Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Athletic Hall of Fame

J. E. "Jenks" Simmons - 1963

Known as “Mr. Basketball of Oklahoma,” Simmons was an outstanding athlete at Sentinel High school before enrolling at SWOSU in the 1920’s. He starred for the Bulldogs in football, basketball, track and baseball.

Jenkins was most famous for making a half-court shot at the buzzer to beat rival Phillips for the conference title.  He graduated in 1928 and joined the Providence Rhode Island Steamrollers, a professional football team.

He coached basketball at Northeastern State University for seven years but was most noted for his basketball teams at El Reno High School in which he won five state championships in 1932, 1933, 1946, 1949 and 1953. His 1933 and 1949 teams were undefeated.