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Kansas Sports Hall of Fame inducts newest members

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at 11:53 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at 12:18 a.m.

Bud Stallworth’s parents put education and music before basketball. Fortunately for University of Kansas basketball fans, Stallworth ignored those instructions at least once.

Stallworth, a third-team Associated Press All-American in 1972, was one of nine people inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday at the Wichita Boathouse. The class of 2012 brings the total to 219 members in the hall, created in 1961.

Stallworth is likely the only one who first visited Kansas as a trumpet player.

“He wasn’t very good,” former Jayhawks basketball coach Ted Owens said with a big smile after Stallworth’s speech. Music talents aside, Stallworth, a forward from Hartselle, Ala., scored 1,495 points in his KU career and earned All-Big Eight honors twice. As a senior, he averaged 25.3 points and 7.7 rebounds His 50 points against Missouri ranks second on KU’s single-game list. True to his upbringing, he also ranks as KU’s first Academic All-American.

His parents let him play basketball as a youngster — as long as he stayed on the honor roll and in the first chair in the band. He grew up shooting baskets on a makeshift rim — no net — in his backyard on a patch of dirt and grass.

“My dad was an educator and he knew, way before I knew it, that in this world today education will be very important,” Stallworth said.

Stallworth followed his older sister, who played the piano, to the Midwestern Music and Arts Camp in Lawrence one summer. His parents prohibited him from playing basketball during the camp. They didn’t want him to take a blow to the mouth and ruin his trumpet skills.

“I followed that rule until one day,” he said.

Stallworth found his way into a pickup game at Robinson Gymnasium on the KU campus with several Jayhawks, including star guard Jo Jo White. Unbeknownst to Stallworth, White mentioned him to Owens. White’s recommendation led Owens to talk to Stallworth during the camp. Owens wanted to call his parents to begin recruiting him.

“I said ‘Noooo. You can’t call my parents,’” Stallworth said. “What you can do is, when I get back home, you can call there and say you heard about me and that you heard I can play some basketball and we’ll start with that.”

Owens sent assistant coach Sam Miranda to Hartselle to watch Stallworth. The scholarship offer started with White’s eye for talent.

“To this day I am totally indebted to Jo Jo,” Stallworth said. “We stay in touch over all these years, for him taking time to mention to a coach that there is a band camper playing in Robinson Gym that might come to the University of Kansas and help us.”

Also inducted:

•  Kansas quarterback David Jaynes, who finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1973. Jaynes, from Bonner Springs, said he turned down a scholarship from Alabama to play at Kansas.

•  Kansas State quarterback Michael Bishop, who finished second in voting for the 1998 Heisman and won the Davey O’Brien Award for quarterbacks.

•  Oklahoma State women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke, a native of Salina. Budke, who died in a plane crash in November, took OSU to three NCAA Tournaments in seven seasons and won four NJCAA titles with Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College.

•  University of Wichita runner Harold Manning, who won the NCAA two-mile run in 1930 and placed fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in the 1936 Olympics. Manning, from Sedgwick, set the world record in the U.S. Olympic Trials with a time of 9 minutes, 8.2 seconds

•  Kansas State basketball player Willie Murrell, a 1964 All-NCAA Tournament selection after leading the Wildcats to the Final Four.

•  Kansas basketball player Wayne Simien, the 2005 Big 12 Player of the Year and a member of the 2006 NBA champion Miami Heat. Simien, from Leavenworth, was named Mr. Kansas Basketball and the Gatorade Player of the Year in high school.

•  David Snyder, from Winfield, a state champion tennis player and coach at Arizona and Texas. Snyder, who played at Texas, coached the Longhorn men from 1972-2000 and his teams reached 22 NCAA Tournaments.

•  Emporia State softball pitcher Brenda Stolle, from Silver Lake, who was named NAIA Most Valuable Player in 1981 and led the Hornets to the 1980 AIAW national title.

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