The 75th anniversary of the NAIA Div. I Men’s Basketball National Championship wrapped up Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo.
Kentucky State’s 1972 team was honored during the tournament on the 40th anniversary of its national championship.
The Thorobreds had an impressive run through the tournament in the early 1970s, winning three straight championships from 1970-72.
Travis Grant, who played on all three teams, and Elmore Smith, who played in 1970 and 1971, were named to the 75th anniversary all-NAIA team, which consisted of 60 players.
A third KSU player, Gerald Cunningham, was also named to the team. He led the Thorobreds to a third-place finish in 1974.
Will Carlton, who played at Georgetown College, was named to the team. He is a graduate of Anderson County High School.
The late Lucias Mitchell, who coached at Kentucky State from 1967-75, was one of 15 coaches named to the All-Coaches list for the NAIA’s 75th anniversary.
In Tuesday’s championship game, Concordia (Calif.) defeated Oklahoma Baptist 72-69.