Follow up to original petition for Dennis Hopson. It is his wish that we now ensure that the University honor ALL of those who are deserving of getting their jerseys hung in the Rafters, much like other basketball programs with pride in their history. Ohio State has a long list of people deserving of the recognition, with former players like Herb Williams, Jay Burson, Jim Clemons, Bill Hosket, clark Kellogg, Kelvin Ransey, and even recent players like Michael Redd, Scoonie Penn, Michael Conley and Greg Oden.
The University, specifically Gene Smith said they weren't going to retire anymore numbers but set up a system for honoring those begining with football. Nothing has happened in the almost year we were told this, and we need to make sure they follow it up. It is my hopes this petition will accomplish that!
Dennis had one of the best seasons overall in Buckeye history. He holds the single season scoring record of 958 for an average of 29.1, which ranks third overall in Ohio State history for averages. Holds the field goals made in a single season of 338 and is the single season leader in field goals attempted with a staggering 653. He holds the record for most free throws made/attempted at 215/264. In the same year he dished out 120 assists while taking the ball away 71 times and helped his team to one of the best single season steals totals at 281. He is the all time leader in scoring with 2,096 points and a career average of 16.8 and helped his team to the #1 scoring spot with 2,802 points in a season. That record wasn’t broken until the 2007 Oden and Conley team came along. He holds 8 of the top 50 scoring games in Ohio State history and only Gary Bradds has more at 10. He is second to only Jay Burson in career steals at 164. Dennis was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994.