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From The Couch - Chuckie Williams

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K-State great Chuckie Williams had his  jersey retired in 2006.  He played for the Wildcats and Jack Hartman from 1972-1976.  This is the last blog in my series of K-State basketball players that have their jerseys hanging from the rafters in Bramlage Coliseum.  Let's learn a little bit more about Chuckie... "In the fourth grade, he started playing basketball and excelled in the sport almost immediately. He became a star at powerhouse Columbus East High School where he earned Parade All-American honors his senior year. (childhood friend Gary) Owens said that Williams developed a jump shot in junior high that made him nearly unstoppable." ...Matt Schuman, Greeley Tribune, November 5th, 2006 JM:  Why can't K-State basketball find a shooter like this anymore?  Anyone? “'The Hall of Fame? You can’t even dream that you will be in the Hall of Fame,' Williams said. 'So no I never had that dream and yes, I am totally humbled by it.”' ...Matt Schuman, Gre

From The Couch - Mitch Richmond

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Mitch Richmond played at K-State from 1986-1988 as a junior college transfer and went on to become an NBA hall of famer.  It's hard to argue that he put together the best professional career of any K-State basketball player in history.  Let's learn a little bit more about Mitch.... "Richmond was inducted into the Hall of Fame after a successful 14-year career in the NBA and a memorable run at Kansas State. He averaged 21 points as a professional basketball player, playing so well with the Sacramento Kings that they retired his jersey. He also played for (the) Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Lakers. He won a NBA championship in his final season with the Lakers and twice represented the United States in the Olympics, winning a Gold Medal in 1996.".. .Kellis Robinett, The Wichita Eagle, August 8, 2014 JM:  Richmond has both his college and professional jerseys retired and also has an NBA championship ring, an Olympic gold medal, an NBA all

From The Couch - Jack Paar

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Jack Paar was one of the original three K-State basketball players to have their jerseys retired, joining Ernie Barrett and Bob Boozer.  He was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.  Let's learn a little more about Jack... "Against Kansas at Lawrence in 1958, Parr made perhaps his greatest defensive play. With the final seconds ticking away, Kansas went to Wilt Chamberlain under the basket for an assumed easy lay-in. Parr went straight up and batted the ball away, enabling K-State to take a thrilling 79-75 victory." ...www.kstatesports.com JM:  You can see a picture of Jack stuffing Wilt Chamberlain above. "A 6-foot-9, 212-pound center from Richmond, Va., Parr played three seasons for Naismith and College Basketball Hall of Fame head coach Fred “Tex” Winter from 1955-58. He helped the Wildcats to a 54-21 (.720) record during his playing career, which included a trip to the 1958 Final Four and Big Seven Conference titles in 1956 and 1958."

From The Couch - Willie Murrell

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Sometimes when I'm in Bramlage Coliseum and look up in the rafters at the Final Four banners and retired jerseys certain banners will stick out because not only do I not recall those years, but I don't really know much about the players on those teams.  Willie Murrell is one of those players that K-Staters don't talk much about, so I was looking forward to putting this blog post together to learn a little bit more about Willie.  I learned a lot and hope you enjoy this blog post about Willie Murrell. "One of just 11 players to earn first team All-America honors, Murrell was a two-year letterman for head coach Fred "Tex" Winter from 1962-64 after transferring from Eastern Oklahoma A&M. He guided the Wildcats to a 38-16 overall record, including a pair of Big Eight Conference titles and a Final Four appearance in 1964." ...www.kstatesports.com, December 20, 2018 JM:  Willie played for K-State for two years.  K-State won the conference twice and went

From The Couch - Lon Kruger

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I learned a lot about Lon Kruger when doing research for this blog post.  Kruger is one of the most well known K-State alumni because of his long coaching career after his playing days.  Let's dig right in.... "A two-time Big-8 Conference basketball Player-of-the-Year at Kansas State University, and the Big-8’s all-time “Mr. Hustle” honoree, Lon Kruger of Silver Lake is considered one of the greatest players in K-State and league history." ...Kansas Sports Hall of Fame JM:  Kruger was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.  His K-State jersey was retired in 2006. "As a prep senior at Silver Lake, he averaged 23 points per game in leading the Eagles to the state tournament, passed for 2,079 yards and 23 TDs as a quarterback and led his baseball team to the state tourney. Drafted by the Houston Astros out of high school, Kruger opted to play basketball at K-State where he signed as Coach Jack Hartman’s first recruit." ...Kansas Sports Hall o

From The Couch - Dick Knostman

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When looking at the list of jerseys that K-State has retired, Dick Knostman was the one name that I honestly had never heard of and didn't really know anything about.  It was fun learning a little bit about him when researching for this blog post.  Here we go! "Twice selected an All-American at Kansas State University, Richard William Knostman was one of the greatest players ever to wear the purple and white of the Wildcats. Knostman was a three-year lettermen for head coach Jack Gardner from 1950-1953 and helped lead the Wildcats to a 61-13 record, including three consecutive Top 10 national rankings and a second-place finish in the 1951 NCAA Tournament."...Kansas Sports Hall of Fame JM: Knostman was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.  They say he is "one of the best players to wear the purple and white?"  I need video! "Knostman was an all-state basketball player for Wamego High School in 1949 and scored 42 points in one game in 1

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