Kenny Sailors

Basketball, 1941-46

Listen to audio interviews with Kenny Sailors by the Wyoming State Archives. Kenny Sailors is the only basketball player in Wyoming history to earn All-American three times. Sailors, a native of Hillsdale, Wyoming, was selected an All-American in 1942, 1943, and 1946. He was the unanimous selection for College Basketball Player of the Year in 1943 and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1943 NCAA tournament. After serving in Word War II, Sailors returned for his final season, and earned All-American and Player of the Year honors in 1946. He guided Wyoming to the NCAA championship in 1943. Sailors is credited with inventing the jump shot and played several seasons in the NBA. Inducted October 29, 1993

Honors and Awards

  • All-American, 1942, 1943, 1946
  • NCAA Tournament Most Valuable Player, 1943
  • College Basketball Player of the Year, 1943
  • Inventor of the Jump Shot