March 12, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming will honor Kenny Sailors at halftime of Wednesday's Wyoming versus North Dakota State men's basketball game in the First Round of the 2012 College Basketball Invitational Presented by Zebra Pen. The Wednesday, March 14 game is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m. from Wyoming's Arena-Auditorium.
Sailors, the inventor of the jump shot, the 1943 National Player of the Year at the University of Wyoming and the oldest living Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament is one of 10 individuals who have been selected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2012.
Sailors will also be available to media at a press conference prior to Wednesday's game. The press conference will be held at 6 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium media interview room.
Joining Sailors in the 2012 class of inductees are: Georgetown center Patrick Ewing; Kansas center Clyde Lovellette; North Carolina guard Phil Ford; Winston-Salem State guard Earl Monroe; Grambling center Willis Reed; Kentucky coach Joe B. Hall; Virginia Union coach Dave Robbins; and contributors Jim Host, founder of Host Communications, and Joe Dean, of Converse and LSU. The announcement of the class was made by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Foundation on Tuesday, March 6.
Sailors led Wyoming to the 1943 NCAA Championship, while being named the National Player of the Year and the Most Outstanding Player in the `43 NCAA Tournament. He is also credited with creating the jump shot.
Sailors, who turned 91 on Jan. 14, 2012, and his former head coach, Everett Shelton, are the only two representatives from the state of Wyoming in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Shelton was inducted in the inaugural class of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
After teaming with Shelton to 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.
The Class of 2012 will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City as part of a three-day celebration of college basketball. The Hall of Fame is located in the College Basketball Experience, a world-class entertainment facility that provides a multi-faceted interactive experience for fans of the game.
On Nov. 19-20, Kansas, Saint Louis, Texas A&M and Washington State will compete at Sprint Center in the CBE Classic.
This year's class of inductees will also be recognized during this year's NCAA Final Four in New Orleans.