From The Top

by OBCA President Kirk Graham

Wow! What a State Tournament!
In twenty-five years of going to the state tournament, I’ve never seen
such great crowds, entertaining games as well as outstanding personal
performances.  Congratulations to all state champion coaches and teams.
Your hard work and dedication has certainly paid off.  Congratulations
also to all the teams and coaches who qualified for the state tournament.
That’s a special accomplishment and one that will be cherished forever.
Success seems to come to those who work hard.  Congratulations also to all
the teams and coaches who overachieved this past season and won more games
than expected.  Once again, hard work is rewarded.  Congratulations to all
the award winners from this past season, especially to Coach of the Year
Eric Savage and Players of the Year Rotnie Clark and Keiton Page.  In my
opinion, these two players certainly deserve all the accolades they’ve
received for their efforts, not to mention the attention their quest for
the scoring title brought to Oklahoma basketball.  Having said this, I’m
reminded of the saying “the dictionary is the only place where success
comes before work.”  I believe the harder you work, the more successful
you will be.

Now plans are being made for next season.  Camps, tournaments and summer
leagues are organizing and dreams begin to develop for coaches and another
group of kids.  I think dreaming the dream of winning the gold ball gives
coaches as well as players the motivation to do all we do during the
summer months.

Don’t forget about the OBCA All-Star Weekend at OBU this June.  The dates
are June 6 and 7.  The weekend starts with the Hall of Fame Banquet on
Friday night.  If you know one of the inductees, you need to make every
effort to be there for their induction.  What an honor this is to be in
the OBCA Hall of Fame!  Listening to their speeches is definitely
entertaining.   The All-Star games are Saturday afternoon with the Faith 7
game Saturday night.  Come and join the fun and be a active member of the
OBCA in Shawnee on All-Star Weekend.

See you this summer,

Kirk Graham
OBCA President

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