Midwest City’s KeSean Brown was getting his future lined up.
A football and basketball star for the Bombers, he has the tools to play either sport at the college level, but for months, he had his mind set on joining the Air Force.
A couple of weeks ago, it looked like Saturday’s Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association All-Star game might be Brown’s last competitive basketball game.
He scored 13 points to help the Red All-Stars defeat the Gray All-Stars 92-84 in the Class 4A/5A/6A game Saturday at Oklahoma Baptist University’s Noble Complex.
Pretty impressive, considering Brown hadn’t been practicing since the season ended.
“I wasn’t even going to the gym. I was just staying at home,” Brown said. “But I’ve been playing for so long, it’s just like walking.”
Good thing, too. Basketball has come back into Brown’s future. Still only 17 years old, he was told two weeks ago it would be six months to a year before he could get into the Air Force.
“I decided I’d just go to college,” he said. “I still think I’ll go back eventually. I really like the benefits it provides you for your life and your career.”
For now, Brown is looking hard at Northern-Tonkawa, but hasn’t made an official decision.
Yukon’s Tanner Akers scored 15 points and Westmoore’s Tripp Fuller had 14 for the Red, which got out to a 17-point halftime lead and held off a late charge by the Gray.
Kortney Smith from Tulsa Webster scored 21 points, and Tanner Gregurich of Broken Arrow had 10 for the Gray squad.
REED, GOLDEN LEAD CLASS 2A TO VICTORY
Hobart’s Fletcher Reed had 16 points, and Millwood’s Ashford Golden had 15 as the Class 2A all-stars held off a rally from the Class 3A squad, 86-80.
Class 3A trailed by double figures much of the second half, before cutting it to a one-possession game in the fourth quarter.
Centennial’s Austin Garner had 17 points and nine rebounds for the 3A stars, while the Okemah duo of John Wingfield and Austin Guinn scored 11 apiece.
GARRISON, HARRIS POWER CLASS A STARS
The Class A all-stars jumped to an early lead, then kept pouring it on, routing the Class B stars 96-57.
Cheyenne/Reydon’s Gunner Garrison had a game-high 19 points and Laverne’s Trevor Harris added 18.
Conner Sullivan of Velma-Alma added 13, while Tanner Steward of Arkoma had nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds for Class A.
Class B was led by Forgan’s Jace Kerr and Okarche’s Christopher Rund with 10 points apiece.
DEL CITY’S DUKES, STATE REP. BANZ HEAD HOF CLASS
Allen Dukes, who spent more than three decades as the boys basketball coach at Del City and won more than 400 games, led a four-member Hall of Fame class for the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association.
Dukes was joined by current Oklahoma State Representative Gary Banz, as well as Mark Wilson and Terry Scott as new inductees Friday night in Shawnee.
Banz was a successful basketball coach before stepping away to pursue a political career. He has served as a state representative since 2004.
Scott coached Tulsa Central to three state titles, along with serving as Muskogee’s head coach and an assistant at Oral Roberts. Wilson is the current head coach at Ardmore.