Six inductees added to Kentucky State University Athletic Hall of Fame
Six new inductees were added to the Kentucky State University Athletic Hall of Fame during the 2018 K-Club Hall of Fame banquet Oct. 12 as part of the 2018 Homecoming festivities.
John L. Few ’58, Kenneth Fullman ’93, Willie James ’02, Kenneth T. Jones, Vaughn E. Little and Roderic Sells Twyman were part of the 2018 class.
Few was a two-sport athlete at Kentucky State, playing football and participating in track and field. Few started and played in every football game during his sophomore, junior and senior years. Few also played on both sides of the ball during those three years. Few’s outstanding play earned him three athletic letters and he was part of the 1957 team that was ranked fourth nationally by the Black Nation College Poll. Few also earned three athletic letters in track and field. He was the team captain during his junior and senior year.
After graduating from Kentucky State, Few became an educator in the Detroit public school system. Few coached football and track at Detroit Cooley High School and was honored as the Detroit public school football coach of the year.
Fullman was a four-year starter on the baseball team and earned an athletic letter each of those years. In 1991 and 1992, he was selected as team captain. In 1990, he was selected to the academic All-American team. From 1990 to 1992, he was selected for the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Pre-Season All-Conference team. In multiple seasons Fullman led the team in home runs and runs batted-in. His defensive play earned him the Kentucky State defensive player of the year award in the 1990-91 season. In 1992, he was selected and played in the Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs) All-Star game.
Fullman coached baseball for 25 years at Chicago Harlan High School, 18 of those as head coach. Fullman has coached teams to regional, sectional and city titles. Fullman has coach 13 Major League Baseball (MLB) draft picks, nine All-Americans and 29 All-State players. In 2010, Fullman was selected by MLB as The People Magazine and Major League Baseball All-Star Among Us award recipient for his community work in the Chicago area.
James was a four-year starter for the baseball team. During his junior year, he led the team in every offensive category except home runs. For consecutive years, James was selected to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) All-Conference team and was voted the team’s most valuable player. James’ .421 batting average in his senior year was the 16th highest among all hitters in NCAA Division II. James served as team captain his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.
After graduation, James played semi-pro baseball and is currently a senior manager for Papa John’s International.
Jones finished his career at Kentucky State as the number three all-time scorer for the men’s basketball team. Jones finished each of his seasons as the team’s top rebounder. He finished his final three seasons as the team’s top scorer. Jones was selected as the team’s most valuable player his junior and senior seasons. During his senior year, Jones was also named SIAC men’s basketball most valuable player.
Jones has played for the Kentucky Bisons and for several professional teams in Mexico, Canada and South America. Jones currently plays for the Hindu Club de Resistencia of the Torneo Nacional de Ascenso, the second-best league in Argentina.
Little was the men’s and women’s tennis coach from 1994 to 1999, as well as an assistant football coach. During Little’s tenure, the Kentucky State tennis teams won more matches in five years than in the previous 60 years. Little’s accomplishments helped Kentucky State earn regional and state recognition. The women’s team won its first conference championship in 1999 while the men’s team finished as conference runners-up. Little was twice named conference coach of the year.
Twyman was a four-year starter for the baseball team and earned a reputation as one of the most versatile players and best hitters in Kentucky State history. Twyman played every position, including pitcher. Twyman played for Kentucky State Hall of Fame coach James V. Oliver and lettered each year. Twyman holds the school of record of longest hitting streak with a 30-game streak. Twyman helped lead the team to the best record in school history in 1976 and was a member of the school’s first team to t0 secure a bid to the NAIA College World Series. The team finished third in the ’73 World Series.
Twyman went on to coach high school baseball at Barringer High School and his alma mater, Weequahic High School.