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Beth Maiman | NCAA.com | February 1, 2017

Baylor's Wainright honors late grandfather, first African-American starter for Kansas

Baylor guard Ishmail Wainright honored his late grandfather during Wednesday's game against No. 3 Kansas. Wainright's grandfather, Maurice King, became the first African-American starter in Kansas basketball history during the 1954 season. 

Wainright added King before his last name on the back of his jersey to pay tribute. 

King was a teammate and fraternity brother with basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain. He played at KU from 1953-1957 and recorded 11 points for the Jayhawks in the 1957 championship game, where Kansas fell to North Carolina 54-53 in triple overtime. 

He was drafted in the sixth round of the 1957 draft and won an NBA title with the Boston Celtics in 1960. 

King passed away in 2007. 

Baylor and Kansas are in a tight game now, follow along for updates here

 

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