Before that he was a star center at 6-foot, 6-inches for University of Oklahoma and in the AAU. In 1943 and 1947 he was named a Helms FoundationAll American. In 1947 he was the Helms Foundation Player of the Year. He went on to play for Bartlesville Phillips 66ers of the National Industrial Basketball League where he was a AAU All American and made the AAU All-Star Basketball Team which was based on how one played in the National AAU Basketball Tournament in 1949 and 1950.
In 1989 he was named to the Final Four All 40's Team.