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All-State Boys Basketball: Super five capsules

By Ryan Aber Published: April 12, 2009

photo - Four of The Oklahoman's five Super Five players spoof the Beatles'
Four of The Oklahoman's five Super Five players spoof the Beatles' "Meet the Beatles" album cover. From left: Guthrie's Donte' Foster, Tahlequah's Matt Qualls, Red Oak's Lane Adams and Jenks' Bryson Pope. Photo by Nate Billings, Illustration by Phillip Baeza, The Oklahoman.

/> →The game: Foster, also a football and track standout, was one of the most explosive players in the state. He helped the Bluejays to a second consecutive Class 5A title and became a YouTube sensation after an over-the-shoulder, buzzer-beating 3-pointer he made at the Carl Albert Tournament in January. He’s still weighing whether to play basketball in college or walk on at Oklahoma State for football.

Bryson Pope, Jenks
→Position: Guard

→Height: 6-6

→Class: Senior

→Stats: 18.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.3 steals.

→College: Tulsa

→The game: Pope was a three-year starter who improved every year for the Trojans, helping Jenks to the Class 6A title game as a senior. He was All-Conference three consecutive seasons and a two-time Tournament of Champions Most Valuable Player.

Matt Qualls, Tahlequah
→Position: Forward

→Height: 6-7

→Class: Senior

→Stats: 23.1 points, 13.0 rebounds, 3.1 blocks, 2.0 assists, 1.6 steals.

→→College: Undecided

→The game: Qualls has long been one of the best talents in the state, but his team had struggled in 6A before falling down to 5A and making the state tournament this year. He had 90 career double-doubles and averaged 31 points in the area and state tournaments as a senior.

Coach of the Year

David Page, Pawnee
→The story: Last year’s state title might not have been that big of a surprise, with Page’s son, Keiton Page, leading the way with the best scoring season in state history. This year, though, the Black Bears returned none of their starters from that team and ran off a 25-game winning streak before losing in the area finals. Pawnee then bounced back to win the next night and beat Talihina to win a second consecutive state championship.

By Ryan Aber