The story: The future Oklahoma Sooner battled through a severe hamstring injury and knee pain that required arthroscopic surgery after the season, but still averaged 15.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game. And he capped the year with the steal and buzzer-beating tip-in that gave the Bulldogs the Class 6A state title.
Seth Youngblood, Roland
The story: Youngblood averaged 25.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and nearly four assists per game to lead the Rangers to their second state finals appearance. Headed to nearby Arkansas-Fort Smith, Youngblood helped Roland win the Tournament of Champions, knocking off Tulsa Union in the finals, and he scored 41 points in the state championship loss to Douglass.
Coach of the Year
Dewayne Bradley, Midwest City
The story: You could argue no one played better team basketball this year than Bradley's Bombers. Their intense defense and opportunistic offense took them up the national rankings and within one play of a state championship. And they did it all with the majority of the roster standing 6-foot-1 and shorter, regularly facing teams with much more size.