The 36th Annual Buddy LaRosa High School Sports Hall of Fame - Bobby Brannen
Bobby Brannen is the finest big man to ever play for the Moeller Crusaders. An intimidating inside force in high school, and later in college at the University of Cincinnati, Bobby Brannen still stands as Moeller’s all-time scoring leader (1,435 points) and all-time rebounder (683) in three varsity seasons.
As a senior, Brannen was named the Ohio’s Division I Player of the Year (1993) and the Gatorade/Circle of Champions Player of the Year for Ohio. He was named Cincinnati’s Player of the Year by both the Cincinnati Enquirer and Cincinnati Post, and was named a Street & Smith High School All-American. He was a two-time 1st team all-city pick and was three times named Greater Cincinnati League Player of the Year.
Brannen was also a two-year starter at tight end in football and was named preseason All-America by Street & Smith. Highly recruited out of high school, Brannen stayed home to play for the Bob Huggins’ UC Bearcats.
As a senior, he averaged 14.3 points and 8.1 rebounds and was named an honorable mention All-American by Basketball Weekly. He finished his career with 771 points and 578 rebounds. He ranks fourth all-time in UC history in games played (129) and second in career victories (100). Brannen was named UC’s MVP in 1998 and was 1st Team All-Conference USA.
Brannen went on play professionally overseas for more than 10 years in Australia, Europe, Korea and Puerto Rico, where he was named the league’s MVP in leading his team to the Puerto Rico pro championship. Currently, Bobby Brannen resides in Cincinnati, where he works as a personal trainer.