Flournoy was the co-captain along with Orsten Artis of Texas Western's (now UTEP) historic 1966 NCAA championship basketball team. "We were almost inseparable from kindergarten on. He was 74 years old.

Artis is preceded in death by his wife, Fredinea. They visited the White House together, they walked the red carpet at the ESPY Awards in California together and, in 2007, they became the first college basketball team to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

He was a man who could really shoot the basketball and, when he put it up, he knew it was going in. Willie Cager, member of the 1966 TWC National Championship team, talks about the roles Bobby Hill and Nevil Shed played on the team. "Every member of that team made a contribution. Orsten Artis was a quiet, confident man of dignity. Smith, who in March will be inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, began his coaching career in 1966 at Froebel. Bobby Joe, then Harry, now Little O ... Coach Haskins is getting a pretty good team together up there.". "He was a unique, beautiful brother," teammate Nevil Shed said from his home in San Antonio. "He was the blueprint for what that school stood for.". "But we'll never be forgotten. And so, on the day after Christmas, some 51-plus years after making history, it was time for Orsten Artis to fall back one last time. "If it wasn't for what that team accomplished and having that coach push them, things probably wouldn't be how they are today. His life, after all, was nothing but net. Orsten Artis, a 1962 Froebel graduate who played point guard for Texas Western’s historic 1966 national championship team, died Tuesday at the age of 74. . Artis is enshrined in both the UTEP Athletics and Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

But I have nothing but good memories.". Harry Flournoy passed away on Nov. 26, 2016. To have something last 50 years and beyond is amazing. Artis had 15 points and eight rebounds in the national title game, and averaged 12.6 points and 3.5 rebounds as a 6-foot-1, 175-pound senior as the Miners finished with a 28-1 record. Willir Cager, member of the 1966 NCAA championship team, talks about team's early win streak. Artis — the point guard and a co-captain on Texas Western's seminal 1966 national championship team, the first to start an all-black starting lineup, beating Adolph Rupp-coached Kentucky — died Tuesday.

And you would never hear coach Haskins yelling at him because he always did the right things ... always did the right things.

"He was able to come up through the Gary, Indiana, school system and go to Texas Western and they're in the history books now," Arthur Artis said. More: How the 1966 NCAA Championship changed the world. We ask that you consider turning off your ad blocker so we can deliver you the best experience possible while you are here. He was 74 years old. Really tough. He was 74 years old. Another piece of this city's treasured history has passed on. The Miners have lost both captains from the 28-1 squad that won the only Division I men's basketball national championship in the state of Texas.

Back from a torn ACL, the senior guard is raring to rev up again for Crown Point. Every one of them. "The first thing I did was reach out to Orsten Artis — he was an icon," Smith said.

Orsten Artis, one of two team captains on Texas Western's legendary 1966 NCAA championship basketball team, died Tuesday at his home in Merrillville, Ind. He averaged 12.6 points and 3.5 rebounds, shot 47 percent from the field and 86.3 percent from the free throw line in that championship season. These men, this band of brothers, made history together. They were co-captains.

Harry Flournoy passed away on Nov. 26, 2016. What they did at that time in history, a lot of people benefited, and people are still benefiting.". "Youngsters today can look back at what he did and what that whole team did. Artis, who relished his nickname "Little O" playing off Oscar Robertson's "Big O," led Gary in scoring as both a junior and senior at Froebel. [Most read] Pritzker warns ‘there will be cuts, and they will be painful’ after graduated-rate income tax proposal fails at the ballot box, [Most read] Election 2020 live updates: Joe Biden wins Wisconsin, Michigan as Trump files lawsuits in three states, [Most read] Trump supporters converge on vote centers in Michigan, Arizona, [Most read] Armed agents are allowed in ballot-counting locations around the country, Justice Dept.

Bobby Joe Hill, team leader and point guard, died in 2002 and the team's coach, Hall of Famer Don Haskins, died in 2008.

Laughing, Shed said, "He would make some smooth moves, put up the shot and just say, 'Fall back, baby,' and it would be nothing but net.". "Orsten was one of the best persons I ever knew," Reveter said.

Shed said he was out working in the yard, came inside and his wife, Melba, was crying. Orsten Artis, Gary Froebel graduate and basketball player featured in movie 'Glory Road,' dies It was Orsten Artis' favorite story about being recruited by basketball coaching legend Don … Tags Orsten Artis and George Reveter spoke on the phone to wish each other a Merry Christmas. Orsten Artis, team captain on Texas Western’s famed 1966 national championship team, passed away at his home in Merrillville, Indiana on Tuesday.

He was a great athlete, a great shooter, a great person, a great friend. He was 74. The Miners have lost both captains from the 28-1 squad that won the only Division I men's basketball national championship in the state of Texas. on Tuesday. Orsten Artis occupies a special place in the heart of Earl Smith Jr., whose 56 years in the Gary school system included 15 as the city's athletic director before retiring in 2013.

"He always did the right thing. He scored 22 points against Utah in the NCAA Tournament semifinal game, and had 15 points and eight rebounds in the championship game against Kentucky. "Somewhere down the road, the good Lord will take us someplace else," Shed said. There were documentaries made on this group by HBO, CBS, ESPN, CBS Sports and, of course, Disney made the full-length movie "Glory Road" about this team. He averaged a team-high 11.2 points and 3.5 rebounds as a junior, and 10.5 and 3.2 as a sophomore.

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