Oklahoman Published: March 15, 2009
Larry Micheaux, Texas A&M
Larry Micheaux sees himself when he watches his daughter, La Toya Micheaux, play center for the Aggies. "She’s an image of me,” said Larry, a member of the University of Houston’s famed Phi Slama Jama teams of the 1980s.

Micheaux was part of one of the greatest front lines in college basketball history, along with Hakeem Olajuwon (whose daughter Abi plays for Oklahoma) and Clyde Drexler.

"I was a defensive player, she’s a defensive player,” Larry Micheaux said at halftime of the Oklahoma-A&M Big 12 Tournament semifinal. "The things I see her do, I like. I’d like to see more offense, but whatever it takes to win. That’s how we were good back in the day of Phi Slama Jama.”

La Toya Micheaux chose A&M over Georgia. Houston was not in consideration.

"She didn’t want to follow in my footsteps,” Larry said. "Sometimes when children go to same university as their parents, expectations for them are whatever you did. She wanted to do her own thing. She chose Texas A&M, and I’m glad that she did.”

By Berry Tramel