|Born||January 13, 1936|
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|High school||Lafayette (Lexington, Kentucky)|
|NBA draft||1958 / Round: 2 / Pick: 9th overall|
|Selected by the Cincinnati Royals|
|Number||11, 20, 52, 17|
|1961–1962||St. Louis Hawks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||1,244 (5.5 ppg)|
|Rebounds||531 (2.4 rpg)|
|Assists||318 (1.4 apg)|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Walter Vernon "Vern" Hatton (born January 13, 1936) is an American basketball player who won a national championship as a player at the University of Kentucky and played professionally in the National Basketball Association.
Hatton played under Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp. He is considered a Kentucky basketball legend largely due to a memorable half-court shot he made to force a third overtime in a victory over Temple University. He was voted an honorable mention All-American his senior year and scored 30 points to lead the Kentucky Wildcats over Elgin Baylor-led Seattle in winning the 1958 NCAA men's basketball championship. Hatton was named a member of the NCAA All-Tournament team for 1958 along with Baylor, Johnny Cox, and Guy Rodgers. Hatton said of playing for Rupp, "It takes you six to eight years to get over playing for Adolph Rupp, but once you get over it, you get to like him."
- "Hatton Saves Game Twice for Wildcats and Wins It in Third Overtime", The New York Times, 8 December 1957. Retrieved on 24 April 2021.
- "All-Tournament Teams", The Washington Post, 1998. Retrieved on 24 April 2021.
- "Kentucky's Tortured Champions", The New York Times, 29 March 1978. Retrieved on 24 April 2021.
- Hampton, Jeff. "7 Mormons Who Made March Madness History", LDS Living, 15 March 2016. Retrieved on 24 April 2021.
- Hummer, Steve. "In the beginning", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2 April 2013. Retrieved on 24 April 2021.
- Clark, Ryan, Game of my Life: Kentucky – Memorable Stories of Wildcats Basketball Sports Publishing LLC, Champaign IL, 2007.