– BY MICHAEL KNIGHT
The 2017-2018 basketball season has come and gone and it’s time to hand out some awards! Stay tuned to OKPreps all week as we hand out awards and recognize some of the best performances throughout the basketball season. Up first, we announce our ten finalists for the OKPreps Boys Player Of The Year award. As always, you can vote on who YOU think should be the Fan’s Favorite winner for the award. Voting starts now and will end on Monday, April 2nd at noon! OKPreps will announce their staff pick on Friday. The finalists for the girl’s award will be announced Monday afternoon. Here’s a look at all ten finalists for the award.
Adokiye Iyaye – Guard – Putnam City North
One of several finalists that led his team to a state championship, senior guard Adokiye Iyaye was one of the best guards in Oklahoma this year. On a team that had several playmakers, Iyaye was one of the most consistent with his play throughout the season. Iyaye worked perfectly off junior point guard Micah Thomas and even showed the ability to run the point himself. The UTSA signee was a threat to score from anywhere on the floor and because of that, made things happen for his teammates.
Antonio Gordon – Forward – Lawton Eisenhower
One of the biggest breakout stars was Lawton Eisenhower junior forward Antonio Gordon. The Ike big man consistently put up impressive double-double numbers with points and rebounds. However, on several occasions, Gordon would even show off his shooting skills. He has a nice touch on his mid-range game but he became an absolute force when he became a consistent shooter from beyond the three-point arc. Ike has produced some good bigs in the last decade but Gordon might be the most talented.
Caleb Huffman – Guard – Broken Arrow
Broken Arrow senior guard Caleb Huffman has had quite the career and it all came together for him as a senior. He helped lead the Tigers back to the state tournament and one game shy of a state championship game appearance. Huffman was quiet on the floor but let his game do the talking for him. He was apart of a three-headed monster with Camryn Dennis and Josh Robinson that made the Tiger offense known as “Dunkin Arrow”. Huffman and the high-flying Tigers were fun to watch every night.
Jacob Germany – Center – Kingston
Considered one of the better prospects in Oklahoma’s 2019 class, Kingston junior Jacob Germany had plenty of hype around him coming into this season. He backed up the hype with his play on the floor. Germany and his Kingston teammates dominated Class 3A competition, on their way to a runner-up finish after an OT loss to Star Spencer. Germany was a force in the paint for the Redskins, but he also showed the ability to step out of the paint and knock down shots from all over the court.
Jett Sternberger – Guard – Kingfisher
Kingfisher junior Jett Sternberger has a legitimate shot to be the first person in our website’s history to be a candidate for the Player Of The Year award in basketball as well as football. Look out for that in the fall and next basketball season. However, Sternberger is a finalist for this year’s award after helping lead Kingfisher to one game shy of a perfect season. Sternberger absolutely filled it up from three-point range. He backed up his breakout sophomore season with an even more impressive junior campaign.
Kalib Boone – Forward – Memorial
The first of two Boone twins to be named finalists for the OKPreps Player Of The Year award. Junior forward Kalib Boone did the majority of his damage inside the paint on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. During their run to the state championship, Boone hosted a block party in the paint and every team was invited. While brother Keylan did a little of everything, Kalib stuck to the power forward role where he would routinely put up big numbers in points, rebounds and blocked shots.
Keylan Boone – Forward – Memorial
You can’t have one Boone twin without the other. In all seriousness, it’s so tough to pick who was more valuable to Memorial’s championship run. Keylan played more of a small forward role where he stepped out and caused havoc against guards and had the length that no teams could contend with. On the offensive end of the floor, Keylan was a threat to score all over the floor. He was one of the best three-point shooters for the Chargers and could also finish at the rim and had no problems dealing with contact.
Mason Harrell – Guard – Carl Albert
Without a doubt, Carl Albert senior point guard Mason Harrell was the most exciting player to watch in high school basketball this year. Whether it was watching him score from anywhere on the floor, driving in the lane and finding the perfect spot to take his shot or dropping dimes in passing lanes that no other guard could copy, Harrell was simply sensational this season. The Carl Albert Titan product averaged 30+ points per game and had several games where he eclipsed 40 and even 50 points.
Robert Briley – Forward – Wright City
Wright City senior Robert Briley is right there with Kingfisher’s Jett Sternberger on this list as a legitimate two-sport star. In fact, Briley’s future is on the baseball diamond where he’ll be playing college baseball. However, he was one of the more dominant players in small school basketball this season. He helped lead Wright City to their first ever state championship, not only in basketball, but in school history period. Briley was a double-double machine for the Lumberjax, on their way to the state title.
Tauriawn Knight – Guard – Edmond Santa Fe
Senior guard Tauriawn Knight helped lead Edmond Santa Fe back to the state championship game for the second time in the last four years. Knight, a South Dakota signee, was one of the most consistent players throughout the season at all levels. Knight had some talented players around him but he made this Santa Fe ship go this year. A lot of players might have gotten more pub this year but Knight earned his spot on this list by his consistent play during the year.
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