BELTON (April 3, 2013) -- It was a long journey for Thomas Orr to get to UMHB.
"Thomas started off at a junior college, didn't work out for him and he went and tried at another one, didn't work out for him," said Cru Head Coach Ken DeWeese. "He came here, I gave him a long list of things he couldn't do and his list of things he could do was very short. He just had to do what I wanted him to do. He's just been as near to perfect as you can be."
A reason he ended up at UMHB, his childhood friend Brian Todd.
"He asked if we had any spots open, I told him, 'I don't know about that but I know if you work hard and you're good on defense, coach will give you a shot, pretty much,'" said Cru guard Brian Todd. "So I told him to come down and play a couple open gym games in the summer and that's what he did."
"He didn't try to sell me on if I should come here. It was more of, this is my third stop, I'm tired of it," said Cru guard Thomas Orr. "Knowing that he was here is more comforting because we had a long past in middle school. So he played a factor in it, it wasn't the ultimate reason on why I came here. He had a pretty big impact on it."
After a sub-par junior season, Orr has come into his own as the Cru's leading scorer this season. On Sunday, Orr and Todd will play for a national championship.
"I never thought that would happen. I just planned on playing hard and doing the best I can do. It's seriously been a dream come true to do it, especially to do it with this team," said Todd.
"Being able to win one with my friends is just something we can always talk about, even down the road after basketball is over and years down the road in our lives," said Orr. It's just something that, it'll bring us even closer, another memory that we can share."