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OU signees Brady Manek, Ana Llanusa eye state titles; Sooners target Keyshawn Embery looks to cap incredible junior season

OKPreps state basketball tournament is here. And Sooners Illustrated breaks it down.

Last week it felt like a safe bet that all three of the future Oklahoma Sooners would be playing for a gold ball in the state basketball tournament.

But like Jordan Woodard didn’t get a fairy tale ending to his OU career, Norman (Okla.) North point guard Trae Young doesn’t get to finish his high school career at the state tournament.

Young, despite scoring more than 40 points Friday and Saturday, will not be suited up after back-to-back losses.

Disappointing for OU fans and for basketball fans, but there is still some good news to keep tabs on later this week.

OU signees Brady Manek (Harrah, boys) and Ana Llanusa (Choctaw, girls) both have one last shot at earning a state title.

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Class 4A: Harrah vs. Victory Christian (2 p.m. Thursday, Edmond Deer Creek)

It wasn’t pretty for the Panthers. A loss in the area championship meant the Panthers had to earn in on their second chance and did just that.

It’s a return to the scene of the crime from last year when Fort Gibson defeated Harrah with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer as time expired in the quarterfinals at Deer Creek.

Manek isn’t going to want to go out like that.

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Class 6A: Choctaw vs. Putnam City West (8:30 p.m. Thursday, Tulsa Memorial)

Every game is a struggle in March, and the same can be said for Choctaw no matter how scary talented Ana Llanusa is.

The Yellowjackets were bested by Deer Creek on Thursday night only to come back and clinch their spot in the state tournament with a win Saturday afternoon.

Both of these teams have an incredibly unenviable task of playing their semifinal at noon Friday. Might be the shortest turnaround you’ll find.

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Class 6A: Midwest City vs. Putnam City North (8:30 p.m. Thursday, Mabee Center)

One of those teams to beat Young and Norman North was the Bombers in a thrilling 95-89 contest Friday evening at Tulsa Memorial.

Midwest City has a lot of talent, but OU fans need to know 2018 guard Keyshawn Embery and of course 2018 Scout 300 defensive end Jalen Redmond.

Scary part about Midwest City is the Bombers might even be better next season so they’re ahead of schedule. Embery is averaging 28.4 points per game and 5.4 rebounds.

Sooners Illustrated was at that game Friday and here are some video highlights of Young, Embery and Redmond.

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