Area Loses Hall of Famer Bill Kenville
Long-time Binghamton resident and standout basketball player Bill Kenville passed away on June 19th at the age of 87. Kenville was a member of both the St. Bonaventure University Athletic Hall of Fame ( in 1971) and the Greater Binghamton Sports Hall of Fame ( in 2018).
Kenville starred for Saint Bonaventure from 1950-53. While there he earned All-American Honorable Mention honors and at the time set nine different school records both in scoring and in rebounding.
Following the conclusion of his collegiate basketball career Kenville was drafted by the Syracuse Nationals in the third round (22nd overall selection) of the 1953 NBA draft.
He played with the Nationals from 1953-56 and went on to play with the Fort Wayne/Detroit Pistons from 1956-1960. His Syracuse Nationals team won the NBA Championship in 1955.
Born in Queens Kenville and his family called Binghamton home since the late 1950's. He worked as a probation officer for New York State based in Broome County for a number of years. He was inducted into the Greater Binghamton Sports Hall of Fame on April 23rd, 2018 in ceremonies at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Binghamton.