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Former Kentucky Player Dies at 103

Jan 10, 2003

PARIS, Ky. (AP) - Basil Hayden, a Kentucky basketball star in the 1920s who coached the team for one season, died at 103.

He died at his home Thursday.

Hayden played for the Wildcats from 1920-22, leading them to the 1921 Southern Conference tournament championship. He coached the team in the 1926-27 season, with Kentucky going 3-13.

Hayden's jersey is among the 41 that hang in Rupp Arena to honor outstanding former players, coaches, announcers and managers.

Hayden served in the Army during World War I, taught school and worked as a state bank examiner.

Survivors include a daughter, Ann Lura Hayden, and several grandchildren.

Visitation is Saturday in Paris, and a memorial service is Sunday.