NBA: Terrell Brandon
As a stellar basketball player who stayed true to his home roots right up until the he was drafted to the NBA, Terrell Brandon holds a special place in the heart of every Oregon hoops fan. He’s a deserving inductee into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.
Brandon was small even by point-guard standards at 5’11” and he also suffered from chronic foot deformation problems as a child but that didn’t stop him from dominating at the high-school level while growing up in Portland.
Brandon led Grant High School to the Class AAA Oregon championship in 1988.
Brandon stayed in his home state during his college career, attending the University of Oregon.
Though he never got to play in the NCAA Tournament while there, he impressed enough to draw lots of interest from NBA teams.
The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Brandon 11thoverall in the 1991 draft.
Brandon toiled in obscurity on some mediocre Cleveland teams throughout the 1990s but gradually earned a reputation across the league as a great all-around guard with a knack for crisp passing and stealing the ball. His career peaked in the mid-1990s.
Brandon was an Eastern Conference All-Star in 1996 and 1997 and, in 1997, Sports Illustrated declared him the NBA’s best point guard.
Brandon finished his solid career with Milwaukee and Minnesota before retiring in 2002. He averaged 13.8 points, 6.1 assists and 1.6 steals. Nowadays, he runs a successful barbershop in Portland.
Reportedly, NBA players, including many of the Portland Trail Blazers, frequently get their haircuts there.
Brandon’s hoops career is over but he lives on as one of the best, most respected players ever to emerge from Oregon.