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Ernie Kusnyer

On the basketball courts at Kansas State University’s Ahearn Field house, Kusnyer’s reliability and free-spirited aggressiveness made him a fan favorite. The 6’5 ½ “ Firestone High School graduate captained the KSU Wildcats in 1973 when they won the Big Eight title for the second year in a row under coach Jack Hartman. “Kush” also earned All-Big Eight first team academic honors in his senior year. A three-year starter when freshmen were not eligible for varsity action, he finished his K-State career sixth in total points scored and in the top 10 in six other scoring categories. The Kansas City Boosters Club named him Player of the Year in 1973. Kusnyer’s college accomplishments caught the eye of pro scouts and he was drafted by both the NBA’s Kansas City Kings and the ABA’s San Diego Conquistadors. He went on to play professionally in Brazil, Israel and Europe. Locally, his talent was spotted early. As a junior at Firestone High School, Kusnyer was selected captain of the 1967-68 All-City basketball team by the Akron Beacon Journal which called him “the most complete player in the city.” Kusnyer joins his older brother Art, a Major League baseball veteran, who was inducted into the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.

Inducted 1995 | Basketball