Former All-American George Tinsley inducted into KY Athletic Hall of Fame

UPDATE: Here's a story from the Louisville Courier-Journal about the induction ceremony.


Former Kentucky Wesleyan College All-American and three-time NCAA Champion George Tinsley (1966-69) will be inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame on Wednesday in Louisville.

Tinsley, a 1969 KWC graduate, led the Panthers as a four-year starter to three NCAA Division II National Basketball Championships in 1966, 1968 and 1969 plus a third place finish in 1967.

The Louisville native twice received first team All-American recognition as a junior and senior. He stills holds the career rebounding record (1,115) and ranks fourth in career scoring (2,014).

Following his junior season, Tinsley participated in the 1968 U.S. Olympic team trials where he was selected as an alternate. KWC honored him with the retirement of his jersey number 50.

Tinsley was drafted by the Oakland Oaks of the American Basketball Association in 1969 and played four seasons with the Oaks, Washington Capitals, Miami Floridians, Kentucky Colonels and the New York Nets.

In 2006, he was named to the NCAA Division II's Men's Basketball Championship 50th anniversary team, along with such players as NBA legends Walt Frazier, Earl Monroe and Jerry Sloan.

On the 100th anniversary of KWC basketball in 2010, Tinsley received the most fan votes for the 30-member All-Century Team.

Tinsley was inducted into the Kentucky Black Sports Hall of Fame last month.

Joining Tinsley in the 2011 Class will be Owensboro native and University of Kentucky star Rex Chapman, long-time Sacred Heart Academy girls coach Bunny Daughtery, former Kentucky Colonel (ABA) center Artis Gilmore, legendary sports broadcaster Ed Kallay, University of Louisville athletic trainer Jerry May and former major league catcher Phil Roof.

The induction ceremonies start at 6 p.m. ET at The Crowne Plaza Louisville Hotel, next to the Kentucky Fairgrounds and across from the Louisville Airport.

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