Vernon Hatton

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Vernon Hatton
Vernon Hatton.jpg
Hatton from the 1958 Kentuckian
Personal information
Born (1936-01-13) January 13, 1936 (age 85)
Owingsville, Kentucky
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolLafayette (Lexington, Kentucky)
CollegeKentucky (1955–1958)
NBA draft1958 / Round: 2 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the Cincinnati Royals
Playing career1958–1962
Number11, 20, 52, 17
Career history
1958Cincinnati Royals
19581961Philadelphia Warriors
1961Chicago Packers
1961–1962St. Louis Hawks
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points1,244 (5.5 ppg)
Rebounds531 (2.4 rpg)
Assists318 (1.4 apg)
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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.

Kentucky career[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2] 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."[3]

Professional career[edit]

A jersey honoring Hatton hangs in Rupp Arena.

He was drafted 9th overall in the 1958 NBA draft by the Cincinnati Royals.[4] He played four years in the NBA, mainly for the Philadelphia Warriors.

Personal life[edit]

Hatton is married with three sons and is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[5]


  1. ^ "Hatton Saves Game Twice for Wildcats and Wins It in Third Overtime", The New York Times, 8 December 1957. Retrieved on 24 April 2021.
  2. ^ "All-Tournament Teams", The Washington Post, 1998. Retrieved on 24 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Kentucky's Tortured Champions", The New York Times, 29 March 1978. Retrieved on 24 April 2021.
  4. ^ Hampton, Jeff. "7 Mormons Who Made March Madness History", LDS Living, 15 March 2016. Retrieved on 24 April 2021.
  5. ^ Hummer, Steve. "In the beginning", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2 April 2013. Retrieved on 24 April 2021.

Additional reading[edit]

  • Clark, Ryan, Game of my Life: Kentucky – Memorable Stories of Wildcats Basketball Sports Publishing LLC, Champaign IL, 2007.

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