|Fred Hare |
Athlete--One of the best high school basketball players in history, this talented master of the hardwood was playing with the varsity at Omaha Technical High School from his freshman year to his graduation in 1963. Scoring nearly 25 points a game his junior year and as a senior over 30 points per game, he lead Tech to the Class A State Boys Basketball Runner-up (1962) and Championship (1963). He scored 1,588 career points, at the time easily the most by a Class A player. Two-time all-state. Made all-state tournament teams. While playing with the University of Nebraska, his best year came when a college sophomore when he was the Cornhuskers’ top scorer. What is still remembered by fans in attendance at the old Coliseum in Lincoln was a 1964 December night when Nebraska was playing the Michigan Wolverines, then rated number one in the country. While trailing 9 seconds before game’s end, Fred Hare, while facing away from the basket, tossed the basketball backwards over his head for the winning score. After leaving NU, Hare was literally a basketball 'globetrotter,' playing as an amateur and professionally around the United States, Canada, and Mexico... with teams such as the Phoenix Suns, LA Lakers, Harlem Clowns, Harlem Globetrotters, Pueblo Angels, and many more.
Fred Hare, with Coach Neal Mosser