High schools: Millwood's Ashford Golden showing versatility

The Oklahoman's Boys Basketball Player of the Week helped the Falcons win the Titan Classic last weekend.
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer, swright@opubco.com Published: January 27, 2014
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Millwood senior Ashford Golden spent a lot of his time in the paint last season.

The 6-foot-5 forward was the basketball team's tallest player and a crucial interior presence for rebounding and defending.

But this season, with a little more size on the roster, Golden is getting to step out and show the full range of his game.

Golden made a pair of 3-pointers and played point guard for long stretches of Millwood's 57-52 win over host Carl Albert in the finals of the Titan Classic on Saturday night.

He averaged 20.3 points per game in the tournament to earn The Oklahoman's Boys Basketball Player of the Week honors.

The move to part-time point guard was more out of necessity. As one of the Falcons' top offensive options, opponents had begun to play no-catch defense on him. By moving Golden to point guard, coach Varryl Franklin can make sure one of his go-to players gets to touch the ball.

“To take some pressure off, I just bring the ball up and we start the offense like that,” Golden said. “But when we need to, I'll come off the ball.”

It could also help open some recruiting doors for Golden, who has already drawn some small-college interest. But showing the development of his perimeter skills could give him a boost.

Millwood's roster offers versatility, because Michael Mays and others can bring the ball up, while Jaloni Friday and Jamal Green-Gaskins offer a solid frontcourt presence.

But when he gets the chance to play point guard, Golden enjoys the opportunity.

“This is really my first time getting to play point guard, so I'm learning on the fly,” he said. “It's getting more comfortable as the season goes along.”



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