Ardmore basketball standout Nino Jackson spent the last couple weeks in Las Vegas working out with NBDL players, but says he currently has no plans to move there permanently.
Rumors began to circulate in the Internet late last week that Jackson was considering moving to Las Vegas and playing his senior season at either Bishop Gorman or Durango High School.
Jackson returned to Oklahoma City on Saturday and made a brief appearance at the OKHoops.com basketball combine, but did not participate.
“I was out in Vegas for about two weeks working out with a couple players from the D-League,” Jackson said. “I'll be playing at Ardmore next season.”
Jackson said UNLV has been recruiting him hard the last few weeks and is among the top schools he is considering, along with Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and Baylor.
EXPECTATIONS DIFFERENT FOR HARRAH
A drop down to Class 4A and an experienced offensive line helped Harrah football get back on the map again.
But one year of success is not the goal for the Panthers, said coach Greg Willis. Maintaining the success is another issue, and the No. 1 goal for the team in the fall.
“We know that people are going to be ready for us now,” Willis said. “But if we stay healthy, I don't doubt our abilities. We have a lot of potential.”
There are a couple of reasons why Willis is able to sound so optimistic. Eddie Reynolds will be entering his third year as the starting quarterback, while Jacob Welt came out of nowhere to be one of the top rushers in 4A last season.
Willis said it might be a challenge on the line as only two starters are back, but the team is also full of players who have been waiting their turn. Their wait is over, and they're going to get their opportunities, Willis said.
HENSLEY MAKES SECOND CUT
Edmond Santa Fe pitcher Ty Hensley will continue to play for USA Baseball as Hensley has made the second cut for the 18-under national team.
The 40-man roster participated in games all week before the roster was trimmed to 28 on Sunday morning.
A second round of trials will be in North Carolina from Sept. 12-21. From there, 20 players will be selected to compete in the 2011 COPABE Pan American AAA/18U Championships in Cartagena, Colombia, Sept. 23-Oct. 2.
Hensley's potential participation was one of the factors in Hensley electing to not play football in the fall.
Leedey's Drew Ward, who made the 40-man team and will only be a sophomore, didn't make the 28-man roster.