Dover, Del. (Jan. 20, 2019) --- The city of Philadelphia is widely recognized as a basketball hotbed, producing legends such as Wilt Chamberlain and Earl “The Pearl” Monroe. Now, former Delaware State star and Philadelphia native Robert Vanderhost will stand among the all-time best hoopsters from the City of Brotherly Love.
Vanderhost is among the latest former Philly basketball greats selected for induction into the Philadelphia Black Basketball Hall of Fame. The 2019 induction ceremony is set for Feb. 17 at the HERO Community Center in the city.
A Philadelphia All-Public League standout in basketball, track and field, and soccer at Simon Gratz High School, Vanderhost began his college career at Johnson C. Smith in Charlotte, N.C., before enrolling in the United States Army. He served in Vietnam as a member of the 101st Airborne Division from 1965 to 1967 and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for outstanding service to his country before being honorably discharged from military duty.
Vanderhost enrolled at (then) Delaware State College in 1967. He was offered a scholarship to join the basketball team in the middle of the 1967-68 season. A member of Delaware State’s 1000-point club, his tenure with the Hornets was also highlighted by two All-CIAA selections. Vanderhost averaged better than 17 points-per-game during his Hornet career and was selected as the team’s Most Outstanding Player as a senior during the 1969-70 season.
After finishing his playing career at Delaware State, Vanderhost served as an assistant coach with the Hornets during the 1970-1971 campaign.
He has also received numerous professional and community service honors throughout his career, which included stints with Philadelphia Public Schools and as a Philadelphia Youth Athletic Association volunteer.
Vanderhost was inducted into the Delaware State University Athletics Hall-of-Fame in 2012 and a framed jersey with his college number (12) is hung in the lobby of DSU’s Memorial Hall.