Bob Kenney, a former Kansas basketball standout and a captain on the school’s 1952 NCAA championship team, died Oct. 27 in Scottsdale, Ariz., the school announced Sunday. Kenney was 83.
Kenney, a native of Winfield, Kan., played football and basketball at KU, but he became best known for his role on the Jayhawks’ first NCAA championship team. A 6-foot-2 forward, Kenney averaged 13.1 points per game as a senior in 1951-52, second only to All-American and leading scorer Clyde Lovellette.
After the NCAA title, Kenney was among seven Jayhawks who were selected to play on the 1952 U.S. Olympic team, which won the gold medal in Helsinki, Finland. He was the second-leading scorer at the Olympics, averaging 10.9 points per game.
Before moving to Scottsdale in 1995, Kenney lived in Kansas City and worked in real estate. He was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.