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Oklahoma basketball: Ebi Ere, Sooner alumni get back on the court

by Ryan Aber Published: August 23, 2014

— Ebi Ere is just waiting for the call.

He knows he’s heading back to Italy to continue his professional basketball career.

“I don’t know when I leave,” the former Oklahoma standout said Saturday after playing in the OU Legends Alumni Game at Lloyd Noble Center. “I just wait until they give me a call and it’s usually the next day.”

For the second year in a row, Ere took over the alumni game.

Saturday, he finished with a game-high 23 points as his Crimson team beat the Cream team 99-96.

“It’s great to come back,” Ere said. “You get to have a lot of fun. These older guys, they’re really funny out there on the court. It’s an honor to get out there with them.”

One of those older players was Bill Dutcher, who was a walk-on for the Sooners in the early 1960s and has been an OU basketball season-ticket holder for around 35 years.

Dutcher had one of the game’s highlights, nailing a 20-foot jumper midway through the second half.

The game capped off the Sooner Basketball Family Weekend that got started Friday with a golf tournament and the Wayman Tisdale Scholarship Dinner.

Ere was one of the younger players on the floor Saturday but got a chance to get an up-close look at the current Sooners on Friday.

“Me and Buddy (Hield) had it out for a second,” Ere said. “We were great. I got the best of him.”

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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