Vernon Hatton

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Vernon Hatton
Personal information
Born (1936-01-13) January 13, 1936 (age 81)
Owingsville, Kentucky
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Lafayette (Lexington, Kentucky)
College Kentucky (1955–1958)
NBA draft 1958 / Round: 2 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the Cincinnati Royals
Playing career 1958–1962
Position Guard
Number 11, 20, 52, 17
Career history
1958 Cincinnati Royals
19581961 Philadelphia Warriors
1961 Chicago Packers
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

Vernon Hatton (born January 13, 1936) is an American basketball player. He played collegiately at the University of Kentucky under 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.

A jersey honoring Hatton hangs in Rupp Arena.

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