Story by Nik Busch, UMKC Athletics
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – UMKC Athletics is proud to announce a four-part series celebrating African American History during the month of February. Each individual featured is a key member of Roo athletic history and impacting the University in a lasting and positive manner. The first part in this series features men’s basketball alum Tony Dumas (1990 – 94).
Former NBA first-round draft pick and the second all-time leading scorer in UMKC history, Tony Dumas, made his mark as a Roo in the early 1990’s and continued to add to his reputation after his time in Kansas City came to an end.
During his playing days at UMKC, Dumas closed his career with 2,459 career points, then a school record and now the second most points by anyone ever to don the Blue & Gold, just 29 points shy of the record. His 753 points as a senior and 96-consecutive times he scored in double figures, meanwhile, still stand as a Roo record.
More than a scorer, Dumas contributed all over the floor, as his 576 career rebounds are the fourth best total in school history and his 344 assists and 142 steals each rank as the fifth best mark by a Roo.
During his tenure, the Roos finished with a winning record in three-straight seasons, including posting a 20-8 mark in 1991-92, the best record in school history. That season, the Roos picked up a pair of wins over Texas A&M and one each over Baylor and Creighton.
After his four years at UMKC, Dumas turned his sights to a bigger stage, the National Basketball Association.
Following his senior year, Dumas became the first and only player from UMKC to ever be selected in the NBA draft, as the 6-6 shooting guard was the 19th player chosen in the first round by the Dallas Mavericks.
As a Maverick, Dumas was a participant in the 1995 Slam Dunk contest and had his best season in 1995-96 when he averaged 11.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists, while scoring a career-high 39 points in a 140-130 Mavericks win over the Phoenix Suns on Jan. 12, 1996.
In his career, Dumas spent three seasons with the Mavericks and parts of two other seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Suns, finishing with 1,140 points, 198 rebounds, 186 assists and 65 steals.
Now, 25 years later, Dumas continues to be the crowning jewel of the UMKC basketball program.
African American History Month pays tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society. This event was initially a week-long recognition in February that began in 1926. The celebration was expanded to a month in 1976, the nation’s bicentennial. For more information, CLICK HERE.
Four-part series includes:
- Week of Feb. 4: Tony Dumas, Men’s Basketball (1990 – 1994, 4 seasons)
- Week of Feb. 11: Stephanie Worthy, Women’s Basketball (1984 – 1985, 2 seasons) | 2008-09 HALL OF FAME
- Week of Feb. 18: Dee Dee (Fortman) Johnson, Track and Field (1997 – 2000, 4 seasons) | 2009-10 HALL OF FAME
- Week of Feb. 25: Dave Smith, Men’s Basketball (1969 – 1973, 5 seasons) | 2015-16 HALL OF FAME
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