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The Fastest Player from Baseline to Baseline

He was called the fastest basketball player that could go from one baseline to the other during a basketball game.  The reference came from the great Bobby Knight, former head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers (his most famous stop in his career).  Coach saw him play in high school when he recruited Indiana for IU, in college (at Oklahoma City University) in the middle 1970’s when he played for the Chiefs, and finally as the starting point guard for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association.




The man’s name is Allan Leavell.  The six foot one and one hundred seventy pound point guard started his basketball career in Muncie, Indiana (Central High School) and signed with Oklahoma City University in 1975 by then Head Coach Paul Hansen.  Leavell played four years at Oklahoma City and was the 5th round draft pick of the Houston Rockets (104 player selected) in the 1979 NBA draft. He played ten seasons in the Association and is the all-time assist leader for the Rockets at 3339.  Leavell played in eight post-seasons (61 games) and was the starting point guard in the 1986 Rocket run for the Title where they lost in the Finals to the Boston Celtics. He also played in the 1981 Finals, also against the Celtics.  Leavell had a productive and successful career in high school, college, and the NBA.



Leavell on the far right standing on the chair with the sun glasses


Most long-time fans of the Association remember Allan Leavell. If you are a fan of recent years, Leavell was the fastest there ever was.


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About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 65 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. He has guided various high school and college athletes in his time as an educator and coach. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

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