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  1. 1. JUMP SHOT: THE KENNY SAILORS STORY THE HISTORY OF THE JUMPSHOT
  2. 2. THE STORY “Jumpshot” uncovers the inspiring true story of Kenny Sailors, the proclaimed developer of the modern day jump shot in basketball, and how the zenith of our lives doesn’t end in our athletic prime. Introducing this never before seen “leaping one-hander” to the masses on a national level Kenny quickly grew to be a fan favorite while leading his Wyoming Cowboys to the Collegiate National Championship in Madison Square Garden in the 1943. But after playing on several losing teams in an unstable, emerging league now known as the NBA, Kenny disappeared into the Alaskan wilderness only to be forgotten by the sport he helped pioneer. Now, nearly sixty years later, the multitude of people he has touched along the way have forced Kenny’s humble reemergence. This film will follow Kenny’s supporters’ ongoing efforts to not only get him in recognized in the Naismith Hall of Fame, but also, to uncover the man behind the shot and why the sport he helped define never de- fined him. “CLICK FOR THE JUMPSHOT TEASER.”
  3. 3. Kenny Sailors grew up on a farm south of Hillsdale, Wyoming, where he developed his effective jump shot while playing against his 6-foot-4-inch older brother Bud. He eventually brought his skills to the University of Wyoming, and in 1943 he led the Cowboys to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship defeating Georgetown 46-34. Two days after winning the NCAA Championship, Wyo- ming played NIT Champion St. John’s in a Red Cross benefit game for the war effort in Madison Square Garden. Wyoming beat St. John’s in overtime by a score of 52–47, becoming the undisputed national champions on the court. Kenny was named the NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player for his efforts. He was the unanimous selection as College Basketball Player of the Year in 1943. He would earn the honor again in 1946. Kenny is the only player in the history of Wy- oming Cowboys basketball to be selected as an All-American three times, in 1942, 1943, and 1946. From 1946 to 1951, Kenny played professionally in the BAA and NBA as a member of the Cleveland Rebels, Chicago Stags, Philadel- phia Warriors, Providence Steamrollers, Denver Nuggets, Boston Celtics, and Baltimore Bullets. He scored 3,480 points in his pro- fessional career. Kenny had a distinguished professional career. He was popular with fans and journalists, but his achievements and skills went largely unnoticed in later years because he had played for only five seasons and then chose to retire in far off Wyoming and, eventually, in even more remote Alaska, where he pursued his passion of big game hunting as a guide and outfitter. Little did Kenny know that his basketball stardom would follow him to the furthest reaches of civilization. Not long after settling into his homestead, Kenny was asked to coach Glenallen’s first high school women’s basketball team. Having never coached before, Kenny accepted the offer as an opportunity for his daughter to continue to play organized sports and to invest in young people. His freshmen would go undefeated the next four seasons, winning 60+ consecutive games until they reached the State Championship their senior year. Sailors was inducted into the University of Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame on October 29, 1993 and returned to Wyoming after the passing of his beloved wife in 1998. In 2012, Sailors was named to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, yet still has not been recognized by the Naismith Hall of Fame for his contribution to the game of basketball. KENNY SAILORS
  4. 4. PROFESSIONAL STATS Regular Season Season Team G AST FGM FTM PTS 1946-47 Cleveland Rebels (BAA) 58 134 229 119 577 1947-48 Chicago Stags (BAA) 1 0 0 0 0 1947-48 Phildelphia Warriors (BAA) 2 0 2 0 4 1947-48 Providence Steamrollers (BAA) 41 59 205 110 520 1948-49 Providence Steamrollers (BAA) 57 209 309 281 899 1949-50 Denver Nuggets (NBA) 57 229 329 329 987 1950-51 Boston Celtics (NBA) 10 8 4 10 18 1950-51 Baltimore Bullets (NBA) 50 142 177 121 475 Career Total 276 781.00 1255 970 3480 PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS Statistical Rankings (Top 10): ASSISTS 134 - Cleveland 1946-47 (ranked 2nd) 209 - Providence 1948-49 (ranked 8th) ASSISTS PER GAME 2.3 - Cleveland 1946-47 (ranked 2nd) 1.3 - Providence, + two other teams' games 1947-48 (ranked tied for 10th) 3.7 - Providence 1948-49 (ranked 7th) 4.0 - Denver 1949-50 (ranked tied for 5th) FIELD GOALS MADE 309 - Providence 1948-49 (ranked 9th) FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE 30.9% - Cleveland 1946-47 (ranked 9th) FREE THROWS MADE 281 - Providence 1948-49 (ranked 4th) 329 - Denver 1949-50 (ranked 7th) POINTS 899 - Providence 1948-49 (ranked 8th) 987 - Denver 1949-50 (ranked 8th) POINTS PER GAME 15.8 - Providence 1948-49 (ranked 5th) 17.3 - Denver 1949-50 (ranked 4th) Playoffs: Cleveland 1946-47 * 12.6 Points Per Game All-BAA: 2nd Team, Providence 1948-49 * 2.8 Assists Per Game Sources Basketball-Reference.com The Sporting News, Official NBA Guide, 1990-91, pp. 493-515 COLLEGE ACCOMPLISHMENTS 4 Collegiate Seasons at the University of Wyoming. 98 Total Games. Won 82. Overall Winning Percentage 83% Won 31 out of 33 home games. Two losses came final season in ’46. Won 51 out of 66 away games. Winning Percentage on the road 77% 1943 NCAA Champions – Defeated Georgetown 1943 National Champions – Defeated NIT Champion team St. Johns 3 Big 7 Conference Championships 3 time All-American – ’42, ’43, ‘46 NCAA Player of the Year – ’43 and ‘46 AAU Player of the Year - Basketball 1946 Sullivan Award Finalist – Overall Amateur Athlete of the Year PRO ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  5. 5. MAJOR NAMES IN THE FILM FILM PRESS/MEDIA KENNY PRESS/MEDIA JUD HEATHCOTE JIM BRANDENBURG JOHN CHRISTGAU JERRY KRAUSE LARRY SHYATT SENATOR AL SIMPSON Wyoming Short Film Competition 2012 Texas Filmmakers Production Fund Faithit.com Unscriptd.com USA Today – “The game still goes on for the NCAA’s oldest MVP” Mar 31, 2009. NCAA – “The Inventor of the Jump Shot” Feb. 5, 2013. ESPN – “A Stroll Down NCAA Title Memory Lane” April 2, 2013. Sports Illustrated – Article unknown. March 6, 2013. Dick Vitale Twitter – “Kenny Sailors ex-Wyoming star invented the jump shot. Should be in the HOF as contributor says Bob Knight & I agree!” CBS Sports – February2, 2015
  6. 6. CLICK THE VIDEO TO WATCH THE SHORT FILM KENNY’S INFLUENCE IS HISTORIC
  7. 7. Austin, TX jakeham@gmail.com tyclark@kuaistudios.com Director: Jacob Hamilton 512 289 3731 Basketball Consultant: Ty Clark 972 322 2833 www.jumpshotmovie.com

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