March 6, 2013
TULSA, Okla. - Indiana junior guard Victor Oladipo is among twelve individuals who have been named to the semifinal list for college basketball's third annual Eddie Sutton Tustenugee Award, to be presented by Tulsa Sports Charities.
The players were announced Tuesday by Tommy Thompson, director of Tulsa Sports Charities. The dozen athletes were selected by a national panel of media members who cover college basketball.
The winner will be introduced during the Tulsa Sports Charities Legends in Sports dinner at the Southern Hills Marriott in Tulsa a date to be announced.
In the language of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, one of the Five Civilized Tribes that settled in Oklahoma, "tustenugee" means "warrior."
The Sutton award, according to Thompson, is presented to the collegiate basketball player who best exhibits the traits of tenacity and unselfishness that Sutton advocated during his Hall of Fame career.
The award is sponsored by the John and Judy Marshall Foundation of Tulsa. John Marshall was roommates with Coach Sutton at OSU.
Tulsa Sports Charities is a nine-year-old non-profit organization with a track record for hosting blue-ribbon events and gold-medal athletes while delivering more than $500,000 in scholarships and donations to area universities and charitable activities.
Previous Tustenugee Award recipients were Matt Howard of Butler University in 2011 and Quincy Acy of Baylor in 2012.
The 2013 nominees:
Aaron Craft, Ohio State, 6-2, junior, guard, Findlay, Ohio
Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's College, 6-4, senior, guard, Maryborough, Victoria, Australia
Melvin Ejim, Iowa State, 6-6, junior, forward, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Grant Gibbs, Creighton, 6-5, senior, guard, Marion, Iowa
Mike Hart, Gonzaga, 6-6, senior, guard, Portland, Ore.
Pierce Hornung, Colorado State, 6-5, senior, forward, Arvada, Colo.
Mike Muscala, Bucknell, 6-11, senior, center, Roseville, Minn.
Victor Oladipo, Indiana, 6-5, junior, guard, Upper Marlboro, Md.
Kevin Parrom, Arizona, 6-6, senior, guard, Bronx, N.Y.
E.J. Singler, Oregon, 6-6, senior, forward, Medford, Ore.
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, 6-4, freshman, guard, Flower Mound, Texas
Scottie Wilbekin, Florida, 6-2, junior, guard, Gainesville, Fla.