A life full of smiles, challenges and big-time accomplishments→June 9, 1964: Wayman Lawrence Tisdale is born in Tulsa. →March 15, 1982: Tisdale is named Oklahoma’s only McDonald’s All-American. →April 4, 1982: As a senior at Tulsa Washington, Tisdale joins Enid’s Mark Price on The Oklahoman’s Super Five team, the second year in a row Tisdale earns the honor. →April 13, 1982: Tisdale signs with Oklahoma, prompting Sooner coach Billy Tubbs to say, "We’ve had a heck of a recruiting season.” →April 24, 1982: Tisdale and Cheryl Miller of Riverside, Calif., are named the Converse national high school players of the year. →Nov. 27, 1982: Tisdale plays his first game as a Sooner. OU loses at UNLV 65-54, but Tisdale scores 21 points in 24 minutes. →Nov. 30, 1982: Tisdale makes his Norman debut, scoring 20 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in a win over Auburn-Montgomery. →Dec. 7, 1982: Tisdale sets a school and college freshman record with 51 points against Abilene Christian. He also grabs 17 rebounds and makes six steals. →Feb. 24, 1983: Tisdale’s 27 points in an 84-71 win over Nebraska moves him past Alvan Adams’ Sooner record of 691 points in a season. →March 8, 1983: After a remarkable freshman season, Tisdale is named the Big Eight player of the year and earns first-team All-America honors. →Dec. 28, 1983: Tisdale breaks his own school record with 61 points against Texas-San Antonio, a record that stands today. →Feb. 23, 1984: The Sooners clinch the Big Eight title in Lawrence, Kan., as Tisdale puts up 28 points in OU’s 92-82 overtime victory over the Jayhawks. With Tisdale leading the way, OU wins back-to-back conference titles in 1984 and 1985. →March 4, 1984: In the first college basketball game nationally televised in Norman, Tisdale scores 21 points and OU defeats UNLV 78-70. →Aug. 11, 1984: Tisdale teams up with Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing to lead the United States to a 96-65 victory over Spain to capture the gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. →March 9, 1985: The Sooners defeat Iowa State 73-71 to capture the Big Eight Tournament championship. Tisdale is named MVP. →March 12, 1985: Tisdale becomes the first college basketball player in history to be named a first-team All-American as a freshman, sophomore and junior. →March 21, 1985: With 5 seconds left, Tisdale nails a shot to lift OU to a 86-84 victory over Louisiana Tech, sending the Sooners to the Elite Eight. →March 24, 1985: The Tisdale era comes to an end, as Memphis State holds off OU 63-61 in Dallas to advance to the Final Four. With the Tigers denying Tisdale the ball, he scores only 11 points, the third-lowest total of his career. →May 4, 1985: Tisdale announces at a press conference that he’s skipping his senior season to turn pro. →June 18, 1985: With the second pick in the NBA Draft, the Indiana Pacers draft Tisdale. After a lengthy contract negotiation, Tisdale finally signs with the Pacers in October. As a rookie, he averages 14.7 points per game. →Feb. 19, 1989: The Pacers trade Tisdale and a second-round pick to the Sacramento Kings for guard Randy Wittman and center LaSalle Thompson. As a King, Tisdale enjoys his best season in 1989-90, averaging 22.3 points and 7.5 rebounds a game. →Sept. 16, 1994: Tisdale signs with the Phoenix Suns. As a member of the Suns, Tisdale would play in 18 playoff games over the next three years. →June 20, 1995: Tisdale’s first jazz album, "Power Forward,” is released in stores. It would go to No. 4 on Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart. →Feb. 22, 1997: Tisdale is the first OU athlete in any sport to have his or her jersey retired. The No. 23 is not worn until recent Sooner star Blake Griffin asks Tisdale for permission to wear the number prior to the 2007-08 season. Griffin and Tisdale became close during Griffin’s career in Norman. →Oct. 6, 1998: Tisdale announces he is retiring after a 12-year career in the NBA and will focus on his jazz music career playing the bass. Says Tisdale, "I feel I have a lot to offer with my music, and now it’s time for me to show it." →February 2007: After breaking his right leg falling down stairs, tests show that Tisdale has bone cancer. →June 3, 2008: Tisdale’s eighth album, "Rebound,” is released in stores. →Aug. 25, 2008: Due to the cancer, the lower part of Tisdale’s right leg is amputated. →April 2, 2009: Tisdale is selected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. →April 7, 2009: During the first quarter of an Oklahoma City Thunder game, Tisdale receives a standing ovation as he is given the Thunder Community Hero award. →May 15, 2009: Tisdale dies at Tulsa’s St. John Medical Center after a two-year bout with cancer. By Jake Trotter
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