Charles Hardnett

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Charles Hardnett
Charles Hardnett Zephyrs 1962.jpg
No. 54, 23
Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1938-09-13) September 13, 1938 (age 76)
Atlanta, Georgia
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school Carver (Atlanta, Georgia)
College Grambling State (1958–1962)
NBA draft 1962 / Round: 3 / Pick: 19th overall
Selected by the St. Louis Hawks
Pro career 1962–1968
Career history
19621965 Chicago Zephyrs / Baltimore Bullets
1965–1967 Harrisburg Patriots (EPBL)
1967–1968 Scranton Miners (EPBL)
Career NBA statistics
Points 1,198 (7.3 ppg)
Rebounds 930 (5.7 rpg)
Assists 103 (0.6 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Charles "Charlie Red" Hardnett (born September 13, 1938) is a former NBA basketball player. The 6' 8" power-forward played for Carver High School Atlanta, GA. He played college basketball for Grambling State University from 1959 to 1963. Hardnett earned All-America honors in 1962. He was also the NAIA Basketball Tournament MVP in 1961. Hardnett was drafted in the 3rd round (3rd pick) of the 1962 NBA draft by the St. Louis Hawks. He played for the Chicago Zephyrs (NBA) in the 1962-63 season and the Baltimore Bullets from 1963 to 1965. Hardnett also coached at the college level. He coached at Coppin State College (Baltimore) from 1970 to 1974, and at Morris Brown College (Atlanta) from 1974 to 1980.

High school career[edit]

Hardnett attended Carver High School in Atlanta, GA from 1955 to 1958. While in High School, Hardnett played 3 sports including basketball, football, and baseball. He earned several honors as an athlete and student while at Carver, and was the only male athlete to attend and graduate college in his graduating class. His accomplishments as a high school student-athlete are as follows:

  • All-City in Football - Junior(1957) and Senior (1958)
  • All-City in Basketball - Junior(1957) and Senior (1958)
  • All-State in Basketball - Senior (1958)
  • State Tournament MVP - Senior (1958)
  • Black High School All-American Team - Senior (1958)
  • Member of the Baseball team for three years
  • President of the student body - Senior (1958)
  • The most improved student award - Senior (1958)
  • Four-Year Scholarship to Grambling College

Collegiate career[edit]

Hardnett went to Grambling College in 1958, and became an instant success. He was coached by Fred Hobdy who coached at Grambling for 30 seasons. During his days at Grambling, Hardnett played with players such as Willis Reed. During his years at Grambling, Hardnett amassed the following honors:

1958–1959
  • First year starter
  • Led the team in rebounding
1959–1960
  • Most Valuable Player - Georgia Invitational Tournament, Atlanta, GA
  • NAIA All-American Team
  • Selected to the NAIA All-Stars that participated in the 1960 Olympic Trials
    Beat Ohio State (1960 NCAA Champions) in the first round
  • First Team All-SWAC
1960–1961
  • NAIA All-American
  • NAIA Tournament MVP
  • NAIA All-Tournament Team
  • Basketball Player of the year award - 100% Tip-Off Club Atlanta
  • Chuck Taylor All-American Second Team
    Only small college player selected
  • First Team All-SWAC
  • NAIA Basketball Championship
    2nd HBCU to win the event (Only National Championship for Grambling)


1961–62
  • NAIA All-American Team
  • Chuck Taylor All-American First Team
    Only small college player selected
  • First Team All-SWAC

Hardnett scored over 2,000 points in his career at Grambling and grabbed over 2,000 rebounds (16.9 RPG—First All-Time at Grambling). In addition, Hardnett was drafted by the NBA and became the First African-American drafted by the NBA from the state of Georgia, the second Player drafted by the NBA from Grambling, and only the third African-American drafted by the NBA from an HBCU in the state of Louisiana. In 1973, Hardnett was elected to the NAIA Hall of Fame as an athlete.

2009
  • Inducted into the Grambling Legends Sports Hall of Fame at the inaugural induction ceremony July 18, 2009, Monroe, LA.

The inaugural induction class includes Willis Reed (Basketball), Tommy Agee (Baseball), Ernie Ladd (Football/Wrestling), Henry Dyer (Football), Ralph Garr (Baseball), Charlie Hardnett (Basketball), Robert Hopkins (Basketball), Lane Howell (Football), Stone Johnson (Football/Track), Willie Joseph (Football), Legolian “Boots” Moore (Football), Bo Murray (Football), Helen Richards-Smith (Basketball), Richard Stebbins (Track), Hershell West (Basketball), Willie Young (Football), Tank Younger (Football), Ralph W.E. Jones (College President and Coach), Eddie Robinson (Coach), Collie Nicholson (Sports Information Officer), Fred C. Hobdy (Coach), Willie Brown (Football), Buck Buchanan (Football), Willie Davis (Football) and Charlie Joiner (Football).

Professional career[edit]

Hardnett's professional basketball career started by being drafted by the St. Louis Hawks in the 3rd round of the 1962 NBA draft. He played in Chicago for the Zephyrs and in Baltimore for the Bullets. After the NBA, Hardnett went on to play in the CBA Eastern League. He played three more years of professional basketball for the Harrisburg Patriots and the Scranton Miners.

Coaching career[edit]

Charles Hardnett

After a successful playing career, Hardnett entered a career of coaching. His coaching career would have him serve as the Head Basketball Coach at Coppin State in Baltimore, MD and at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, GA. During his career at Morris Brown College he served quadruple duties as the Head Basketball Coach, Athletic Director, Head Baseball Coach, and Head Golf Coach. He coached for 12 years and amassed a 160 - 150 coaching record. During his coaching career, Hardnett had the following highlights:

  • Won 3 Regular Season Championships (team years)
  • Won 2 Conference Tournament Championships (team years)
  • Finished 3rd in Conference Tournament twice (??, ??)
  • Took Coppin State to NAIA District 19 Playoffs twice (??, ??)
  • Players for Charles Hardnett
    - 1 Player Drafted by the NBA (Name and Year)
    - 7 Players on All-Conference Teams (Names and Years)
    - 3 Players on All-Tournament Teams (Names and Years)
  • Named the Coach of the Year twice (team years)
  • Named Atlanta University Coach of the Year in 1980, Presented at Extra Point Club, Inc. of Atlanta, GA

Family[edit]

Charles Hardnett is married to Bernice Hardnett, and they currently reside in Louisville KY. They have three children: Dana S. Hardnett, Charles R. Hardnett (married to Felicia A. Hardnett), and Derek W. Hardnett(Married to Quovardis Hardnett). They have several grandchildren: Daveon, Wendy, William, Derek, Jeremy, Erin, and Charles Jr. (CJ).

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