HOUSTON - Getting to the Final Four is no easy feat, but when the big dance is in your own hometown you know it's extra special.
For hometown hero Khadeem Lattin, who went to Christian Home School Academy here and now plays power forward for the Oklahoma Sooners, you might say his ticket to the Final Four was all destiny, Baby!
On-the-court excellence runs in the family for Lattin.
All starting with his grandfather David "Big Daddy" Lattin who was part of the famed 1966 NCAA championship when his Texas Western team beat Kentucky for the national title. The historic achievement was also featured in the 2006 landmark film, Glory Road.
Houston's Mayor Sylvester Turner honored "Big Daddy" with a special proclamation recognizing the 50th anniversary of that historic championship.
Young Lattin's championship pedigree doesn't stop with his grandfather, though.
His mom Monica Lamb was also a local basketball standout both at U of H and as a three-time world champion with the Houston Comets.
"It's awesome to see him grow up right before my eyes...become mature," Monica Lamb Powell shared.
But the proud mom says she worries about her sophomore son's nerves in the big game. "It's gonna take us all-- all of his family, all of his friends, all of his coaches-- to say calm down," Powell said. "Just finish the job that we came here to finish."
Big Daddy says he's confident his grandson's Sooners are going to win it all. "I'm not worried about anything. I just know that they're here to play. I can tell they have the attitude and mentality to win."
And who could argue with a champ like Big Daddy?