As we enter into the heart of January, the high school basketball season is now really starting to ramp up with games happening all over the place as we near postseason play at the end of February.
As basketball season now takes center stage in the sports world, let’s take a look at what schools seemed to be primed and ready for a run to the Big House in 2020:
The 6A Class looks to be very competitive in 2020, with a few teams looking to be legit contenders in both boys and girls. For the boys, Southmoore currently sits at #1 narrowly edging out Booker T Washington. The Sabercats are led by 6’7” Forward Sam Godwin who is having a stellar season. But, Booker T counters with the sensational Bryce Thompson – who most would say is the best player in the entire state of Oklahoma. Add in Trey Phipps and Jalen Breath, and Booker T Washington is going to be very hard to knock off.
As for the girls, it is more Booker T Washington. The #1 Lady Hornets are led by Wyvette Mayberry who is having a dynamite senior season. Choctaw is a team that can’t be slept on either, though, as they also stand with an unblemished record of 9-0 to this point. Deer Creek, Norman, Edmond North, among some others look to be the lead contenders to make a run at the title.
For the 5A boys…hello Del City. Coach Lenny Hatchett has the Eagles absolutely rolling at 9-0 including a win over 6A contender Booker T Washington. They had a meeting lined up with Southmoore as well but that game got canceled due to inclement weather which is an obvious shame. Del City looks to be the class of 5A right now and are definitely the favorites, but Memorial gave them a fairly tough game in their first meeting (a 61-49 Del City win), so don’t sleep on them should they meet again in the postseason.
On the girls side of things, Piedmont looks to be the favorites right now there. They have rattled off some real nice wins, including some over top 20 6A teams in Bixby and Mustang. Something a little concerning perhaps for the Wildcats would be the fact that early in the season they defeated Macarthur (another 5A contender), but when they rematched last week it went heavily in the other direction with Macarthur taking the 17-point win. Will Rogers and East Central look to have capable teams as well at the 5A level.
For 4A boys it is all about Kingfisher, again. They are simply loaded with talent with two D1 guys in their starting five with Bijan Cortes and Trey Green. They are fast, athletic, and can shoot. The Yellow Jackets look to potentially be on a collision course with Heritage Hall once again, but it feels like Kingfisher may just be too much for everyone in 4A this season.
The Girls in 4A are going to be very fun to watch down the stretch and into postseason with some teams playing really good basketball right now. It could be argued the two best teams in 4A met just last week when the Newcastle Lady Racers took on the Anadarko Lady Warriors with Anadarko getting the narrow victory. The Lady Warriors have to be considered the top team in 4A right now but Newcastle is right on their heels and Classen SAS has looked impressive as well – even pounding a Top-20 5A squad in Del City earlier this season.
3A Boys is a bit of a cluster, with teams as low as #9 in the OSSAA rankings having received at least one first place vote. Right now Millwood does appear to be the cream of the crop despite having just a 7-6 record. All of their losses are to good opponents, and they gave 4A #2 Heritage Hall a big time run for their money dropping that one by just 8 points. But the gap between Millwood and the rest of the field is not big, with Roland, Sequoyah (Tahlequah), Perry, Star Spencer, and many more being viable contenders to make a deep postseason run.
3A girls on the other hand, is a little more straighforward right now. Sequoyah (Tahlequah) is very good and have to be considered the favorites at this point. They are 11-1 on the season with their lone loss coming by 5 points to the #1 Team in 6A in Booker T Washington. That is crazy impressive. Jones is a legit #2 though, having played Sequoyah quite competitively in their lone meeting, dropping that one 56-46 for their only loss of the season to date.
2A Boys are an interesting group right now, with several teams looking like contenders. Rejoice Christian currently holds the #1 mantle but Dale seems to have a real strong argument for that place as well. Dale sits at 12-1 including a win over 4A Top-20 Elgin, one of the most impressive W’s any 2A team has. They also defeated Howe for what is their only loss of the season. Meanwhile, Oklahoma Union sits undefeated at 11-0. The sleeper team, though, in 2A is Minco, who has some really stellar playmakers and can hang with anyone.
For the girls, right now it seems that Vanoss is the consensus top team currently sitting at 12-1. They have some really good wins, like over 3A top tier team Christian Heritage, and their lone loss came in a close one to 3A favorite Sequoyah (Tahlequah). Dale and Howe are both putting together nice seasons as well and will certainly be challenging for the title when it is all said and done.
Class A and B
Last but not least in both Class A and B there are some teams absolutely killing it right now. In A, Calumet and Cyril are a combined 27-0 on the season, looking clearly to be the top 2 teams right now. In B, Paden, Leedey, and Braggs are still undefeated on the season – and they aren’t even currently ranked number one. That honor goes to 14-1 Duke, who’s lone loss came to 6A #1 Booker T Washington.
Class A girls are led by Hydro-Eakly who are 15-1 on the year with their only loss coming to 3A #1 Sequoyah. There are some very strong teams behind them, though, including #4 Vici who is still undefeated on the season. In Class B, Duke is #1 at 13-2 narrowly ahead of Lomega who is also 13-2. Boise City is an interesting team to watch at #4, having only dropped one game this season thus far.