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Karl Tilleman


Karl Tilleman is one of the most prolific basketball scorers that Canada has ever produced. His list of personal, athletic and academic accomplishments is outstanding. While at Sir Winston Churchill High School, Karl led his team to the Calgary City Championship and the Alberta 4A Provincial Championship Finals. He was a starting member on the University of Calgary men’s basketball team from 1979 - 1984, and was the Canadian Interuniversity Sport scoring champion in 1982 and 1983. He was named the University of Calgary Athlete of the Year two times; earned first team All-Canadian honors four times; and Conference Player of the Year three times. Karl received the Mike Moser Trophy Award as Most Outstanding male university basketball player in Canada two years in a row - 1982 and 1983 - the first player to ever accomplish that feat. Karl was on the Canadian National Men’s Basketball team from 1981 to 1984, and then from 1986 to 1988. He was a member of the gold medal team at the 1983 World University Games in Edmonton. He participated in two Summer Olympic Games, first in Los Angeles in 1984 (his team finished fourth), and then in Seoul, Korea in 1988, where Karl was the second leading scorer on the team that Olympics. He was the Denver Nugget’s second draft pick in the 1984 National Basketball Association draft and was selected 79th overall. Karl was a prolific outside shooter who played before the advent of the “three-point” basket, and one wonders how many points he would have scored with the rules that exist today.