Ken Sailors

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Kenny Sailors
Personal information
Born (1921-01-14) January 14, 1921 (age 94)
Bushnell, Nebraska
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school Laramie (Laramie, Wyoming)
College Wyoming (1940–1943, 1945–1946)
Pro career 19461951
Position Point guard
Number 3, 4, 5
Career history
1946–1947 Cleveland Rebels
1947 Chicago Stags
1947 Philadelphia Warriors
1947–1949 Providence Steamrollers
1949–1950 Denver Nuggets
1950 Boston Celtics
1951 Baltimore Bullets
Career highlights and awards
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2012

Kenneth L. Sailors (born January 14, 1921[1]) is an American former professional basketball player. A 5-foot-10-inch (1.78 m) guard, he is notable for popularizing the jump shot as an alternative to the two-handed, flat-footed set shot.[2]

Sailors grew up on a farm south of Hillsdale, Wyoming, where he developed his effective jump shot while playing against his 6-foot-4-inch (1.93 m) older brother Bud. He eventually brought his skills to the University of Wyoming, and in 1943 he led the Cowboys to the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. Sailors was named the NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player for his efforts.[3] He was the unanimous selection as College Basketball Player of the Year in 1943.[4] He would earn the honor again in 1946. Sailors was the only player in the history of Wyoming Cowboys basketball to be selected as an All-American three times, in 1942, 1943, and 1946.[4]

From 1946 to 1951, Sailors played professionally in the BAA and NBA as a member of the Cleveland Rebels, Chicago Stags, Philadelphia Warriors, Providence Steamrollers, Denver Nuggets, Boston Celtics, and Baltimore Bullets. He scored 3,480 points in his professional career.[5] Sailors was inducted into the University of Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame on October 29, 1993.[4] In 2012, Sailors was named to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.[6]

In 2014, the University of Wyoming announced its plans to erect a specially-commissioned sculpture of Sailors outside of the University's basketball stadium, the Arena-Auditorium.[7]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Christgau, John (1999). "Kenny and Bud". Origins of the Jump Shot: Eight Men Who Shook the World of Basketball. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. pp. 187–214. ISBN 0-8032-6394-5. 

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