Baylor guard Ishmail Wainright sported a custom jersey during Wednesday evening’s game against No. 3 Kansas honoring his late grandfather. His grandfather, Maurice King, was the first African-American starter in Kansas basketball history during the 1954 season. So there was no more fitting a place to honor him than at the Allen Fieldhouse. He did so by adding “King” before Wainright’s last name on the back of his jersey.
King, who was a key figure in KU’s one-point loss in the 1957 national championship game, was a teammate of Wilt Chamberlain. He spent four years in Lawrence (from 1953-57) before being selected in the sixth round of the 1957 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. He then spent two years in the Army before playing professionally from 1959-63. King played only one game for the Celtics before joining the Baltimore Bullets in the Eastern Professional Basketball League.
King passed away in 2007.
On Wednesday, Wainright scored 8 points on 3-of-8 shooting and added four steals in the Bears’ 73-68 loss to Kansas.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Baylor’s Wainright honors late grandfather, Kansas’ first African-American starter