Lou “Pick” Dehner was a football and basketball star at Lincoln, Illinois High School .  Dehner went to college at the University of Illinois where he became a two-time basketball All-American.  In the March of 1939, just days  after his final college game, Dehner played professional  basketball for a few weeks. He toured with a team of recent Illinois grads playing games throughout the state and making a one game appearance in the World Professional Basketball Tournament in Chicago.  He also scored scored 15 points in a single game appearance for the Hammond team in the National Basketball League. Dehner never played professional basketball again. In the fall of 1939, he took a position as the  athletic director and head boys’ basketball coach for East St. Louis High School. Dehner  remained at the school until 1974, compiling a record of 549–350. 


PICK DEHNER Height: 6:05 Weight: 190 College: Illinois’39
Louis L. Dehner Born:  Aug 29, 1914      Died:  Apr 7, 1987 Hometown: Lincoln, Ill.
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1938-39 Hammond NBL 1 7 1 15 15.0
1946-47 Indep
Major League Totals 1 7 1 15 15.0
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1938-39 Illinois Grads WBT 1 2 0 0 .000 4 4.0
Major League Totals 1 2 0 4 4.0
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