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Posted On: 10/23/17 4:02 PM
Class 5A in Oklahoma is usually the second best Class in the state. However this year there is a strong argument for Class 5A being the best in Oklahoma. This article is breaking down the favorites headed into the year with a few darkhorse teams that could make a run at the state title similar to Claremore a season ago.
Booker T. Washington
The Hornets enter the year as the top-ranked team in Class 5A by Prep Hoops Oklahoma. How could they be anything less? They lost a few key players to graduation but gained Trey Phipps in the offseason from Sapulpa. Boise State commit Jayson Bereal will have the role as the senior leader. Bryce Thompson on the Wing is the most talented player in the state of Oklahoma. Oh and don’t forget about Seth Hurd in the paint. Booker T. Washington has players at every position that will give their opponents headaches. The Hornets ended their 2016-2017 season one win short of a championship will they be able to complete their quest for a ring this time around?
The Titans have the best senior duo in the class with Point Guard Mason Harrell and Trey Hopkins. Harrell is the best all-around Point Guard in Oklahoma. Hopkins, a Seattle University commit, is a freak athlete with a very high ceiling on the Wing. The Titans have made deep runs in the Class 5A state tournament the last three years. The questions surrounding the Titans entering is will the supporting cast of Harrell and Hopkins be good enough to win another gold ball?
The Chargers are always in the conversation for the Class 5A Gold Ball. The returning champions are young in many spots with the loss of several key senior players from last season. Head Coach Bobby Allison will have to develop, mold and shape the Chargers over the regular season. The Boone twins Kalib and Keylan will be the focal points of Tulsa Memorial. Senior Shemar Walker will be a crucial player for the Chargers at the Point Guard spot. The Chargers have their work cut out for them but do not be surprised when they are in the thick of things at the state tournament in March.
Dark Horse Candidates
The Eagles return a loaded deck of talent with senior two-sport star Issac Beverly leading the way. They also have some young talent to be on the lookout for this season. Nate Goodlow is one of the top candidates in the state of Oklahoma to have a breakout year. Del City could make a deep run in the state tournament.
Northwest Classen has two top 20 standouts Mo Wilson in the 2018 Class and Dalin Wiggins in the 2019 Class. Wilson and Wiggins will give opponents fits on the Wing with their length and athleticism. Both had a tremendous summer and enter the high school season with something to prove.
The Eagles seem to always be in the conversation for the Class 5A gold ball. Lawton Ike is back with RJ Fisher and company ready to surprise in Class 5A. The Eagles are a good bet to make the Class 5A tournament.
One thing is evident about Class 5A, this is going to be an entertaining year to watch how this Class unfolds.
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