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George Tinsley

George Tinsley helped lead Kentucky Wesleyan to the NCAA Division II National Championship in 1966, 1968 and 1969, and became the first player to start and win three NCAA National Championships.  Between 1966 and 1969, Tinsley started a record 20 NCAA Tournament Games, and was named to the All Tournament Team in 1968 and 1969, earning MVP honors in 1969. 

 

He was named to the South Region All Tournament Team in 1967, 1968 and 1969, while earning the regional tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award in 1968 and 1969.

For his career, he finished with 2,014 points and 1,115 rebounds and was named First Team All American in 1969.

Tinsley was named to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight’s 50th Anniversary Team and the NCAA Division II’s All Decade Team.  He was also the first Division II player to be inducted into the State of Kentucky’s Hall of Fame. Tinsley was selected by the Oakland Oaks of the ABA and the Chicago Bulls of the NBA in the 1969 Draft.

Please see below the induction video of George Tinsley into the 2017 SCB Hall of Fame