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.

  • What they're saying about the OU-Kansas classic

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Jan 5, 2016

    Anyone who watched Kansas outlast Oklahoma for a 109-106 triple overtime victory Monday night is still talking about the game today. It was that good. Many have even deemed it the best basketball game they've ever seen. Hyperbole? Prisoners of the moment? Not this time. Monday's game was no doubt an instant classic. And rightfully so, the sports world is still buzzing about it. Here's a sampling of the reaction to Monday night's epic showdown.

  • OU basketball: Sooners tickets going fast after Big Monday classic

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Jan 5, 2016

    The battle that was billed as No. 1 vs. No. 1 lived up to the hype Monday night, as Oklahoma and Kansas assembled a triple overtime thriller that went down as an instant classic. The Jayhawks prevailed 109-106. But Sooners star Buddy Hield stole the show with a career-high 46 points, matching the most points scored by a visiting player to Allen Fieldhouse. Hield added eight rebounds and seven assists and made eight of 15 3-pointers. Jordan Woodard had 27 points for the Sooners, and three Kansas players scored at least 20 points, led by Perry Ellis' 27 points and 13 rebounds.

  • 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.

Darnell Mayberry Today at 4:17 PM @BAMOK See, last night wasn't so bad. :)
Darnell Mayberry Today at 4:17 PM RT @MikeSherman: Why are Thunder TV ratings sagging? https://t.co/8MP0y8FeS8
Darnell Mayberry Today at 2:46 PM NBA rules there were five incorrect no-calls on the possession of last night's Thunder-Spurs Game 2. https://t.co/PNRqJewqxK
Darnell Mayberry Today at 2:07 PM From @BerryTramel: Why the furor? Spurs got what they needed - https://t.co/kpnfl9ojE7 https://t.co/C0OUQ5k0Ls
Darnell Mayberry Today at 12:58 PM RT @OfficialNBARefs: The end of game inbound foul in #OKCvsSAS was one we've never seen before & we missed it. We'll incorporate this in tr…
Darnell Mayberry Today at 12:01 PM RT @ProHoopsWriters: Stephen Curry of the @warriors has won the PBWA's 2015-16 Magic Johnson Award. Details: https://t.co/7C9T1Jzvqp
Darnell Mayberry Today at 11:52 AM RT @JMcDonald_SAEN: I'm chatting Spurs-OKC Game 2 here in 10 minutes: https://t.co/eD1GPy0fH8 ... Then I'm never speaking of it again
Darnell Mayberry Today at 11:36 AM RT @JonesOnTheNBA: There are some people that would suggest OKC could get away with doubling LMA some. I don't think it's worth the risk.
Darnell Mayberry Today at 11:07 AM RT @JonesOnTheNBA: Kinda annoys me that when we talk about the Harden deal, we never talk about them getting a LEGIT center out of it. htt
Darnell Mayberry Today at 1:17 AM RT @ErikHorneOK: Monday cover of @NewsOKSports after the wild finish of Thunder-Spurs Game 2 https://t.co/4C0N5UDZ9u
Darnell Mayberry Today at 12:44 AM RT @JMcDonald_SAEN: Statement from lead official Ken Mauer: https://t.co/jFq7p5SYnR
Darnell Mayberry Today at 12:39 AM RT @ErikHorneOK: The final seconds of Thunder-Spurs was craziness. There was even a fan grab on Steven Adams (via @DarnellMayberry): https:
Darnell Mayberry Today at 12:38 AM Video shows Spurs fan holding Steven Adams' arm on final play https://t.co/VSTqwTWsiK
Darnell Mayberry Mon, May. 02 2016 11:49:44 PM CST Quick. Somebody get @Jpdabrams working on the oral history of "The Elbow."
Darnell Mayberry Mon, May. 02 2016 11:47:56 PM CST @MikeSherman Nope
Darnell Mayberry Mon, May. 02 2016 11:43:35 PM CST Gotta love Dion RT @anthonyVslater Dion Waiters sitting at his locker, scrolling through his phone postgame: "He stepped on the line anyway"
Darnell Mayberry Mon, May. 02 2016 11:26:02 PM CST RT @StuJackson32: #VIOLATION on Waiters
Darnell Mayberry Mon, May. 02 2016 11:22:07 PM CST IDK. But it's a great question! RT @TheLostOgle Did Ginobili's reputation as a flop artist influence the refs? https://t.co/B2NSkezOp7
Darnell Mayberry Mon, May. 02 2016 11:16:14 PM CST RT @royceyoung I bet Dion Waiters yelled and-1 while he was pushing off. That's why the ref didn't call it. https://t.co/6BB3uxm2lB
Darnell Mayberry Mon, May. 02 2016 11:12:03 PM CST RT @MikeSherman: #WhatsTheHeadline #OKCvsSA @TheOklahoman uses yours I'll send you a slick copy.