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Future Oklahoma State freshmen show skills in Faith 7 game

Basketball: Stephen Clark, Jeffrey Carroll and Leyton Hammonds took part in the Texas-Oklahoma all-star game Saturday night in Shawnee.
by Scott Wright Published: June 8, 2013

SHAWNEE — Douglass point guard Stephen Clark sped toward the basket on a fast break, went in for the layup and found himself on the wrong end of a hard foul.

The culprit? Jeffrey Carroll of Rowlett (Texas) High School.

No hard feelings, though. While the two were competitive enemies for 40 minutes Saturday night at the 48th annual Faith 7 Basketball Bowl at Oklahoma Baptist University, they'll spend the next four years as teammates at Oklahoma State.

Clark and his Oklahoma teammates came away with the bragging rights with a 101-95 win over the Texas all-stars.

“Stevie got the bragging rights, so I'll have to hear his mouth tomorrow,” said Carroll, who had 26 points and won the team MVP award. “He told me he's gonna have to get back in the weight room and get stronger after that foul.”

Clark and Carroll were joined by a third future Cowboy, Leyton Hammonds of Richland, Texas, who had 18 points and eight rebounds.

Oklahoma State might wish it was bringing in Edmond Memorial product Shaquille Morris, too. The 6-foot-8, 270-pound forward had 20 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots to lead the Oklahomans and earn team MVP honors.

The bulky Wichita State signee and 6-foot-11 John Moon of Crescent, who is headed to Oklahoma Christian, gave Oklahoma a true post presence on both ends of the floor.

They kept the Texas team playing from the perimeter, attempting 35 3-pointers. They made 10, five of which came from Carroll, an athletic 6-foot-6 wing. The lanky, 6-foot-8 Hammonds hit a pair of 3s as well.

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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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