The Jayhawks' first coach was the inventor of the game, James Naismith, who is, ironically, the only coach in the program's history with a losing record. The Kansas basketball program has produced many notable professional players, including Clyde Lovellette, Wilt Chamberlain, Jo Jo White, Danny Manning, Paul Pierce, and Kirk Hinrich, and coaches. Allen founded the National Association of Basketball Coaches and, with Lonborg, was an early proponent of the NCAA tournament.
In 2008, ESPN ranked Kansas second on a list of the most prestigious programs of the modern college basketball era, behind only Duke. Kansas has the longest current streak of consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, has the 2nd longest current streak of winning seasons, has the most winning seasons in Division I history, the most non-losing seasons in NCAA history, the most conference championships in Division I history, the most First Team All Americans in Division I history, and the most First Team All American Selections in Division I history, is third in Division I all-time winning percentage and is second in Division I all-time wins. Following a 19–11 defeat of William Jewell on February 10, 1908, the Jayhawks had a winning all-time record for the first time. The Jayhawks haven't had a losing all-time record since.
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