Blackman Named to Texas Sports Hall of Fame

WACO, Texas - Former Kansas State standout Rolando Blackman was among seven individuals named to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2008 on Friday.

Blackman was joined by in the class by former Texas football star and Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Bill Bradley, former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Lee Roy Jordan, former Texas men's basketball coach Abe Lemons, former NASL soccer star Kyle Rote, Jr., TCU and curent San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson and former Texas running back Steve Worster. 

The former Kansas State All-American played 11 seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, where he was a four-time All-Star.  Blackman was drafted as the ninth overall pick in the first round of the 1981 NBA Draft by the Mavericks.  He led the squad to six playoff appearances.  He left the team as the all-time leader in both points (16,643) and field goals (6,487) until both marks were broken by Dirk Nowitski 18 years later.  His number 22 jersey was retired by the organization on March 11, 2000.  He has worked for the Mavericks since 2000, serving as an assistant coach, TV analyst and currently as the Director of Player Development.

The Texas Sports Hall of Fame banquet for the Class of 2008 presented by Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Companies will be held in Waco, Texas on Wednesday, March 4, 2009.  The pre-banquet reception will be held at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame from 5-6:30 p.m. and the banquet will be held at Baylor University's Ferrell Center at 7 p.m.