• Oklahoma scene: OU women's basketball guard Nicole Kornet to transfer

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    The 6-foot-1 guard has played in 99 games with 21 starts over the past three seasons for the Sooners. She averaged 4.5 points and 1.9 rebounds per game last season.

  • You might want Norman North's Trae Young to stay, but you can't fault him for wanting to leave

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    Sounds like Trae Young isn’t long for our fair state. Not to say the hoops hotshot won’t come back — folks at Oklahoma and Oklahoma State sure hope so — but all signs point to him playing his junior season at Norman North, then going to prep school for his senior season. In a story first reported by the Norman Transcript, Young said he is considering Findlay Prep in Las Vegas and Montverde Christian Academy in Orlando. Findlay and Montverde are two of the nation’s best prep teams. They play all over the country. They feature rosters packed with future collegians. They are to basketball what Juilliard is to music. Hard to fault Young for wanting to go. Would it be great if he stayed

  • LeBron James' staggering promise to college-bound kids

    Published: Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    Despite selling his 2014 return to the Cleveland Cavaliers as a homecoming, LeBron James remained a committed resident of his hometown of Akron, Ohio throughout his four seasons with the Miami Heat, Yahoo Sports reports. Through his continued residency in the city and the efforts of the LeBron James Family Foundation, the 30-year-old James has created opportunities young Ohioans that transcend whatever animosity bled over from the aftermath of "The Decision" (an event that also raised millions of dollars for local Boys & Girls Clubs). Now that James is back leading the Cavs with excellent performances, his contributions to his home state have received even more attention.

  • Why Kevin Durant's confidence is a good sign for Thunder

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    Kevin Durant thinks he’s the best player in the world. That’s not good news. That’s great news. This week, KD has been in Vegas at Team USA minicamp. Didn’t play in the scrimmage Thursday night, but during practice sessions Tuesday and Wednesday, he did everything that everyone else did on that surgically repaired foot. And after the second of those workouts, he made a proclamation. “No disrespect to anyone else,” KD told CSN Chicago’s Vincent Goodwill, “but I feel like I’m the best player in the world.” No disrespect to KD, but it’s hard to argue that LeBron James isn’t the best player on the planet right now.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Single-game Thunder tickets go on sale Sept. 29

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    Starting at 10 a.m., tickets for all exhibition and regular-season games at Chesapeake Energy Arena will be available at the team's website, okcthunder.com/tickets. Fans can purchase up to four tickets for each game, subject to availability.

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: Breaking down the NBA's schedule release

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Aug 13, 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 […]

  • How Oklahomans made a mother's Kevin Durant dream come true

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Updated: Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    The first text popped up on my phone a week ago Thursday. "They are so excited!" it read. The second text from Michelle Reynolds confirmed that. It was a picture of her kids, Lilly and Mateo, wearing new Kevin Durant Basketball Camp shirts and sporting big smiles. No lie, I threw up my arms in celebration when I saw them. I did what people do when their team scores or their favorite wins. This, my friends, was an epic win.  About a month ago, I shared the story of the Reynolds family from Kansas City. Michelle learned she had cancer when she was 16 weeks pregnant with a baby girl, and even though doctors told her to terminate, she decided to continue the pregnancy and start the chemotherapy.

  • OKC Thunder: Counting down the top 10 most intriguing Thunder games this upcoming season

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    There's still more than two months until opening night of the NBA season. But the league’s road map for the next year was revealed on Wednesday night with a league-wide schedule release.

  • Coach says school administrators and coaches have failed gay Kentucky basketball player

    Published: Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    There are certain things that stand out as high school memories. Homecoming, prom, senior superlatives. All of these moments are immortalized in a student's yearbook. As we grow older we tend to pull these books out and share stories with friends. You can show your children how you were King or Queen for the day. Athletes can show how they were part of a team, OutSports.com reports. Unless of course you are gay and from Betsy Layne, Kentucky.

  • Report: Norman North's Trae Young may transfer for senior year

    Published: Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    The top high school basketball prospect in Oklahoma may not finish his prep career in state. Norman North point guard Trae Young, one of the top players nationally in the Class of 2017, is reportedly considering transferring to an out-of-state school his senior year. John McKelvey of the Norman Transcript writes that Young is considering Findlay Prep in Las Vegas and Monteverde Christian Academy in Orlando, Fla. Per McKelvey, Young texted the Transcript that 2015-16 "will probably be my last year in Norman." "We feel he owes it to Norman and Norman North that they should at least win a state championship, and they've got a great chance this year,” Young's father, Rayford Young, told the Transcript. “We'll see. It's not a guarantee.” This week, Young was named to a 12-man Nike roster which will travel to the Bahamas Aug. 19-23 for training sessions, and a game against the Bahamas National Team.

  • OKC Thunder: TV schedule shows networks still view Thunder as elite

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    It’s been four months since we last saw the Thunder, and it’ll be another 2 1/2 months before we see the hometown team again. But we now know exactly where the Thunder will be and when this coming season. The NBA released the 2015-16 schedule Wednesday, and the Thunder will again be among the league’s biggest attractions with 33 games scheduled for national television across the ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV networks. Oklahoma City’s 24 nationally televised games on ABC, ESPN and TNT are tied with the Los Angles Clippers for the second most in the league. The defending champion Golden State Warriors and reigning Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers lead the way with 25 apiece.

  • High school notebook: The Oklahoman's fall media day Aug. 19

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT, JACOB UNRUH AND ERIK HORNE | Updated: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    The Oklahoman's annual Fall Sports Media Day has been set for Wednesday, Aug. 19, at McGuinness High School. The event begins at 3:30 p.m. and ends at 7:30. The school is located at 801 Northwest 50th Street in Oklahoma City. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in football, fastpitch softball, cross country, volleyball and fall baseball is encouraged to bring athletes to meet The Oklahoman's high school coverage team for interviews, videos and photos that will be used throughout the upcoming season. Athletic directors will receive a letter with further information.

  • Big 12 basketball: OU to appear on Big Monday telecasts 3 times; OSU once

    BY RYAN ABER Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    Oklahoma enters this season with Final Four aspirations and the hype around the Sooners was rewarded with three appearances on ESPN’s Big Monday package, the Big 12 announced Wednesday. Oklahoma State will be featured once. The Sooners will kick off the slate Jan. 4 with a trip to Lawrence, Kan., to take on the Jayhawks. Oklahoma will also play on Big Monday at Iowa State on Jan. 18 and at home against Texas on Feb. 8. The Cowboys’ trip to Lawrence on Feb. 15 will also be on Big Monday. Kansas leads all conference schools with four appearances on the package. The Jayhawks will also be featured in their Jan. 25 game at Iowa State and Feb. 29 when they travel to Texas. The other Big Monday games this

  • OKC Thunder: View the Thunder's 2015-16 home schedule

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY Staff Writer dmayberry@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    NBA SCHEDULE -- The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry has obtained a copy of the Oklahoma City Thunder's 2015-16 home schedule.

  • PC West's Tyson Jolly headed to Florida prep school

    By Scott Wright | Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    Tyson Jolly’s college career will have to wait one more year to get started. The former Putnam City West star, who signed with California in the spring, learned over the summer that his high school transcript was half an elective credit short of meeting Cal’s admission standards. Jolly’s ACT score and grade-point average well-exceeded NCAA standards, and his transcript met the requirements at several other universities, some of which reached out to Putnam City West coach Lenny Bert. Rather than attend another school, Jolly decided to maintain his commitment to Cal. He will spend the next year at Elev-8 Prep Academy in Delray Beach, Fla.

  • Thunder to open regular season against Spurs, will host Bulls on Christmas

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    The Thunder will open the 2015-16 season against LaMarcus Aldridge and the new-look San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday, Oct. 28, The Oklahoman has learned. It will mark the second time in four seasons that OKC has opened its season against the rival Spurs. The Thunder lost to the Spurs by two in San Antonio to […]

  • Report: Kevin Durant to practice with Team USA this week

    Published: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    It looks like Kevin Durant will be back on the court with Team USA this week. USA Today's Sam Amick reports that Durant's agent, Rich Kleiman of Roc Nation Sports, and his manager, Charlie Bell, said Durant plans to practice Tuesday and Wednesday at USA minicamp in Las Vegas. Durant is not expected to participate in the Blue vs. White scrimmage on Thursday, however, says Amick. Last week, Durant, along with teammate Russell Westbrook, was listed on the initial 34-man roster for the USA Men's Basketball minicamp. Initial reports said  Durant would attend the camp but not participate in on-court activities, since he was still recovering from foot surgery he underwent in March .

  • Kentucky the latest to offer Norman North PG Trae Young

    Updated: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    It shouldn’t be a surprise anymore, after the summer Norman North junior point guard Trae Young has had, but Kentucky coach John Calipari extended a scholarship offer on Sunday. This comes a few weeks after Duke offered the 6-foot-1 Young. Programs like Oklahoma and Oklahoma State were on Young early during his sophomore season in which he averaged 24.0 points per game. The nation’s most elite programs started showing up early in the summer, seeing his performance with MOKAN Elite, the Kansas City-based AAU team he’s playing with. That’s where Kansas, Duke and now Kentucky saw his exceptional ball-handling and shooting skills in action. Young reported the Kentucky offer on Twitter

  • Jeff Van Gundy vouches for the job Scott Brooks did in Oklahoma City

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Sun, Aug 9, 2015

    I wrote about Thunder coach Billy Donovan’s playing days in Sunday’s editions of The Oklahoman. It was part two of our five-part series looking at Donovan from his childhood through his illustrious career at Florida. You can read part one, written by Anthony Slater, here. Part two is here, along with a sidebar on Donovan’s […]

  • A boy and a dream: How Billy Donovan's childhood goal turned him into a legendary ballplayer

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sat, Aug 8, 2015

    Billy Donovan dreamed of playing big-time college basketball. But this was no ordinary dream. This was more like a life mission. And Donovan’s goal, even as a teenager, was explicit. He wanted to play in the Big East. Back then, everything about the newly-formed conference fascinated him. The coaches. The star players. The level of competition. The proximity of each program to his home. There was just one problem. Not even St. John’s, located 25 minutes from his hometown and whose former coach, Brian Mahoney, was Donovan’s neighbor recruited him. Donovan needed a plan B. His father pushed for him to consider any of the New England Division II schools that offered full rides.