Former K-State Basketball Player Paradis Passes Away

Ron Paradis was a member of the 1964 Final Four team.

Dec. 28, 2010

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Ron Paradis, a member of the 1964 Final Four team and later a "Voice of the Wildcats", passed away on Monday at the age of 66 at his home in Topeka, Kan.


A longtime sportscaster in his hometown of Topeka, Paradis played three years for Hall of Fame head coach Tex Winter from 1963-66.  He averaged 8.2 points on 42.7 percent shooting (221-of-518) during his 70-game career, while connecting on an impressive 80.2 percent (130-of-162) from the free throw line.  His 572 career points still ranks among the Top 100 in school history, while his 80.2 career free throw percentage ties for sixth all-time.


In his first season, Paradis helped the Wildcats to a 22-7 overall record and both the Big Eight regular-season and Holiday Tournament titles in 1963-64.  The team would go on to make the school's fourth and most recent trip to the Final Four, where they lost to eventual champion UCLA in the national semifinals at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City.  He would later lead the squad in scoring (12.3 ppg.) and free throw percentage (78.4) as a junior in 1964-65.


Following his graduation from the university, Paradis embarked on a 29-year sports broadcasting career at WIBW in Topeka, in which he worked for both the radio and television divisions.  He was named the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) Broadcaster of the Year on five occasions between 1969 and 1997.  He also served as the "Voice of the Wildcats" during the 1983-84 sporting season.


Paradis was a two-time all-state selection at Washburn Rural High School and remains the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,609 points.


Memorial services are still pending.