Chelsea Dungee can’t stop thinking about basketball.
She can’t stop playing and improving, either.
The Preston sophomore played with an incredible efficiency this season, leading the Pirates to the Class 2A title while displaying an impressive maturity and earning a spot on The Oklahoman’s Super 5 team.
“Statistically, I never had a player that put up the numbers that she did,” Preston coach Jeff Weedn said. “Her efficiency was off the charts. It was just unbelievable the season she had. But she does so much more for our team. The thing that she really did for us this season was lead by example every day in practice.”
Dungee is certainly a seasoned veteran at just 16 years old, having won the Nike Nationals championship in AAU and the gold medal with the Team USA U-16 team last summer.
Those experiences helped her develop as a leader, something she takes pride in.
“I brought that back to school ball,” said Dungee, who is verbally committed to Oklahoma. “It was one thing I needed to improve on and I think I got a lot better this year at that. It just really did a lot of things for me.”
Her efficiency also improved. After averaging nearly 20 points as a freshman, Dungee increased her total to 25.9 points this season while averaging 10 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 4.3 steals.
And Weedn said the scoring didn’t increase due to an increase in shot attempts, as her season high in points was 52 against Tulsa Rogers. She was 18 of 25 that night.
Weedn also said Dungee shot 54 percent from the field, including 39 percent from 3-point range. She also has a 4.0 GPA and a 27 on her ACT.
“She’s just the total package,” Weedn said. “She’s got it all.”
With that kind of player, the Pirates became incredibly tough to slow down this season. They lost three games this season and none since early January.
It was winning the gold ball that meant possibly more to Dungee than her other accomplishments.
“About two weeks before the playoffs and everything, we really tried to get focused and work on things we needed to improve on,” she said. “I really think we did a good job of that and went out and executed.”
Now, Dungee said she is trying out in May for the Team USA U-17 team, while also looking to improve for next season and eventually OU.
“Even though my leadership has gotten a lot better, I need to continue to do that,” Dungee said. “My shot is decent, but I want to continue to work on that; Defense too. There’s just a lot of things I can work on.”