Wait over for all-time scorer Grant

November 21, 2009

College basketball's greatest scorer shot his way out of poverty with a tennis ball and a 5-gallon bucket tacked to his house.

Long before he became known as "The Machine" at Kentucky State, Travis Grant was just a kid in the segregated South who loved basketball. Grant went on to lead the Thorobreds to three straight NAIA championships (1970-72), become college basketball's all-time leading scorer with 4,045 points - 378 more than Pete Maravich - and play professionally. Now, finally, that kid with the tennis ball and a dream is headed into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

"Travis should have been in all the hall of fames a long time ago," said William Graham, Grant's Kentucky State teammate and a former coach at the school.

The big names in Sunday night's induction ceremony in Kansas City, Mo., will be Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, whose epic battle in the 1979 NCAA title game spawned the modern era of big-time college basketball. Johnson's coach at Michigan State, Jud Heathcote, former Oklahoma star Wayman Tisdale, NCAA patriarch Walter Byers, longtime coach Gene Bartow and contributor Bill Wall also will be inducted.

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