Jimmy Hull
Hull in the 1938–39 season
Personal information
Born(1917-02-15)February 15, 1917
Leesburg, Ohio
DiedNovember 2, 1991(1991-11-02) (aged 74)
Columbus, Ohio
Career information
High schoolMcClain (Greenfield, Ohio)
CollegeOhio State (1936–1939)
Career highlights and awards

James R. Hull (February 15, 1917 – November 2, 1991) was an American basketball forward who led the Ohio State Buckeyes to the championship game in the first-ever NCAA Basketball Tournament.[1] The Buckeyes finished the season with a 16–7 record, and lost to the Oregon Ducks in the finals.[2] Hull was named the Most Outstanding Player of that first tournament.[3]

Hull was a two-year starter for the Buckeyes. As a senior and captain of the 1938–1939 team he was the leading scorer in the Big Ten Conference and was a consensus All-America selection.

In 1977 Hull was inducted as a charter member of the Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame.[4] In 2007 he was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame. [5] He has also been inducted into the Rocky Mountain Orthodontics Dentist Athletic Hall of Fame.


  1. ^ "Jimmy Hull". Toledo Blade. Associated Press. 1991-11-05. Retrieved 2010-03-26.
  2. ^ "1938–39 Ohio State Buckeyes". Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2011-08-22. Retrieved 2010-03-26.
  3. ^ "NCAA Tournament MOP Winners". Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2010-03-05. Retrieved 2010-03-26.
  4. ^ "Men's Varsity "O" Hall of Fame". Ohio State University. Retrieved 2010-03-26.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "2007 Jimmy Hull". Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2021-02-12.