– DEAD: Jumping Johnny Wilson (aged 91)
-American basketball player (Harlem Globetrotters)
John E. Wilson (1927 – January 11, 2019), popularly known as Jumpin’ Johnny Wilson, was an American basketball and baseball player. He gained his nickname for being the only player on his high school team able to dunk the basketball.
Wilson wished to attend Indiana University after he graduated in 1946, but was not recruited due to the Big Ten’s unspoken policy of not recruiting African-American players. Instead, Wilson attended Anderson College, where he quickly became a star player. During his three-year career at Anderson, Wilson earned eleven letters, was selected All-conference three times, team M.V.P. three times, named as an All-American twice, and once finishing third in the nation in scoring. As of 2008, Wilson still held the school record for career scoring average, season scoring average, and field goal attempts in a game.
After leaving Anderson College, Wilson played baseball for one year with the Chicago American Giants in the Negro leagues before playing basketball for the Harlem Globetrotters from 1949 to 1954. Wilson later returned to Anderson University in 1970 to finish earning his bachelor’s degree in education.