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Project 31 - NBA Star Now a Coach

Project 31 - NBA Star Now a Coach

TULSA, Okla. – ORU women's basketball Assistant Coach Lee Mayberry is no stranger to the sport of basketball, but in fact has been around the sport all of his life.  

If you've been around the Tulsa metro area you've probably heard the name Lee Mayberry come up in a basketball conversation. Mayberry is a graduate of Will Rogers High School where he was a McDonalds All-American. He was inducted in to the Tulsa Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015 for his efforts with the Ropers. He then went to the University of Arkansas and played under coaching legend Nolan Richardson.

As a Razorback, his name is seen in the record book as he leads the program in all-time career steals with 291. He ranks second in assists with 729 and third in points with 1,940. He helped the University of Arkansas transition from the Southwest Conference to the Southeastern Conference by winning three straight SWC titles with a combined 42-6 record before making the jump to the SEC and winning a SEC title with a 13-3 record in the 1991-1992 season. He also made a Final Four appearance as a sophomore.

Mayberry was selected in the first round of the 1992 NBA draft as the 23rd pick, Mayberry spent his first four years in the NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks and played in 328 consecutive games to begin his illustrious career. He then went to the Vancouver Grizzlies to play his final three years and accumulated more than 2,500 points and more than 1,700 assists in his pro career.

Having all of this basketball knowledge and experience, Mayberry takes his talents to Oral Roberts University as an assistant on Head Coach Misti Cussen's staff. He feels as though he has a lot to offer and is able to relate to the student-athletes by having been in their shoes.

"You take in to consideration how much time student-athletes have in a day," Mayberry said. "As a coach, you want to get as much out of them as you can. You have to consider they go to class and also have to function and be productive in their studies."

As a player in the league, Mayberry was able to create many memories that he carries with him daily. He was also able to meet some of the stars he grew up watching and tried to harvest his basketball game from studying how they played. One of his most memorable moments in the league was competing against Michael Jordan.

"My favorite NBA memory is playing against Michael Jordan," Mayberry said. "Being a young kid, I grew up watching him and then I had the chance to play against him."

After playing in the NBA for seven years, he learned one thing that he has taken with him ever since. That one thing is to have fun and that's how he coaches his players, to have fun.

"I learned to have fun in the NBA," Mayberry said. "The main ingredient is to have fun. If it's not fun then you don't want to be there."

Mayberry is now in his second season as an assistant coach with the Golden Eagles and is looking forward to the upcoming season. He says that people who come watch the team play will truly feel the energy of the team on the court.

"The way we play is exciting," Mayberry said. "We will score a lot of three's and push the tempo. We've got girls who can shoot and it's exciting. I'm looking forward to watching our girls play."

The ORU women's basketball team tips off the 2019-20 season Tuesday, November 5 at 11 a.m. against Central Christian inside the Mabee Center in the annual Best Field Trip Ever game.

For the latest information on ORU women's basketball, follow @ORUWBB on Twitter or go to www.ORUAthletics.com. Fans can also receive updates on the team by downloading the Golden Eagles Front Row App at ORUAthletics.com/frontrow or in the App Store.

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