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Who was the first black player on Kansas University's men's basketball team? Was it Wilt Chamberlain?

KU's first black player was LaVannes Squires, a reserve guard who played for the varsity Jayhawks in 1951-1954. The team's first black starter was Maurice King. He played three varsity seasons, beginning in 1954-1955. King was from Kansas City, Mo.; Squires was from Wichita.

Chamberlain played for KU in 1956-1958.


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