The late Win Wilfong, who stands 22nd on the Memphis all-time scoring list with 1,203 points, played basketball for the Tigers from 1955 through 1957 and led his teams to a combined 44-13 record. The Puxico, Missouri, native played for former head coaches Eugene Lambert and Bob Vanatta and was considered one of the top players in school history.
A versatile player, Wilfong could do everything from score to rebound, from pass the ball to defend. He still remains ranked in the top ten in numerous statistical categories. He averaged 21.5 points scored per game and 12.3 rebounds per contest during his two-year career. In the 1955-56 season against Union University, Wilfong poured in 40 points and 11 times during his career, he scored more than 30 points in a single game.
In the 1956-57 season, Wilfong led the Tigers to their first ever bid to the NIT at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Tigers opened with a 77-75 win over Utah in the U of M's first ever nationally televised game. After wins over Manhattan and St. Bonaventure, the Tigers found themselves in the championship game against Bradley. Wilfong scored 31 points and was named the MVP if the NIT despite Memphis losing to Bradley, 84-83. Wilfong became the school's first basketball All-American in 1957 when he was named to the Converse, United Press International and Associated All-American squads.