EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Emporia State is renaming its basketball court for former player and coach Ron Slaymaker.

He will be honored Thursday during halftime of the Emporia State men's game against Washburn University. The event comes after the Emporia City Commission voted last week to name the Hornets' home basketball court after him.

Slaymaker began playing at Emporia State in the 1954-55 season. During his collegiate career, he was named first- team all-conference three times and an honorable mention All-American in 1957-58. The school says he also was the leading free-throw shooter in the nation during his senior season with a 90.9 percentage.

He went on to coach Hornet men's basketball teams for 28 years, earning a record of 465-361 before retiring in 1998.