One of the state's top senior basketball players is off the market after Tulsa Washington shooting guard Juwan Parker verbally committed to Georgia on Sunday.
Parker, a two-time member of The Oklahoman's Super 5 team, cited a good relationship with the Georgia coaching staff, primarily head coach Mark Fox and assistant Kwanza Johnson.
“The decision to play for coach Fox goes way back to the days I was knee-high to a grasshopper,” Parker wrote in a blog on NationalRecrutingSpotlight.com, where he officially announced his choice. “Coach Fox, as an assistant at Kansas State, recruited my older brother — Jason. At that time, Coach Fox visited my home and left a lasting impression on my parents. He and my brother remained in contact over the years and formed a lasting relationship.”
Johnson actually coached Jason Parker as an assistant at the University of Tulsa.
Both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State were among the programs pursuing Parker, but he had listed his final three choices as Georgia, Memphis and Stanford prior to Sunday's announcement.
JORDAN HELD OUT OF GUTHRIE SCRIMMAGE
Guthrie receiver Donovan Jordan was held out of Friday's scrimmage at Langston and is unlikely to play in this week's scrimmage after suffering a shoulder injury in practice last week.
“He twisted his shoulder a bit,” Bluejays coach Rafe Watkins said. “He was diving after a ball. Those are the type of plays he makes, but you don't want him getting hurt.”
Watkins said that Jordan is expected to be able to play in Guthrie's season-opener.
As a sophomore last year, Jordan was Guthrie's second-leading receiver, with 433 yards and eight touchdowns.
MWC QB SHOWS POISE
In a Thursday scrimmage that also included Tulsa Union, Muskogee and Mustang, Midwest City coach Darrell Hall was pleased with the performance of junior quarterback Kilby McGuire.
McGuire was thrust into the starting position two days before the start of practice when Joel Davis suffered a season-ending arm injury in a baseball game.
“Kilby is just what you want in a quarterback,” Hall said. “He doesn't get too high when things are going well. He won't get too down when things aren't going well. He stays on an even keel.”
SANTA FE'S LEE OFFERED BY ORU
Now that Courtney Walker is at Texas A&M, Edmond Santa Fe's next Division I women's basketball prospect is moving into the spotlight.
Junior Tamara Lee, who averaged nine points and two assists per game as a sophomore for the state champs last season, has received a scholarship offer from Oral Roberts University.
The Golden Eagles of first-year coach Misty Cussen currently have eight in-state players on the roster.
Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Stanford and Arkansas are among other programs showing interest in Lee.