Book Release: Powhattan native to release book
Powhattan native Jerry Draney is set to release his new book, “Kansas Basketball: The Evolution of Basketball in the Nation’s Heartland,” in September. The book is being published by Mascot Books in Fairfax, Va., where Draney currently lives.
Mascot Books gives the following description of the book:
Kansas was one of the first states to embrace the fledgling sport of basketball, and Powhattan — a small town in northeastern Kansas — was among the first to become a basketball town. Powhattan and its high school played an important role in the evolution of the sport and the emergence of the state of Kansas as the basketball powerhouse it is today. Drawing from primary source documents from the early days of Powhattan’s basketball program, Kansas Basketball traces the origins of the sport’s popularity in Kansas from basketball inventor James Naismith’s founding of the Kansas University basketball team to the legendary and influential coaching careers of Phog Allen, Tex Winter, Jack Gardner, and player-turned-coach and Powhattan native, Johnnie Corrigan. This impressive curation of sports writing and historical images woven together by a man who lived it gives basketball fans of all ages an in-depth look at the origin of the sport and the birth of Kansas Basketball.
Draney’s book can be ordered now from Amazon, Books a Million, Barnes and Noble and Mascot Books. The book sellers are scheduled to have books available Sept. 8.
Draney was born and reared on a farm near Powhattan. He attended high school at Powhattan, where his team finished in the final four in the state tournament. Draney graduated from Powhattan High School in 1952 and then attended four years of college at Kansas State University, majoring in agricultural economics, and played two years of basketball under legendary coaches Jack Gardner and Tex Winter.
Draney also played baseball for the Sabetha Cubs before joining the Navy in 1957. He served in the U. S. Navy for 20 years, retiring in 1977 with the rank of Commander. Draney had a lot of fun traveling to the far east with his wife and two small children. He also worked for the Department of the Treasury and in private industry for 26 years, primarily involved in project management. During that time, he earned a degree in Information Systems. He retired in 2003.