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David Lattin

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Foundation Executive
Basketball Player

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mexico, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
The Judge.

Birthplace

Born:
12/23/1943
Birth Location:
Houston, Texas

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Foundation Executive
Basketball Player

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mexico, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
The Judge.

Birthplace

Born:
12/23/1943
Birth Location:
Houston
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Biography

Professional athlete and entrepreneur, David Lattin was born on December 23, 1943 in Houston Texas. His mother, Elsie Lattin, was widowed when Lattin’s father died in 1949. Lattin attended elementary and secondary schools in Houston before graduating from Evan E. Worthing Senior High School in 1963. Lattin was named All-State and All-American both his junior and senior years and was the first Texas player to be named to a High School All-American team.

Lattin left Tennessee State in 1964 citing the lack of basketball competition. He returned to Houston and played the AAAU before receiving a full scholarship to attend Texas Western College in 1965 where he played with the Miners, a Division 1 team in the NCAA. Under the leadership of Coach Don Haskins, the Miners won the 1966 Division 1 NCAA National Championship with five black starting players. Lattin was named All-American during the 1966 and 1967 seasons.

In 1967, Lattin left Texas Western College after he was drafted as the number one pick by the NBA’s San Francisco Warriors. He went on to play with the Phoenix Suns, the Pittsburgh Condors, and the Memphis Tams, ending his professional career with the Harlem Globe Trotters from 1973 to 1976. Returning to school, Lattin earned his B.S. degree in business administration and started several successful business ventures including Your Maison Housing.

Lattin was inducted into the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007. That year, he also wrote Slam Dunk to Glory.

Lattin has a son Clifton, a daughter Leslie, and several grandchildren.

David Lattin was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 11, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of David Lattin's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - David Lattin lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - David Lattin describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - David Lattin describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - David Lattin describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - David Lattin recalls his childhood activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - David Lattin remembers his community in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - David Lattin recalls his involvement with the Boy Scouts and YMCA
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - David Lattin describes his experiences at Blackshear Elementary School in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - David Lattin describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - David Lattin describes his junior high school experiences
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - David Lattin describes his early success as a basketball player
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - David Lattin remembers his first basketball
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - David Lattin remembers learning to swim
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - David Lattin describes his college scholarship offers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - David Lattin remembers his mentor, Lloyd C.A. Wells
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - David Lattin describes his senior year at Evan E. Worthing High School in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - David Lattin recalls his experiences at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - David Lattin describes his first impressions of the Texas Western College of the University of Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - David Lattin describes the basketball team at Texas Western College of the University of Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - David Lattin remembers Coach Don Haskins
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - David Lattin talks about his transition to college basketball
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - David Lattin recalls the first game in the 1966 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - David Lattin talks about the NCAA final game against the University of Kentucky
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - David Lattin remembers Coach Adolph Rupp
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - David Lattin describes the final game of the 1966 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - David Lattin recalls his preparation for the NCAA finals
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - David Lattin talks about slam dunking
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - David Lattin recalls winning the 1966 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - David Lattin describes the aftermath of his victory at the 1966 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - David Lattin recalls being drafted by the Golden State Warriors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - David Lattin describes his professional basketball career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - David Lattin talks about his children and business career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - David Lattin shares his opinion on student athletes' compensation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - David Lattin describes his mentorship efforts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - David Lattin reflects upon his legacy and message to future generations