The 2016 class in Oklahoma boys’ basketball will be deep, and it will be talented. There’s the potential for more than 10 players to play Division-I basketball and half a dozen could be playing in a major conference by the time their collegiate careers begin.
Two have already accepted major conference offers, with Edmond Memorial’s Kristian Doolittle committed to the Sooners.
The summer AAU season hasn’t even begun, and already, it’s tough not to look forward to next year’s high school. It’s just one man’s opinion, but here are the top 10 OKPreps players for the 2016 class:
10. Micah Speight, PG, Putnam City North - Developing very quickly, Speight is the first of five point guards in the top 10. He averaged 14.2 points per game last season and is a strong scoring option on a consistent basis.
9. Lindy Waters, F, Norman North - One of many talented second-generation players in the class, Waters might be the best pure shooter in the state. He has a quick but smooth release that is remarkably accurate. As a 6-foot-5 wing, he’s also a plus-defender.
8. Austin Meyer, F, Mustang - Meyer is still a bit of a work in progress. There’s a lot of potential there, and Meyer’s IQ is through the roof. A player of his size – 6-foot-9 – could be dominant on both ends of the court. There are great flashes of promise in Meyer’s game, and it’s hard to knock a pivot of the state champion. Meyer is a talented player, but there’s a chance for him to rise on this list pretty quickly.
7. T.J. Washington, PG, Jenks - The Trojans made a run to the state tournament in part because of Washington’s skilled play. He averaged seven assists during his junior season and might be the best pass-first point guard in the state. Washington pushed Jenks to the state tournament with clutch play against Owasso and four-star 2015 guard point guard Shake Milton in the 6A area championship.
6. Curtis Haywood, G, Mustang - A really strong scorer, Haywood has great athleticism. He might be one of the best pure scorers in the state, and at 6-foot-4, he’s not only a tough matchup, but he can also be a plus-defender. Also the son of former professional basketball player, Haywood has grown up around the game.
5. Tre Evans, PG, Putnam City West (committed to Oklahoma State) - The third collegiate player in his family after his father and grandfather played at Oklahoma, Evans picked Oklahoma State in the fall. He averaged 12 points per game this season.
4. Marcus Dickinson, PG, Norman North - One of three really talented players in the Timberwolves’ roster, Dickinson is the catalyst. He had a solid mid-range game and can finish around the rim with ease. He’s also Norman North’s best perimeter defender. Dickinson’s game is very smooth. He makes it look easy.
3. Dashawn McDowell, PG, Southeast - One week ago, McDowell de-committed from Tulsa after committing to the Golden Hurricane following his sophomore season, during which he averaged 27 points per game. The 6-foot-5 point guard is the best player within the Oklahoma City limits. He averaged more than 29 points per game this season.
2. Jakolby Long, G, Mustang - The only junior named to the 6-A All-State team, Long has a great athletic body for a basketball player. He’s a special shooter but is also one of the biggest wings in the state. He’s been piling up offers recently with a strong spring AAU season. Long averaged 15 points per game last season with Mustang, which won the 6-A state title after an undefeated season.
1. Kristian Doolittle, PF, Edmond Memorial (committed to Oklahoma) - With a chance to be dominant, Doolittle can take control on any part of the court. He’s a solid shooter and a ferocious rebounder. He’s playing power forward in high school but could be either a wing or a post at Oklahoma.
Fast-riser - York Benjamin – At 6-foot-8, Benjamin is still very raw but has incredible athletic potential. He played for Tulsa Edison last season and is catching some eyes on the AAU circuit this summer. He’s not in the top 10, but he has a chance to make a huge jump during the next year.
Others near the top - Kellen Manek, F, Harrah; Marquis Johnson, PG, Putnam City West.