Atlantic 10 honors Dayton Flyers legend Bucky Bockhorn

Bucky Bockhorn, right, is honored as he calls a Dayton game against Davidson on WHIO Radio with Larry Hansgen during the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals on Friday, March 10, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.
Bucky Bockhorn, right, is honored as he calls a Dayton game against Davidson on WHIO Radio with Larry Hansgen during the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals on Friday, March 10, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

UD great calls Tom Blackburn his greatest inspiration

Dayton Flyers legend Bucky Bockhorn added another line to a long list of honors Saturday. The Atlantic 10 honored him as part of its 2017 Legends Class.

During a ceremony in Pittsburgh before the semifinal games at the A-10 tournament, Bockhorn was asked who his greatest inspiration was.

“The late Tom Blackburn, my old coach,” Bockhorn said. “He was there for years and years. He was a great disciplinarian. He reminded me of (former Rhode Island coach) Jim Baron a little bit. He was a pain to play for, I’ll tell you that. He did the job for us. Every guy who played under Tom for three years did very well in life. He was tough. He was fair.”

Bockhorn, who has called UD games on the radio since 1970 and has partnered with Larry Hansgen on WHIO for the last 34 seasons, ranks 53rd in UD history with 941 points. He played for the Flyers from 1955-58. The Flyers twice were NIT runners-up during his career. He averaged 10.8 points and 12.4 rebounds as a senior.

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Bockhorn played seven seasons (1958-65) in the NBA with the Cincinnati Royals, averaging 11.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists. He is a member of UD's Hall of Fame and was named to its all-century team. He was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.

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