NCAA Division II and NAIA Players : Kansas High School Graduates                                  HOME                  Revised: September 7, 2016

                                                                                                             BEST OF THE BEST OF THE REST

       This list below contains players who graduated from Kansas high schools and completed notable careers at NCAA D-2 or NAIA D-1  schools. I am looking for players that were awarded all-conference positions (1st or 2nd Team and 3rd Team in some cases). I am not including NAIA Division 2 or JUCO only players. I am sure this list will double in size with the help of visitors to this site. I am sure there are players out there for the Independents that qualify for this list - Nino Samuel is one I have  added just based on accounts of his play during this time. For the present, I am just trying to list the best of the best that played in these classes. I may, at a later date, add Honorable Mention players as well. I will need input from others on colleges outside the state of Kansas. If you have this information please e-mail to dmacfee@cox.net    Include the high school and graduation year. Please make sure they are listed on all-conference teams or, in the case of Independents , are among the best to have ever played at the NAIA or NCAA D-2 school. 

       I have made a few changes in the category for Wichita State. Prior to their admission to the Missouri Valley Conference, they were not competing at a higher level than Emporia State, Washburn and other state schools. So I am listing top players for pre-1946 Wichita teams on this list. McBurney and a few others were previously listed on my companion Kansas D-1 players list. I also will be adding a few Washburn players to the NCAA D-1 list. Washburn competed in the MVC from 1935-1942. As kind of a compromise, I will list just the all-conference Washburn players from this period to the large school group.     

Hall of Fames: NHOF = Naismith HOF KSHOF = Kansas Sports HOF   EHOF = Emporia St HOF   WHOF =   Washburn HOF   et cetera.  The large HOF's like the Naismith trump the school HOF's.

KCAC: Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. Current abbreviation - used variations of this name since the league first conducted basketball competition. The league changed to NAIA Div 2 in 1992.
CIC:  Central Intercollegiate Conference     CSIC:  Central States Intercollegiate Conference  GPAC:  Great Plains Athletic Conference  RMAC: Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
MIAA: Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association SDIC: South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference

$    John Hughes is a good example of credentials for this list even though I could not find him on any all-conference teams. A closer look shows that he is among the all time scoring leaders for Emporia State. There were two of his teammates that were 1st team All-Conference and that makes it difficult to garner enough votes for placement on these teams. He was an Honorable Mention on the All-CSIC conference team.

 

HS Graduation     Player                         High School                                      College                         All-American      HOF      Conf       Post -College  

1975 Jeff Stromgren Abilene WASHBURN-KS

CSIC
1982 Craig Stromgren Abilene EMPORIA STATE-KS NAIA EHOF CSIC
1993 Jordan Canfield Abilene WASHBURN-KS
WHOF MIAA
1946 Gene Cusic Allen-Northern Heights (Americus) EMPORIA STATE-KS

CIC
1962 Gary Gibb Allen-Northern Heights (Americus) COLLEGE OF EMPORIA-KS

KCAC
1962Rich Edmiston
Allen-Northern Heights (Americus)COLLEGE OF EMPORIA-KS
CEHOF


1962 Jim Chroust Anthony-Chapparal (Bluff City) PITTSBURG STATE-KS
PSHOF CIC
1918 George Gardner Arkansas City SOUTHWESTERN-KS HELMS SWHOF
KCAC AAU
1919 Art "Ox" Kahler Arkansas City SOUTHWESTERN-KS
KSHOF KCAC
1922 James Gardner Arkansas City SOUTHWESTERN-KS

KCAC
1923
Gerald Spohn
Arkansas City
WASHBURN-KS
HELMS
WHOF
CIC

1925 Hayward Marsh Arkansas City WASHBURN-KS

CIC
1935 Harold Bratches Arkansas City SOUTHWESTERN-KS

CIC
1916 Harold Alyea Atchison PITTSBURG STATE-KS

KCAC
1919 Paul Alyea Atchison PITTSBURG STATE-KS

KCAC
1968 Matt "Chic" Downing Atchison BENEDICTINE-KS NAIA


1983 Keith Downing Atchison WASHBURN-KS

CSIC
1954 Tom McCarthy Atchison-Maur Hill BENEDICTINE-KS

CIC
1926 George Clow Augusta * EMPORIA STATE-KS

KCAC
1930 Wade Moriarity Augusta FORT HAYS STATE-KS

CIC
1951 Bob Godwin Beloit WASHBURN-KS

CIC
1954
Steve Muck
Beloit
COLLEGE OF EMPORIA-KS

CHHOF
KCAC

1927 Clarence Ratzlaff Buhler PITTSBURG STATE-KS
PSHOF CIC
1975 Mike Pauls Buhler FORT HAYS STATE-KS
FHHOF CSIC
1931 Peter Duerkson Buhler KANSAS WESLEYAN-KS

KCAC
1960 Dudley Boeken Bushton-Quivera Hteights (Lorraine) STERLING-KS

KCAC
1997 Eric Carter Carbondale-Santa Fe Trail WASHBURN-KS

MIAA
1941 Bill Frear Chanute OTTAWA-KS

KCAC
1949 Jim Farney Clearwater SOUTHWESTERN-KS
SWHOF CIC
1955
Richard Freeman
Clearwater
COLLEGE OF EMPORIA-KS


KCAC

1961 Ken Hendrix Coffeyville WASHBURN-KS

CIC
1936 Elmer "Jack" Johnson Colby (Levant) FORT HAYS STATE-KS
FHHOF CIC
1974 David Hull Council Grove WASHBURN-KS
WHOF GPAC
1981 Gary Carrier Council Grove WASHBURN-KS NAIA WHOF CSIC CBA
1919
George Holtfrerich
Dodge City
EMPORIA STATE-KS

KCAC


1921
Andrew Sughrue
Dodge City
EMPORIA STATE-KS

KCAC


1926 Dale Burnett Dodge City EMPORIA STATE-KS
KSHOF CIC
1908 Arthur Schabinger Emporia COLLEGE OF EMPORIA-KS
NHOF

1924 William Juengling Emporia COLLEGE OF EMPORIA-KS

CIC
1922
James Loveless
Emporia
EMPORIA STATE-KS


KCAC

1924 Willard "Wid" Trusler Emporia (Emporia-Roosevelt) EMPORIA STATE-KS

CIC AAU
1925 Everett "Gus" Fish Emporia EMPORIA STATE-KS
NAIAHOF CIC AAU
1926 Ed Grant Emporia COLLEGE OF EMPORIA-KS

KCAC
1937 Jack Snow Emporia EMPORIA STATE-KS

CIC
1953 Floyd Reichardt Emporia COLLEGE OF EMPORIA-KS

KCAC
1922 Austin Ober Fort Scott PITTSBURG STATE-KS

KCAC
1923 E.B. "Buck" Weaver Fowler FRIENDS-KS

KCAC
1925 Clayton Davis Fredonia EMPORIA STATE-KS

CIC
1928 Francis Wachter Frontenac PITTSBURG STATE-KS
PSHOF CIC
1957 Don Wedel Goessel BETHEL-KS

KCAC
1956 John Channell Goodland FORT HAYS STATE-KS
FHHOF CIC
1959 Tom Kinder Goodland OTTAWA-KS

KCAC
1970 Doug Thurman Great Bend FORT HAYS STATE-KS

GPAC
1929 Cade Suran Gypsum-SE of Saline (Kipp) KANSAS WESLEYAN-KS
NAIAHOF KCAC
1946 Dennis Shogren Gypsum-SE of Saline (Assaria) EMPORIA STATE-KS
EHOF CIC
1921 Gene Johnson Hartford EMPORIA STATE-KS
KSHOF KCAC
1929 Francis Johnson Hartford WICHITA UNIVERSITY-KS

CIC AAU
1917 Paul "Busch" Gross Hays FORT HAYS STATE-KS
KSHOF

1964 Gene Rider Hays FORT HAYS STATE-KS

CIC
1972 Ed Schumacher Hays FORT HAYS STATE-KS

GPAC
1933 Dick Staab Hays-TMP (St. Joseph's) FORT HAYS STATE-KS
FHHOF CIC
1941 Alvin "Al" Billinger Hays-TMP (St. Joseph's) FORT HAYS STATE-KS
FHHOF CIC
1963 Alan Billinger Hays-TMP (St. Joseph's) FORT HAYS STATE-KS

CIC
1953 Ron Yingling Hiawatha OTTAWA-KS
OHOF

1913 Rex Welty Hill City FORT HAYS STATE-KS

KCAC
1929 Carl Thurlow Hill City FORT HAYS STATE-KS

CIC
1941 Harold "Buck" Balzer Hillsboro (Lehigh) BETHEL-KS

KCAC
1976 Steve Griffin Hoisington FORT HAYS STATE-KS

CSIC
1924 Marvin Bastin Hoxie FORT HAYS STATE-KS

CIC
1964 Fred Andregg Hoxie FORT HAYS STATE-KS
FHHOF CIC
1953 Arley Loeffler Inman BETHEL-KS

KCAC
1950 Chuck Brehm Junction City WASHBURN-KS
WHOF CIC
1961 Randy Springs Junction City EMPORIA STATE-KS

CIC
1930 Ralph Nolan KC-Bishop Ward BENEDICTINE-KS
NAIAHOF

1938 Francis Lynch KC-Bishop Ward BENEDICTINE-KS

CIC
1989 James McCallop KC-Sumner Academy EMPORIA STATE-KS NCAA II EHOF MIAA
1928 Farran Carter KC-Wyandotte (Kansas City) FORT HAYS STATE-KS

CIC
1939 John Arnold KC-Wyandotte BAKER-KS
BHOF KCAC
1953 Don Kukuk KC-Wyandotte BAKER-KS
BHOF KCAC
1958 Jim Lugar KC-Wyandotte WASHBURN-KS

CIC
1970 Harold Brown KC-Wyandotte WASHBURN-KS
WHOF GPAC
1978
Ed Boyd
KC-Wyandotte
HURON-SD


SDIC

1953 Harlan "Cot" Graber Kingman BETHEL-KS

KCAC
1946 Clint Brown Kinsley-Offerle (Lewis) PITTSBURG STATE-KS

CIC
1932 Herman Schwartzkopf La Crosse (Alexander) FORT HAYS STATE-KS

CIC
1947 Glenn Conner La Crosse (McCracken) FORT HAYS STATE-KS
FHHOF CIC
1951 Bud Moeckel Langdon-Fairfield (Sylvia) FORT HAYS STATE-KS
FHHOF CIC
1956 Tom Lindahl Langdon-Fairfield (Plevna) PITTSBURG STATE-KS

CIC
1963 Dennis Douglas Larned WASHBURN-KS

CIC
1960 Herman Rathman Leavenworth COLLEGE OF EMPORIA-KS
CEHOF
KCAC
1964 Ray Simpson Leavenworth COLLEGE OF EMPORIA-KS
CEHOF
KCAC
1981
Danny Schmidt
Leavenworth
BENEDICTINE-KS




1993
Walter Bethea
Leavenworth
PARK-MO
NCAA II



2012
Grant Greenburg
Leavenworth
SAINT MARY-KS
NAIA D-2

KCAC

1926 Mahlon Bradford Liberal EMPORIA STATE-KS

KCAC
1958 Dean Larson Lincoln (Ada) FORT HAYS STATE-KS
FHHOF CIC
1959 Ken Becker Lincoln (Ada) STERLING-KS

KCAC
1956 Merlin Larson Lindsborg-Smoky Valley (Lindsborg) BETHANY-KS

KCAC
1967 Daryl Stockstill Little River (Geneseo) FORT HAYS STATE-KS

RMAC
1965 Bill Greving Logan (Prairie View) FORT HAYS STATE-KS

RMAC
1949 Dick Meiers Louisburg OTTAWA-KS
OHOF KCAC
1943
Bill Litchfield
Lyons
EMPORIA STATE-KS


CIC
AAU
1951 Charlie Dehlinger Madison (Virgil) COLLEGE OF EMPORIA-KS
NAIAHOF KCAC AAU
1956Jerry MilnerMadison (Virgil)WASHBURN-KS

CIC
1951 Marvin Andrews Mankato-Rock Hills (Formosa) FORT HAYS STATE-KS

CIC
1956 Don Bigham Mankato-Rock Hills (Randall) ^ FORT HAYS STATE-KS

CIC
1958
Don Turner
Marion (Florence)
SOUTHWESTERN-KS
NAIA
SWHOF
KCAC
AAU
1946 Francis Markham McPherson EMPORIA STATE-KS
EHOF CIC
1989 Todd Alexander McPherson WASHBURN-KS

MIAA
1916 Herbert LeGrande Medicine Lodge OTTAWA-KS

KCAC
1941 Wilbur Reeser Melvern-MDC Valley (Olivet) EMPORIA STATE-KS NAIA
EHOF CIC AAU
1960 Garry Patterson Melvern-MDC Valley (Melvern) EMPORIA STATE-KS

CIC
1960 Dennis Bolen Melvern-MDC Valley (Quenemo) EMPORIA STATE-KS

CIC
1961 Dick Schur Minneapolis FORT HAYS STATE-KS

CIC
1934 Chet Mitchell Montezuma-South Gary (Montezuma) FORT HAYS STATE-KS
FHHOF CIC
1946 Marv Webster Mulvane SOUTHWESTERN-KS

CIC
1960 Delwin Locke Natoma PITTSBURG STATE-KS

CIC
1962 Johnny Locke Natoma FORT HAYS STATE-KS

CIC
1916 Otto "Zeke:" Kliewer Newton BETHEL-KS

KCAC
1921 Walter Woods Newton WICHITA UNIVERSITY-KS

KCAC
1926 Wilfred Okerberg Newton SOUTHWESTERN-KS

CIC
1928 Harold Grove Newton WICHITA UNIVERSITY-KS

CIC
1929 Irwin Deschner Newton WASHBURN-KS
WHOF CIC
1931 John Edwards Newton PITTSBURG STATE-KS

CIC
1934 Russell Brier Newton SOUTHWESTERN-KS

CIC
1948 Lanoy Loganbill Newton BETHEL-KS
BTHOF KCAC
1956 Merl Sturd Newton FORT HAYS STATE-KS
FHHOF CIC
1917 Roy Wynne Norton OTTAWA-KS

KCAC
1956 Jim Kean Olathe North (Olathe) BAKER-KS
BHOF KCAC
1980 Brian Robinson Osawatomie EMPORIA STATE-KS NAIA EHOF CSIC
1917 Claude Cochran Ottawa OTTAWA-KS

KCAC
1931 Gerald Barker Ottawa OTTAWA-KS
OHOF KCAC
1956 Fred Harder Ottawa PITTSBURG STATE-KS

CIC
1954 Ron Slaymaker Peabody-Burns (Peabody) EMPORIA STATE-KS
NAIAHOF CIC
1963 David Niegsch Pittsburg-Colgan (St. Mary's) PITTSBURG STATE-KS

CIC
1915 Robert Wellborn Pomona-West Franklin (Pomona) BAKER-KS
BHOF KCAC
1916 Rankin Wellborn Pomona-West Franklin (Pomona) BAKER-KS
BHOF KCAC
1918 John "Sap" Davis Pomona-West Franklin (Williamsburg) OTTAWA-KS

KCAC
1927 Clifford Binns Pomona-West Franklin (Williamsburg) OTTAWA-KS
OHOF KCAC
1929 Merlin Wilenson Quinter FORT HAYS STATE-KS

CIC
1960 Bob Pankratz Rosalia-Flint Hills (Cassoday) BETHEL-KS

KCAC
1960 Jerry Couch Russell PITTSBURG STATE-KS

CIC
1979 Rege Klitzke Russell FORT HAYS STATE-KS
FHHOF CSIC
1913 Charles Corsaut Salina Central (Salina) KANSAS WESLEYAN-KS
KWHOF

1961 Ron Ford Salina Central (Salina) WASHBURN-KS
WHOF CIC
1972 Nino Samuel Salina Central  MARYMOUNT-KS



1939 Warren Settles Scott City FORT HAYS STATE-KS

CIC
1998 Shannon Kruger Silver Lake WASHBURN-KS

MIAA
1960 Sam McDowell Smith Center FORT HAYS STATE-KS NAIA FHHOF CIC
1959 Herb Stange Sterling FORT HAYS STATE-KS
FHHOF CIC
1921 Ernest "Dutch" Lorbeer Stockton (Webster) FORT HAYS STATE-KS
FHHOF KCAC
1921 Arthur Brewster Topeka WASHBURN-KS AAU WHOF KCAC AAU
1922 Clarence "Kid" Breithaupt Topeka WASHBURN-KS
WHOF KCAC AAU
1922 Orson "Shorty" McLaughlin Topeka WASHBURN-KS
WHOF KCAC AAU
1931 Dan Emrich Topeka WASHBURN-KS
WHOF CIC
1937 George Hersh Topeka BAKER-KS

KCAC
1942 Bob Powell Topeka WASHBURN-KS

CIC
1945 Tom Carlson Topeka WASHBURN-KS
WHOF CIC
1947 Charles "Chick" Gordon Topeka WASHBURN-KS
WHOF CIC
1947 Dick McConnell Topeka WASHBURN-KS
WHOF CIC HM
1952 Ivan "Swede" Malm Topeka BAKER-KS
BHOF KCAC
1976 Greg Wilson Topeka WASHBURN-KS
WHOF CSIC
1990 Tony Arrington Topeka WASHBURN-KS

MIAA
1926 Paul Cooney Topeka-Hayden (TCHS) ST. MARY'S JESUIT-KS

KCAC
1983 Tom Meier Topeka-Hayden   WASHBURN-KS NAIA WHOF CSIC
1983 Rob Reilly Topeka-Hayden WASHBURN-KS
WHOF CSIC
1953 Ed Delk Topeka-Highland Park MC PHERSON-KS NAIA MCHOF KCAC
1965 Dale Cushinberry Topeka-Highland Park EMPORIA STATE-KS NAIA EHOF CIC
1974 Ron Boline Topeka-Highland Park EMPORIA STATE-KS
EHOF CSIC
1976 James Patrick Topeka-Highland Park TEXAS STATE NAIA


1943Duane "Blackie" MelvinTopeka-SeamanWASHBURN-KS

CIC
1966 John L Johnson Topeka-Seaman WASHBURN-KS
WHOF RMAC
1982 John Hughes     $ Topeka-Washburn Rural EMPORIA STATE

CSIC-HM
1963 Dennis Payne Topeka West WASHBURN-KS
WHOF CIC
1964 Mike Miller Topeka West FORT HAYS STATE-KS

CIC
1999 Ryan Murphy Towanda-Circle WASHBURN-KS

MIAA
1953 Larry Elliott Ulysses WASHBURN-KS
WHOF CIC
1961 Bob Goldsmith WaKeeney EMPORIA STATE-KS

CIC
1958 John Ritter Wathena BENEDICTINE-KS

CIC
1963
Bill Linhart
Waverly
COLLEGE OF EMPORIA-KS

CEHOF
KCAC

1990 Sean Robbins Waverly EMPORIA STATE-KS

MIAA
1968 Dave Okeson Weskan FORT HAYS STATE-KS

RMAC
1926 Lawrence Wesley Wetmore (Bancroft) EMPORIA STATE-KS

CIC
1925 Berry Dunham Wichita East (Wichita) WICHITA UNIVERSITY-KS AAU

AAU
1925 Ross McBurney Wichita East (Wichita) WICHITA UNIVERSITY-KS AAU
CIC AAU
1927 James "Red" Moffatt Wichita East (Wichita) WICHITA UNIVERSITY-KS

CIC
1928 William Hennigh Wichita East (Wichita) WICHITA UNIVERSITY-KS

CIC
1952 Lafayette Norwood Wichita East   SOUTHWESTERN-KS
SWHOF CIC
1958 Bill Quick Wichita East WASHBURN-KS

CIC
1966 Mike Holliman Wichita East FRIENDS-KS

KCAC
1966 Ulysses Stokes Wichita East FRIENDS-KS

KCAC
1960 Jerry Williams Wichita North WASHBURN-KS

CIC
1962 Keith Rucas Wichita South FRIENDS-KS

KCAC
1993 Randy Staats Wichita South WASHBURN-KS

MIAA
1955 David Dunbar Wichita West PITTSBURG STATE-KS

CIC
1974 Dave Stoppel Wilson FORT HAYS STATE-KS

CSIC
1914
Guy Cross
Winfield
EMPORIA STATE-KS


KCAC

1918 Edmund "Chop" Cairnes Winfield SOUTHWESTERN-KS AAU SWHOF KCAC AAU
1920 Paul "Pete" Reif Winfield SOUTHWESTERN-KS

KCAC AAU
1928 Howard Sidwell Winfield SOUTHWESTERN-KS

CIC
1928 Milton Whitson Winfield SOUTHWESTERN-KS

CIC
1929 Ernest Schmidt Winfield PITTSBURG STATE-KS HELMS NHOF CIC
1935 Lloyd Tucker Winfield SOUTHWESTERN-KS
NAIAHOF CIC
1936 Marvin Tucker Winfield SOUTHWESTERN-KS

CIC
1938 Olin Tucker Winfield SOUTHWESTERN-KS

CIC
1955 Stan O'Neil Winfield SOUTHWESTERN-KS

CIC
1962 Harvey Daniels Winona-Tri-Plains (Winona) BETHANY-KS

KCAC