Monday, October 3, 2011

Three with ties to KU inducted into Hall

Frederick, LaFrentz, Harp enshrined


Bob Frederick used to grow uncomfortable when friends, co-workers, dignitaries in the sports world and/or fans told him they planned to nominate him for induction in the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

“Bob was such a humble person. He’d say, ‘Oh, no, please pick someone else,’’’ Margey Frederick, wife of the late KU basketball player, assistant coach and athletic director, said Sunday after Frederick’s induction ceremony in Wichita.

Frederick, who worked as KU’s athletic director for 14 years, was known for deflecting attention away from himself.

Margey and Frederick’s sister, Susan, accepted a plaque from host Gary Bender and spoke briefly to a Hall of Fame induction crowd that included former KU basketball coach Roy Williams and Williams’ wife, Wanda. Frederick hired Williams, who is now at the University of North Carolina, to replace Larry Brown at KU back in 1988.

“I said to everybody, ‘Thank you so much. Bob was our hero. I know he’s looking down humbly saying, ‘Margey take a seat,’’’ Margey said with a laugh.

In all seriousness ... “If Bob were here, I know how honored he’d be to be included with this group of inductees because he played for and worked for Dick Harp and was here when Raef (LaFrentz) played,” she added of the two other inductees with KU ties. “Also the inductees from K-State and many other places are such great people with great accomplishments and make up such an impressive group,” she added.

Frederick, Harp and LaFrentz were inducted in a 4 p.m. ceremony at the Wichita Boathouse with Kansas State All-America basketball player Kendra Wecker, K-State All-America football linebacker Mark Simoneau, former Emporia State track athlete John Camien, Wichita State All-America baseball pitcher Don Heinkel, Wichita State football coach Willie Jeffries and Pittsburg State football All-America Ronnie West.

“On behalf of our family, we are all extremely touched and pleased and happy for Bob. He remains our hero. We miss him every moment. He wanted to live a life that mattered and he did,” Margey said of Bob, who served as KU athletic director from 1987-2001. During his tenure, KU teams won 32 conference championships and produced 41 Academic All-Americans. He served on the NCAA basketball tournament’s selection committee from 1992-96 and was the chair in 1995 and ’96. The Senior Scholar Athlete Award at KU is named in his honor. In 2010, the NCAA created the NCAA Bob Frederick Sportsmanship Award, which honors an NCAA administrator who shows the highest respect for intercollegiate athletics.

He died in 2009 at the age of 69.

LaFrentz, who is KU’s third-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder of all time, said he was “excited and humbled to be here today and in this year’s class.”

He thanked his wife, Joie, parents, Ron and Ellen, and others, too.

“I owe coach Williams a great deal. He came up to Monona (Iowa, LaFrentz’s hometown) and found me and gave me the opportunity to come to the University of Kansas and be part of that rich tradition. I was fortunate enough to win a lot of basketball games and play with some great players —Jacque Vaughn, Jerod Haase, Paul Pierce, Scot Pollard, all helped to form my basketball game and form me as a person. Great times at the University of Kansas,” said LaFrentz, who was 123-17 from 1994-98.

LaFrentz was a two-time consensus first team All-American, Big 12 Player of the Year and three-time all-conference player.

Harp compiled a 121-82 record as head basketball coach at KU from 1956-64. His Wilt Chamberlain-led 1957 team lost to North Carolina in triple overtime in the national championship game. The 1960 Jayhawks won the league title but lost to Cincinnati in the Midwest Regional. Harp was an assistant coach under Phog Allen from 1948-56 and a starting guard on KU’s 1940 team that placed second in the NCAA Tournament. He later served as an assistant coach under Dean Smith at North Carolina from 1986-89.

Harp died in 2000 at the age of 81.


Martin Rosenblum 8 years, 4 months ago

LaFrentz was fortunate enough to have played with those guys all right. He must have had a good reason not to have been at the "Legends" game to have the opportunity to play with some of them once again. It would have been icing on the cake had he been able to have made it.

BewareOfThePhogOnTheWater 8 years, 4 months ago

Give him a break. He had a previous commitment. Just like several other players.

jaybate 8 years, 4 months ago

Baja KU's Wiki page kindly lists the Mickey D's Baja KU has landed since 1977. I was fascinated to see how often the the early Mickey D players went on to have stunningly exceptional, but how later on their Mickey D players have seemed less sensational. I am not sure what this means exactly. It could means several things. It could mean that Mickey D's AA honor has become more based on hype and less based on actual talent. It could mean Baja KU used to be able to land the best of the Mickey D AAs and now they can't. Anyway, I thought I would post the list below.

Frankly, since Vince Carter in 1995, Baja KU has not had a Mickey D that went on to be what I would call a memorable professional career.

I am not knocking Baja KU here. I am just noticing what appears anecdotally to be a watering down in the quality of Mickey D AAs over the years, or altneratively, Baja KU's reduced ability to attract the best ones. Again, I'm not sure which. And I suppose it could be some of both, now that KU is recruiting all over the 50 states again, and now that quite a number of programs are vying for the best of the best.

Year Player Hometown 1977 Pete Budko Lutherville, MD 1977 Al Wood Gray, GA 1979 James Worthy Gastonia, NC 1979 Jim Braddock Chattanooga, TN 1980 Matt Doherty East Meadow, NJ 1980 Sam Perkins Latham, NY 1981 Buzz Peterson Asheville, NC 1981 Michael Jordan Wilmington, NC 1982 Brad Daugherty Black Mountain, NC 1982 Curtis Hunter Durham, NC 1983 Kenny Smith Queens, NY 1983 Dave Popson Ashley, PA 1983 Joe Wolf Kohler, WI 1985 Jeff Lebo Carlisle, PA 1985 Kevin Madden Staunton, VA 1986 Steve Bucknall London, GB 1986 Pete Chilcutt Eutaw, AL 1986 Scott Williams Hacienda Heights, CA 1986 J.R. Reid Virginia Beach, VA 1987 King Rice Binghamton, NY 1989 Matt Wenstrom Katy, TX 1989 George Lynch Roanoke, VA 1990 Eric Montross Indianapolis, IN 1990 Brian Reese The Bronx, NY 1990 Derrick Phelps Pleasantville, NY 1991 Donald Williams Garner, NC 1992 Serge Zwikker Maassluis, NL 1993 Jerry Stackhouse Kinston, NC 1993 Rasheed Wallace Philadelphia, PA 1993 Jeff McInnis Charlotte, NC 1995 Antawn Jamison Charlotte, NC 1995 Vince Carter Daytona Beach, FL

jaybate 8 years, 4 months ago

1996 Ed Cota Brooklyn, NY 1996 Vasco Evtimov Sofia, BG 1997 Brendan Haywood Greensboro, NC 1998 Ronald Curry Hampton, VA 1998 Jason Capel Chesapeake, VA 1998 Kris Lang Gastonia, NC 1999 Joseph Forte Greenbelt, MD 2000 Neil Fingleton Durham, UK 2001 Jawad Williams Cleveland, OH 2002 Rashad McCants Asheville, NC 2002 Sean May Bloomington, IN 2002 Raymond Felton Latta, SC 2004 Marvin Williams Bremerton, WA 2005 Tyler Hansbrough Poplar Bluff, MO 2005 Danny Green North Babylon, NY 2005 Bobby Frasor Blue Island, IL 2006 Brandan Wright Brentwood, TN 2006 Ty Lawson Clinton, MD 2006 Wayne Ellington Wynnewood, PA 2008 Larry Drew Woodland Hills, CA 2008 Ed Davis Richmond, VA 2008 Tyler Zeller Washington, IN 2009 David Wear Santa Ana, CA 2009 Travis Wear Santa Ana, CA 2009 Dexter Strickland Elizabeth, NJ 2009 John Henson Tampa, FL 2010 Kendall Marshall Dumfries, VA 2010 Reggie Bullock Kinston, NC 2010 Harrison Barnes Ames, IA 2011 James McAdoo Norfolk, VA 2011 PJ Hairston Greensboro, NC

jaybate 8 years, 4 months ago

The effect of hype on recruiting seems to be producing a perhaps counter intuitive phenomenon. It seems to be triggering the recruitment and signing of more and more players that in the end aren't as good as back when there was less hype.

jaybate 8 years, 4 months ago

Did anyone attend the induction on behalf of Dick Harp?

Alohahawk 8 years, 4 months ago

Congratulations to all the inductees. They worked for and earned their recognitions.

<p> has an article on TRob and Tyshawn worth reading.

Also, has another article with Cal Lie Pari bragging how, if his recruits would have stayed, Kenstinky would have been another dynasty of UCLA's caliber. Of course, he doesn't take into account the differences of abilities between he and Wooden. Or, that Skimeball Cal's teams stood a good chance of disqualification. Typical braggert's mentality.

Alohahawk 8 years, 4 months ago

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