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Putnam City School District Announces the Return of Alvan Adams

Putnam City Schools has received confirmation that basketball legend and Putnam City Alumni, Alvan Adams, will return to his alma mater for the Putnam City Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet on August 30th. The full list of Hall of Fame inductees was released last week, but Adams was not confirmed at that time.  District officials are elated at confirmation of the news.

Alvin Adams led the 1972 undefeated Putnam City High School basketball team to the state championship, and he also graduated as valedictorian of his class. That same year he was named Oklahoma High School Player of the Year and All-American before joining the University of Oklahoma’s basketball team.  

As a Sooner Alvan set several records and was named Most Valuable Player of the Big 8 tournament three times. He was also selected to play in the World University Games in Moscow.

His senior year he was drafted by the Phoenix Suns. He helped the Suns to their first ever appearance in the NBA finals during his first season.  He holds numerous records for the Suns (games played, minutes played, rebounds, and steals). The Suns retired his number 33 in 1988. Adams has worked in management for the Suns for several years.  

Putnam City Schools Athletic Hall of Fame

August 30, 2019 at Victory Church 4300 N. MacArthur

Doors Open for Meet and Greet at 6pm, Dinner at 7pm, Emcee Mick Cornett

Tickets are $40 each or tables of eight are $400. Reservations can be made by calling 405-495-5200 ext. 1297or online at, click Events, click Athletic Banquet.