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Posted On: 03/3/18 8:26 PM
Prep Hoops was back at the Class 6A West Area bracket on Saturday night. Midwest City faced Putnam City North in the opening matchup. The Bombers jumped out to an early lead, but Putnam City North responded and took control in the fourth quarter. Putnam City North defeated the Bombers 77-71 to advance to the Class 6A State Tournament.
Juwan Walker 2018 Midwest City Point Guard (Signed Southwest Baptist Football)
Walker played the final game of his high school career on Saturday and was tremendous. He fought with everything he had on both ends. Typically, Walker is not known to score the basketball very well on offense however on this night Walker got hot from three-point range. He also was great at creating offense by driving to the basket. Walker will play Football at the next level the Bombers will miss him a lot next year.
JD Ray 2019 Midwest City Point Guard
The performance of Ray this season at Midwest City has him rising to be one of the top NCAA Division II recruits in the Oklahoma 2019 Class. He scored a game-high 29 points scoring at all three levels. Heading into next year Ray will be the clear go-to guy for the Bombers.
DJ Freeman 2020 Midwest City Forward
Freeman is a player to keep tabs on over the next year on how he progresses in the paint. He gave the Bombers good rebounding and a scoring touch inside. Midwest City will count on him to be a bigger part of the offense next season.
Derrick Walter Jr. 2018 Midwest City Wing (Signed Oklahoma Christian)
Walter Jr. was a consistent scoring force for Midwest City on the night. He finished his high school career with an efficient 18 points. The majority of his points came from within the three-point line as Putnam City North did a great job of running him off the three-point line. Midwest City will miss his scoring next season.
Micah Thomas 2019 Putnam City North Point Guard
Thomas was his crafty self on Saturday night doing a good job of creating offense for the Panthers. He was best attacking off the dribble. Thomas is a top ten prospect in the Oklahoma 2019 Class because of his quickness, vision, and ability to score the rock.
Blake Owens 2018 Putnam City North Forward
Owens rose up the 2018 Oklahoma prospect rankings to 11 in the state and might have needed to go a little higher. I continue to be impressed with how much he has improved over his high school career. Honestly, Owens could be a Low Major NCAA Division I big with the energy he plays with on both ends. He has learned to dominate his role of rebounding and scoring inside. Also, Owens is turning into a true stretch four with his newly added three-point shot. He doesn’t take a ton of three-pointers but seems to make the one a game that he takes. Owens will be a steal for the college that lands his talents.
Adokiye Iyaye 2018 Putnam City North Wing (Signed UTSA)
Putnam City North did a better job getting Iyaye the basketball on Saturday night. In return, Iyaye dominated starting his scoring from three-point range and then using his strength to overpower defenders in the paint. UTSA is getting the best two way player in Oklahoma. Iyaye locked in on defense all night making the Bombers work for everything they scored. Iyaye will need to play lights out like tonight and lead this Putnam City North team for them to win it all.
In the second game of the night, Edmond Memorial took on Deer Creek in a Cinderella matchup. The game was tied at 12 after one quarter then Edmond Memorial woke up and outscored Deer Creek 26-6 in the second quarter. From that point on this game was in the books. Edmond Memorial advances with the win over Deer Creek to the Class 6A State Tournament. Give Bulldogs head coach Shane Cowherd a ton of credit for the improvements in Edmond Memorial over the season.
Drew Tennial 2019 Edmond Memorial Guard
Tennial is a talented 2019 Guard that projects to the NCAA Division I level. What coaches have to love about Tennial is how smart he plays on the floor. Yes, Tennial has all of the physical traits a coach could want with athleticism, size at 6’5 and so on. Rarely does Tennial ever force shots. Saturday night he was great at creating for himself and teammates. He attacked the basket with aggression leading to great outcomes. Tennial has been key to the Bulldogs run to the state tournament.
Nick White 2018 Deer Creek Guard
White had a great performance putting on a scoring show with 27 points for Deer Creek. He was the lone bright spot for Deer Creek. White played his final game but should have an opportunity to play in college at the small college level if he wants to.
Parker Clarida 2019 Edmond Memorial Guard
Clarida had a great game he is really starting to turn his potential into production on the court. He scored 16 points for the Bulldogs in the big win. In the first half, Parker hit four three-pointers. He followed in the second half hitting a couple of layups inside. Clarida is a player for small colleges to keep an eye on in the 2019 Class. He is a sparky Guard that can create and shoot the ball well.
Jake Thionnett 2019 Edmond Memorial Wing
Thionnett rebounded the basketball well for Edmond Memorial. He gives Memorial a good defensive option on the Wing with his length. He is a prospect that has had a great year and will enter the 2019 Oklahoma prospect rankings. If he has a big summer Thionnett could end up as one of the top 2019 small college guys.
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