Cameron Warren doesn’t want to wait three years to re-enter the Major League Baseball Draft.
The former Carl Albert standout and member of The Oklahoman’s All-State and Big-All City teams said he will play baseball at Seminole State instead of Oklahoma next year.
“To try and raise my draft stock and re-enter after this year,” he told The Oklahoman via Twitter.
Warren hit .420 with 11 home runs and 52 RBIs last season, helping the Titans win their third straight Class 5A title.
He was also 8-0 on the mound with a sparkling 1.82 ERA.
Warren and teammate Gavin LaValley had both signed with the Sooners, but now neither will suit up at OU.
LaValley was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the fourth round and has already reported to the Rookie League in Arizona. Warren was selected in the 39th round by the New York Yankees, but chose not to sign.
NCAA rules prohibit players from entering the MLB Draft until after their junior season. Players at junior colleges can enter each year.
KINGFISHER, MERRITT RECOGNIZED BY COACHES VS. CANCER
The Kingfisher football team and Merritt basketball teams were recognized by the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer initiative for their fundraising efforts during the 2013-14 school year.
Merritt raised $16,344, more than $10,000 more than any other basketball program that took part in the effort. The Kingfisher football team raised $10,001.
Schools interested in participating in Coaches vs. Cancer this year can contact Kaci Underwood at (405) 841-5814 on the west side of the state, or Marcy Beeman at (918) 477-5417 on the east side.
PIEDMONT INTRODUCES BOYS BASKETBALL COACH
Piedmont officially introduced new boys basketball coach Troy Lallemand last week, the Piedmont Gazette reports.
Lallemand spent last season as an assistant coach at Bixby after spending four years in Wichita, Kan., at Kapaun Mount Carmel Catholic High School.
He replaces Ryan Wagner, who is now the head coach at Putnam North. Piedmont made the Class 5A state tournament last season.
“We want to incorporate a team atmosphere here,” Lalleman told the paper. “I never heard one bad thing about Piedmont when I was asking about this place and interviewing for the job. I’m very excited to get to work with these players and see what we can accomplish.”
MILLWOOD STANDOUT LITTLE MOVING TO FLORIDA
One of the state’s top football prospects has announced he will be moving to Florida for his senior season.
Kansas State commit Josh Little is leaving Millwood and will attend Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Fla.
Little was rated No. 10 in The Oklahoman’s most recent edition of the Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2015 class. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound defensive end had 76 tackles and five sacks as a junior.
UNUSUAL TIME FOR CONRAD
Camped out in his usual spot at the annual Oklahoma Coaches Association clinic all week, J.R. Conrad was hard at work for Power Lift, the weight lifting equipment company he is a salesman for.
But Friday nights won’t be so typical for Conrad, the former Oklahoma standout who has worked the last several years as a coach at multiple levels. He stepped down as the head coach at Dibble in April.
“It’ll be the first time since third grade that I haven’t done anything in the fall,” Conrad said.
Chad Stone, formerly the head coach at Altus, has taken over at Dibble.
PIEDMONT’S REID, PRIDDY ADDING OFFERS
After making the state tournament last season, two Piedmont girls basketball players are turning heads.
Second-year coach Jamie Hill said Bre Reid has picked up two scholarship offers this summer from Denver and Tulsa, while Hayden Priddy has gathered offers from Arkansas State and Southern Arkansas.
Priddy is also receiving interest from several Division II schools.