ENGLEMAN, HOWARD  'ROPE'                             

Hometown:  Arkansas City, KS

Howard Engleman



CATEGORY   TOTAL   1939 1940 1941
YEAR     So.* Jr.* Sr.*
HEIGHT     6'0 6'0 6'0
WEIGHT     170 170
JERSEY     #5 #5 #3
Games Played/Started 58/   19/3 21/ 18/
Points 538   122 126 290
   Per Game 9.3   6.4 6.0 16.1
   Per Game    
FG: Attempts    
       Made 215   48 53 114
FT: Attempts     29 89
       Made 108   26 20 62
       Percent     89.7 69.7
Production Points/Game    
Production Points/Minute    

  * Lettered

1939: Starter, 2nd Team All Big 6

1940: Starter, All Big 6, All NCAA Tournament Team

1941: Starter, Captain, All Big 6, Conference Scoring Champ, All-American

Played for Phillips 76ers for one year.

1945-47:  Assistant Coach at KU.  Head Coach  in last part of 1947 season, when Phog Allen was ordered to take a rest after the MU game Jan. 7.

Link to his Assistant Coach site. Engleman finished the 1947 season as head coach after Dr. Allen was ordered to take a rest following the 13th game. Record: 8-6 Overall, 5-5 Conference.

Howard Engleman: Played for the legendary Phog Allen at KU and was the second KU player in school history to earn consensus All-American first-team honors. ... led the Jayhawks to two Big Six Conference championships and the national championship game against Indiana in 1940. ... Led KU in scoring in 1939 and ‘41. ... His scoring average of 16.1 ppg in 1941 was the highest scoring average ever by a Jayhawk player up to that point. ... Nicknamed “The Rope” by KU fans, was named to the 1940 NCAA all-tourney team and made the game-winning field goal in the final seconds against Southern Cal in the semifinals. ... Following World War II, was assistant coach under Allen during the 1946-47 season and later took over as head coach for the final 14 games of the season after Allen was ordered to rest. ... Jersey No. 5 was hung in the rafters in Allen Fieldhouse on March 1, 2003. ... Starred for Arkansas City High in the 1930s and led the Bulldogs to a second-place finish to Buhler in the Class A State Tournament in 1936. ... Spent much of his life working as an attorney in Salina.


Howard Engleman led Kansas to its first NCAA post-season basketball appearance in 1940 and was an All-American forward in ’41.  After sharing in a three-way tie for the ’40 Big Six championship, KU went on to win the NCAA Western division title, but lost in the NCAA final to Indiana, 60-42.  On his way to All-American recognition in ’41, Engleman led KU to a Big Six co-championship, was selected to the all-conference team for the second straight year and led the conference with a 16.5 scoring average.  Engleman, who was president of the KU student body during his senior year, later wnet on to earn a law degree, and serve on the boards of both the KU Alumni Association and athletic corporation.  He also had a brief stint as KU basketball coach following a mid-season illness to head coach Phog Allen during the 1947 campaign.  Engleman coached KU for 14 games and recorded an 8-6 mark.

Source:  Kansas Sports Hall of Fame

Howard Englemann, a member of KU's 1940 NCAA Final Four team, will be the last of several former Jayhawks to have his or her jersey retired this season. Now a spry 83-year-old living in Salina, Englemann will be honored during Saturday's home finale against Oklahoma State.

Source:  2/26/03

Reliving the glory years Ark City native has jersey retired at Kansas, 3/8/2003

‘Rope’ not frayed by age, March 9, 2007

Howard Engleman stood at center court

Chair, KU Alumni Assoc. 1953-54

Howard G. Engleman


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