MBB: Alumni Weekend Set For Aug. 22-23

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2013 alumni reunion attendees (Photo Courtesy: SoonerSports.com)
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 Friday-Saturday, Aug. 22-23, head coach Lon Kruger announced Monday.

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 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.

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. "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, Corey Brewer, Cary Carrabine, Tony Crocker, Aaron Curry, Cade Davis, Nate Erdmann, Terry Evans, Harvey Grant, Garfield Heard, Aaron Jack (representing his father, the late Bobby Jack), David Johnson, 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 Websterand Raymond Whitley.

Blake Griffin and Steven Pledger indicated they are trying to attend but have not yet been able to solidify plans.

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, Joe Bogan, Shawn Clark, Paul Cloar, Elton Davis, Bill Dutcher, Ted Evans, Tom Flood, Beau Gerber, Paul Geymann, Sam Grooms, Del Heidebrecht, Skeeter Henry, Tim Heskett, Joe Holladay, Clifford Johnson, Howard 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, Major Perry Russell, Floyd Skarky, Renzi Stone, Jozsef Szendrei, William Tisdale, Billy Tubbs, Tommy Tubbs, Bryatt Vann, Jerry Vest, Chris Walker, Roland Ware, C.J. Washington, Chuck Watson, Quannas White, Craig Wiginton and Robert Wooten.

Several more former player commitments are expected.

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.