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High school basketball: Centennial boys building tradition

by Scott Wright Published: December 8, 2012

Foxx sees a team that might be lacking the veteran leadership of last season, but doesn't believe it has to hold the Bison back.

“We're a little younger, so we have to gain maturity as a team,” he said. “But overall, I think we're a better ballclub.”

Added Mitchell: “We're faster than we've ever been. We don't have a lot of tall guys, but we've got speed.”

Playing in the All-City Conference, Centennial will take some losses, but Raper keeps his players focused on the future — this season and beyond.

Building on their recent success has become important to the current players. They recognize the responsibility that comes with being a state champion, and the importance of continuing the program they've helped build.

“They work out with the middle-school kids, and they explain to those kids, ‘This is what we expect of you. This is what we've done,'” Raper said. “We don't have the tradition that other schools have. Our tradition is what these guys have built.

“They're teaching those younger players that this is how we do things, and that really helps us grow.”

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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