George Overbey just knew he was going to bomb his accounting quiz Tuesday morning.
After the night he had, how could he not?
The 21-year-old Oklahoma State senior had stayed up till 4 a.m. None of those hours were spent cramming. And by the time he plopped down in his 9 a.m. class, Overbey's mind was a magnificent mess, stuck somewhere between sleep deprived and still daydreaming about the one-of-a-kind encounter he'd forever cherish.
Then the professor displayed the first question on the overhead projector.
“What NBA player was here in Stillwater last night playing flag football?”
This one was easy. By now, it seemed the whole campus knew the answer.
The next question appeared.
“What accounting master's student brought Kevin Durant to Stillwater?”
Overbey looked up and saw his name as one of the multiple choice options. Suddenly, he realized this quiz was tailor-made. It wouldn't be the one he'd have to drop from his accounting grade.
That's how life went for Overbey on Tuesday. He was the big man on campus, the man hailed for bringing an NBA superstar to town for one impromptu intramural game of flag football on Monday night.
“I don't know about that,” Overbey said. “I'm definitely the lucky man on campus. I was just lucky to get re-tweeted by Kevin Durant and get to experience his humility and generosity.”
In any other calendar year, Durant wouldn't have been available. But because of the four-month-old NBA lockout, the Oklahoma City Thunder star was looking for fun on Halloween night rather than resting up for his team's scratched season opener.
It all started when Durant posted a random message to his Twitter account early Monday evening.
“This lockout is really boring..anybody playing flag football in Okc..I need to run around or something!” Durant wrote.
Overbey responded, “Got a game tonight in Stillwater!! I need a deep threat!!”
Durant asked, “Can I play?”
Overbey then replied, “Can you catch? We've won the ‘ship for 3 years! Tonight @ 10.” To that, Durant fired back, “forreal?”
Yes, Overbey was for real.
The two continued their conversation via Twitter's private, “direct message” function, exchanging cell phone numbers and other details. Overbey, who was The Oklahoman's 2008 Scholar Athlete of the Year, played high school basketball with Blake Griffin at Oklahoma Christian School. Overbey made sure to notify Durant to his ties to Griffin so the Thunder forward knew he wasn't crazy.
Unfazed, Durant responded with “lol,” the acronym for laughing out loud, and reiterated that he just wanted to play.
Durant, though, had one request. He asked if he could play quarterback. That generally is Overbey's position. But do you really think Overbey, who calls Durant his favorite player, was going to tell the two-time scoring champ no?
“I was like, ‘Dude, you can play whatever position you want,'” said Overbey, who gladly moved to receiver.
So Overbey shipped Durant his address. Durant and two friends left Oklahoma City just before 9 p.m. Overbey provided frequent directions as Durant made his way to Stillwater.