing one season for the Indiana Pacers of the American Basketball Association.

Ron Bonham died on April 16, 2016.