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Ex-Sooner Wayman Tisdale selected for Hall

By John Helsley Modified: April 3, 2009 at 12:39 am •  Published: April 3, 2009

o coaches - Michigan State's Jud Heathcote and Memphis State's Gene Bartow - along with contributors to the game Bill Wall and Walter Byers round out this year's class.

The induction ceremony will be Nov. 22 at the College Basketball Experience, which houses the hall in the Spirit Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Tisdale is the sixth person inducted with Oklahoma ties.

The inaugural 2006 class included former OU coach Bruce Drake, former Oklahoma State coach Henry Iba, former OSU star Bob Kurland and former Langston and Harlem Globetrotter Marques Haynes. In 2008, former Tulsa coach Nolan Richardson went in.

Tisdale's impact on the Sooners was immediate.

Although the Sooners lost, Tisdale scored 21 points and blocked four shots in his debut against UNLV. By season's end, he averaged 24.5 points, OU went 24-9 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

By the end of his career, which spanned just three years before he left for the NBA after his junior season, Tisdale owned the school career records for points, rebounds, field goals, field goal percentage, free throws and free throw attempts.

"I told him this when we were recruiting him, and it was a fact, we were building that program around him," Tubbs said. "He was a national player coming out of high school. He was known around the basketball community as an outstanding player.

"I told him we were going to get him the ball and build the offense around him. And that's really what we did. He was a perfect fit for our offense. Every now and then you see a guy and go, 'Wow, this guy is the perfect fit.' You think that when you're recruiting him, and it certainly came true."