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Don Matuszak 1954

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Don is of Polish heritage. His mother was a Serbinski from home. Don was raised in Cicero(Hawthorne) on 32nd and 53rd Avenue. He went to Columbus School and graduated from Morton in 1954. Don’s dad died when Don was in grade school, he missed basketball his freshman year to work on his uncle’s fruit and vegetables truck. Don was an All State Basketball selection his senior year on a star studded Morton team, which included Morton Hall of Famers, Dave Kocourek and John Melwid. Morton beat the 1953 Illinois State Champs, Lyons Township, 65-64, in sectional play, Don dribbling out the last 2 minutes of the game. Don received a basketball scholarship to play at Kansas State.
Don is of Polish heritage. His mother was a Serbinski from home. Don was raised in Cicero(Hawthorne) on 32nd and 53rd Avenue. He went to Columbus School and graduated from Morton in 1954. Don’s dad died when Don was in grade school, he missed basketball his freshman year to work on his uncle’s fruit and vegetables truck. Don was an All State Basketball selection his senior year on a star studded Morton team, which included Morton Hall of Famers, Dave Kocourek and John Melwid. Morton beat the 1953 Illinois State Champs, Lyons Township, 65-64, in sectional play, Don dribbling out the last 2 minutes of the game. Don received a basketball scholarship to play at Kansas State.
College freshman were not allowed to play varsity ball in the 50’s. He did play freshman basketball and his Kansas State team beat the Kansas freshman team, that included Wilt Chamberlain. During Don’s junior year he was the starting guard on the Kansas State team that reached the Final Four. He was named the Most Inspirational Player for the tournament. His senior year he was named captain of Kansas State, he was an All American first teamer, this team which included his roommate and lifelong friend, Bob Boozer, was the number one rated team in both wired services basketball polls. Kansas State was 25-2 that year. Don was voted the Most Outstanding Athlete at Kansas State his senior year. In 1986 Don was named to the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame.
Don married his college sweetheart, Mel Eaton, she was the 1959 Miss Football USA.
Don worked 25 years for IBM, then started his own consulting business and lives in the Atlanta area. Don’s brother, Eddie, also played basketball at Morton(1959) and at Kansas State. Don’s sister Marylyn(1962) married Don Cervenka(1962), he played basketball at Morton and Augustana College.