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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Annual Faith 7 Bowl tips off Saturday in Shawnee

  • The 48th annual Faith 7 Bowl, featuring all-star basketball talent from both sides of the Red River, will tip off at 7:35 p.m. Saturday, June 8, inside Oklahoma Baptist University’s Noble Complex.
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  • The 48th annual Faith 7 Bowl, featuring all-star basketball talent from both sides of the Red River, will tip off at 7:35 p.m. Saturday, June 8, inside Oklahoma Baptist University’s Noble Complex.
     
    Among those set to play this year are future Oklahoma State members Steven Clark, Jeffrey Carroll and Leyton Hammonds, as well as future University of Oklahoma members David Love and Jordan Woodard.
     
    Clark, at 5-9 and 175 pounds, is a Douglass High School graduate and will play for the Oklahoma All-Stars. A four-time state champion, Clark was twice named the Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year and was twice named a state tournament most valuable player.
     
    Clark led Anthony Andrews’ Trojans to a 26-4 record as a senior while averaging more than 35 points per game. Clark also averaged 13 assists, six rebounds and 5.7 steals while firing at a 94-percent clip from the free throw line.
     
    Love, also playing for the Oklahoma All-Stars, is a Bishop McGuinness grad that stands at 6 feet, 5 inches and weighs 215 pounds. He averaged 11.8 points and 6.7 boards per outing, and finished the season with 49 assists.
     
    Love and the Irish finished the 2012-13 campaign at 24-5 as Love hit 39.4 percent of his field goals and 65.3 percent of his free throw attempts.
     
    He earned first-team all-tournament honors and was part of the 2011-12 state championship team.
     
    Woodard, at 6-0, 190, played for Shane Cowherd at Edmond Memorial High School and will play for the Faith 7 Oklahoma All-Stars. He led the Bulldogs to a 26-2 record and a Class 6A state title his senior season, averaging 15.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 6.6 assists.
     
    Woodard hit 51 percent of his field goals and 83 percent of his foul shots.
     
    Carroll, 6-6, 200, is a graduate of Rowlett (Texas) High School and will play for the Texas All-Stars. He helped the Eagles forge a 26-4 record and a district championship while averaging 22 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.
     
    Carroll, coached at RHS by Stan Blackmon, netted 659 total points as a senior.
     
    Hammonds, 6-8, 205, played for Richard Bacon and the Rebels of Richland (Texas) High School and will play of the 2013 Faith 7 Bowl Texas All-Stars. Hammonds and his team earned three district titles in his career, and the two-time all-state selection averaged 21.1 points, 11.1 boards and 3.4 assists.
     
    Hammonds shot at a 52-percent pace from the floor and hit 80 percent of his charity tosses.
     
    Other members of the 2013 Faith 7 Bowl Oklahoma squad are:
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    • Ronnie Boyce III, a 6-3, 140-pound grad of Putnam City High School. Boyce, coached by A.D. Burtshi, averaged more than 20 points per game while hitting at a 46.1-percent pace from the floor.
     
    He averaged 4.1 rebounds, two assists and was on target for 60.8 percent of his free throws.
     
    Boyce led the Pirates to a 26-3 record and an area consolation crown.
     
    Boyce will play at Connors State College.
     
    • Carlby Ervin, a 6-3, 185-pound Edmond North grad. Ervin averaged 19.8 points, 7.1 boards and 6.4 assists while shooting at 56 percent from the field and 53 percent from the stripe.
     
    Ervin and the Huskies finished the 2012-13 season at 15-11 and as regional finalists.
     
    Coached by Steven Goss, Ervin holds the single-game scoring record for ENHS at 37 points.
     
    • Jakob Hartsock, a 6-8, 200-pound Bartlesville High School graduate. Hartsock, bound for Brigham Young, averaged 18.6 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists while hitting 52 percent of his field goals and 77 percent of his free throws.
     
    Coached by Tim Bart, Hartsock led the Bruins to a 16-7 record while collecting two tournament MVP awards.
     
    • John Moon, a 6-11, 234-pound Crescent High School grad. Moon will play at Oklahoma Christian after leading Kyle Bengs and the CHS Tigers to a 22-7 record and the regional consolations.
     
    Moon hit 63 percent of his field goals and 58 percent of his foul shots while averaging 18.6 points and 13.3 boards.
     
    • Shaquille Morris, a 6-8, 270-pound Edmond Memorial graduate. Morris, head coach Shane Cowherd and the Bulldogs finished at 26-2 and as state champions.
     
    Morris hit 74.4 percent of his field goal attempts and 64 percent of his free throws while averaging 18 points, nine rebounds and two assists per game.
     
    He will play at Wichita State.
     
    • Juwan Parker, a 6-4, 190-pound graduate of Tulsa Washington. Parker, a four-time all-state selection, led Joe Redmond’s Hornets to a pair of state titles while averaging 23 points, 10 boards and five assists.
     
    Parker, who will play at the University of Georgia, hit at a 52-percent pace from the floor and an 82-percent pace from the foul line.
     
    • Seth Youngblood, a 6-0, 165-pound Roland High School graduate. Youngblood, coached by Ed Lewis, led the Rangers to a 28-2 record and a Class 4A state runner-up finish.
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    The 2013 Super 5 Player averaged 24.9 points, 4.6 boards and 2.6 assists while hitting 54.5 percent of his field goals and 86.3 percent of his charity tosses.
     
    Youngblood will play at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.
     
    Other members of the 2013 Faith 7 Bowl Texas crew are:
     
    • Pat Birt, a 6-5, 185-pound Plano East High School graduate. Birt was an all-state selection and district MVP while taking Jeff Clarkson’s Pirates to a 30-4 record and the regional semifinals.
     
    Birt averaged 17.1 points, six rebounds and four assists while hitting 65 percent of his shots from the floor and 85 percent of his free throws.
     
    Birt will play at the University of Illinois.
     
    • Jerami Grace, a 6-3, 185-pound grad of Duncanville High School. Grace, who will go on to Western Texas College, averaged 16 points, five rebounds and five assists for head coach Kenny Boren and the Panthers.
     
    Grace hit 55 percent of his floor shots and 80 percent of his foul shots, and earned MVP honors in the Panthers’ McDonald’s Invitational championship run.
     
    • Austin Luke, a 6-3, 185-pound graduate of Rowlett High School. Luke and the Eagles finished at 26-4 in the 2012-13 run, and were district champions.
     
    Luke, who will go to Belmont University, averaged 10 points, four boards and a school-record eight assists per game while hitting at a 50-percent clip from the field and a 75-percent clip from the foul line.
     
    • Ridge Shipley, a 6-foot, 175-pound grad of Hebron High School. Shipley, coached by Mark Bishop, averaged more than 18 points and four assists per game while striking for 49 percent of his field goals and 43 percent of his attempts from 3-point range.
     
    Shipley, who will play at Cal Poly University, led the HHS Hawks to a 36-3 record while earning district MVP honors, all-state honors and Vype Magazine’s DFW 2013 MVP honors.
     
    • Xavier Smith, a 6-7, 209-pound graduate of Plano East. Smith and head coach Jeff Clarkson’s Panthers went 30-6 and reached the regional semifinals.
     
    Smith, who will go to St. Bonaventure, averaged seven points and 7.6 boards, and hit 56 percent of his field goals and 60 percent of his charity tosses.
     
    He was an honorable mention selection at the district level.
     
    • Kavin Tilbury, a 6-7, 210-pound Cy Falls High School graduate. Tilbury, who will play for Texas State University, led the Golden Eagles to three straight district championships.
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    Averaging 18.8 points, 11.4 boards and 3.1 assists, Tilbury (a district MVP) holds career records for rebounds and blocked shots.
     
    He hit 47 percent of his field goals and 66 percent of his free throws last season.
     
    • Brandon Williams, a 6-9, 208-pound graduate of Houston Episcopal High School. Williams averaged more than 16 points and 10 rebounds per game, as well as 2.1 assists while hitting 47 percent of his field goals and 72 percent of his foul shots.
     
    Williams, an all-state selection who will play at the University of Texas-Arlington, led Wayne Jones’ Knights to a 29-2 record.
     
    • Bobby Wood II, a 6-4, 170-pound graduate of Lancaster High School. Wood, who will play at Oral Roberts University, was named the district offensive player of the year while averaging 24.5 points, five rebounds and three assists for Ferrin Douglas’s Tigers.
     
    The Oklahoma All-Stars will be coached by Fairview High School coach David Baldwin and Byng High School coach Trent Miller.
     
    Baldwin, a Fox High School graduate, played at the college level at Carl Albert State College. His coaching career of more than 20 years includes stints at Erick and Cheyenne, and his overall career record is 435-246 with four state tournament appearances, an all-state game and being named the OBCA Coach of the Year in 2001.
     
    Baldwin and his wife, Pam, have three children and three grandchildren.
     
    Miller, an East Central University graduate, has coached at the Class 4A, 5A and 6A levels in the OBCA all-star games, as well as the OCA all-state game. He and his wife, Miya, have three daughters.
     
    Miller’s father, Larry Miller, coach the Faith 7 Bowl in 1986.
     
    The Texas All-Stars will once again be coached by North Lake College’s Tim McGraw, a coach with more than three decades of experience ranging from junior high through the professional levels.
     
    McGraw was named the NJCAA Div. III National Coach of the Year after leading NLC’s Blazers to the national championship in 2006 and 2008, and he was named the NJCAA Div. III District Coach of the Year in 2000, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
     
    McGraw played at the college level at John Brown University, and also played on Christian missionary tours in the Philippines, Germany, Austria, Ukraine and the Czech Republic.
     
    While at North Lake College, McGraw has led the Blazers to national titles in 2006 and 2008; Metro Athletic Conference titles in 2000, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008; and fourth-place finishes in the national tournament in 2000 and 2007.
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    McGraw was the 1988 Arkansas Junior College Conference Co-Coach of the Year.
     
    He and his wife, Denise, have a daughter and two grandsons.
     
    The 2013 Faith 7 Bowl will be preceded by the Shawnee Trophy Company Slam Dunk Contest at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at OBU’s Noble Complex.
     
    Texas won the 2012 Faith 7 Bowl, 107-80.

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