HOUSTON, Texas – As the Sooners work to make their way to the national championship, one player is following in the footsteps of a well-known family member.
It’s a big weekend for OU sophomore forward Khadeem Lattin.
On Saturday, he will be working to bring the Sooners one step closer to their first national title.
However, his family won’t just be celebrating him.
This weekend, his grandfather, David Lattin, will also be honored- 50 years after winning the national championship for Texas Western University.
Fifty years ago, David Lattin and the rest of the Texas Western team stunned the country by defeating Kentucky 72-65.
At the time, many people didn’t believe it could be done. Kentucky already had several titles to its name and Texas Western was relatively unknown.
All of the Texas Western players were black at a time when schools across the country were fighting for segregation. Kentucky didn’t have one minority on its team.
The team’s accomplishments were eventually turned into a major motion picture- “Glory Road.”
“My grandfather really left a major footprint in basketball history,” Khadeem Lattin told ESPN in March. “That’s an awesome thing to say.”
Now, Lattin is fighting for his own championship and to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps.
“I think about it. I dream about it. I hope about it and I pray about it,” Lattin told ESPN. “50 years, it’s perfect.”
This week, Lattin told reporters that he hopes that he can join the select club where his grandfather is already a legend.