Prosecutor brings Archie Talley to schools
Basketball great inspires local students
Mary Margaret Moorhead - Staff Writer
Students at Batesville, Jac-Cen-Del, Milan, and
South Ripley junior/senior high schools heard motivational
speaker Archie Talley on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 11 and
12, in a message that challenged them to take charge of their
lives and believe in themselves.
Sponsored by Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel, the program
highlighted Talley's philosophy that young people need to believe
in themselves and work hard for success. "Don't let anyone
tell you that you can't do something," Tally told his
young audiences. "You can do it!"
Highlighting his talk, Talley showed the young people his
skill with the basketball. In 1976 he was the Associated Press
College Division "Basketball Player of the Year" and
was also first team All American for both the Associated Press
He was the leading basketball scorer in the nation with a
41.1 points-per-game average in 1976 and was also the leading
collegiate basketball scorer in West Virginia history.
In addition he was the all-time single-season scoring leader
in NAIA history with a total of 1,349 points. Drafted by the
New York Knicks (NBA) in 1976, Talley played with the famous
Harlem Globetrotters, then with the New Jersey Nets (NBA) in
Tally played professionally for 10 seasons in Europe, scored
116 points in a single game in Germany in 1978, and was inducted
into the West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.
His fast-paced message to the students involved their participation
as well as some of the faculty members. Throughout the hour-long
program he kept their attention by using his own athletic talent
and showmanship that added up to a dynamic presentation they
won't soon forget.
Speaking on the Ingredients of Life, Talley gave four proven
ways that work for success in life: confidence, determination,
hard work, and sacrifice. He encouraged good nutrition, physical
fitness, avoiding alcohol, drugs, and tobacco for good health
and clean living.
Talley was born in Washington, D.C., but chose to attend a
small college in West Virginia. He received his Bachelor of
Arts Degree in Human Relations in 1976 from Salem College in
Salem, WV, and his Master of Arts Degree in Education in 1989.
He has been a nationally known motivational speaker since
1984, visiting schools, civic and professional organizations
as well as events. He founded and continues to operate the "Archie
Talley Basketball Camp" since 1977.
At the conclusion of his talks, he answered students' questions
and presented them with autographed pictures of himself.
The main comment from students who listened attentively during
his presentation was that Archie Talley was "cool. The
time really flew by. We weren't ready for him to quit."