March 6, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Wyoming's great basketball player Kenny Sailors has gained some additional national attention this week as Sports Illustrated has featured him in its March 6 edition honoring "75 Years of the NCAA Tournament." The edition is available on newsstands now.
The full-page story (on Page 68) reviews Sailors' memories of how he developed the jump shot while playing against his taller brother, Bud Sailors, as a young boy. Sports Illustrated writer Albert Chen interviewed Sailors for the feature.
Sailors is the individual in basketball history credited with developing the modern-day jump shot. He was selected as the 1943 National Player of the Year, and is the oldest living Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament.
After helping lead 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.
On Nov. 18, 2012, Sailors was one of 10 individuals inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2012.
This season, in connection with the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, Sailors was selected by the NCAA as one of its "75 All-Time March Madness Players."
Fans may still vote for Sailors as one of the Top 15 players in NCAA March Madness history by going to the following link: http://www.ncaa.com/75-players.