Basketball in the Nation’s Heartland
by Jerry Draney
Kansas was one of the first states to embrace the fledgling sport of basketball, and Powhattan—a small town in northeastern Kansas—was among the first to become a basketball town. Powhattan and its high school played an important role in the evolution of the sport and the emergence of the state of Kansas as the basketball powerhouse it is today.
Drawing from primary source documents from the early days of Powhattan’s basketball program, Kansas Basketball traces the origins of the sport’s popularity in Kansas from basketball inventor James Naismith’s founding of the Kansas University basketball team to the legendary and influential coaching careers of Phog Allen, Tex Winter, Jack Gardner, and player-turned-coach and Powhattan native, Johnnie Corrigan.
This impressive curation of sports writing and historical images woven together by a man who lived it gives basketball fans of all ages an in-depth look at the origin of the sport and the birth of Kansas Basketball.