The 1990 Raytown South boys basketball team will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame during a luncheon Wednesday in Springfield.
The Cardinals were regarded as one of the best teams in Kansas City boys basketball history. They were a perfect 31-0 and won the Missouri Class 4A state championship. Only one team from the Kansas City area has gone undefeated in the ensuing 26 seasons (Liberty in 1998).
Raytown South was coached by Bud Lathrop, who was inducted into the same Hall of Fame in 2002. The Cardinals finished the season with a national top-five ranking.
They were led by Jevon Crudup, who later starred at Missouri before he was drafted by the NBA’s Detroit Pistons. Crudup topped 50 points four times in the 1989-90 campaign.
The season was interrupted by tragedy when Kansas signee Chris Lindley had his right foot amputated after a train accident in January. Lindley died in 2007 at the age of 34.