There are not many basketball players who have had the privilege of playing alongside athletes such as Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing, but one Tulsa native did.
College Basketball: NCAA Playoffs: Oklahoma Wayman Tisdale (23) during game vs Illinois State. Tulsa, OK 3/16/1985 CREDIT: Carl Skalak (Photo by Carl Skalak /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (Set Number: X31237 TK3 ) 079005140
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Wayman Tisdale graduated from Booker T. Washington and continued on to become a two-time All-American player at the University of Oklahoma.
In 1984, he agreed to play with Team USA in the Olympics Games for men’s basketball. Coached by Bobby Knight, Tisdale averaged nearly nine points and six rebounds per game.
That year Team USA claimed a perfect 8-0 to claim the gold medal.
Tisdale later returned to Norman for one more all-American season before embarking on a 12-year career in the NBA.
In 2009, Tisdale lost his battle to cancer at the age of 44 but he will always be remembered for his basketball talents.
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