Jan. 7, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The 2012-13 season marks the 75th Anniversary of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, and one way the NCAA is celebrating the 75th Anniversary of March Madness is by giving fans an opportunity to vote for the Top 15 All-Time March Madness Players. Voting will open on Wednesday, January 9, 2013.
Fan voting will close on Sunday, March 24 and the Top 15 will be announced Friday, April 5 exclusively at NCAA.com. The Top 15 will be honored at the 2013 Men's Final Four in Atlanta, Ga.
Basketball fans may vote for their Top 15 players from a list of the Top 75 All-Time March Madness Players as selected by the NCAA. One of those 75 is Wyoming's Kenny Sailors, who is also the oldest living Most Outstanding Player from the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.
The Top 75 players were selected through research by the NCAA basketball and statistics staff in cooperation with the NCAA's media partners, CBS and Turner, and with input from selected members of the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). The final 75 were named from a pool of over 100 former players. The 75 finalists were determined based exclusively on their performances in NCAA Tournament games.
Sailors, who is credited with developing the modern-day jump shot and was the National Player of the Year while leading Wyoming to the 1943 NCAA Championship, was one of 10 individuals who were recently inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in Kansas City, Mo. Sailors, will turn 92 on Jan. 14, 2013.
After leading Wyoming to the NCAA Championship in 1943, Sailors enlisted in the Marines and served in the South Pacific during World War II. After being away from the game he loved for two years, Sailors returned to Wyoming for the 1945-46 season and once again earned All-America honors.
Fan voting for the Top 15 March Madness players will count as 50 percent of the vote, while the other 50 percent will be determined by votes from past and present members of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee, Division I men's basketball head coaches, past Men's Final Four coaches, members of the USBWA, Division I sports information directors and CBS/Turner.