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Scrimmage season is here and one of the top annual events that takes place is the Broken Arrow Showcase. Teams from all over the state compete against one another at Broken Arrow and we were there taking in all of the action. In this post, we’re taking a look at the five best teams that we caught in action during the Showcase. Stay tuned to Prep Hoops Oklahoma for more “Five Best” features on the top guards and the top big men!
Get ready to see this said or written roughly five million times over the next four months. Class 4A is absolutely loaded this season. And one team that made it to the state tournament last year and is determined to make it back again in March is Holland Hall. Led by guardsand , the Dutch have a good chance to make a repeat trip to Oklahoma City. Cool is one of the more experienced players in the state and is fitting his role incredibly well. We like the Dutch as a team to make it to the state tourney from the east side. But there are some serious teams on the west side of the state. But if Saturday was any indication, the Dutch are not going to back down from anyone this season. The Dutch got better over the weekend and they are yet another team to look out for in the absolutely loaded Class 4A this season.
One of the more underrated teams coming into this season is Nathan Hale in Class 5A. A lot of the attention coming into this season in Class 5A will be on defending champion Memorial and contenders Carl Albert, Del City and Southeast. But overlooking the Rangers would be a mistake. Not only is this a team to take seriously this season, they should be taken seriously moving forward over the next few years. The Rangers have a few players that stood out to us on Saturday that we’ll get into a little more during our player spotlights. But we like Nathan Hale as the dark horse to look out for in Class 5A. Earlier this year, we put out our early Class 5A preview and listed the Rangers as that dark horse to watch in Class 5A. They lived up to that this weekend in Broken Arrow and will be a team to watch out for with some outstanding scoring and balance in the lineup.
We might have to tip our cap to Norman as the best team that we saw on Saturday in Broken Arrow. Their starting five was one of the best lineups we watched as this is a team led by seniors Caison Cole and Matthew Willenborg as well as junior forward. They have length and size everywhere and they played incredibly well together on Saturday. The Tigers are an experienced team that has gone through some growing pains over the last few seasons. We have a feeling that they might be a dark horse in Class 6A this season as a team ready to break out in a big way. They have scoring, defense, athleticism and size. They won’t find too many teams in the state and in Class 6A specifically that can match them in their starting five. We liked what we say from the Tigers and think they will definitely be a team to watch in Class 6A.
While Norman is a very long and athletic team, Southmoore is very guard-heavy. But even in their scrimmage against Broken Arrow, another team that has size and length at every position, the Sabercats didn’t back down. In fact, they went down 7-0 and would rally to beat the Tigers by 7 in the 20 minute scrimmage. Southmoore was led in that game by senior guard, who did a lot of things extremely well. We’ll go more in depth on him in our guard feature. But the Sabercats are going to be an interesting team to watch this season. They’re coached incredibly well. They play incredibly hard, even in a scrimmage in early November. And they have some legitimate scoring weapons on the offensive side of the ball. Class 6A is wide open once you get past the top three or four teams. They could surprise some people this season.
Despite losing 6’9 Trent Pierce and 6’6, Union still has one of the bigger lineups in the state, led by senior and a freshman to keep an eye on moving forward. We’ll have more on him in a future post. And on Saturday, Union used both big men incredibly well on the offensive end. And with athletic guards around them, that provides a big problem for defenses as the guards can get to the basket at will and that either opens up one of the big men or they are able to clean up the glass after a miss. Union was impressive on Saturday morning and early afternoon and they were missing one of their better players in junior guard . With him on the court, they might have been the best team in attendance. Union lost some serious talent from last year’s team with two top scorers moving away. But we think the Redhawks will be just fine.