The dream team
Who stands above the rest? Here are the top 10 players to grace The University of Tulsa’s basketball court.
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1 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 Missouri Valley Conference (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.
2 Steve Harris, shooting guard, 1981-85
Nickname: “Silk.” Led Tulsa to three NCAA tournament appearances and an NIT berth, two MVC titles in 1984 and 1985 and two Missouri Valley tournament titles in 1982 and 1984. Scored in double-figures in 109 of his 122 career games played. Named second-team All-American by United Press International and third-team by Basketball Times in 1985. Honorable mention All-American in 1983 and 1984. Led TU in scoring and steals in 1983, 1984 and 1985. Currently ranks second on the school’s all-time scoring list with 2,272 points and on the school’s career steals chart with 271. Was the 1982 Missouri Valley Newcomer of the Year and earned all-MVC honors in 1983, 1984 and 1985. Drafted in first round of the NBA draft by the Houston Rockets in 1985. Played four years in the NBA. Named to the TU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995. Harris’ No. 20 jersey is retired.
3 Paul Pressey, guard, 1980-82
Nickname: the “Rubber Band Man.” Led Tulsa to the 1981 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) championship and Tulsa’s highest national ranking at No. 6, as well as to an appearance in the 1982 NCAA tournament. All-MVC selection, 1981, 1982. MVC Newcomer of the Year, 1981; MVC Player of the Year, 1982. Led the MVC and the nation in steals, 1981, 1982. At the end of his two-year career, he was the school’s all-time leader in assists and second in blocked shots despite playing in just 63 games. Drafted in the first round of the NBA draft, 1982, by the Milwaukee Bucks. Played 11 years in the NBA; coached in the NBA 15 seasons. Named to TU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993. His No. 25 jersey is retired.
4 Shea Seals, guard, 1993-97
Native Tulsan. TU’s all-time leading scorer with 2,288 points. Started on four consecutive NCAA tournament teams, two MVC champions and the 1996 Missouri Valley tournament championship team. Earned first-team all-MVC honors, 1995, 1996; All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC), 1997. Honorable mention All-American, 1995, 1996; All-American, 1997. Ranks third in school history for steals (222) and fourth for assists (388) and rebounds (777). Led team in scoring and field goals made, free throws made and steals, 1995, 1996, 1997, and in rebounding and three-point field goals made and assists, 1995. Played with NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers.
5 Bobby Smith, forward, 1966-69
Nickname: “Bingo.” Led MVC in scoring with a 24.5 average, 1969. Named MVC Player of the Year in 1969 and to first-team all-MVC. Named an All-American, 1969. He currently ranks 16th in school history for scoring and sixth in rebounding. Drafted in 1969 by ABA’s San Diego Rockets in the first round; sixth player selected. Played 11 seasons in the NBA. Named to TU Athletic Hall
of Fame, 1984.