NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma men's basketball program will welcome back former OU players and coaches for the fourth annual Sooner Basketball Family Weekend alumni event this Friday and Saturday (Aug. 22-23).
Activities scheduled for the two-day reunion are a Tip In Club Golf Classic, a Friday evening Wayman Tisdale Scholarship Fund Dinner on the Lloyd Noble Center main floor honoring OU's 1,000-point scorers, and a Saturday Legends Alumni Game at noon. The public is invited to attend each of the three events. Fans will be admitted to the Legends Alumni Game free of charge (must enter via the east doors).
"Our staff and players are really looking forward to what has become one of the highlights of our offseason each year," said OU head coach Lon Kruger, who has guided the Sooners to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. "This year we honor the 40 former players who scored at least 1,000 points during their OU careers. It's going to be great having them back on campus, as well as all the other former players and coaches who helped make our program what it is today. It's fun for everyone to reconnect with each other and to interact with our great fans."
The Tip In Club Golf Classic will be held at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club (hosted the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship) and costs $200 per individual (space is limited). Friday's dinner costs $50 per person ($25 per child). To register for either event, or to be a sponsor, call the OU Men's Basketball Office at (405) 325-4732.
It's fun for everyone to reconnect with each other and to interact with our great fans.
Former OU players and coaches will be available for autographs on the court after the Legends Alumni Game, and concession stands will be open throughout the afternoon. Fans in attendance will once again have the opportunity to be photographed with current and former OU basketball players for the annual team schedule poster.
Last year, an estimated crowd of 3,500 watched Ebi Ere (2002-03) score 34 points to lead the Cream Team to a 102-99 win over the Crimson Team in the Legends Alumni Game. In a surprise appearance, Blake Griffin (2008-09) played the first half and finished with 13 points. He had four dunks in the game's first five minutes.
"It's fun, man. It's a lot of fun," said Griffin, a three-time NBA All-Star with the Los Angeles Clippers, after his appearance last year. "I think Coach Kruger's doing an amazing job when it comes to really getting the tradition back into the program and getting guys from past years to come back."
Members of OU's 1,000-point club expected to attend this year's event include Chucky Barnett, Al Beal, Kevin Bookout, Corey Brewer, Cary Carrabine, Tony Crocker, Aaron Curry, Cade Davis, Nate Erdmann, Terry Evans, Garfield Heard, Aaron Jack (representing his father, the late Bobby Jack), David Johnson, Darryl "Choo" Kennedy, Joe King, Stacey King, David Little, Scott Martin, Tim McCalister, John McCullough, Aaron McGhee, Brent Price, Hollis Price, Terry Stotts, Regina Tisdale (representing her late husband, Wayman Tisdale), Jan Warner (representing former husband Les Lane), Jeff Webster and Raymond Whitley.
Some of the many additional Sooners also scheduled to participate in this year's festivities include: Robert Allison, Mike Anderson, Alan Axley, Steve Bajema, David Barrett, Reggie Bass, Dick Bass, Chris Black, Dean Blevins, Joe Bogan, Bob Campbell, Shawn Clark, Paul Cloar, Elton Davis, Bill Dutcher, Ted Evans, Tom Flood, T.J. Franklin, Beau Gerber, Paul Geymann, Ricky Grace, Sam Grooms, Del Heidebrecht, Skeeter Henry, Tim Heskett, Joe Holladay, Kermit Holmes, Clifford Johnson, Howard Johnson, Jerome Johnson, Jim Johnson, George Kernek, Rick Kersey, Jim Kerwin, Jack Lee, Phillip Leonard, Longar Longar, Ron Lynch, Dick Maxey, Mike McCurdy, Tom McCurdy, Rick McNeil, Mike Mims, Michael Neal, Tyler Neal, Kelley Newton, Bo Overton, Ted Owens, Ann Price (wife of the late Denny Price), Bob Pritchard, Clifford Ray, Major Perry Russell, Floyd Skarky, Renzi Stone, Jozsef Szendrei, William Tisdale, Billy Tubbs, Tommy Tubbs, John Underwood, Bryatt Vann, Jerry Vest, Chris Walker, Roland Ware, C.J. Washington, Chuck Watson, Quannas White, Craig Wiginton and Robert Wooten.
The Sooner Club and OU Ticket Sales staff will be hosting a "Select-A-Seat" event at the Legends Alumni Game for fans interested in purchasing tickets for the 2014-15 men's basketball season. Available season ticket locations will be labeled throughout the arena and OU Athletics Department staff will be on hand to answer questions and take orders. The ticket sales table will be located on the upper concourse by section E3. Information on ticket packages and group tickets will be available.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, Aug. 22
7 a.m. -- Morning golf registration at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club
8 a.m. -- Shotgun start for morning golfers
11:30 a.m. -- Afternoon golf registration
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. -- Lunch
12:45 p.m. -- Shotgun start for afternoon golfers
6:30 p.m. -- Dinner reception at Lloyd Noble Center
7 p.m. -- Tip In Club and Wayman Tisdale Scholarship Fund Dinner honoring 1,000-point scorers
Saturday, Aug. 23
Noon -- Alumni Legends Game (LNC east doors open at 11 a.m.)
Postgame -- Autographs and schedule poster photo shoot with fans
For more information, contact the OU Men's Basketball Office at (405) 325-4732.