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James William Hardin
James William Hardin
Induction Year: 1989
Sport: Basketball
Graduation Year: 1963

A native of Huntington, West Virginia, Bill Hardin completely rewrote the Hampden-Sydney basketball record books during his four years.  At the time of his graduation, he was the College's all-time leading scorer with 1,965 career points.

The Virginia Sports Writers selected him as the Player of the Year in 1961 and he was selected to the All Little Eight from 1960 through 1962, while earning All Mason-Dixon honors from 1961 through 1963.  He earned second team Mason-Dixon Conference Tournament honors in 1961, Fort Lee Invitation All-Tournament in 1961 and 1962, All-Seafood Festival Tournament in 1962 and First Team All-America in 1963.

He was the state's leading scorer, averaging 27.3 points-per-game as a junior and 24.9 points as a senior.  In 1961, Bill ranked 14th nationally among small college players and 21st among all college players.

Hardin's scoring records are all the more incredible considering his stature, at 6-feet-2, quite short for a center in college.  However, his height deficit was overcome by his 30-inch vertical leap.  Bill's favored soft bank shot from the corner or outside enabled him to score 42 points against Washington College in 1961 and 43 points against Mt. St. Mary's in 1963.  In his junior and senior years, he averaged over 11 rebounds-per-game and was consistently a defensive standout.  He also ranks among the top players all-time in Tiger history with 1,017 career rebounds, along with his scoring average for a season (27.3) and career (20.2).