Indiana Pacers, NBA
- ABA Champion with the Indiana Pacers (1970)
- 2x Final Four appearance with the University of Michigan Wolverines
- 3x Big Ten title winner and the first African-American captain in the history of Michigan Basketball
- Named to the Big Ten Academic Team and All-Big Ten Basketball Team (1966)
- AAU All American selection in 1966
Oliver “Ollie” Darden was a professional basketball player for three seasons from 1967 to 1970. Ollie was selected in the 1966 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons and played for the Indiana Pacers, New York Nets and Kentucky Colonels of the ABA. Throughout his career, Ollie produced 2,047 points playing in 223 games in the ABA. As a member of the Pacers, Ollie won an ABA Championship in 1970 with teammates Roger Brown and Mel Daniels.
Before entering the pros, Ollie played for the University of Michigan Wolverines men’s basketball team. At Michigan, Ollie teamed up with Cazzie Russell and Detroit’s Bill Buntin to lead the Wolverines to consecutive Final Fours in 1964 and 1965. The Mississippi native served as team captain during his senior season, making him the first African-American captain in the history of Michigan Basketball. Ollie led the team to three Big Ten Titles. He was also named to the Big Ten All-Academic Team and was an AAU All American in 1966.
Lunch or Dinner$250Ollie will join you and your small group of up to 10 people at lunch or dinner. You choose the restaurant and you choose what you want to talk about. Ollie will share stories from his career. Note: for larger parties, please see appearance fee below.
Attend a Game$500Have an extra seat at the game? Ollie will join you and your guests and share insight on the game. Discuss _Ollie's career with the Pacers and his trajectory in becoming an ABA Champion.
Celebrations$500Invite Oliver to join you and your guests at your birthday, bar/bat mitzvah, wedding, or anniversary party! He'll be sure to be entertaining company.
Appearance$500Hire Oliver Darden to make an appearance at your next event! Oliver Darden’s appearance will be the perfect way to promote your business or organization. (Up to 60 minutes). Autograph show pricing may vary.
Q&A$500Ollie will share his story with up to 20 people. Your small group of friends, students, coworkers, or event attendees will be inspired by Ollie’s path to success.
* Booking this talent outside of the booking region may result in additional costs. Thuzio Pros are subject to availability.
Sport Basketball League NBA Team
- Indiana Pacers (1967-1968, 1969-1970)
- Kentucky Colonels (1968-1969)
Position Forward College University of Michigan