Tallent Brothers from Maytown, Kentucky
P.O. Langley, KY

Gr. Gr. Gr. Grandsons of Reuben May (1800-1840)

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Fred T. May

In 2001 twenty-three men were elected to the
George Washington University All-Century Basketball Team

Three Tallent brothers —Bob, Mike and Pat
were recognized in this elite group of athletes


A total of twenty-three men were honored by GWU as members of the All-[20th] Century Men's Basketball Team, and three of them were the Tallent brothers of Maytown [Langley] KY. The most famous honoree was Arnold (Red) Auerbach - class of 1940 - and coach of the Boston Celtics teams that won nine NBA titles in 10 years.

Bob Tallent ‘69:

    Bob Tallent played basketball for the University of Kentucky under the legandary coach Adolf Rupp through his Junuor year of college. He graduated from Maytown, KY High School in 1964 and was a member of the UK team known as "Rupp's Runts" because the two tallest members of the team were only 6'5". He was a sophomore when they played in the finals of the 1966 NCAA Championship, which they lost in one of the most famous games in history to Texas Western, a team from El Paso, Tx with mostly black athletes. The movie "Glory Road" tells the story from the perspective of the Texas Western Miners. Among his teammates at UK were Pat Riley and Louie Dampier, All-American players who had professional basketball careers, and Larry Conley, who had a career in sports broadcasting.

Hometown: [Maytown] Langley, Ky.; resides: Arlington, Va. Played one superb season (1969) at GW after transferring from Kentucky. Definitely a "shooting guard," he set single season marks for scoring average (28.9), field goals (284), field goals attempted (677) and consecutive free throws (41). After his MVP season and first team All- Southern Conference selection, he was drafted by teams in the NBA and ABA. While a knee injury ended his playing career.

Bob later coached the George Washington University Colonials for seven seasons (‘74-81), including a 20-victory season in 1976. He was elected to the GW Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990.

Some of his most significant statistics at UK are from his last year in Lexington [1966-67] when he played in 19 games, had 72 rebounds and made a total of 240 points.

Career High Points: 28 - | Notre Dame - 12/31/1966 |
Career High Rebounds: 10 - | Northwestern - 12/10/1966 |
Career High Field Goals: 13 - | Notre Dame - 12/31/1966 |

During his Junior year in 1967 he was dismissed from the UK team following a dispute with coach Rupp after a loss to Tennessee. He transferred to George Washington University in Washington, DC and played his Senior season in 1968-69. UK's loss was GWU's gain.

Mike Tallent ‘72
Hometown: Langley, Ky.; resides: Haverford, Pa. Despite knee problems, which hampered his hoop career, he still ranks 28th on the school's all- time scoring list with 1,085 points. Led the Colonials (and the Southern Conference) in scoring as a junior (21.1 points in ‘70) and earned first team all-conference honors. Also earned all-tournament second team honors (with Szczerbiak) in 1970. Playing with older brother, Bob, as sophomore, he averaged 17.6 points in ‘69. After a medical redshirt season in ‘71 due to an injured knee, he managed to average 12 points during the first semester of his senior year.

Pat Tallent ‘76
Hometown: Langley, Ky.; resides: Vienna, Va. He led the Colonials in scoring three times (‘73, ‘75 and ‘76) and is GW's third all-time leading scorer with 1,725 points. Like brothers Bob and Mike, he was a "shooting guard," averaging 20.8 points in three varsity seasons. Hit for 30 or more points nine times during his career, including a tops of 38 (vs. VMI). Team captain and MVP in both ‘75 and ‘76, he also earned Academic All- America honors during those seasons prior to being drafted by the NBA Bullets. Elected to the GW Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993.