Bill Henry (basketball)

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Bill Henry
Personal information
Born December 27, 1924
Dallas, Texas
Died January 1, 1985(1985-01-01) (aged 60)
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Highland Park
(University Park, Texas)
College Rice (1942–1945)
Playing career 1947–1950
Position Center
Number 30, 16, 20
Career history
1947–1948 Houston Mavericks
1948–1949 Fort Wayne Pistons
1950 Tri-Cities Blackhawks
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 613
Rebounds Not tracked
Assists 103
Stats at

William Gambrell Henry (December 27, 1924 – January 1, 1985) was an American professional basketball player.[1] Henry played for one season with the Fort Wayne Pistons (1948–49) in the Basketball Association of America (BAA) before splitting the following season with the Pistons and Tri-Cities Blackhawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He recorded career totals of 613 points and 103 assists.[1] Although he played professionally, Henry is better known for his college basketball career at Rice University.

At Rice, Henry played three varsity seasons (1942–43 to 1944–45).[2] A 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m), 215 lb center,[1] Henry was twice selected as a consensus NCAA All-American, once in 1944 and again in 1945. As a senior in 1944–45, he led the Owls to an undefeated Southwest Conference season and only lost one game all season.[2] He scored 280 points in 12 conference games that year, good for a 23.3 points per game average.[3] He was also one of the biggest players in the league and led Rice to Southwest Conference first-place finishes all three years he played for them.[2][3] In his sophomore season of 1942–43, Rice qualified for the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), which at the time was as popular and respected as the modern day NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[2] Rice would lose to the eventual tournament champion St. John's, 51–49, in the first round.

Henry was listed as Rice University's all-time greatest men's basketball player in the 2009 book ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game.[2] He was also inducted into the school's athletic hall of fame as part of the 1970 class.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Bill Henry". Sports Reference LLC. 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e ESPN Editors (2009). ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game. New York, NY: Random House, Inc. p. 129. ISBN 978-0-345-51392-2. 
  3. ^ a b "Professional Basketball League of America 1947–48". The Association for Professional Basketball Research. 2010. Archived from the original on 17 September 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Rice Athletic Hall of Fame". CBS Interactive. 2010. Archived from the original on 30 September 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2010.