Milton, Solomon with chance to shine

It's the start of the Oklahoma state basketball tournament and there are basketball and football names to be on the watch for.

Football in the books, now it's time for the Oklahoma high school state basketball tournaments. The best of the best will square off either at Oral Roberts' Mabee Center or State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City in Saturday's championship games.

Here is a look at the quarterfinal games featuring top-tier recruits.

Midwest City vs. Owasso

You want to circle one Class 6A game? Feel free to do it with this 7 p.m. battle at Catoosa High. Midwest City has been oh so close so many times under coach Dewayne Bradley and once again the Bombers are knocking on the door.

But the best player in this one resides in Owasso with junior guard Shake Milton. After helping lead the Rams to the state semifinals last season, Milton has made the leap to a superstar this season.

Entering the tournament, Milton is averaging 29.6 points per game with 5.7 rebounds per game and 3.7 assists. He has offers from Oklahoma, SMU, Creighton and Tulsa. The Sooners have been pursuing Milton since the middle of his sophomore season.

Tulsa Union vs. Lawton Eisenhower

This one isn't so much about the basketball talent on the court as it is the football talent. Tulsa Union has two players signed for the Sooners football team.

Forwards Carson Meier and Jeffery Mead are two integral members of the team with Meier averaging eight points per game and Mead averaging 10 per contest. Meier is a three-star tight end and Mead is a three-star wide receiver.

The two teams meet 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Catoosa.

Bixby vs. Mustang

The present against the future as Bixby features four-star center Mitch Solomon, an Oklahoma State signee, against Mustang's Austin Meyer in the first game of the tournament at 2 p.m.

Solomon has been dominant in helping lead Bixby to an unexpected state tournament berth. He's averaging 19 points and 10 rebounds per contest.

Mayer, a 6-foot-8 Class of 2016 prospect, already has an offer from Oklahoma and averages 10.6 points per game. Guard Jakolby Long is a 6-foot-4 prospect for the 2016 class and has offers from Wichita State and OU while averaging 12.1 points per contest.

Oklahoma City Putnam City West vs. Muskogee

The east side favorite to take home the gold ball is Tulsa Union. On the west side of the state it's all about Putnam City West.

Led by guard Omega Harris, the Patriots are ranked No. 1 in the state. Harris, a three-star prospect, has signed with UTEP and is averaging more than 18 points per game.

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