Leavenworth Minutes before his alma mater, Leavenworth High, played its Class 6A sub-state opener Thursday night against Free State, Leavenworth and Kansas University basketball product Wayne Simien was inducted into the 2012 Kansas State High School Activities Association Hall of Fame.
A 2001 LHS graduate who went on to earn numerous honors at KU and had a cup of coffee in the NBA with the Miami Heat, Simien received a plaque recognizing the honor at mid-court before the Pioneers went on to beat FSHS, 65-47.
In addition to leading the Pioneers to a 6A championship his junior year, Simien received numerous individual awards, including Mr. Kansas Basketball, Gatorade Player of the Year, Sunflower League Player of the Year, KBCA Player of the Year, Scholastic Sports America-Kansas Athlete of the Year, McDonald’s All-American and second-team Parade All-American.
During his high school career, he averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds, four blocked shots and shot 87 percent at the free-throw line.
In his four-year career at KU, Simien was an All-American and Wooden Award finalist his junior and senior years and named Big 12 Player of the Year his senior season. He left Kansas as the 12th leading all-time scorer in program history with 1,593 points.