Jump Shot Inventor Entering Hall Of Fame

You may not be able to buy it at the store or take it home with you in a box, but Kenny Sailors still invented something that basketball fans know and love: the jump shot.

The 91-year-old led Wyoming to the NCAA championship in 1943 and was named national player of the year the same year. Sailors and his former coach, Everett Shelton, are the only two Wyoming representatives chosen for the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

“I want to thank all those individuals, and I want to thank all those who were involved in the selection process,” he said in a written statement released by university officials. “Now that it has happened I’m very proud that I’ve made it. It’s probably about the last honor I will receive, and it’s probably the biggest.”

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