ENDACOTT, PAUL SYDNEY
Hometown: Lawrence, KS
Link to his Basketball Hall of Fame site: http://www.hoophall.com/halloffamers/bhof-paul-endacott.html
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1922: Starter, All MVC, All-American
1923: Starter, Captain, All MVC, All-American, Helms Foundation Player of the Year
PAUL ENDACOTT (Player: 1921-23)
Endacott graduated from Lawrence High School in 1919 and attended Kansas to play for legendary coach Phog Allen. In his first year of eligibility, 1921, he earned All-Missouri Valley honors. A 5’10 guard, he then led KU to two national championships in 1922 and 1923, and was named All-MVC and All-American both years, along with being named Helms Athletic Foundation Player of the Year in 1923. He was KU’s first Honor man, an annual award for the student displaying leadership, scholastic achievement and greatest overall contribution to the student body and University.
After graduating with a degree in civil engineering, Endacott went to work for the Phillips Petroleum Company and played on their company AAU team for five seasons. He worked in the oilfields as an engineer, caught top management's eye by persuading Chrysler Corp. to be the first to convert a big plant's heating system to liquefied petroleum gases (e.g., butane). He rapidly climbed the corporate ladder, rising to head of sales research in 1934, vice president in 1943, and eventually becoming the company’s president, before retiring in 1967.
Endacott sat on the board of the KU Alumni Association from 1927-40 and served as its Chairman 1939-40. In 1977, he received the Fred Ellsworth Medallion for his service to KU. He championed the idea of a club for retired KU faculty and staff, donating funds to provide meeting space for the club, now known as the Endacott Society.
In 1969, he received the Sportsman’s World Award in the category of basketball, and honor given to “Athletes whose championship performances have stood the test of time and whose exemplary conduct have made them outstanding inspirations for the youth of today to emulate.”
Named to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1971, Phog Allen called Endacott “the greatest player I have ever coached,” and was fond of telling about Endacott’s heroics during KU’s game at Missouri on Jan. 16, 1923, which the Jayhawks won 21-19. Endacott had grabbed 16 straight jump balls in the closing minutes to preserve the win and later collapsed in the locker room from exhaustion. Endacott's jersey was retired in a ceremony at halftime of the KU-Nebraska game on January 25, 1992.
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