Tsalidi Sequoyah, a recent graduate of Cherokee High School and EBCI tribal member, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla. this fall. Head coach Larry Gipson made the announcement last week.
“We requested film on Tsalidi and after watching him play, it was quite evident he has a lot of talent,” said Gipson. “We were impressed with what we saw and believe he will be a great addition to our program.”
Sequoyah led the Braves in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots as a senior. The 6-9, 230-pound forward/center posted a double-double in every game but one in 2011-12 and finished the year averaging 21 points per game, 16.9 rebounds and 4.9 blocks. He was the top rebounder in the state, second in scoring and eclipsed 1,000 career points on Jan. 27. His post-season honors included All-District, All-State and he earned the Charlie Stamper Academic Athlete of the Year Award at CHS.
The son of Brenda and Gary Sequoyah and the late Melissa C. Welch, Sequoyah says he plans to major in Cherokee Studies at NSU. He also would like to become the first American Indian to play basketball in the NBA.
– Northeastern State University