R.J. Fuqua is quite familiar with the Mabee Center. The home of the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles was where his father, Richard Fuqua, played college basketball, and it’s where R.J. will prolong his basketball career.
On Tuesday, Fuqua committed to the Golden Eagles, days before his Booker T. Washington club takes on Westmoore in the opening round of the Class 6A state tournament.
“I am very excited to commit to ORU,” Fuqua said. “It’s a very special day, and something I’ve been thinking about my whole life.”
When it comes to a perfect marriage, Booker T. Washington coach Joe Redmond said that’s exactly what Fuqua going to ORU is.
“I don’t know if there’s ever been a better fit in the making for a kid to play at a certain school, with his dad playing there and him growing up in Tulsa,” Redmond told the Tulsa World.
At 81st and Lewis, R.J. Fuqua will play where his dad posted a 35.9 points per game average during the 1971-1972 season. That year, Richard Fuqua scored 1,006 points in 28 games, and he also shot 45 percent (423 of 941) from the field.
Richard Fuqua is the second-leading scorer in ORU history with 3,004 points. Only Greg Sutton (3,070) is higher on the school’s scoring list.
“It means a lot to play where my dad played my dad had a lot of records,” R.J. Fuqua said. “I feel as if I can come in and make my own name.”
R.J. Fuqua, a 5-foot-11 point guard averaging 15.7 points and five assists, also had offers from Houston Baptist and Missouri-Kansas City, and he said there was some consideration for going elsewhere. But in the end, he’ll join forces with Chris Miller, a former Booker T. Washington teammate.
“I am very excited to be playing with Chris again,” R.J. Fuqua said. “He is one of my good friends.”