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Jayhawks in the Rafters

In the rafters

HOW? The original criteria for retiring a player's jersey included being named college basketball's player of the year, MVP of the NCAA Tournament or a four-time All-American. The criteria were expanded prior to the 2002-03 season to include consensus first-team All-Americans, two-time first-team All-Americans and Academic All-American of the Year.

WHO? The players still to have their jerseys retired during the 2004-05 men's basketball season include:
Dave Robisch -- Feb. 27

Only the greatest Jayhawks get their jerseys retired and hung in the rafters of Allen Fieldhouse. Of course, with Kansas University's great history of both men's and women's basketball, there are quite a few jerseys already adorning the upper level of the historic venue, with even more to come.

Here is a detailed look at each player who has been honored by having his or her jersey retired. From the days of Paul Endacott and Gale Gordon to the era of Paul Pierce and Drew Gooden, this is the place to find out about KU's greatest players and why they deserve one of the highest honors given to a Jayhawk basketball player.

Tus Ackerman

Played: 1923-25
Jersey retired: Jan. 15, 2003
Bio: Ackerman was a 1924 first-team All-American and also a member of the Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame. He led the Jayhawks in scoring all three years he played, leading KU to three straight conference championships and the 1923 national title.

Angela Aycock

Played: 1992-95
Jersey retired: Feb. 3, 2003
Bio: Aycock was KU's second Kodak All-American, earning the honor in 1995. That year she also was honored by the USWBA and AP. Aycock finished third on KU's career scoring list with 1,978 points.

Charlie T. Black

Played: 1922-24
Jersey retired: 1992
Bio: A two-time all-conference and All-American selection, Black was a defensive stopper for three straight Missouri Valley championship teams.

Charlie B. Black

Played: 1942-43, 46-47
Jersey retired:: 1992
Bios: Black was a four-time All-Big Six player and the only four-time All-American in KU basketball history. He led the Big Six in scoring in 1946.

B.H. Born

Played: 1952-54
Jersey retired: Feb. 15, 1992
Bio: Born was selected as the most outstanding performer of the 1953 NCAA Tournament — the first player to win the award from a non-championship team. He also was a first-team All-Big Seven and All-American selection.

Bill Bridges

Played: 1958-61
Jersey retired: Dec. 9, 2004
Bio: Bridges finished his career as one of KU's top rebounders, including 30 boards against Northwestern, ranking third on KU's single-game rebounding charts.

Wilt Chamberlain

Played: 1957-58
Jersey retired: Jan. 17, 1998
Bio: During his two years at KU, Chamberlain dominated college basketball, averaging at 29.9 per game and 18.9 rebounds. It started in his varsity debut game at KU, when he scored 52 points and grabbed 31 boards.

Nick Collison

Played: 2000-03
Jersey retired: Nov. 25, 2003
Bio: Collison finished his career as KU's second leading scorer, third leading rebounder and second leading shot blocker. He was named NABC national player of the year, a consensus first-team All-American and Big 12 male athlete of the year in 2003.

Tamecka Dixon

Played: 1994-97
Jersey retired: Feb. 3, 2003
Bio: Dixon was an All-American in 1997, earning the first-team honors from Kodak and USBWA and second-team honors from the AP. She finished her career as KU's sixth leading scorer.

Paul Endacott

Played: 1921-23
Jersey retired: Jan. 25, 1992
Bio: The 1923 National Player of the Year, Endacott led KU to the 1922 and 1923 Helms Foundation national championships. Phog Allen called him, "the greatest player I have ever coached."

Howard Engleman

Played: 1939-41
Jersey retired: March 1, 2003
Bio: Engleman was the second KU player to receive consensus first-team All-American honors and led the Jayhawks to two Big Six conference championships and a Final Four appearance.

Ray Evans

Played: 1942-43, 46-47
Jersey retired: 1997
Bio: One of the greatest two-sport athletes in KU history, Evans was named an All-American in both basketball and football. A four-time All-Big Six selection, he was voted into the Kansas All Sports Hall of Fame in 1971.

Drew Gooden

Played: 2000-02
Jersey retired: Jan. 18, 2003
Bio: The second Jayhawk to total at least 1,500 points, 900 rebounds, 100 blocks and 100 steals in a career, and the 2002 NABC co-national player of the year.

Gale Gordon

Played: 1925-27
Jersey retired: Jan. 15, 2003
Bio: Twice a first-team All-American and All-Missouri Valley selection, Gordon was an important member of KU's 1927 conference championship team — the Jayhawks' fifth straight such title. He is a member of the Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame.

Raef LaFrentz

Played: 1994-98
Jersey retired: Feb. 16, 2003
Bio: LaFrentz was a two-time consensus first-team All-American and Big 12 player of the year, and finished his Jayhawk career as KU's leader with 56 double-doubles. He was the third pick of the 1998 NBA Draft.

Clyde Lovellette

Played: 1950-52
Jersey retired: Feb. 15, 1992
Bio: Lovellette was KU's fourth consensus first-team All-American, and also was an All-Big Seven selection in 1951 and 1952. He became the first player to lead the nation in scoring and win an NCAA title in 1952.

Danny Manning

Played: 1985-88
Jersey retired: Dec. 1, 1992
Bio: Manning led KU to the 1988 national title and was named college basketball's player of the year. He also was a three-time Big Eight player of the year and a two-time All-American.

Al Peterson

Played: 1925-27
Jersey retired: Jan. 15, 2003
Bio: Peterson was twice a first-team All-American selection and three times an All-Missouri Valley Conference member. He led KU in scoring his final two seasons, helped the team to five straight MVC titles and is a member of the Kansas Athletic Hall of Fame.

Paul Pierce

Played: 1996-98
Jersey retired: Jan. 25, 2003
Bio: Pierce was a consensus first-team All-American, a first-team All-Big 12 selection, a 1998 Wooden Award finalist and a back-to-back Big 12 Tournament MVP.

Fred Pralle

Played: 1936-38
Jersey retired: Jan. 15, 2003
Bio: Pralle was KU's first consensus All-American and led KU to three straight Big Six titles (1936, 1937, 1938). He also was a three-time all-conference selection, and led the Jayhawks in scoring back-to-back years.

Dave Robisch

Played: 1968-71
Jersey retired: Feb. 27, 2005
Bio: Robisch was an all-American in 1971 and an all-Big Eight selection in 1970 and 1971. He was also KU's MVP in the 1971 Final Four season. He later spent 13 seasons in the ABA and NBA.

Bud Stallworth

Played: 1970-72
Jersey retired: Jan. 31, 2005
Bio: A consensus all-American in 1972 and an academic all-American in 1971, Stallworth is best known for dropping 50 points on Missouri in 1972 — KU's record for points in a conference game.

Darnell Valentine

Played: 1978-1981
Jersey retired: Jan. 1, 2005
Bio: Valentine left KU as the school's leader in career steals and free throws. He was the first player to be named a four-time all-Big Eight selection, and also was a member of the 1980 Olympic team.

Jacque Vaughn

Played: 1993-97
Jersey retired: Dec. 21, 2002
Bio: Vaughn finished his career as the Kansas and Big Eight assist leader. He also was named the 1997 Academic All-American of the Year and earned two All-Big Eight selections.

Walt Wesley

Played: 1964-66
Jersey retired: Dec. 18, 2004
Bio: KU's second-most famous No. 13 — after Chamberlain — finished with career averages of 19.3 points and 8.3 rebounds in 68 games.

Jo Jo White

Played: 1965-69
Jersey retired: Jan. 27, 2003
Bio: White was a two-time All-American and a three-time All-Big Eight member. He also was named KU's MVP for three straight seasons, and led KU in scoring in 1968.

Lynette Woodard

Played: 1978-81
Jersey retired: Dec. 1, 1992
Bio: Woodard was a Kodak All-American from 1978-81 scoring 3,649 points in her career. Later the first female member of the Harlem Globetrotters, Woodard was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004.