CHICKASHA – In his senior season, Norris Rumph has become a star on the USAO men’s basketball team. But ever humble, he remains focused on the team success rather on his individual stats.
In addition to leading the Drovers in points, assists and steals, Rumph tops the NAIA Division I in three-point field goal percentage, something he credits to extra time in the gym and solid passing from his teammates.
“I wouldn't say I have a role. I would just say I just play hard. That’s my role … I don’t really worry about stats, I just play hard,” Rumph said. “The shots I make, my teammates give me the ball, so I really give credit to my teammates.”
The Drovers (11-6, 4-5) struggled at the beginning of conference play but finally found their stride. They’re beginning an away-game stretch, leaving just two home games in the remaining seven of the season.
“The season is going OK. I could be going better. Me and the guys hit a wall, like every basketball team does, but it’s how you bounce back,” Rumph said. “We accomplished a lot, but we can’t worry about that. I think that’s what the problem was.”
After graduation in December, Rumph wants to return to his hometown of Savannah, Ga., to help inspire the youth there to fight for a chance to better themselves and go to college — an opportunity he is thankful for.
“(I want to) Just go back to my community and give back to the kids. Try to give them some knowledge,” he said. “Let them know to just keep working hard: Work hard in the classroom, work hard on the floor, respect your parents and everything will be alright.”
In the Saddle — Norris Rumph
National Tournament Appearances
2001, 2002 2003, 2008, 2009