– BY MICHAEL KNIGHT
The BOK Showcase event returns on Saturday with some of the top Tulsa area teams competing against one another. In addition to that, we’ll also see some of the top players in the state in action at the BOK Center. All in all, we’ll see eight games at the BOK on Saturday, four boys games and four girls games. All of the action begins at 9AM and the last game will start at 8PM. After a two year hiatus, the BOK Showcase returns on Saturday. We’re only a few weeks away from the playoffs begininning. Several of Saturday’s match-up’s could end up being potential state tournament previews. However, this post is all about the stars that could be shining when they take the court on Saturday.
BOYS PLAYERS TO WATCH
BRYCE THOMPSON – GUARD – BOOKER T WASHINGTON
Booker T Washington super sophomore Bryce Thompson has already gotten the attention of some of the top college programs in the nation. After a breakout freshman season and an even better summer with PWP Basketball, Thompson was ranked nationally as one of the best guards. It’s been an up and down season for Thompson and his Hornet teammates but it appears that they are turning things around. Thompson has the ability to take over a game in an instant.
CAMRYN DENNIS – GUARD – BROKEN ARROW
Broken Arrow is ranked as the #1 team in 6A basketball and they have a trio of very talented seniors in Braden Boyer, Caleb Huffman and Josh Robison. However, you can make the argument that the most consistent star for the Tigers has been junior Camryn Dennis. The junior showed flashes last year as a sophomore but he’s taken his game to another level this year. Dennis never takes a play off and can step outside and be a dangerous shooter. He also has springs for legs, so if he gets out on a breakaway, get your popcorn ready.
KEYLAN BOONE – FORWARD – MEMORIAL
The consensus is slowly but surely changing that Memorial’s Keylan Boone is without a doubt the best player in Oklahoma’s 2019 class. Boone is a long defender that only gets better on the defensive side of the ball. On offense, Boone has the complete package. He’s a consistent shooter and can drive the lane, and most importantly, he has the strength to finish at the rim and can handle contact in the paint. The scary part about Keylan and twin brother Kalib, they still have plenty of room to grow and are well on their way.
GIRLS PLAYERS TO WATCH
DELANEY NIX – GUARD – TAHLEQUAH
Tahlequah’s Delaney Nix emerged last year, leading Tahlequah to the Class 5A state tournament. She ended up being a finalist for the OKPreps Player Of The Year award. Similar to some of the other players on the list, Nix and her team have lost a few games but she is once again considered one of the best guards in the state. Nix can run the offense and can also excel playing off the ball. When Nix is hitting her shots, she’s extremely tough to slow down. She also sets things up for her teammates when she runs the point.
DESTINY JOHNSON – GUARD – SAND SPRINGS
One of the more athletic guards in the state is Sand Springs’ Destiny Johnson. The Lady Sandites came into this season as one of the top ranked teams and they’ve hit a couple bumps in the road but with Johnson, they’ll be in every game moving forward. She is one of the best on ball defenders in the Tulsa area, which leads to multiple steals and easy lay up’s on the other end. Johnson’s future is bright as she continues to evolve her game on the offensive end. All of the key fundamentals are down for Johnson already.
MYA BHINHAR – GUARD – OWASSO
Owasso senior guard Mya Bhinhar has taken her game to a completely different level this season. Bhinhar has always shown flashes of the ability to be one of the best players in the state. However, she’s also been bitten by the injury bug and hasn’t had that consistency play that we’ve seen from her this year. She’s one of the best floor generals in 6A basketball and has shown off a complete skill set. She can lock down the opposing team’s best player on defense and has become an outstanding passer on offense.