New basketball book has local elements

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     Two members of the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame – Jim Iverson and Chris Divich – are included in the new book ‘Kansas Basketball: The Evolution of Basketball in the Nation’s Heartland’.

     Platte native Iverson is mentioned as a starting guard on the Kansas State University team that fell to Kentucky 68-58 in the NCAA championship game in 1951. Iverson was a junior who averaged 8.9 points per game for the Wildcats.

     The book’s author, Jerry Draney, was a Kansas State teammate of Doland product Divich in 1953 before Divich transferred to play for the University of Kansas. Divich wrote an endorsement of the book on its back cover.

     Not only about Kansas high school and college basketball, the book also provides an analysis of the history of the game. Featured prominently is James Naismith, the inventor of basketball who became the first coach at KU in 1898. The hard-cover book was published by Mascot Books in Fairfax, Va., and will be available in bookstores soon for $19.95.

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