This has been an exciting season for Wichita State basketball … as well as Kansas, Kansas State, and several junior colleges in south central Kansas … men and women.
I grew up playing basketball and baseball and football … and I was best at basketball. In the 1960s, every other driveway in my west-Wichita neighborhood had a basketball goal. We played in the summer’s heat and winter’s cold, wearing stocking caps and gloves.
When I played for Hadley Junior High, the Wichita State team with Dave Stallworth and Nate Bowman was just coming into its own. Dave the Rave was my favorite, but I also enjoyed Bowman’s interesting post play and the guards … Ernie Moore, Leonard Kelly, John Criss, and Kelly Pete.
They upset several top-ranked teams and even went to the Final Four.
I’m not nearly the Shocker basketball fan I was as a teen. But watching a game at the Round House is always a treat, and I share everyone’s excitement about this season’s W-S-U team.