The Norman Transcript

August 23, 2013

Stars come home for Basketball Family Weekend

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The average height in Norman is about grow over the next two days. Oklahoma will conduct its third annual Sooner Basketball Family Weekend event. Once again, many of the best players in the program’s history will be in town for the events.

This year, the Sooners are honoring their former All-Americans and 2,000-point scorers. Among that select group scheduled to attend are: Alvan Adams, Harvey Grant, Blake Griffin, Darryl “Choo” Kennedy, Stacey King, Eduardo Najera, Hollis Price and Jeff Webster, as well as family members of the late Lester Lane and Wayman Tisdale.

“Every reunion weekend is great,” OU coach Lon Kruger said. “To see all those former players come back — and not only players, but coaches and managers, administrative folks — come back and share their memories of their time on campus is really fun to watch. We get to sit back and watch everyone else enjoy those memories.

“This year with us honoring all the All-Americans and 2,000-point scorers, it will be even more special. They really are at the heart of the tradition from a basketball standpoint, and it’s a very good tradition.”

The weekend begins with the Tip In Club Golf Classic at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club. The Wayman Tisdale Scholarship Fund Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. today at Lloyd Noble Center. Tickets are still available at $50 per person.

The event wraps up with the Legends Alumni Game noon Saturday at Lloyd Noble Center.

Former 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.

“That’s the thing about this weekend, everybody has funny stories and crazy stories to tell,” OU guard Je’lon Hornbeak said. “You’re looking forward to hearing the stories from these guys.”

Kruger will get his current players around the alums as often as possible over the next two days.

“When they see the guys come back and realize they won championships or went to the Final Four they see they had great success and they get to tell them how hard they worked at it,” Kruger said. “More importantly, they get to show them how much it still means to those people. It makes our guys appreciate their time, today, a little bit more.”

John Shinn

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