Oscar Daniel Bezerra Schmidt

A five-time Olympian, and the all-time leading scorer in Olympic history with more than 1,000 points, Oscar Schmidt was always quick on the draw. He never hesitated to get his shot off, and when he was in the gym, he was in range and rarely missed. His greatest successes came in the South American Championships winning three golds and three silvers. The big Brazilian was like a guard in a power forward’s body, and he ran and jumped with equal prowess. His rebounding was overshadowed by his ability to put the ball in the hole. His passing made him a complete player, a Brazilian version of Larry Bird. In 1987 Oscar led Brazil to the gold medal at the Pan-American Games when he scored 46 points against the United States.