The most fundamental source, for inspiration if not actual numbers, is the University of Kansas Men's Basketball Media Guide. I have tried to copy and build on their award-winning format.
KU season-stats: Annual Media Guides published by the Sports Information Office, 1951-present; Annual Jayhawker yearbooks, usually containing only conference data; the Athletic Department's unpublished Major and Minor Sports handbooks, 1924-1946; press releases from the University.
When data cannot be found, or these sources conflict or contain errors, I compiled the stats myself from individual game reports: original score-sheets and newspaper stories and boxscores. The most helpful newspapers were the University Daily Kansan, the Topeka Daily Capital, and the Lawrence Journal-World. The Kansas City Star and Kansas City Times also were useful. In the 30s and before, boxscores were not identical: they were generated by each reporter. Occaisionaly boxscores differed on points: either who scored, or if the points were from a FG or 2 FTs. Sometimes I just had to guess.
Other sources include Kansas Jayhawks: History-Making Basketball by John Hendel (Walsworth Publising Company, 1991); The Crimson & Blue Handbook by Eric Nelson and Lauretta McMillen (The Wichita Eagle and Beacon Publishing Co., 1993); Max and the Jayhawks: 50 Years on and off the Air with KU Sports by Max Falkenstien as told to Doug Vance (The Wichita Eagle and Beacon Publishing Co., 1996).
The 'Possesion Evaluation' numbers I do myself. Dean Smith's philosophy is presented in his book Basketball--Multiple Offense and Defense (Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1981). Other analytical tools for evalutating players (including a different definition of 'possessions') can be found in the books of Bob Bellotti: Bob Bellotti's Basketball Analyst and The Points-Created Basketball Book (copyright 1990 and 1992 respectively, by Night Work Publishing Co., New Brunswick, NJ).
NCAA Tournament: Boxscores for all tournament games (1939-90) are in The Encyclopedia of the NCAA Basketball Tournament by Jim Savage.
Nicknames: Usually from newpapers. It is frequently problematic whether these were really nicknames or just the writer jazzing up the story. "Riflin' Ray Ebling" is a good example.
Professional data: The Sporting News Official NBA Guide and Register provided data for the NBA, CBA, European leagues, Bill Bridges' ABL data, Jo Jo White's freshman data, and Darrin Hancock's juco data. More current NBA data and all NBL (Australia) data comes from their respective websites. Pre-1992 data from the NBA, ABA, BAA, and NBL data can be found in The Sports Encyclopedia: Pro Basketball (4th ed.) by David S. Neft and Richard M. Cohen.
International competition: data from Olympic and other international competition comes from USA Basketball's website.
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