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Ron Washington's story

Thanks to the vigilant crew at Shockernet, I learned of the death for former Wichita State basketball player Ron Washington, one of the top Shocker scorers of the late 1960s.

Washington’s Web site is worth a look for Shocker fans. In the “About Me” section, he gives readers his view on what it was like to be a black basketball player (and activist) in the 1960s in Wichita. I’ve heard former coach Gary Thompson talk about the difficulties of running a team during those days, and Washington’s recollections make those challenges clear.

Of particular interest is his story about a road trip to UCLA and hanging out with Bruins stars of the era such as Lew Alcindor and Mike Warren.