KU honorees

Two popular members of Kansas University’s basketball family will receive some well-deserved recognition this week.

Congratulations to two local notables who will be inducted today into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

Sportscaster Max Falkenstien and basketball great Lynette Woodard are special members of the Kansas University sports family and will represent the university well in the Hall of Fame.

Everyone who has listened to a KU football or basketball game in the last half-decade knows Falkenstien, who brings both an extensive knowledge and a deep affection for the Jayhawks with him every time he steps up to the microphone. He was named in June as the recipient of the Curt Gowdy media award.

In typical fashion, Falkenstien has arranged his schedule for being inducted into the Hall of Fame around the KU sports schedule. He’ll receive the award today then fly back to Lawrence in time to broadcast Saturday night’s KU football game against Toledo.

One of the things most people remember about Lynette Woodard is her incredible smile. That smile has taken her from Wichita, to KU, to the Olympics and to the Harlem Globetrotters. During her career, she amassed 3,649 points, more than any other woman in the history of women’s basketball. KU couldn’t have a better representative in the Hall of Fame than Woodard who both played and coached at KU.

The history of basketball has touched Lawrence and KU for many years. It’s great to see the Hall of Fame honor two big-time players in KU’s basketball tradition.