Frank Workman on Sports: Beloved local figure inducted into his college Hall of Fame

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Henry Akin, third from left, inducted into
Morehead State (KY) University Hall of Fame

Saturday afternoon Henry Akin, long-time Lake Forest Park resident and original member of the Seattle SuperSonics, was inducted into the Morehead State (KY) University Hall of Fame.

Akin played two seasons for the Eagles of the Ohio Valley Conference in the mid-60's.

He was selected 11th overall in the 1966 NBA draft by the NY Knicks, who used the first pick in the draft to take Cazzie Russell.

After his rookie year with the Knicks, the expansion Sonics selected the 6' 10" Akin for their inaugural team.

His playing career shortened by injury, Akin worked for the Sonics as a scout for several years before going to work for Boeing.

Akin's greatest contribution to the game he loves has been locally, most particularly serving as a mentor to a generation of players from the Shorecrest girls basketball program. Over the years, his has been a constant presence at practices and games, offering advice, guidance, and instruction when asked, and he is a beloved figure to all the girls who have benefitted from knowing him.


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