OKPreps: Class 6A boys state preview

Action begins around the state as the top high schools battle for state championships

While the Oklahoma Sooners eye a Big 12 Tournament championship, high schools large and small around the state are looking for a state championship.

Action begins Thursday in Tulsa and Oklahoma City as some of the best venues in the state play host to some of the best high schools.

Class 2-A, 3-A and 4-A will be played at multiple locations around the Oklahoma City. 5-A will be playing at the Mabee Center in Tulsa. Class 6-A will play at Skiatook High School before deciding the championship and semifinals at the Mabee Center.

Here’s a look at the 6-A bracket:

No. 11 Union (20-6) vs. No. 3 Edmond Memorial (23-4), 2 p.m.

Tulsa Union

Quick season recap: The defending state champion, which has won two of the last three state titles, replaced all five starters from last year’s team but still won 20 games this season. The Redskins lost five of eight games after beating Putnam City West to win the Putnam City Invitational but have won nine straight.

Player to watch: Sophomore forward Ethan Chargois is a matchup nightmare. He’s 6-foot-8 and averages 15.2 points per game. This game will be a battle of two very skilled big men.

Edmond Memorial

Quick season recap:The Bulldogs have made the state tournament in each of the past five seasons. This year, they battled through the losers’ bracket in the area round to make the tournament. Edmond Memorial only lost to ranked teams this season, falling to only to teams ranked in the top four before the season finale.

Player to watch: Forward Kristian Doolittle is a Oklahoma commit for the 2016 class and has the ability to dominate a game. A classic stretch power forward, Doolittle is counted on to do a lot for the Bulldogs and is one of the few players in the state averaging a double-double – 17.4 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. Don’t sleep on Curran Scott, who also has multiple Division-I offers.

No. 2 Putnam City West (23-2) vs. No. 4 Owasso (24-3), 3:30 p.m.

Putnam City West

Quick season recap: A loaded roster with four upperclassmen and plenty of his, PC West is making its third straight appearance in the state tournament after making the finals for the first time last year – losing to Tulsa Union. With four players averaging at least nine points, the Patriots have lost only once in the state of Oklahoma this year.

Player to watch: Tyson Jolly, a 6-foot-4 wing player, might be the best player on the west side of the state and holds a recent offer from Oklahoma State. Jolly, who averages 20.2 points per game and just less than 10 rebounds, has received a lot of interest recently from Oklahoma.

Owasso

Quick season recap: Making their third straight appearance in the state tournament, the Rams have won just twice in eight appearance sin school history. The fourth-ranked team in 6A has won 10 of the past 11 games, having lost only to state tournament teams this season.

Player to watch: If Jolly is the best player in the west, Owasso guard Shake Milton, who chose to attend SMU over Oklahoma, is probably the best. The 6-foot-5 point guard has two of the top single-season scoring performances in Owasso history is averaging 30 points per game. The duel between Milton and Jolly will be special in this one.

No. 1 Mustang (25-0) vs. No. 7 Broken Arrow (20-6), 7 p.m.

Mustang

Quick season recap: Former Douglass coach Terry Long has turned the Broncos into a contender. Last year’s state tournament win was Mustangs’ first in more than 20 years. The team has never reached the state championship, but they’ve never come into the state tournament undefeated either after setting a school record for wins. All five starters average in double figures, including Jakolby Long and Austin Meyer, who once held Oklahoma offers.

Player to watch: Long and Meyer might be getting Division-I looks, but its Curtis Haywood who leads the team with 15 points per game.

Broken Arrow

Quick season recap: Having won three of its last four games, Broken Arrow comes into the state tournament well tested against the top teams in the state. The Tigers beat both Owasso and Jenks this season but lost two of three games against Tulsa Union.

Player to watch: Senior forward Trent Cantrell shoots 52 percent from the field. At just 6-foot-2, Cantrell relies on his experience as a three-year starter. He averaged 12.6 points and 4.9 rebounds this season.

No. 10 Jenks (19-7) vs. No. 9 Edmond Santa Fe (19-7), 8:30 p.m.

Jenks

Quick season recap: Back in the tournament for the first time since 2011, the Trojans lost the most games of any team in the 6-A state tournament but have won four straight, including a victory against Owasso. Jenks has four players averaging in double figures, including leading scorer Hutch Peterson and his 15.8 average and 47.6 3-point shooting percentage.

Player to watch: T.J. Washington not only averages 14.1 points per game but also has 232 assists this season – an average of 9.7 per game. He’s the motor for the Jenks’ offense. Edmond Santa Fe will have to slow him down.

Edmond Santa Fe

Quick season recap: Led by Lenny Hatchett, the brother of Oklahoma fan favorite JD Runnels, the guard-dominated Wolves play at a rapid pace and have plenty of depth. Seven players are averaging six points or more per game and reached the state semifinals three straight times from 2010 to 2012 – the last time they made the tournament.

Player to watch:In a tournament filled with stars, Edmond Santa Fe will need its biggest player to be big. 6-foot-5 DaQuan Jeffries is averaging 16 points and eight rebounds per game.

Other quarterfinals games to watch:

5A -- Tulsa Memorial vs. Ardmore @ Sapulpa High School, 7 p.m. -- Memorial has made 25 appearances in the state tournament, and the back-to-back defending champions will face an Ardmore squad that split two regular-season games against top-seeded Carl Albert, who likely awaits the winner.

4A -- Harrah vs. Stillwell @ OCU, 7 p.m. -- Recent Oklahoma offer Brady Manek, a 6-foot-8 stretch forward, tries to get his team to the state championship after recently knocking off and ending Douglass’ state championship run at five straight titles. Manek has just one offer but is a favorite of Oklahoma.

3A -- Akota vs. Sperry @ Oklahoma City Fairgrounds, 8:30 p.m. -- In a matchup between a team that has never won a state tournament game (Sperry) and a team that has never made the finals despite 15 appearances (Atoka), there will be a ton of offense. Atoka has three players averaging more than 16 points per game, and the Sperry starting five, which includes two freshmen, that averages almost 65 points per game.

2A -- Choteau vs. Kiefer @ Yukon High School, 8:30 p.m. -- There are only two undefeated boys’ teams left in the state and Chouteau is one of them. With five upperclassmen in the starting lineup and making its first state tournament appearance, Kiefer will try to hand out the first loss.


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