Robin Freeman (basketball)

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Robin Freeman
Personal information
Born (1934-04-08)April 8, 1934
Cincinnati, Ohio
Died September 23, 2014(2014-09-23) (aged 80)
Columbus, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight 160 lb (73 kg)
Career information
High school Hughes (Cincinnati, Ohio)
College Ohio State (1953–1956)
NBA draft 1956 / Round: 4 / Pick: 25th overall
Selected by the St. Louis Hawks
Position Guard
Number 24
Career highlights and awards

Robin R. Freeman (April 8, 1934 – September 23, 2014) was an American basketball player who was a two-time All-American at Ohio State University.

Freeman, a 5'11 guard from Hughes High School in Cincinnati, set an Ohio state high school scoring mark of 39.5 points per game as a senior in 1951–52.[1]

Robin Freeman played at OSU from 1953–56, has been called one of the most exciting players in Buckeye history. He broke out as a junior in 1954–55, scoring at a 31.5 point per game clip. His season was limited to just 13 games due to a variety of health issues, but Freeman was still named a Consensus second team All-American at the season's end. He picked up where he left off as a senior, averaging 32.9 points per contest (good for second in the nation behind Furman's Darrell Floyd[2]). Freeman became Ohio State's first repeat All-American and the first player in Big Ten history to average 30+ points per game in back to back years.[3] Freeman was also named Big Ten MVP by the Chicago Tribune.[4]

Following the conclusion of his Ohio State career, Freeman was selected in the 1956 NBA draft by the Saint Louis Hawks. However, he never played in the NBA, as he severed the tips of two fingers while chopping wood. He instead attended law school and practiced law in Springfield, Ohio.[5]

He is a member of the Ohio basketball Hall of Fame and the Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame.

Freeman died on September 23, 2014.[6]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ 2007-08 NCAA Men's Basketball Record Book, p. 27
  3. ^ Bjarkman, Peter C. (2000). The Biographical History of Basketball. Masters Press. p. 328. ISBN 1-57028-134-3. 
  4. ^ 2009-10 Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball media guide
  5. ^ Porter, David L. (2005). Basketball: A Biographical Dictionary. Greenwood Publishing. p. 156. ISBN 0-313-30952-3. 
  6. ^ Baptist, Bob (September 26, 2014). "Robin Freeman dead at 80". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 

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