Georgia Bulldogs racial barrier breaker Ronnie Hogue dies at 69
Fred Jeter | 9/24/2020, 6 p.m.
Ronnie Hogue, the University of Georgia’s first Black scholarship basketball player, died Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. He was 69.
Mr. Hogue scored 1,367 points in three varsity seasons — 1971, 1972 and 1973 — for the Bulldogs and finished with a 17.8 scoring average. He made the All- Southeast Conference team as a junior when he averaged 20.5 points.
The guard-forward scored 46 points (hitting 20 of 23 field goals) in a December 1971 game against Louisiana State University in Athens, Ga.
He preceded his varsity career by averaging 19.1 points on the Georgia freshman squad in 1969-70. Freshmen were not eligible for varsity play then.
A native of Washington and graduate of McKinley Tech High School, Mr. Hogue was a seventh round NBA draft selection by the Washington Bullets.