An All-State performer at Edwardsville High School, Don Ohl went on to star at the University of Illinois, where he was an AllBig Ten player in 1957 and 1958. In 1958 he was also seleted an NCAA All-American.
He went on to play 10 seasons in the National Basketball Associan and scored more than 11,500 points during his career. He was named an NBA All-Star five consecutive years.
Ohl was a great long-range shooter long before the 3-point shot was adopted by the NBA. He engaged in a great shooting duel with the Los Angeles Lakers’ Hall of Fame guard Jerry West in the 1965 playoffs.
At Illinois, Ohl averaged 20 points a game his senior season, was Illinois’ Most Valuable Player and a second-team Converse All-American. Ohl was drafted by the Philadelphia Warriors in the 1958 NBA draft, but as an AAU All-American in 1960, played with the Peoria Cats before entering the NBA. He debuted in the NBA with the Detroit Pistons in the 1960-61 season.
The 6-foot-3 shooting guard improved steadily each year, with his points-per-game average topping out at 20.6 when he was with the Baltimore Bullets (which became the Wash-ington Wizards) in 1965- 66. He was the team MVP for Baltimore in 1965 and again in 1966.
Ohl finished his NBA career with the St. Louis Hawks in 1967-68, averaging 13.3 points a game, then travled to Atlanta with the Hawks for his final two NBA seasons.
He played in seven playoff games, averaging 16.9 points, including a high of 26.7 with Baltimore during the 1965-66 campaign.
More than 50 years later, Don still holds the Wizards’ franchise record for the highest playoff