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Lindy Waters III to be inducted in the North American Indigenous Athletics Hall of Fame

Jan. 16—Lindy Waters III, a three-year starter for Oklahoma State basketball, will be inducted into the North American Indigenous Athletics Hall of Fame.

Waters was in Stillwater from 2016 to 2020 and was recruited out of Norman North High School as the No. 3 player in Oklahoma. After his college career, he spent time with the Enid Outlaws of The Basketball League before joining the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA G League in October 2021 and signing a two-way contract with the Thunder in February 2022.

The same year his NBA career began, he founded the Lindy Waters III Foundation, which enhances and supports Native American youth and indigenous communities through sports, leadership programs and health and wellness. The foundation is committed to providing a platform for individual improvement, opportunity, exposure and access for all Native youth.

Waters is a citizen of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma and the Cherokee Nation. The American Indian Exposition, one of the nation's oldest and largest intertribal celebrations, named him "Indian of the Year" in 2018.

Waters told the News Press in a statement that he was honored to be inducted into the NAIAHF.

"I am thankful for what God has provided me with throughout my journey," Waters said. "I am also thankful for my ancestors and predecessors, for I would not have been able or capable of achieving anything without their sacrifices. I hope the next generation of Native American youth can learn from my path and succeed on their own!"

The NAIAHF honors and recognizes the indigenous athletic cultures of 27 North American countries and outstanding leadership and achievement in individual and team sports.

The 2024 class features 77 individuals and seven teams. The banquet will be held on March 16 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Other notable inductees include three-time Stanley Cup Champion Jordan Nolan and three-time Paralympic gold medalist Richard Peter.

Waters started 104 games in college — tied for 10th most in OSU history.

He is the program's 31st all-time leading scorer. He made 177 3-pointers on 39 percent shooting for his career, which ranks 11th and 16th in school history, respectively. His 44.8 percent 3-point shooting as a junior is fourth all-time for a single season.

He is the 11th OSU player to reach 1,000 points, 250 assists and 100 steals and is one of five Cowboys to win in every Big 12 road venue.