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High schools: State's 2013 basketball recruiting class has star power

Not since 2002 has Oklahoma had such a loaded class of college basketball prospects. The 2013 class includes top-level prospects in Stephen Clark, Jordan Woodard and Juwan Parker.
by Scott Wright Published: February 5, 2012

Looking back through a recruiting lens at the recent history of Oklahoma high school basketball, you see that the state usually maxes out at two elite-level prospects per year.

Some years, there's only one, and in others, none.

In the last decade, there hasn't been a better pair than the duo of Putnam City's Xavier Henry and Bishop McGuinness' Daniel Orton in 2009.

The 2002 class continues to live on in legendary terms, and rightfully so. In case you forgot, that was the year that produced Shelden Williams, DeAngelo Alexander, Kevin Bookout, Kelenna Aziubuke, Marques Hayden and Julius Lampte — all of whom went on to sign with major college programs, and most of them had successful careers.

But since 2002, there hasn't been a class with more than two elite prospects, as in, the type of player who is being recruited on a national scale by multiple big-time programs.

That's why basketball fans need to be paying close attention to the state's current junior class.

The group of 2013 grads already includes three top-level prospects in Douglass point guard Stephen Clark, Edmond Memorial point guard Jordan Woodard and Tulsa Washington wing Juwan Parker, with a couple other fringe prospects who could work their way into major-college opportunities.

Clark and Parker each have double-digit scholarship offers on the table already. Woodard has three offers, from Oklahoma, Memphis and San Francisco, and Kansas coach Bill Self continues to show strong interest in his alma mater's point guard.

National recruiting rankings on the trio vary. Clark isn't in's top 150 — last updated in August, well before Clark's wild January scoring spree — but he's in the top 70 for and ESPN.

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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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