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Ryan Aber: Justice Hansen is the best prep quarterback in Oklahoma

The Oklahoman's Ryan Aber answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Participate in our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on
by Ryan Aber Modified: August 22, 2012 at 3:37 pm •  Published: August 22, 2012
The Oklahoman's Ryan Aber answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Participate in our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on

Can anyone take down Wagoner this year in Class 4A?

Yes. I think Wagoner’s going to be really good again but it’s not like they don’t have questions, especially with the lost of a player as explosive as Kevin Peterson. But they're the favorites going in, in my mind at least. Clinton, even with the holes it has to fill, is going to be a formidable foe and Douglass, especially with the addition of D.J. Ward, has the potential to win a title.

The recurring theme in 4A-1 is "rebuilding and reloading" but the district looks loaded again. Top to bottom, is 4A-1 the toughest district in the class, and who are your 4 playoff teams coming out of the district?

District 4A-2 is pretty tough as well but I think 4A-1 is probably the toughest in the class. I like Clinton, Weatherford, Anadarko and probably Piedmont for the last spot. But this district, with all of the top teams replacing significant number of starters, could go in a lot of different directions depending on who lives up to their promise and who doesn't.

Is this Justice Hansen kid as good as we've been lead to believe, or is it just media hype?

He's pretty dang good. He's not Johnny Unitas or anything but he's got a strong arm, makes good decisions and, for a guy his size especially, can make things happen with his feet when he needs to. For me, right now, he's the best quarterback in the state and that's a pretty good group this year. But he needs to keep developing.

How do you expect the Purcell Dragons to be this season? I think they're STATE CHAMPION material!

It would be hard for me to think of them as state champions, especially after losing the skill-position guys that they did from last year. But they will be good again. The players there are buying into Shannon Watford's system, especially given his recent history at Hennessey. I look for Purcell and Plainview to battle for that district title and I think the Dragons can get as far as the semifinals but who knows by the end of the season. That class is so wide open right now, so anything can happen.

My Noble Bears have moved to an east district and finally away from Carl Albert and Guthrie. Any chance they can make a run at a playoff spot?

If everything falls right for them, I suppose I could see them making a run at that fourth spot but in a district with McAlester, Shawnee, Tulsa Kelley and Durant especially, it's going to be tough. But they do have 8 returners back on offense and 7 on defense so they should be better.

Do you think Douglass is still the favorite to win 4A boys basketball even without Clark? I think they're still good enough but I know alot of people won't pick them now.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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