High school basketball: The Oklahoman's picks for Classes 6A-2A
The Oklahoman's writers make their picks for this week's state basketball tournaments.
Class 6A Boys
Ryan Aber: Midwest City. The Bombers don't have a standout star like they've had in the past but the way Midwest City plays defense makes them the favorite coming into the tournament.
Ed Godfrey: Edmond Memorial. Point guard and Oklahoma signee Jordan Woodard will shine in state tournament.
Jacob Unruh: Edmond Memorial. The Bulldogs have upset Midwest City once, and can definitely do it again.
Scott Wright: Midwest City. There's a reason “defense wins championships” became a cliché. Because it's true, and nobody plays better defense than the Bombers.
Class 6A Girls
Ryan Aber: Edmond Santa Fe. There's no winner that's easier to pick in any class than this one. Santa Fe has been dominant since losing to Putnam City very early.
Ed Godfrey: Edmond Santa Fe. The Wolves are clearly the class of 6A girls' basketball with their outstanding guard play.
Jacob Unruh: Edmond Santa Fe. The heavy favorite, there hasn't been much of a challenge thus far for the Wolves.
Scott Wright: Edmond Santa Fe. Aside from an early season slip-up, the Wolves have been dominant.
Class 5A Boys
Ryan Aber: Bishop McGuinness. There's just something about the Irish once they get to the tournament. Sophomore Will Lienhard gives the Irish a defensive force in the middle.
Ed Godfrey: Tulsa Memorial. Hot team heading into the state tournament.
Jacob Unruh: Bishop McGuinness. Irish was upset by Lawton MacArthur on Friday, but still unlikely to slow down.
Scott Wright: Southeast. Southeast's Rashawn Thomas, an unheralded 6-foot-7 forward, will prove himself as one of the state's best players.
Class 5A Girls
Ryan Aber: Shawnee. The Wolves have shown some vulnerability at times, but McKenzie Cooper's play has sparked Shawnee of late and will lift it to a repeat.
Ed Godfrey: Shawnee. Defending state champs will win it again.
Jacob Unruh: Deer Creek. Antlers are on fire, winning 12 straight. This is the right time for that.
Scott Wright: Shawnee. Wendi Wells' squad plays sound basketball, and they know how to win.
Class 4A Boys
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