Perhaps no one has dominated college basketball the way Wilt Chamberlain did during his two years at Kansas. His career averages of 29.9 points and 18.9 rebounds per game are easily the best in Jayhawk history and rank among the tops in the NCAA record books.

Chamberlain came to Kansas from Philadelphia in 1955 after an amazing career at Overbrook High School. By graduation, Chamberlain had been recruited by more than 200 schools. By the time he was 21, he had been featured in four national magazines: Life, Time, Look and Newsweek.

Chamberlain made his debut with a 42-point performance as his freshman team defeated the varsity squad. His varsity debut came during the next season, on Dec. 3, 1956, as the Jayhawks defeated Northwestern. In that game, Chamberlain turned in the most dominating individual performance in Jayhawk history, scoring a career-high 52 points and grabbing 31 rebounds. After nearly half a century of Kansas basketball, the 52 points scored by Chamberlain still stands as the highest single game total.

During the 1957 season, Chamberlain led the Jayhawks to a 24-3 record. His numbers for the season -- 29.6 points and 18.9 rebounds per game -- were good enough to earn All-Big Seven and consensus first team All-American honors. At 11-1, Kansas captured the conference title for first year coach Dick Harp. KU's three losses that season were by a combined five points.

The most heart-breaking loss of the three was the 1957 NCAA title game against North Carolina. In three overtimes, the undefeated Tar Heels prevailed over Chamberlain and KU, 54-53, at Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium. Despite the loss, Chamberlain became the third Kansas player since 1952 to win the NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player award.

In 1958, Chamberlain once again was a first team All-Big Seven and consensus first team All-American. Chamberlain's average of 30.1 points per game is still the highest in Kansas history. After an 18-5 season, the Hawks did not qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

Chamberlain was a versatile performer as he also lettered in track. He cleared 6-6 3/4 in the high jump to tie for first in the 1958 Big Eight track and field championships.

Chamberlain left Kansas after the 1958 season to play for the Harlem Globetrotters even though he had another year of eligibility remaining. In 1959, Chamberlain signed with the Philadelphia Warriors of the NBA and became the first player to ever win the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards in the same season. During the 1963 season, Chamberlain recorded his 100 point game and averaged an astounding 50.4 points per game.

Over the course of his 14 NBA seasons, Chamberlain played for three franchises: the Philadelphia and San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers. He won four MVP awards, led the league in scoring seven consecutive seasons, in rebounding 11 seasons and never fouled out of an NBA game.

He was elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978. Chamberlain's jersey was officially retired at the halftime of the January 17 game between Kansas and Kansas State. 

Source:  A Century of Basketball