Graduating Villanova point guard Ryan Arcidiacono was named the winner of the Eddie Sutton Tustenugee Award given by an Oklahoma charity. The Tulsa-based award is given to the player in honor of the former coach at Oklahoma State "who exhibits the traits of tenacity and unselfishness" that Sutton advocated during his 36-year coaching career that included more than 800 victories.
Doug Gottlieb giving a Nova player praise? That's a first. https://t.co/tjDX6hReWj— Nick C (@vuwildcat07) May 5, 2016
The above referenced Gottlieb, who played for Sutton at Oklahoma State (1998-2000), oversees a panel of national college basketball media members who selected Arcidiacono.
The award is sponsored by the John and Jerry Marshall Foundation of Tulsa. John Marshall was a roommate of Sutton at OSU in the 1950s. In the language of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, one of the Five Civilized Tribes that settled in Oklahoma, "tustenugee" means "warrior."
Tulsa Sports Charities is a 10-year-old non-profit organization with a track record for hosting blue-ribbon events and gold-medal athletes while delivering some $900,000 in scholarships and donations to area universities and charitable activities.