Wayman Tisdale, Oklahoma Olympian: Booker T. graduate played basketball at 1984 Olympics

TULSA - Oklahoma Olympians is a series about athletes who were born here, lived here or went to school here.

Wayman Tisdale is Tulsa's own.

The Booker T. Washington High School graduate was already a two-time All-American at the University of Oklahoma when he agreed to play for Team USA at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

The team was coached by Bobby Knight and included future NBA stars Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing.

Tisdale averaged nearly nine points and six rebounds per game as the U.S. went undefeated to claim the gold medal.

Tisdale returned to Norman for one more All-American season with the Sooners before embarking on a 12-year career in the NBA. He was the second overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft.

He was also known for his musical talents. Tisdale launched his music career in 1995 as a jazz bass guitarist, reaching #1 on Billboard's contemporary jazz chart in 2001.

Tisdale died in 2009 at the age of 44.

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