Articles from The Oklahoman Oklahoma City Thunder beat writer Darnell Mayberry
  • What they're saying about the OU-Kansas classic

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Jan 5, 2016

    Anyone who watched Kansas outlast Oklahoma for a 109-106 triple overtime victory Monday night is still talking about the game today. It was that good. Many have even deemed it the best basketball game they've ever seen. Hyperbole? Prisoners of the moment? Not this time....

  • OU basketball: Sooners tickets going fast after Big Monday classic

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Jan 5, 2016

    The battle that was billed as No. 1 vs. No. 1 lived up to the hype Monday night, as Oklahoma and Kansas assembled a triple overtime thriller that went down as an instant classic. The Jayhawks prevailed 109-106. But Sooners star Buddy Hield stole the show with a career-high 46 points,...

  • Oklahoma State football: Seth Jacobs walking away from football due to chronic injuries

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Jan 5, 2016

    Oklahoma State redshirt junior linebacker Seth Jacobs has decided to forego a fifth year of eligibility and pursue other opportunities away from football, he announced Monday morning. Mounting injuries, including chronic shoulder and neck ailments, led to Jacobs' decision. "I am...

  • Kevin Durant to miss Sacramento game with sprained toe

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Mon, Jan 4, 2016

    Kevin Durant will not be available tonight when the Thunder hosts Sacramento. Durant will miss the game with a sprained right big toe, the team announced Monday morning. Kevin Durant is out tonight with a sprained right big toe. Did it in second quarter vs Hornets. — Anthony Slater...

  • Rapid reaction: What they're saying about the Orange Bowl

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Thu, Dec 31, 2015

    Oklahoma struck first against Clemson in the Orange Bowl on Thursday down in Miami and held a 17-16 halftime lead. But the Sooners fell flat in the second half, getting shutout in the final 30 minutes as Clemson cruised to its second straight bowl victory over OU. Here's a sampling of the...

  • Reggie Jackson opens up about his Thunder days

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Dec 30, 2015

    Former Thunder guard Reggie Jackson continues to turn heads and command attention as the starting point guard in Detroit. He's one of only seven players averaging at least 20 points, four rebounds and six assists. Jackson has helped rejuvenate the Pistons, who at 17-15 are just a game and a...

  • Gerald McCoy predicting a Sooners national championship

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Dec 30, 2015

    Gerald McCoy is a strong believer in this year's Sooners. The former Southeast and OU standout is picking the Sooners to not just beat Clemson on Thursday night, he's also picking them to win it all. McCoy confidently posted his prediction, complete with his reasoning, in an article on...

  • Sooners land two on baseball All-American list

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Dec 22, 2015

    A pair of University of Oklahoma players have been named 2016 Louisville Slugger All-Americans. Junior pitcher Alec Hansen and junior infielder Sheldon Neuse were both named to the Second Team, it was announced Monday. Hansen, a right handed pitcher from Loveland, Co., went 5-6 last season...



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Darnell Mayberry


Assist Editor/ NBA Coordinator

Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in 2004.


Mayberry joined The Oklahoman’s sports staff in 2005 after a year at the Akron Beacon Journal, where he covered the University of Akron men’s basketball team, high schools and recruiting. Since arriving at The Oklahoman, Mayberry has become the leading authority on the NBA as the only traveling media member and the only reporter to cover every NBA game ever played in Oklahoma City.


He served as the paper’s beat writer on the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets from 2005-07, broke the news of the Seattle SuperSonics’ settlement negotiations with the City of Seattle in the summer of 2008, a development that allowed the team to relocate to Oklahoma, and has covered the Thunder since the franchise’s inception.


Mayberry and his wife, Courtney, were married in 2010 and live in Oklahoma City.



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