Gale Eugene McArthur[1] (March 6, 1929[2] – January 2, 2020) was an All-American basketball player at Oklahoma A&M University (now Oklahoma State).

Gale McArthur
Personal information
Born(1929-03-06)March 6, 1929
DiedJanuary 2, 2020(2020-01-02) (aged 90)
Ponca City, Oklahoma
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High schoolMangum (Mangum, Oklahoma)
CollegeOklahoma State (1948–1951)
NBA draft1951 / Round: 4 / Pick: 39th overall
Selected by the Minneapolis Lakers
PositionGuard
Number55
Career highlights and awards

McArthur, a 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) guard from Mangum, Oklahoma, attended Oklahoma A&M and played basketball for Hall of Fame coach Henry Iba from 1948–51. During his time in Stillwater, McArthur played on two Final Four teams, playing in the NCAA championship game in 1949 (a 46-36 loss to Kentucky) as a sophomore and the national semifinals as a senior in 1951.[3]

In that senior year of 1950–51, McArthur averaged 11.6 points per game and led the Aggies to a 29-6 record. The team won the Missouri Valley Conference for the second time in McArthur's career.

After graduation from Oklahoma A&M, McArthur was drafted by the Minneapolis Lakers in the 1951 NBA draft. However, McArthur opted for dental school instead, ultimately starting his own practice in Ponca City, Oklahoma. He died on January 2, 2020.[4][5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ http://oklavoters.com/mobile/by_name/pages/m100555.html
  3. ^ "2009/2010 Men's Basketball Media Guide". Oklahoma State Official Athletic Site. CBS Interactive. p. 117. Archived from the original on January 7, 2011. Retrieved October 11, 2010.
  4. ^ OSU basketball: Former All-American Gale McArthur dies
  5. ^ https://www.poncacitynews.com/obituaries/services-pending-10