Bill Hosket Jr.

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Bill Hosket
Personal information
Born (1946-12-20) December 20, 1946 (age 70)
Dayton, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school Belmont (Dayton, Ohio)
College Ohio State (1965–1968)
NBA draft 1968 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Playing career 1968–1972
Position Power forward / Center
Number 20, 25
Career history
19681970 New York Knicks
19701972 Buffalo Braves
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 573 (4.0 ppg)
Rebounds 355 (2.5 rpg)
Assists 94 (0.7 apg)
Stats at

Wilmer Frederick Hosket (born December 20, 1946) is an American former professional basketball player.

A 6'8" forward/center, Hosket played basketball at Belmont High School (Dayton, Ohio) in Dayton, Ohio, where he won an Ohio state championship in 1964. He was named Ohio Player of the Year and was also MVP of the state tournament.[1]

He played college basketball at the Ohio State University from 1965 to 1968. He led his Ohio State team in scoring and rebounding during each of his three varsity seasons and was named to three All Big Ten Conference Academic First Teams. In fall 1968, he competed at the Summer Olympics, winning a gold medal with the United States national basketball team.[2]

Hosket then played four seasons (1968–1972) in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Buffalo Braves and New York Knicks. He averaged 4.0 points per game in his career and won a league championship with the Knicks in 1970.[3]

After retiring as a player, Hosket served on three United States Olympic Basketball Committees. He also founded Buckeye Basketball Camp (not officially affiliated with Ohio State University) in his home state of Ohio.[2]

In 1998, Hosket was named as the President of the OHSAA Foundation and served as the foundation's first executive director. He is a principal at Hosket & Ulen, an independent insurance agency. Hosket and his wife, Patty, have three grown sons (all graduates of Ohio State) and reside in Columbus.[1]

Hosket's father, Bill Hosket, Sr., and his son, Brad Hosket, also played basketball at Ohio State.[4][5]

Hosket is a member of the Ohio State Hall of Fame and was named in 1993 to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Silver Anniversary team. He was honored in 2002 by the Ohio High School Athletic Association with its highest honor – the Ethics and Integrity Award. In 2006, he was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame.[1]