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UW great Sailors named to college basketball Hall of Fame
Mar 6, 2012 - Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Ken Sailors, the only player in the history of Wyoming Cowboys basketball to be selected as an All-American three times, will join the Georgetown great Patrick Ewing and former Kansas star Clyde Lovellette to lead a 10-member class that will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in November.
A 5-foot-10-inch guard, Sailors is notable for popularizing the jump shot as an alternative to the two-handed, flat-footed set shot.
The class was announced Tuesday in Kansas City.
"There have been a number of people who have tried to get me in (the Hall of Fame) through the years," said Sailors. "I want to thank all those individuals, and I want to thank all those who were involved in the selection process. Now that it has happened I'm very proud that I've made it. It's probably about the last honor I will receive, and it's probably the biggest.
The three players will be joined by North Carolina's Phil Ford, Grambling's Willis Reed and Winston-Salem State's Earl Monroe.
Also inducted will be Joe B. Hall, who followed Adolph Rupp as the coach of Kentucky, and Dave Robbins, who won more than 700 games at Virginia Union.
Businessmen Jim Host and Joe Dean will go in as contributors.
The induction ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 18 at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City. The following night, Kansas, Saint Louis, Texas A&M and Washington will play in the semifinals of the CBE Classic at the nearby Sprint Center.
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.
Sailors was inducted into the University of Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame on October 29, 1993.