John Wooden is in about every hall of fame, befitting a 10-time NCAA men's basketball championship coach. And next month, Wooden can add...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — John Wooden is in about every hall of fame, befitting a 10-time NCAA men’s basketball championship coach. And next month, Wooden can add another to the numerous accolades he’s received: induction into the NAIA Hall of Fame in Kansas City.
Though Wooden, 98, spent just two seasons coaching in the NAIA, he made a profound impact on college basketball while at Indiana State, helping to break the color barrier in college athletics.
In 1947, Wooden, in his first year at Indiana State, refused an invitation to what was then the NAIB tournament in Kansas City, because the organization prohibited black players from competing. One of the Sycamores, Clarence Walker, could not have played.
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