Statewide Underclassmen to Watch in Boys Basketball

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Last Updated: December 20, 202321.2 min read

With basketball season in full swing, here are the Statewide Boys Underclassmen to Watch with insight from their head coaches!

Tulsa Public Area

Booker T. Washington’s BJ Harris – A very skilled and explosive player. To most, his athleticism stands out, but his ability to setup teammates is what makes him special. He is very good around the rim and his mid range game is a plus!

Tulsa Union’s Miles Flemons Started as a freshman, which does not happen too often at Union. He has a chance to be one of the best to play here.

Tulsa Memorial’s Fabian Harris – He is ranked in the top 20 of Oklahoma by He has a 4.0 GPA and his pilot license. He can FLY A PLANE!!!

Tulsa Private Area

Victory Christian’s Gene Mason – Freshman and younger brother of Chris Mason, an upperclassman on the team. Very skilled player who has an extremely bright future.

Regent Prep’s Benton Manley – Benton was the most improved player on the team last year. He is one of the state’s best golfers and an NCAA Division 1 golf recruit. He is a long, skilled forward that can play multiple positions. He is one of our best shooters.

Summit Christian’s Seth Shubert – Seth Shubert is a 5’8, Sophomore, who will be a newcomer to varsity minutes this season. He is an excellent point guard with great court awareness & high IQ. He has a small frame but his quickness, passing and shooting ability will make him a threat on the floor.

Tulsa Suburban Area

Jenks’ Evan Goodwin – Evan is one of the best shooters in the state and backed that up this summer during team camps. Evan is more than just a shooter; he has a knack for the offensive end and a natural ability to find creative ways to get his shot off. Evan will be a household name in high school basketball by year’s end.

Bixby’s Griffen Stewart – 6’5, athletic post who will see his first varsity action this season.

Sand Springs’ Micah Betchan – Micah had a great freshman season leading his team to a runner-up finish in the Frontier Conference. He played on the JV team as well. Look for Micah to get valuable minutes this year on varsity. He’s a lefty who can run point guard or play off guard. Above average shooter from three-point range and can create his own shot off the bounce, mid-range or attacking the rim.

Coweta’s Connor Jensen – Connor is a great athletic PG who will start and often guard the other teams best player.

Glenpool’s Bryce Rowland – Bryce saw limited minutes on varsity as a freshman in the 22-23 season. He is coming into the 23-24 season as a sophomore and expected to have a big impact on the Glenpool Boys Basketball team. He will play a big role on the team this season. He will bring some length and athleticism to the floor. He is a great defender, rebounder and finisher who is capable of throwing down some dunks. He will have an impact on both the offense and defense. 

Liberty’s Jayce Wheeler – Class of 2025. Great shooter. Shot 40% from three-point line. Averaged 10 points per game last season.

Owasso Area

Skiatook’s Cody Dearing – Played a little as a freshman. He has a great IQ, should be a top scorer for Skiatook.

Foyil’s Orasio Flores – Orasio didn’t get much time last year as a freshman on a senior-laden team. This year, not only will he play big minutes, he will likely compete for a starting job which will give us a consistent outside shooting threat.

Edmond Area

Edmond North’s Jonathan VanBuren – VanBuren is move-in from Little Rock, AR. He is an explosive athlete and great finisher at the rim.

Oklahoma Christian School’s James Huffmyer – He is a very good basketball player on a senior-laden team. He can score and defend at a high level.

Oklahoma Christian Academy’s Mason Greer – 6’2, great skilled guard; will play point guard for us some and is a scorer and playmaker.

Canadian Valley Area

Mustang’s Tyson Pogi – Tyson will be a freshman this year. He is one of the best players in his class in the state.

Yukon’s Drew Reynolds – Part-time starter as a freshmen. Really good catch and shoot guy and is becoming a more impactful player off the dribble and on defense.

Moore-Norman Area

Westmoore’s Ivan Antwi Donkor – Ivan can do it all. He is 6’4 with a 6’8 wingspan. Ivan is a good defender, rebounder and has developed good offensive skills. He will turn a lot of heads this year.

OKC Tri-Cities Area

Bridge Creek’s Dax Glenn – Dax had a great freshmen year. He is explosive on the offensive end and he continues to get better on the defensive end. He has a high ceiling and I’m excited to see him reach it.

Blanchard’s Emory Smalley – A very “heady” aggressive point guard that will not only play significant minutes but could potentially start this season. Does a tremendous job running the offense and always finds the open man. Constant vision with the basketball. Even better is his ability to lock down an offensive player with the basketball. He has a huge upside and will be an outstanding player here for us.

Shawnee Area

McLoud’s Castin Schafer – Castin has a lot of potential. He is a 6’3 post player, who can shoot the ball from the perimeter as well. Last season, Castin was able to sit behind some talented players and learn, and this year he is ready to step into a starting role.

Meeker’s Bryce Bussell – Bryce made big strides as a freshman last year. He ended up starting some games for us down the stretch and provided us with quality minutes. He is great on the defensive end of the floor and has a knack making timely shots. Bryce is also a great locker room presence, even as a sophomore.

Holdenville’s Mike Piza – Mike is a great athlete that had good minutes as a freshman. Mike has played a lot of AAU and had a great summer ball season. I look forward to Mike having a big sophomore season.

OKC Public/Private/Mid-Del City Area

Putnam City’s Miles Jackson – Skilled offensive player that can finish at the basket and or shoot the mid-range and three pointer.

Midwest City’s DJ Denson and Caleb Stephens – DJ Denson, freshman of the year in conference averaged 13 points per game. Caleb is an underrated sophomore. 

Carl Albert’s Steven Anderson – Steven has a bright future for us. We are looking for him to mature this season into a solid varsity player for us who can score and defend at the varsity level.

Crooked Oaks’ Jamel Morris – 6’4 sophomore with tons of potential. With continued growth and effort, could be the first D1 basketball player from Crooked Oak.

Ponca City Area

Ponca City’s Jaxon Dugosh – Jaxon is a great athlete with incredible instincts. This makes him a terrifying defender for opposing guards. His high energy gives him plenty of opportunities on the offensive glass, as well as leading to chances for him to lead the break off of defensive rebounds. No one plays harder than this kid.

Stillwater Area

Perkins-Tryon’s Jace Myers – Jace found himself playing some last year as a freshman and had some really good moments. His game has continued to improve during the summer and into the off-season. I expect him to take a big leap forward his Sophomore season and really contribute to our basketball team.

Carney’s Bo Ramsey – Bo is the hardest worker on our team. He averaged 10 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block per game last season. He is an outstanding rebounder. He crashes the glass every time a shot goes up, and it creates easy put back opportunities for him on the offensive end. Bo is also our best defender. He is typically tasked with guarding the opposing team’s best player. There is never a moment when Bo is not playing as hard as he can. This effort translates to his teammates.

1-44 Corridor Area

Kellyville’s Ryker Buckley – Ryker is a freshman this year. He has already proven himself to be a great asset to the team. He has a great eye in finding his teammates on the floor and is a solid ball handler for us at the point. We are looking forward to him having an explosive freshman season.

Drumright’s Garett Scott – Hard-working freshman that has advanced ball handling ability and court vision, will probably be sixth/seventh in the rotation when the season starts and could have starting minutes by the time the season is over.

Alva Area

Alva’s Kyler Martin – So. Kyler Martin is projected to be our 1st guy off the bench with the possibility of starting a game or two throughout the season. He is a serviceable 3 point shooter, high basketball IQ and a great defender.

Cherokee’s Joel Parker – Joel has all the tools to be a contributor on both ends of the basketball floor. He is a great passer as a forward. Always willing to make the extra pass to get a better shot on offense.

Enid Area

Garber’s Kennon Sharp – Kennon is dangerous on the offensive end with his ability to shoot the ball from outside.

Medford’s Kingston Edwards – Kingston is a sophomore and an exceptional athlete. He is quick off of the dribble, can stretch defenses with his ability to shoot, and he is a great passer. We look for him to make big strides coming off of a pretty nice freshman season where he gained a ton of playing experience.

Okarche’s Easton Roby – Easton is top-8 player in the class of 2026 in baseball but can play basketball as well. Probably one the top five defenders in Class A and one of the hardest working players on the court that I have been around. He averages 12 points per game for us but was the key to our press. Strong physical defender that competes.

Hennessey’s Cam Richardson – A junior and is currently the leading scorer for the Class 2A #2 Eagles. Dropped 32 points on Frontier in their tournament.

Altus Area

Altus’ Marquis Milton – MVP of the Shortgrass Classic Tournament last year as a freshman point guard.

Chickasha Area

Chickasha’s Austin Kinslow – Sophomore guard who is explosive off the dribble and able to knock down shots from outside and finish around the rim, a great person on the ball defender. Played some varsity minutes as a freshman a year ago and will be relied on heavily this year with a much larger role.

Carnegie’s Ken Whittington – Ken has worked hard this offseason and I think he could translate into a bigger role this season. Smooth lefty that can get to the rim, but needs to improve his outside shooting and his ball-handling to truly reach his potential.

Alex’s Ryder Doty – Very quick and a great decision maker. Tough player who has really improved this offseason.

Lawton Area

Lawton’s Auvy Young – 6’0 guard, streaky on offense and a pest on defense. Auvy has some of the best on ball defensive pressure in the state. He is constantly moving up and down the court, getting up under opponents and causing turnovers. He is also one of the better scorers on the team who gives the team a spark when needed.

Lawton MacArthur’s Brennan Malone – Brennan has grown to 6’6″, gotten stronger and expects to have a huge sophomore season. He is in a new role within the offense where he is more comfortable. I expect Brennan to play college basketball and he has the potential to be a major force for the next three years for the Highlanders. He can shoot it, drive it and play with his back to the basket. Brennan can score at all three levels.

Elgin’s Brody Morrison – 5’10, sophomore guard. Very good athlete. Two-way versatile player.

Empire/Temple’s Cale Porter and Francisco Garcia – Cale Porter and Francisco Garcia are returning sophomores that are looking to have a great season. Both of these guys played a big role as freshmen last year and look to improve on that this season. Expecting a breakout year for both of these guys.

Duncan Area

Central Marlow’s Landon Johnson – Landon, only a sophomore, is a knockdown three-point shooter. He is the type of guy that if he gets going, can be a real problem for opposing teams. He worked hard this summer on moving without the ball because we know he will see a lot of face guards to eliminate good looks. He has also worked on his ability to get to the rim to loosen up his perimeter shots. I could really see him having some big games.

Duncan’s Carson Carrio – Carson Carrio is a dynamic 5’8″ sophomore for Duncan. Despite his young age, Carson boasts an impressive basketball IQ that goes beyond his years. His ability to score at all three levels – inside, mid-range, and beyond the arc – makes him a true offensive threat. Keep an eye on Carson as he continues to evolve and make his mark on the court.

Ardmore Area

Ardmore’s Antonio Taylor – Athletic sophomore who thrives in multiple sports at Ardmore. Started to carve out a role this summer and looks to keep that progress going this season.

Wilson’s Josh Gage – A much improved player from a year ago. His shooting ability will be a great asset to us this season, especially when we see zone defenses almost every night.

Weatherford/Clinton Area

Weatherford’s Jackson Smith – Started every game last season as a freshman on a State Finalist team. Look for him to play an even bigger role this season for us as a sophomore.

Woodward Area

Woodward’s Jake Graf – Jake’s knowledge of the game and ability to help his teammates make plays is something rare. He’s a team player, guaranteed to keep all five players on the court get involved. Jake is already starting to see several minutes each game. The kid can be trusted with the ball, run plays and can flat out score. He’s a heads-up player on both sides of the ball, forcing turnovers or stealing the ball nearly every possession. Jake comes to basketball as a starter on the football team. At 6’1, 160 lbs, you can tell by looking at him the kid is an athlete. He gives you his all every game and willing to do whatever he can for his team.

Grand Lake Area

Fairland’s Gabe Callison – Great work ethic. Really good shooter/scorer. We’re expecting big things from him as a freshman this season.

Grove’s Avery Petty – Got his feet wet last year on varsity level as a freshman. Did an outstanding job of what was asked of him. Role this year will be much bigger. Had a great summer so excited to see his progression

Jay’s Bradee Rutherford – Bradee has really improved over the summer. He was a bright spot on last year’s team with his hustle and quickness. He will be depended on a lot this year as he continues to mature into a basketball player.

Pryor Area

Inola’s Aidan Clark – Aidan is just the second freshman to start for Coach Clyde Barkley in his 47-year career. He is a 6’6″ forward with the ability to dominate the paint, and the nice touch to stretch the floor and knock down the three.

Colcord’s Rylan Studie – Rylan Studie has worked his way into a position of being a key part of this team and a huge contributor. He is an outstanding shooter and great with ball handling skills. We are expecting big things this year and years to come.

Bartlesville Area

Bartlesville’s Trae Collins – Trae will play major minutes this year as a sophomore. What he lacks in size, he makes up with IQ and shooting ability. Look for him to have a breakout season for us.

Dewey’s Austin Eastman – We are very excited about Austin and our freshman group this season. Austin is a young man who puts in long hours in the gym and competes on summer travel teams for basketball and baseball.

McCurtain County Area

Broken Bow’s Greydon Howell – He’s the best freshman guard in the state. Trust me.

Idabel’s Baker HoskinsBaker Hoskins is a 6’5 forward/guard player who can score the ball on all three levels (layups, midrange and three-point shot). Baker will be a key part to our State Tournament run. 

Haworth’s Styrlin Pondexter – Styrlin is a very good young man with incredible upside. He is a good athlete and continues to improve his game every day! Styrlin has a knack for finding the ball and is going to be a big contributor this season!

McAlester Area

Hartshorne’s Natavious Bringinggood and Zack Harrison – Natavious is 6’2. He can shoot the three and handles the ball well. Zack is 5’11 and can also handle the ball well and he will get to the rim if he wants to.

Clayton’s Shelton Lewis – Shelton Lewis started at point guard for his freshman team last year, but will likely play the 3-5 spots for our team this year. Shelton is a sophomore with a huge upside. He has played a lot of basketball, as he has played travel ball every summer and spring. Shelton is a very good rebounder and great off the ball defender. He will pick off a lot of passes. When challenged, he can guard the other team’s big men and hold them in check. Shelton will likely be more of a facilitator this year, but as his career here at Clayton goes on he will be leaned on to score.

Durant Area

Caddo’s Kale Brister – Kale ran the point guard spot and did a great job for us last year as a freshman on a very good team. He has taken another step and looks to have a big season as a sophomore.

Tushka’s Kason Hull – Kason doesn’t fill up the stat sheet offensively, but defensively, guards the other team’s best guard every game.

Rattan’s Kobe Tabor – High basketball IQ. Can score from anywhere. Creates offense for others. Makes the right play most of the time. Great defender, especially for his age. Arguably the best freshman in our area.

Ada/Pauls Valley Area

Ada’s Owen Wofford, Caron Richardson and Lakeivan Richardson – Owen Wofford 6’5. He is a stretch 5. He has the ability to play on the outside and handle the ball a little. He has a good stroke from three and can finish in the paint. Caron Richardson 6’2. He is a big guard that can handle the ball well, and proven to be an outside threat and attack you off the bounce. He is a good on ball defender and rebounds really well and can finish in the paint. Lakeivan Richardson 6’1. Smooth lefty guard. He has a good handle and attacks down hill. He is becoming a better shooter from the outside and can be a lock down defender on the defensive side.

Sulphur’s Bridge Barrett – Sophomore, has a high work ethic in the gym and weight room. He has came into his own over the past year and will be a good skilled 4A point guard this year.

Stratford’s Lincoln Hall – Lincoln is a sophomore we expect to step up for us this season. He’s a player that continues to work to get better and has shown great leadership capabilities. He will be ready to make an impact this season.

Wayne’s Ben Fisher – Ben is a great athlete. The moment is never too big for him. As a freshman last year, he averaged 12.2 points per game in JH.

Okmulgee Area

Okemah’s Kyran Berryhill – Versatile offensive player who works extremely hard to improve every part of his game.

Henryetta’s Skylar Greenhaw – Started as a sophomore last year. Lead us in scoring at 17.2 ppg. Great kid hard worker excellent shooter and scorer.

Beggs’ Rickey Smith – Rickey Smith is 6’1 sophomore that in my opinion, is one of the best guards in the state. Rickey has very high basketball IQ, good court vision, great ball handling skills, he defends well and rebounds well for a guard. Rickey has a great mid range game that you don’t see from many high school basketball players nowadays. He can create his own shot, as well as create shot opportunities for his teammates.

Morris’ Steven Bender – Steven loves basketball. He is a gym rat always working on his game. He will be a key factor in the next few years in our basketball program.

Wilson (Henryetta)’s Zabrien Shelburn – Zabrien is a 6’0 guard who already has a high school build and game to match. He is a great leader and mainstay on every team he has played for. He will make an immediate impact for the Tigers this year. Look for him to be one of the names of top performers in the small school ranks for years to come.

Preston’s Jermaine Bolden – Jermaine is a wild card for us this year. He is a big, strong, athletic wing that has a lot of God-given ability and athleticism. He has a good skill set and can also guard all 5 positions. If we can get it to click for him this year, we will be an even better team.

Muskogee Area

Muskogee’s Jace Parker – Jace will become one of the top PG in Oklahoma. Only a freshman that has the ability to get inside the paint, create his own shown and knock down the three point shot.

Warner’s Jaxon Cash – Jaxon is a great athlete that brings a ton of energy to the court. He is an outstanding shooter that is very physical and aggressive and has the ability to score from anywhere on the court.

Eufaula’s Keaton Parish – Sophomore Keaton Parish is a rangy 6’0 athlete with a strong three-point shot. Expected to be another double-figure scorer for the Ironheads this season, Keaton had multiple summer games with 4-5 threes made. His older brother Alex, was a 2022 All-Stater and an elite scorer for the Ironheads. Would not be surprised if Keaton is the next Parish with an All-State plaque in the lobby in a few years.

Okay’s Chase Clark – After getting one year under his belt, Chase should be ready to go this year as a sophomore. He has grown and became more physical.

Gore’s Cain Cooper – 6’1, Sophomore Shooting Guard.

Porum’s Zec Ayers – Zec is a sophomore forward/post that looks to be a solid contributor this year. Zec has good length and solid fundamentals, which help him to be a quality rebounder and tough defender. His improved shot, offensive skill set and performance over the summer make him a player to watch for the future.

Sallisaw/Poteau Area

Sallisaw’s Wes Rodriguez – Wes uses his body and quickness really well. He’s figuring out how to score inside on drives along with developing a good outside shot. He’s starting to buy into basketball and become invested in it, once that completely happens he will be a really good player.

Pocola’s Brayden Hardwick – Brayden is a very athletic and physically tough guard that started for us last season as a 14 year old. Playing teams like Dale, Owasso, Mustang and Catoosa can be a little overwhelming for most 14 year old kids, but Brayden handled things well and grew significantly as a player and as a competitor. Brayden had an outstanding summer for us and we expect him to have a great sophomore season this year. He can score off dribble penetration, mid-range jumpers and the deep ball. We feel that he is a very good defender and felt comfortable putting him on the other teams best guard at anytime. Took over 20 charges last season.

Howe’s Ethan Dalton – A versatile player that has shown himself to be a good perimeter defender and will go to the offensive glass hard. We are counting on him to help shoulder some of the offensive load as well.

Heavener’s Brandon Sanchez – True point guard. Can handle and distribute. Great at attacking the rim and an outstanding defender.

Tahlequah Area

Stilwell’s Brayton Carter – He is an incoming freshman who has shown a tremendous upside this summer. He will be a great addition to our depth at guard.

Tahlequah Sequoyah’s Cash Keys – Little brother of Lexi Keys who plays basketball at OU. Very skilled, intelligent and athletic basketball player. Probably our highest percentage shooter and most natural point guard. He had a very successful summer in our team camps and will be a major contributor right away.

Hulbert’s Cody Botts – Cody had a fantastic freshman year for us. He brought an intensity on offense and surprised us with how well he played on ball defense. We expect Cody to contribute a lot this year on the court. In the offseason, he has put on 15 pounds of muscle and has changed his body drastically. He’s a workhorse.

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  1. Craig Walters December 12, 2023 at 5:23 am - Reply

    I don’t know if I’m able to nominate another player for the underclassmen to watch but you didn’t have a boys player listed from Woodward. Our underclassmen to watch is freshman, Jake Graf. Jake’s knowledge of the game and ability to help his teammates make plays is something to you rare. He’s a team player, guaranteed to keep all 5 players on the court involved. Jake is already starting to see several minutes on each game. The kid can be trusted with the ball, run plays and flat out score. He’s a heads up player on both sides of the ball forcing turnovers or stealing the ball nearly every possession. Jake comes to basketball as a starter on the football team. At 6’1 160 lbs, you can tell by looking at him the kid is an athlete. He gives you his all every game and willing to do whatever he can for his team. Let’s give this kid a shout, he deserves it. Well done, Jake Graf of Woodward.

    • Payton Moody December 12, 2023 at 9:43 pm - Reply

      Thank you for your message! He has been added to our list and is now featured in this article. Thank you for the information! We want to get as many kids featured as we can, and VYPE appreciates you taking the time to nominate a player!

  2. Brian Richardson December 18, 2023 at 6:54 am - Reply

    Good list. Little biased but Cam Richardson (my son)a Junior at Hennessey is currently the leading scorer for the Class 2A #2 Eagles. Dropped 32 on Frontier in their tournament. (I’m the girl’s coach at Hennessey.)

    • Payton Moody December 20, 2023 at 8:44 am - Reply

      Awesome, we will add him to our list of underclassmen to watch! Thank you sir, appreciate the info!

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