40 Ralph Charles
40 Ralph Charles
Height: 6-5
Weight: 205
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Tulsa, Okla.
Position: G/F
Previous School: Union HS

Birthdate: 4/4/82

Father: Ralph Charles, Sr.

Sister: Kayla (5)

Major: Accounting

Also Recruited By: Navy, New Mexico State, Texas State

OUTLOOK - Coaches are counting on him to have a solid senior season ...

Has great

potential ... A local high school star, he learned the college game on

the fly as a true

freshman and recovered from a slow start to have a solid sophomore

season ... A slasher-

type who is expected to challenge for a starting spot on the wing ...

Capable of knocking

down the 3-point shot ... Extremely versatile athlete ... Plays solid

defense ... One of

ORU's best free throw shooters (76.1 percent for his career).

JUNIOR (2002-03) - Played in 25 games, all off the bench ... Averaged 3.5

points and 2.9

rebounds per game ... Had his best games early in the season ...

Scored a season-high

12 points (4-6 FG, 2-3 3pt, 2-3 FT) in home win over Mississippi Valley

State on Dec. 21

... Had perhaps his best all-around game of the season at Big Ten foe

Minnesota on New

Year's Day, scoring 11 points (3-5 FG, 2-3 3pt, 3-3 FT) and grabbing

seven rebounds in

23 minutes ... Struggled offensively during conference play, but still

managed to give the

Golden Eagles some valuable minutes thanks to his rebounding and

defense ... Had a

career-high 10 rebounds and contributed six points in home win over

Oakland on Jan. 18

... Went scoreless for a seven-game stretch late in the season and did

not play in the Mid-

Continent Conference Tournament game against UMKC.

SOPHOMORE (2001-02) - Came off the bench in 30 of 31 contests ... Played


the first nine games while recovering from off-season surgery on his

right foot (ORU

2-7 in that span), but still managed to hit 15 of his first 21 field

goal attempts (71.4 FG%)

... Played double-figure minutes and scored in each of the last 22

games ... Ranked sixth

on the team in scoring (4.9 ppg) ... Tied his career-high with a

season-high seven

rebounds in the win over Tennessee State (12/5/01) ... Tied his

career-high (originally set

at UMKC on 2/22/01) with 16 points in the 115-62 win over UT-Arlington


making all seven of his field goal attempts and both 3-point tries ...

Hit all eight free

throw attempts (scoring 10 points), had six rebounds, and added a

season-high three

assists in overtime loss at UT-Arlington (1/2/02) ... Scored nine

points, including five of

six at the free throw line in the final 1:34 to help ORU hold off IUPUI

(1/10/02) ...

Contributed 14 points, five rebounds and tied season-high of three

assists in win over

Oakland (1/12/02) ... Played a season-high 31 minutes in that game

against the Golden

Grizzlies, earning much of his time when starter Markius Barnes left

with a dislocated

shoulder in the first half ... Earned his first start of the season the

following game, against

Valparaiso (1/17/02), in place of the injured Barnes ... Scored 10

points in 94-64 win at

Chicago State (2/21/02) ... Had four games with two 3-pointers.

FRESHMAN (2000-01) - Showed glimpses of an outstanding future at ORU as a


freshman ... Played in 28 games ... Was a starter at the end of the

season, and ended the

year with 10 starts overall ... Averaged 5.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and

17.3 minutes per

game ... Led or tied for the team lead in scoring three times ...

Reached double-figure

scoring for the first time with 14 points in the loss to Oklahoma on

Dec. 29, making 5-of-

8 from the field ... He also contributed 3 rebounds, 2 steals and a

block against the

Sooners ... Followed that with a 15-point effort the next night against

UT-Pan American

at the All-College Tournament in Oklahoma City ... Contributed 10 points

(4-of-6 FG)

and 4 rebounds at Youngstown State on Feb. 8 ... Averaged nearly 10

points per game

(season-average was 5.3) and shot at a 62.5% clip from the field his

last three regular-

season games ... One of those games in that span was a career-high

16-point effort (6-of-9

FG) at UMKC on Feb. 22 ... Also tied his career-high of 7 rebounds

against the

Kangaroos ... Missed regular-season finale vs. Binghamton due to

illness ... Had 6 points

and 6 rebounds in Mid-Con Tournament loss to Southern Utah in the


HIGH SCHOOL - USA Today Honorable Mention All-American (Oklahoma) as a


at Tulsa's Union High School (along with ORU teammates Matt Gastel and


Bluitt) ... Played four seasons for head coach Rudy Garcia ... Chosen

as a captain for his

senior season ... Led team in scoring, assists and steals ... Voted the

team's best defensive

player and Most Valuable Player ... Averaged 18.6 points, 6.5 rebounds

and 4.5 assists

per game during his high school career ... Named to the first team

All-Conference, All-

Metro and All-State squads ... Named the MVP of the Tournament of

Champions...Was a

member of the Who's Who Among American High School Students three

straight years.