A 1949 Elgin High School graduate, Survant was named All-State for basketball his senior season. He also participated in football and track and was considered one of the city’s best athletes during that era. In basketball, Survant was leading scorer for the Maroons in 1948, scoring 336 points for a team that finished 15-10. In 1949, when Elgin went 23-4 and lost in the Sweet Sixteen, Survant was the second-leading scorer on the team, scoring 418 points and averaging 15.8 points per game. He was considered “a great feeder for (Hall of Fame inductee) Bob Peterson” who led the team in scoring. Survant was named to the Champaign News Gazette All-State Team, then considered the premier authority in the state. He was named second team all-state on another team. He accomplished all this while playing with a chain-harness due to an injury he suffered in football. This limited Bob to how high he could raise his arm. He scored a team-leading 20 points in the state tournament loss and was named to the All-State Tournament Team. After graduation from EHS, Survant attended the University of Illinois.
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