Ken Davis is a freelance journalist and author with more than 30 years experience writing for newspapers, magazines, and Internet web sites. On this page you will find some of Ken’s most recent features and columns from a variety of web sites. In addition, this site will serve as an introduction to Ken’s two books – Basketball Vaults produced by Whitman Publishing in Atlanta. The books, historical accounts of the Kansas and Connecticut basketball programs, can be ordered from this site and you can request personalized, autographed copies from Ken.
The University of Kansas Basketball Vault was published in December 2008 and covers the history of the Jayhawks, from James Naismith all the way through the 2007-08 season when Mario Chalmers led KU to the NCAA championship with a sensational come-from-behind victory over Memphis.
The University of Connecticut Basketball Vault is in the printing process and should arrive in bookstores in mid-to-late October. Again, this book covers the entire history of the Huskies, from the humble beginnings in 1901 through the 2009-2010 season, from Louis Alexander to Kemba Walker. UConn fans have never seen a book like this before. Included in this interactive scrapbook are never-before-published photographs, artwork and replica memorabilia drawn from UConn’s campus archives and other sources.
Ken is a 1980 graduate of the Kansas School of Journalism. He has covered UConn basketball since 1985, when he began a 20-year stint as staff writer at The Hartford Courant. Prior to that he was a sportswriter at newspapers in Kansas City, Kan., Kansas City, Mo., St. Joseph, Mo., Binghamton, N.Y., and Baltimore, Md.
Currently, Ken is the national college basketball columnist at NBCSports.com and AthlonSports.com. In addition, Davis has been a contributor to SI.com, USA Today, Basketball Times, Yahoo! Sports, The Associated Press, Sports Business Journal, ESPN The Magazine, The Sporting News, SportingNews.com, Sports Illustrated, Time-Out, IMG programs, AARP Bulletin and various newspapers across the nation. He also was the author of the CollegeDome blog for FanDome.com.
Davis is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and the Football Writers Association of America. He is a 10-time winner in the USBWA writing contest and his work has been honored six times in the Associated Press Sports Editors writing contest. He has covered or attended every NCAA men’s Final Four since 1985. ESPN’s Dick Vitale named Davis one of the nation’s top college basketball writers when he covered the UConn beat for The Courant. He has covered BCS championships, the World Series and the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.
Ken is currently working as editor and writer for Huskies Tip-Off, a Maple Street Press annual previewing the 2010-11 UConn basketball season. He’s also a writer for Jayhawks Tip-Off, the Maple Street Press annual covering Kansas basketball. Both publications are expected on news stands in October.
Davis lives in Coventry, Conn., with his wife, Nancy. They have two sons. Patrick works in Boston. Joe is a senior at Kansas.