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Oklahoman Modified: May 16, 2009 at 3:32 pm •  Published: May 16, 2009
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. has disabled the comments for this article.


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