After five years, a local basketball star is returning home. In a way.
De’Angelo Alexander, a former Midwest City High School and Oklahoma basketball player, is on the Thunder’s summer league team in Orlando, which begins play next week.
It doesn’t mean Alexander has a contract with the Thunder for next season or even a promise of one, but it’s an opportunity for Alexander to showcase his skills for the Thunder’s front office.
"It has always been my dream to have an opportunity to play in my hometown, even before they had a team. I was thinking two steps ahead,” Alexander said.
Alexander starred alongside Shelden Williams at Midwest City, helping the Bombers win Class 6A state championships his sophomore and junior seasons. Even though he was one of the most sought-after players in the country, he decided to stay close to home and committed to Oklahoma.
He saw significant playing time his freshman year at OU and averaged 9.6 points and 4.8 rebounds a game his sophomore season. Alexander said playing for the Sooners was a unique privilege.
"You’re the hometown kid and everybody knows you,” he said. "It’s different than for the other players, because you’re not playing just for yourself, you’re playing for your whole town.