High schools: State's 2013 basketball recruiting class has star power

Not since 2002 has Oklahoma had such a loaded class of college basketball prospects. The 2013 class includes top-level prospects in Stephen Clark, Jordan Woodard and Juwan Parker.
by Scott Wright Published: February 5, 2012
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Woodard and Parker both fall in the 100-125 range on Rivals, and Parker is No. 77 on Scout. ESPN's overall rankings stop at 60, but both are rated in the top 20 nationally by position.

Clark has offers from the likes of Connecticut, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Memphis, Georgia and Vanderbilt. Marquette has been on board since he was a freshman, and OU coach Lon Kruger has been showing much more interest lately. He was also selected for a U.S. junior team that will compete internationally in Germany this spring.

Parker has OU, OSU and Tulsa already chasing him, with offers from Baylor, Minnesota and a few more. As a player, he's the unique one of the three, as a 6-foot-5 wing with a strong mid-range game and a long body.

Beyond the top trio, there are players like Edmond Santa Fe big man Shaquille Morris, who already has some mid-major offers and could take himself up the ladder in the coming months. Bartlesville's Jakob Hartsock is getting attention from Brigham Young, where older brother Noah had a successful career.

And several other players fall into the category of “maybe,” waiting to see what they could develop into.

But the stars at the top have answered that question already. With a season-and-a-half left to watch them, fans can simply enjoy the show.

by Scott Wright
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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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