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Kenny Sailors

Kenneth L. Sailors, was notable for popularizing the jump shot as an alternative to the two-handed, flat-footed set shot. He grew up on a farm south of Hillsdale, Wyoming, where he developed his effective jump shot while playing against his 6'4" 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. He was the unanimous selection as College Basketball Player of the Year in 1943. 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. He earned the honors in 1942, 1943 and 1946.

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.

Kenny Sailors
Jump Shot Hero Part 1
Kenny Sailors, Jump Shot Hero Part 1

Kenny Sailors
Jump Shot Hero Part 2
Kenny Sailors, Jump Shot Hero Part 2