Hometown: Chester, WV (High)
Position: F Playing Height: 6-3 Playing Weight: 185
Date of Birth: May 26, 1925
Date of Death: October 14, 1999
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Game by Game Statistics
Kentucky Career Notes:
Transferred from North Carolina
Post-UK Career Notes:
Served in the Military
Born May 26, 1925 in Chester West Virginia, Jim was named honorary captain of the 1943 All West Virginia high school basketball team. He joined the navy and qualified for the V-12; he was stationed at Mount St. Mary's College where he played forward and was the leading scorer of the Mason-Dixon Conference. In the summer of 1944, the Navy sent him to the University of North Carolina. At the end of his first season of play, he was chosen for the All Southern Conference Team of which he was the high scorer and also to the Helm's All American Second Team in 1945. In 1946 he led the Tar Heels to the NCAA finals, but they were defeated by the Oklahoma A & M Aggies. He was chosen to the All Southern Conference Team and First Team All American. He graduated from UNC with a BS in 1946.
From 1946-48 he attended the University of Kentucky where he played basketball with the Wildcats' NCAA championship team of '48. He received his Masters in Education from Kentucky that same year. Later he was selected to the All-Time Ohio Valley Pre-1950 team [which includes a young man from Martins Ferry, Ohio, Alex Groza.]
After teaching school for several years, he received his law degree from West Virginia University and returned to his home town in Chester, WV to practice for the next 35 years. He was quite active in the community where he served as President of the East Liverpool, Ohio, YMCA (on Board for 30 years); East Liverpool Hospital Board; director of Hancock County Savings and Loan; President of the Hancock County Bar Association; Hancock County School Board; director of the First National Bank of Chester; President of Chester Kiwanis Club. He and his wife, Ann retired to Florida where he became an avid golfer and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Sebastian. He died October 14, 1999.
When he wasn't playing golf course or entertaining his family, he followed all sports but particularly college basketball. He is survived by his wife Ann and his four children.