Paul Hogue, one of the greatest athletes in the University’s history, and a member of the school’s NCAA championship teams in 1961 and 1962, passed away in Cincinnati on August 17, 2009 at the age of 69. Paul Hogue
As a tribute to Paul, we share these images of him and his remarkable Bearcat career. Paul Hogue was UC’s first truly effective big man who was variously measured at 6’ 9” or 6’ 10 inches tall, a veritable oak on the court as he set picks and cleared the lane for his teammates. Running into a Hogue pick was a memorable experience for opposing players. His offense, coupled with a nice soft shooting touch, made him a collegiate star.
He arrived on campus in the autumn of 1958 and helped lead the Freshman team to an 11-2 record in ’58-‘59, even though he had to miss part of the season. Then as a sophomore he played alongside Oscar Robertson and a great 1960 team that finished third in the NCAA tournament. In the two following years under the coaching of Ed Jucker, Paul played a key role on the squad as UC captured back-to-back national crowns. With the likes of such stellar players as George Wilson, Tony Yates, Tom Thacker, Jim Calhoun, Carl Bouldin, Bob Wiesenhahn, Tom Sizer, Larry Shingleton, Fred Dierking, Ron Reis, Dale Heidotting, and Mark Altenau, the Bearcats upset Ohio State, 70-65 for the ’61 championship, and repeated the feat the next season with another victory over the Buckeyes, 71-59. Hogue was the Bearcat captain that year, and was named the tournament MVP when he tallied 22 points, along with 19 rebounds, in the final game. During that tournament run, Paul had also scored 36 points against the UCLA Bruins for a 72-70 in a semifinal win that catapulted the team into the title match.
Following his UC years, Paul played two years in the NBA for the New York Knicks and the Baltimore Bullets. He was a member of the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame, the Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame, and the Bearcat Hall of Fame. More than his athletic achievements, however, Paul Hogue was known throughout the city for his gentleness, his motivational talks, and his great love for all the friends he made on campus and in the community.