When Eddie Carl “Ed” Nealy graduated from Kansas State University in 1982, he left behind a legacy that is unmatched in the school’s basketball history.
Nealy was the star center for his father’s Bonner Springs High School team and made an immediate impact for the Wildcats.
He was a workhorse on the court and when he graduated, he held spots on K-State’s all-time career top ten for points scored, rebounds, double-doubles, assists, steals, games played, and games started.
Nealy is the only player in K-State history to have over 1,000 points and rebounds for his career, scoring 1,304 points and grabbing 1,069 rebounds.
He was named first team All-Big 8 in 1982 and was second-team Academic All-American in both his junior and senior years. Nealy was selected in the eighth round of the 1982 NBA draft by the Kansas City Kings.
He played 10 seasons in the NBA with Kansas City, San Antonio, Chicago, Phoenix, and Golden State, scoring 1,451 points with 1,799 rebounds.
Nealy was recognized as one of K-State’s all-time greatest performers in 2003 when he was named to the school’s ten-man All-Century Team.