100 seasons, 100 players
Who stands above the rest? Here are the top 100 players (in alphabetical order) to grace The University of Tulsa’s basketball court.
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Compiled by the 100th Season of Tulsa Basketball Committee.
1. Leon Alvoid, guard, 1974-76
Versatile team player adapt at defense and offense. Led 1976 team in scoring with 15 points a game and in field goals made.
2. Mike Anderson, guard, 1980-82
Nickname: “Mighty Mite.” Starter on 1981 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) championship team and 1982 Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) tournament champion and NCAA teams. Led team to 50 wins in two seasons. Team leader in free throws made, 1981, 1982, and assists, 1982. Ranks among top 20 in career assists and steals.
3. Mark Arrington, guard, 1949-53
Floor leader in 1953 on Tulsa’s first nationally ranked team and first to make the NIT tournament. All-MVC, 1953.
4. Willie Biles, guard, 1971-74
Tulsa’s greatest single-season and single-game scorer. Scored more than 30 points in a game 15 times and more than 40 points eight times. Set the single-game scoring record of 48 points, twice. Currently holds school record for field goals and points made in a single season. Led team in scoring and free throws made, 1973, 1974. Averaged a school record of 30.3 points, 1973. Led MVC in scoring, 1973, 1974. All-MVC, 1973, 1974. All-American two consecutive seasons, 1973, 1974. Drafted by NBA’S Golden State Warriors, 1974. TU Athletic Hall of Fame, 1994. Biles’ No. 12 jersey is retired.
5. Madison “Puny” Blevins, forward, 1914-16
All-state forward, 1914, 1915. Also an outstanding football player. TU Athletic Hall of Fame, 1983.
6. Steve Bracey, guard, 1970-72
Averaged 21.3 points in his career, third-best in school history. Scored 47 points in a single game in 1972 and more than 34 points in a single game four times in his career. Holds school record of 21 field goals in a single game, 1972. All-MVC pick in 1972. Honorable mention All-American, 1972. Elected to TU Athletic Hall of Fame, 2000. Drafted by NBA’S Atlanta Hawks. Played three years in the NBA.
7. David Brown, forward, 1980-82
Nickname: “Sweet D.” Starter, 1981 NIT Championship team. 1982 MVC tournament championship and NCAA team. Tied with teammate Greg Stewart for rebounding lead on 1981 NIT champion team. Second-team All-MVC, 1981.
8. Junior Born, guard, 1953-57
Starter, 1955 MVC Championship team and Tulsa’s first NCAA team. Led team in scoring with a 15-point average and in field goals made, 1956. All-MVC selection in 1956.
9. Byron Boudreaux, guard, 1983-87
Starter on three MVC Championship teams, 1984, 1985, 1987; two MVC tournament championship teams, 1984, 1986; and four consecutive NCAA teams. Shares the school record for most assists in an NCAA tournament game with eight, 1986. Ranks second on the school’s career assists list with 457.
10. Ned Butler, forward, 1933-36
A three-year letter-winner and All-MVC selection, 1936. Led TU in scoring, 1936, and was the second-leading scorer in the MVC.