Carlbe Ervin, Edmond North
The story: Ervin powered one of the most impressive turnarounds of the season. Edmond North had been mired in a rut of single-digit wins the last few seasons, and Ervin, along with new coach Steven Goss, led them to a 15-11 record, falling two wins short of the state tournament. Ervin, who is deciding between Connors State and Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, averaged 19.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 6.4 assists.
Player of the Year
Shaquille Morris, Edmond Memorial
The story: Morris came into his own as a senior, averaging 17.1 points and 8.7 rebounds for the state champion Bulldogs. He seemed to be at his best when point guard Jordan Woodard was out with an injury or playing hurt late in the season. He had 20 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks in the state finals. And his future looks even brighter, having signed with Final Four participant Wichita State.
Cornell Neal, Midwest City
The story: Neal embodied all the qualities that made Midwest City good this year — an intense defender, capable scorer and strong passer who played with controlled aggression every minute he was on the floor. Neal averaged 14.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game in leading the Bombers to the state finals. He's considering Murray State, Arkansas-Fort Smith and Southwestern, among others.
Rashawn Thomas, Southeast
The story: Thomas and his team seemed to fly under the radar until late in the year when the Spartans climbed into the top five in Class 5A and reached the state tournament for the first time since 2008. Thomas, a long, athletic forward with the ability to play on the perimeter and the strength to go inside, averaged 22.3 points, 15.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. He's being recruited by Lamar, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, South Dakota and Seattle University.
Jordan Woodard, Edmond Memorial
The story: Playing on a hamstring that coach Shane Cowherd said was “basically shredded,” and a knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery last week, Woodard averaged 15.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 6.8 assists to lead the Bulldogs to their second state championship in his three years as the team's starting point guard. The Oklahoma signee expects to be medically cleared in a few weeks and report to OU in June.
Coach of the Year
Dewayne Bradley, Midwest City
The story: No coach got more out of his players than Bradley. His passionate coaching style — described as “fiery and relentless” by Cornell Neal — flowed through his team, which won 27 games and reached the state finals, despite being one of the smallest teams in Class 6A. The Bombers were No. 1 in the state much of the season, and nationally ranked for a while, peaking at No. 13 in the USA Today poll.