Warren Jabali died the other day in Miami at the age of 65. He changed his name after an outstanding college basketball career at Wichita State. Warren Armstrong went to W-S-U … from Kansas City Central High … when Shocker basketball was its highest point. He went on to play seven years in the American Basketball Association, where he was Rookie of the Year.
Jabali was six-feet-two … but he was one of the greatest jumpers of all time. His dunks were legendary.
I only remember seeing Armstrong play once. I was playing basketball in high school at the time, and didn’t have much time to go to Shocker games. But I saw him play in a freshman game and it was impressive. At one point on a fast break Armstrong was all alone. He pulled the ball behind his head with both hands and hammered it onto the rim … the heel of the rim. The ball bounced clear out to half court.
Warren Armstrong – Jabali – was a tremendous athlete.
Our thought for today is from Willie Shoemaker:
“Desire is the most important factor in the success of any athlete.”