Forrest DeBernardi
Personal information
Born(1899-02-03)February 3, 1899
Nevada, Missouri
DiedApril 29, 1970(1970-04-29) (aged 71)
Dallas, Texas
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Career information
High school
CollegeWestminster (MO) (1919–1921)
Playing career1920–1929
PositionCenter
Career history
1920–1922Kansas City AC
1922–1927Hillyard Shine Alls
1927–1929Cook's Painter Boys
Career highlights and awards
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

Forrest Sale "Red" DeBernardi (February 3, 1899 – April 29, 1970) was an American college basketball player in the 1920s. Standing 6 ft. 1 inches tall, DeBernardi was one of the best centers of his era, and played all five positions. Born in Nevada, Missouri, he attended Westminster College where he played from 1919 to 1921. On January 19, 1920, he made 24 field goals against Missouri Wesleyan, a school record that stands to this day. DeBernardi then transferred to the University of Kansas in order to be closer to the Kansas City Athletic Club so that he could compete for them in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). He did not play for the university, however.

Following his impressive collegiate career, DeBernardi became an outstanding AAU player. Between 1920 and 1929, when he played with Kansas City Athletic Club (1920–22), Hillyard Shine Alls (1922–27) and Cook's Painter Boys (1927–29), he played in 10 national AAU tournaments and was named to the AAU All-American team five times. DeBernardi was also an AAU national champion five times.

In 1938 the Associated Press selected DeBernardi as the center on its All-Time All America college basketball team. He was also awarded with the Helms Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame Award in 1952. In 1961, DeBernardi was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2006, he was elected posthumously into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

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