Darnell Mayberry
Sports Sports Producer/NBA Coordinator

Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in 2004.

Mayberry joined The Oklahoman’s sports staff in 2005 after a year at the Akron Beacon Journal, where he covered the University of Akron men’s basketball team, high schools and recruiting. Since arriving at The Oklahoman, Mayberry has become the leading authority on the NBA as the only traveling media member and the only reporter to cover every NBA game ever played in Oklahoma City.

He served as the paper’s beat writer on the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets from 2005-07, broke the news of the Seattle SuperSonics’ settlement negotiations with the City of Seattle in the summer of 2008, a development that allowed the team to relocate to Oklahoma, and has covered the Thunder since the franchise’s inception.

Mayberry and his wife, Courtney, were married in 2010 and live in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma State football: Seth Jacobs walking away from football due to chronic injuries

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Jan 5, 2016

    Oklahoma State redshirt junior linebacker Seth Jacobs has decided to forego a fifth year of eligibility and pursue other opportunities away from football, he announced Monday morning. Mounting injuries, including chronic shoulder and neck ailments, led to Jacobs' decision. "I am beginning to value my body, health and well being more than extending my career," Jacobs announced in a Facebook post. "Therefore, I will not be playing my last year of eligibility and will pursue a career outside of football." Jacobs recorded 65 tackles, including 8.5 for loss, one sack and two interceptions this season. Injuries, however, have plagued Jacobs since his sophomore year of high school, when issues with his

  • Kevin Durant to miss Sacramento game with sprained toe

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Mon, Jan 4, 2016

    Kevin Durant will not be available tonight when the Thunder hosts Sacramento. Durant will miss the game with a sprained right big toe, the team announced Monday morning. Kevin Durant is out tonight with a sprained right big toe. Did it in second quarter vs Hornets. — Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 4, 2016 // Durant sprained it when he stepped on someone's foot vs Hornets. Thunder say he's been sore the past few days. Listed as day-to-day. — Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 4, 2016 // Durant didn't appear to show any effects after second

  • Rapid reaction: What they're saying about the Orange Bowl

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Thu, Dec 31, 2015

    Oklahoma struck first against Clemson in the Orange Bowl on Thursday down in Miami and held a 17-16 halftime lead. But the Sooners fell flat in the second half, getting shutout in the final 30 minutes as Clemson cruised to its second straight bowl victory over OU. Here's a sampling of the immediate reaction to the Sooners' 37-17 loss from around the sports world. People want so badly to believe in Oklahoma, year after year. Never understood how the Sooners were favored in this game. — Pat Forde (@YahooForde) January 1, 2016 //   As always, still proud of my Sooners. Fun season to watch. Congrats to the Clemson

  • Reggie Jackson opens up about his Thunder days

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Dec 30, 2015

    Former Thunder guard Reggie Jackson continues to turn heads and command attention as the starting point guard in Detroit. He's one of only seven players averaging at least 20 points, four rebounds and six assists. Jackson has helped rejuvenate the Pistons, who at 17-15 are just a game and a half outside of the eighth playoff spot. After signing an eyebrow-raising five-year, $80-million extension with the Pistons last summer, Jackson has forced the league and the people who cover it to take notice. Two weeks ago, NBA.com's David Aldridge published a lengthy Q&A with Jackson.

  • Gerald McCoy predicting a Sooners national championship

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Dec 30, 2015

    Gerald McCoy is a strong believer in this year's Sooners. The former Southeast and OU standout is picking the Sooners to not just beat Clemson on Thursday night, he's also picking them to win it all. McCoy confidently posted his prediction, complete with his reasoning, in an article on theplayerstribune.com. "I hope y'all are sitting down, cause I ain't about to hold no punches," McCoy wrote. "I'm not gonna be subtle about it. I gotta let everybody know right now. Forget Clemson. Oklahoma is gonna win the national championship.

  • Sooners land two on baseball All-American list

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Dec 22, 2015

    A pair of University of Oklahoma players have been named 2016 Louisville Slugger All-Americans. Junior pitcher Alec Hansen and junior infielder Sheldon Neuse were both named to the Second Team, it was announced Monday. Hansen, a right handed pitcher from Loveland, Co., went 5-6 last season with a 3.95 ERA. He had 94 strikeouts against 44 walks in 82 innings. Neuse hit .275 with 10 doubles, three triples, six home runs and 43 RBIs last year.  He also had 10 stolen bases. The teams were chosen by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

  • Why this Sooners' season mattered to you

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Mon, Dec 21, 2015

    Sooners fans, we want to hear from you! We're interested in hearing why this OU football season mattered to you. Whether it was a shared bonding experience at (or watching) an Oklahoma football game, just the joy of seeing Oklahoma make the College Football Playoff for the first time or any other reason, we want to hear your story and see your photographs. Several of your stories will be shared in the Christmas edition of The Oklahoman and more will be shared online at NewsOK.com. If you have a story to share, e-mail Ryan Aber at raber@oklahoman.com.

  • The Collected Wisdom of Herm Edwards

    By Darnell Mayberry Staff Writer dmayberry@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Dec 19, 2015

    On a recent trip to Oklahoma City in support of Fields and Futures, a grassroots organization to serve local public schools by building athletic fields to benefit kids and strengthen neighborhoods, Edwards sat down with The Oklahoman to share his collected wisdom.

  • Video: Santa Claus calls Kevin Durant the real Santa Claus

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Dec 15, 2015

    It's the joke that won't go away. But after a year and a half of "You the real MVP" punchlines, ESPN has put a creative spin on the most memorable line in Kevin Durant's famous MVP speech and turned it into an effective commercial as part of its promotional campaign pushing its upcoming Christmas Day lineup. Good work, ESPN. On the second day of Christmas, Kevin Durant invited Santa to practice... pic.twitter.

  • Reggie Jackson on OKC years: "People forget that there were three really great years"

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Dec 15, 2015

    Reggie Jackson is off to a great start in Detroit. In his first full season as the Pistons' lead guard, Jackson is averaging 20 points, 4.2 rebounds and 6.4 assists. He's shooting 43.6 percent from the field, 36 percent from behind the 3-point line and 86.8 percent from the foul line. After 3 1/2 seasons coming off the bench in Oklahoma City, Jackson is now blossoming into a star player in Detroit, living up to the five-year, $80 million contract the Pistons gave him in the offseason. In a lengthy Q&A with David Aldridge for NBA.com, Jackson talked about his starring role in Detroit and his time in Oklahoma City. Here's what Jackson said when asked if his role with Detroit has been all

  • UCLA to name practice court after Russell Westbrook

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Mon, Dec 14, 2015

    The UCLA Athletic Department announced Monday a significant financial contribution from Thunder guard Russell Westbrook to its Mo Ostin Basketball Center project. The undisclosed donation is the largest by a former basketball student-athlete in school history, according to the university. In honor of Westbrook's gift, the UCLA men’s basketball practice floor inside the program’s new facility will be known moving forward as Russell Westbrook Court. UCLA will formally recognize Westbrook's generosity and welcome him back to Pauley Pavilion when the Bruins face Arizona on Jan. 7.

  • Former Sooner suspended 10 games for violating NFL's substance abuse policy

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Thu, Dec 10, 2015

    Chicago Bears and former Oklahoma wide receiver Jalen Saunders reportedly has been suspended 10 games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com and NFL Newtork. #Bears WR Jalen Saunders is now suspended 10 games for violating the @NFL's substance abuse policy, source said. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 10, 2015 // Saunders played at OU from 2010-13, finishing his career with 203 receptions for 3,085 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also returned 31 punts for 465 yards and three touchdowns. Saunders went on to become a fourth round pick by the New York Jets in 2014.

  • NBA All-Star voting now open

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Thu, Dec 10, 2015

    Starting today, fans can vote to send their favorite Thunder players to the 2016 NBA All-Star Game, using a variety of digital platforms to vote daily between now and Monday, Jan. 18. The 2016 All-Star Game will be played in Toronto on Sunday, Feb. 14. Any player currently on the Thunder roster is eligible for the All-Star ballot. Fans can vote once per platform per day for any given player. Voting is available now through okcthunder.com/vote, where fans can post their votes directly to Twitter or Facebook. Detailed instructions for voting via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, text, web and Google are also posted on the Thunder website. TEXT: Fans can vote for any Thunder player by texting the player’s last

  • Big 12 football awards announced

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Dec 9, 2015

    The All-Big 12 Conference football teams and individual award winners have been announced. Selections are made by the league’s 10 head coaches, who are not permitted to vote for their own players. A few quick notes: Bob Stoops was recognized as Chuck Neinas Coach of the Year for the fifth time (2008, 2006, 2003 and 2000). Baker Mayfield is the fourth Oklahoma quarterback to garner Offensive Player of the Year, joining Sam Bradford (2008), two-time winner Jason White

  • Russell Westbrook dunking on random people

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Dec 8, 2015

    Commercial shoots can be long and boring. So to spice up his most recent shoot, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook decided to start dunking on people. During Russell Westbrook's @footlocker holiday shoot, he decided to dunk on everyone during his spare time. https://t.co/PmDZfPWhpt — Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 8, 2015 // Color me skeptical. Looks fake and seems staged. Check out the guy at the front desk. He jumped the gun with his reaction by nearly two seconds.

  • Collected Wisdom: College basketball analyst Clark Kellogg prides himself on being more than a basketball star turned successful broadcaster

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: Mon, Dec 7, 2015

    On a recent visit to Oklahoma City, where he encouraged young men from local high school basketball teams to strive for excellence on and off the court as part of the Making of Men breakfast, Kellogg sat down with The Oklahoman to share his Collected Wisdom.

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: What's wrong with the Thunder during this mini-slump?

    Anthony Slater,Erik Horne,darnell mayberry | Updated: Fri, Dec 4, 2015

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio's highly-acclaimed comedy 'Ted', but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of the Thunder. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope you enjoy: Thunder Buddies -- 12/04 (<–Click Here) - What's wrong with the Thunder? Honorary Thunder Buddy Darnell Mayberry joins the podcast to discuss OKC's current mini-slump and what he likes and dislikes about how each player is playing. Archive Thunder Buddies -- 11/28 - Reggie Jackson's return to Oklahoma City was interesting and

  • VIDEO: Say goodbye to the old OU football scoreboard

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Thu, Dec 3, 2015

    There are wholesale changes currently happening at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium as part of a comprehensive multi-million dollar renovation project. But before the new stuff goes in, the old stuff of course must come out. Or down in some cases. The scoreboard would be one of those cases. And that's what took place today in Norman, as captured on spectacular video by a few bystanders (h/t @EliWilkerson2). Wow. pic.twitter.

  • The 10 best signs from College GameDay in Stillwater

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    ESPN's hit pregame show College GameDay made its way to Stillwater on Saturday morning in advance of this year's highly-anticipated and highly-significant Bedlam game. It was the first time GameDay has been to Stillwater since 2013 but the first time since 2010 that the show has broadcast from Bedlam. This year, fans from both sides of the rivalry brought it with their best and most creative signs. Here are the 10 best from Saturday morning.[pagebreak] No. 10: Clash of country music titans Fighting words in

  • Will former OSU golfer Rickie Fowler be College GameDay's guest picker Saturday?

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    For the second consecutive week, Oklahoma will be at the epicenter of college football. It's Bedlam week.

Darnell Mayberry Fri, Apr. 29 2016 08:04:41 PM CST RT @KOCOCarson: Mackensie Alexander looked amazing in the Orange Bowl. I'd take him on my team.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Apr. 29 2016 08:04:22 PM CST RT @Vikings: Welcome aboard, @MackAlexander02! https://t.co/3lqZVVEUWI
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Apr. 29 2016 07:12:07 PM CST @FourCornersRoad @anthonyVslater I don't know. But I would hope the Thunder wouldn't!
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Apr. 29 2016 03:05:58 PM CST RT @ErikHorneOK: Thunder-Spurs predictions from @DarnellMayberry @JenniCarlson_OK @MikeSherman @BerryTramel @anthonyVslater: https://t.co/B…
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Apr. 29 2016 12:05:08 PM CST RT @Jpdabrams: Next book is an oral history of 'The Wire.' Been working on it the last few months.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Apr. 29 2016 11:08:19 AM CST RT @TimGriffinBig12: Staff predictions on #Spurs vs. #Thunder. But don't blame me. I didn't participate. https://t.co/n43vbQZwKa via @mySA
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Apr. 29 2016 10:46:55 AM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Join sports editor @MikeSherman in today's 11 a.m. Power Lunch live chat at #newsoksports - https://t.co/ZqwkGONO1H https
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Apr. 28 2016 09:49:43 PM CST RT @Vikings: Welcome to the #Vikings family, @SuccessfulQuon! https://t.co/XKnHd0YHsG
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Apr. 28 2016 02:00:46 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Join our coverage team for our weekly Thunder Thursday hangout at 2 p.m. at #newsoksports
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Apr. 28 2016 01:10:27 PM CST @HaugenND Said the same thing earlier. Smith is my favorite player on the team. That duo would have WRs spooked as hard as they hit.
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Apr. 28 2016 01:03:13 PM CST @HaugenND I saw Boone. Who else we get?
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Apr. 28 2016 12:59:05 PM CST @HaugenND What about you?
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Apr. 28 2016 12:58:59 PM CST @HaugenND Joseph/Tredwell/O-lineman in first round, Sterling Shepard (if he's still there) in the second and I have no clue for third round
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Apr. 28 2016 12:57:28 PM CST @HaugenND We were just looking at ESPN's mock and it had us taking Karl Joseph. And my heart skipped three beats. We need O-line help though
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Apr. 28 2016 11:55:55 AM CST Tremendous piece by @anthonyVslater on Enes Kanter and the Thunder. An absolute must read - https://t.co/yZqJE05AK8 https://t.co/Btq1Y0Ywvx
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Apr. 28 2016 11:33:08 AM CST I'm down. Who's with me? https://t.co/vMaERKtt0m
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Apr. 28 2016 11:11:53 AM CST RT @RobMahoney: Previewing Spurs-Thunder, a series that promises to be absolutely spectacular: https://t.co/nKGmybQ6ug https://t.co/6fql334…
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Apr. 28 2016 10:51:19 AM CST Here's Jenni's piece on Billy Donovan today. Check it out and talk to her about it! - https://t.co/H5xER9kUqm https://t.co/WSgl5pxCAS
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Apr. 28 2016 10:48:58 AM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Come and talk sports with @JenniCarlson_OK in the Power Lunch live chat at #newsoksports - https://t.co/3j9Hj2RX1Q https:
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Apr. 27 2016 05:54:49 PM CST @cjzero He don't know. But we'll school him. Lol