About three years ago, Greg Sutton transferred to Oral Roberts, thinking it would be his chance to play big-time college basketball.
But just after he joined Oral Roberts, it dropped its program from NCAA Division I to NAIA. Sutton almost transferred again."I thought about it, but I said, 'No. What the heck,"' Sutton said.
Sutton, the 1991 NAIA player of the year, scored 19 points, had two assists and two steals Friday night, helping the West defeat the East 122-113 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-Star game.
Sutton, a 6-foot-2 guard and the leading scorer in Oral Roberts history, said he wasn't worrying about his potential NBA value entering the game viewed by scouts for every team in the league. But he allowed himself to think about it afterward.
"I think I do have a good chance. I want to do well at the (tryout) camps," he said. "People don't really know me like LaBradford Smith and LeRon Ellis. This was a chance for me to prove myself and show I can play against this type of competition."
In NAIA play, Sutton averaged 34.3 points per game this season and 20.3 for his career. He played in 104 games for Oral Roberts, scoring double figures in every game and finishing with 3,070 points. He hit 40 percent of his 3-pointers and 82 percent from the free throw line.
Purdue's Jimmy Oliver was named most valuable player for his 25-point, seven-rebound performance. Oliver entered the game midway through the first half and hit a pair of 3-pointers in a span of 21 seconds.
Melvin Cheatum of Alabama led the East with 22 points, with Nebraska's Rick King adding 17 and Providence's Eric Murdock hitting 16.