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April 18, 2013

Muskogee ex says he’s headed to Oral Roberts

Adrion Webber bypassed the pomp and circumstance.

Just the sweep of a pen and the former Muskogee Rougher signed a letter of intent to continue his basketball career at Oral Roberts University.

The 6-foot-5 Webber played the past two seasons at Carl Albert in Poteau where he averaged 15.6 points per game and 4.6 rebounds in making third team Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference this past season. His 35.4 minutes per game last season ranks atop the NJCAA standings in that category.

A transfer from Coweta as a junior, he played two seasons at Muskogee under former coach Terry Scott, who himself was an assistant coach at ORU under Ken Hayes. At MHS, Webber averaged 12.8 points and 7.7 rebounds as a senior on a team that lost in the area consolation semifinals. He averaged 8.5 points while starting some of that season which ended in the Class 6A quarterfinals.

While he talked with Scott about his decision, the influence came from the name Sutton. As in Scott Sutton, the head coach at ORU and Sean Sutton, an assistant for Scott who succeeded their father, Eddie, at Oklahoma State. Sean Sutton was his father’s assistant at OSU for 13 seasons before replacing him from 2006-08.

“The opportunity to play for the Suttons? The dad’s a legend, the sons are good and the way they made me feel on my visit last weekend was what did it for me,” Webber said.

Webber understands he’ll work in as a two-guard for the Golden Eagles, who last year moved from the Summit Conference to the Southland Conference. He played there at Carl Albert where his game developed from his days as a Rougher.

“Just my aggressiveness toward the whole game, both offensively and defensively — on offense attacking the basket and on defense being more alert,” he said. “Playing in the Southland Conference, it’s a lot faster pace, they run more and everything and the schools are closer than those in the Summit. That was also a plus.”

His father, Michael Webber, was on his way to complete his part of the forms being sent to the ORU campus.

“My parents (his mother is Tamica Webber), I couldn’t have made it this far without them,” he said.

Blake Freeland, ORU’s assistant athletic director over media relations, could not confirm the signing though he said the staff was expecting a couple of additional LOIs Wednesday evening. He said the school would formally announce the list of signings today.

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