Sailors is AAU All-American
Voted Most Promising Player as Cowboys Beat DU for Third
by Grover Boss (United Press Staff Corespondent)
Two members of the national AAU champion Phillips quintet, two players from the runnerup Denver Legions and the diminutive star of Wyoming University's great cage squad won the highest individual honors in amateur basketball Saturday night when they were named on the 1943 national AAU all-America cage team.
Kenny Sailors, captain and sparkplug of the third place Wyoming University five, was named at one forward positoin while James (Scat) McNatt of the first place Oilers was named for the other front line post.
Ace Gruenig, player-coach of the Denver Legions and many time all-America star, was the selection for the pivot post.
Bob Doll, former collegiate all-America at Colorado university, member of the Legion squad, and Gordon Carpenter of Phillips, former Arkansas university star, were named at guard.
The second team was made up of Jim Weir, of Wyoming, and Leonard (Chink) Alterman, Denver, at forward; Milo Komenich of Wyoming, Center; Fred Pralle, of Phillips and Walter Clay of the Legions, guards.
Kenny Sailors, the Cowboy sensation was voted the most promising young player in the tourney. Sailors' outstanding ball-rustling and leadership while sparking his Cowboys into the semifinals made him an early selection for outstanding young player and for the forward berth on the all-America team.
Two scoring bursts by Sailors shot Wyoming to a 58-45 win over Denver university Saturday and gave the Cowboys third honors in the national AAU basketball tournament.
Sailors fired three baskets in a row to break up a tie in the second quarter. His rapid buckets made the half score 23-18 in Wyoming's favor.
Towering Milo Komenich and sturdy Floyd Volker put Wyoming into an eight-point lead at the start of the third period.
Two plugging Denver forwards Loren Hays and Leonard Alterman, brought Denver back into the game for a fleeting moment, but Sailors ran wild for a second time and came through with a ten-point outburst.