Stars shine brightly at Sperry Invitational


Posted On: 12/16/17 4:50 PM

The Sperry Invitational Semifinals were on Friday night featuring Skiatook vs 4A #19 Webster and 3A #10 Sperry vs 3A #11 Okmulgee. Webster dispatched Skiatook in overtime followed by Okmulgee running away from Sperry in the second half. What was the biggest story from the two games were how bright the stars shined.

David Ward 2018 Webster Wing 

Ward dominated the game from start to finish for Webster finishing with a game-high 27 points. The game appears to have slowed down to for the  6’5 Wing. He brings the ball up most of the time and plays the Lebron type of role for Webster doing a little bit of everything. In that role for Webster Ward has improved his defense, rebounding and ball handling. Ward projects to the NCAA Division I level but has seen his recruitment be very quiet as of late. He could end up being one of the top JUCO players in the state. Expect the recruitment of Ward to pick up as the year comes along. A lot of colleges would love to have Wing that can score it from all three levels with the size Ward has in his height and build.

Jace Pratt 2018 Sperry Point Guard 

Pratt put on a show Friday night dropping in 35 points with 23 of those coming in the opening half. He shot the ball exceptionally well from behind the arc. He might be the best shooter in the state this year. When he puts up a three-point shot you expect it to go in. Pratt did not get many open looks in the second half as the offense failed to get him the ball for almost the entire third quarter. Pratt managed to catch fire in the fourth quarter nearly leading his team to victory. Pratt is a prospect NCAA Division II programs should give strong consideration to the way he shoots the ball. He will need to gain weight and build his frame but those are certainly doable.

Devion Nelson 2018 Okmulgee Wing 

In the two outings, I have watched Nelson this year both of them he has been terrific. Nelson finished with 26 points with a lot of those coming from baskets inside off of layups and put back shots. He is a high energy 6’2 Shooting Guard that shoots the ball respectable from three-point range and is fantastic at getting to the rim. Driving to the basket Nelson uses his good build and strength to help him navigate through traffic.  If I was an NAIA Division II program I would have offered yesterday. Lock NAIA Division II player with the chance to elevate to the NCAA Division II level.

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