Michael Tallent
Michael  Tallent

MBB: 1968-1970

Men's Basketball (Inducted 2002)


Michael S. Tallent is one of three very talented basketball playing brothers at GW. He scored 1,085 points in less than three complete varsity seasons ('68-70 and '72) and is currently ranked 29th in Colonials men's basketball scoring history. He was destined to become one of the University's top scorers until suffering an injury to his left knee late in his junior year. Despite being hobbled by the injury (and his points per game dipping from 25 to 21.1 in the final 10 games of the season), the 6-foot-1 guard still led the Southern Conference in scoring and earned first team All-SC honors as well as All-Tournament selection.

That season followed a terrific sophomore campaign in which Tallent was the '69 squad's second leading scorer (17.8)behind his older brother, Bob, who averaged a school-record 28.9 points per game! But Mike knew the feeling. As a member of the GW freshman team in '68 (and playing for his brother and Colonials redshirt transfer, Bob), Mike averaged 29 points per game for a frosh squad which won 17 of 19 games.

Like brothers Bob '69 and Pat '76, who were elected to the GW Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990 and 1993, respectively, Mike Tallent hails from Langley, Ky., and starred at Maytown High School where he averaged 26 points as a senior, was a Kentucky all-state selection and played in the '67 Indiana-Kentucky High School All-Star games in Louisville and Indianapolis.

Tallent, who earned two bachelor's degrees at GW, one in zoology (1973) and another in accounting (1977), is now retired from Comcast Cable Communications, Inc., in Philadelphia. He and his wife, Cindy, have three children: Craig, Christie and James.

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