3 Roderick Pearson, Jr.
3 - Roderick Pearson, Jr.
Height: 6-2
Weight: 195
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Kansas City, Mo.
Previous College: Southeast Missouri State
Position: G
Previous School: Raytown South HS

ORU Career Notes
Was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA in March ... played in just four games in 2009-10 before suffering a torn left ACL ... has played in 71 career games at ORU, making 67 starts ... owns ORU career averages of 6.8 points and 2.6 rebounds ... sat out the 2008-09 season after transferring from Southeast Missouri State, where he played two seasons for Scott Edgar.

2011-12 (Redshirt Senior)
Moved into the starting point guard role as a senior starting all 34 games and playing an average of 30.9 minutes per game ... had the best scoring season of his career at ORU averaging 8.4 points per game ... set a career high with 12 assists against South Dakota (Dec. 30) and tied his career highs in points (20 at UALR, Dec. 12), free throws (6 at Oakland, Jan. 3) and steals (3, four times) ... hit a shot at the buzzer to beat IUPUI on Jan. 14 that was the #3 play on ESPN's SportsCenter Top-10 that night ... also took over late in the game in the quarterfinals of the Summit League Tournament after teammate Morrison fouled out with 2:34 to go ... scored in double figures in 13 games.

2010-11 (Senior)
Played the entire season after missing all but four games in 2009-10 with a knee injury … ranked eighth in the Summit League in assists per game (2.7) and seventh in total assists (92) … ORU was 18-12 in his 30 starts … scored in double figures seven times, including an ORU career-high 20 points in a win at UMKC … also dished six assists in the victory over the Kangaroos … enjoyed best game of ORU career with 18 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals in comeback win over North Dakota State … was a perfect 4-for-4 from three-point range against the Jackrabbits, part of a school-record 14-of-17 team effort from beyond the arc … scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds in home win over IUPUI … chipped in 10 points and 4 assists in home win over Southern Utah … scored a then-ORU career high with 11 points at North Dakota State, also adding four assists … followed up showing at North Dakota State with 14 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals at South Dakota State … was a perfect 4-for-4 from three-point range against the Jackrabbits, part of a school-record 14-of-17 team effort from beyond the arc … snared a career-high nine rebounds at Akron … enjoyed a strong effort with nine points, five assists and two steals in home loss to Oakland …contributed six points, three rebounds and two assists at Missouri … had six points, two assists and two rebounds in comeback win at IUPUI … scored seven points with three rebounds at Texas Tech … dished season-high five assists in home win over UALR … averaged 7.4 points, 2.9 assists and 2.9 rebounds in Summit League play.

2009-10 (RS-Junior)
Appeared in and started the season’s first four games before suffering a season-ending left knee ACL injury … averaged 4.5 points and 2.3 assists before the injury … injured late in the first half at Virginia … injury came three days after his game-winning buzzer-beater at Stanford … with the game tied at 81, Pearson took an inbounds pass and ran the length of the court, nailing an 18-foot floater before time expired to give ORU an 83-81 victory … reached a season-high with nine points against the Cardinal, going 3-of-8 from the field and making all three free throws … grabbed four or more rebounds in his first three games, including a season-best five in the opener at Wake Forest.

2008-09 (Junior)
Sat out the season under NCAA rules after transferring from Southeast Missouri State in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Previous School
Pearson appeared in 61 games in two seasons at Southeast Missouri State, scoring in double figures 23 times ... Made 46 starts including 27 as a sophomore ... Averaged 10.2 points, 2.6 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game in ‘07-08 when SEMO finished 12-19 overall and 7-13 in Ohio Valley Conference play ... shot 43 percent from the field, 23.8 percent from 3-point range, and 75.8 percent from the free throw line ... Scored a season-high 22 points against Longwood on Nov. 24, 2007 ... Started 19 of the 30 games in which he appeared as a freshman, taking over the starting point guard duties after an injury to a teammate ... Averaged 8.0 points, 2.3 assists and 2.1 rebounds in ‘06-07 ... Shot 42.5 percent from the field and 72 percent from the line ... Best game as a freshman came against OVC foe Eastern Kentucky when he scored 22 points with 11 assists and five steals in 88-74 win over the Colonels.

High School
2006 graduate of Kansas City’s Raytown South ... Earned first-team All-State and all-metro honors as a senior ... Coached by the winningest high school coach in Missouri history, Bud Lathrop ...  Earned player of the year honors from The Examiner newspaper and was a finalist for the prestigious DiRenna Award as Kansas City’s top prep player ... Averaged 19 points, eight assists, five rebounds and five steals per game his senior season.