Athletes First Basketball Team
2011 Accomplishments of Athletes First

College Commitments

* Clay Wilson (Lincoln Christian)
Princeton University

* Andrew Wilson (Tulsa East Central)
Missouri State University

* Ryan Spangler (Bridge Creek)
Gonzaga University

* Obi Omegano (Edmond Memorial)
Western Illinois University

* Josh Richardson (Santa Fe)
Tennessee University

Athletes First 2011 Skill and Exposure Combine

Junior High & High School Boys

Featured Guests:

Rick McCormick: Southwest Hoops Report

Vince Baldwin: Top Nike Scout & McDonalds All American Board

Athletes First 2009 Nike Combine Vince Baldwin Top Scout

Jonathan Bluitt: Combine Camp Director

Ryan Crain: Combine Speed & Agility Clinician

PerformancEdge Training With a Purpose.

Training with a Purpose

McGuinness High School's
Matt Christiansen
Dominates Hobbs in the paint

Athletes First-McGuinness Christiansen dominates Hobbs in paint

A Game Of Hope

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Athletes First Teamates
Matt Christiansen &
Joe Edmonds
committ to The University of San Francisco!

Athletes First, Matt Christiansen Gives Verbal Committment to University of San FranciscoMatt Christiansen

Athletes First, Joe Edmonds Gives Verbal Committment to University of San FranciscoJoe Edmonds

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Athletes First Matt Christiansen and Joe Edmonds sign letters of intent to attend The University of San Francisco

Athletes First
Matt Christiansen and Joe Edmonds

Matt Christiansen and Joe Edmonds of Bishop McGuinness High School sign letters of intent to attend The University of San Francisco

2011 Sooner Cager
17U Championship Game
KC 76ers vs Athletes First

Athletes First
Stevie Clark and Jordan Woodard

Athlete's First
#23 Keith Clark
2005 Bob Gibbons
Tournament of Champions

Former OCS Player
Wilson Holloway Dies

Athletes First 2011 Skill and Exposure Combine

Even as cancer ravaged his body, the smile that personified Wilson Holloway never left.

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Athletes First is invited to the Nike Peach Jam in July 2010

2011 Peach Jam

Pool A W L
Georgia Stars (GA) 4 1
Team Takeover (DC) 4 2
Athletes First (OK) 3 2
All-Ohio Red (OH) 2 3
Arkansas Wings (AR) 2 3
Houston Hoops (TX) 1 4
Pool B W L
Oakland Soldiers (CA) 5 0
Texas Titans (TX) 3 2
Baltimore Elite (MD) 3 2
Louisiana Select (LA) 2 3
Boo Williams (VA) 2 3
Spiece (IN) 2 3
Pool C W L
Memphis YOMCA (TN) 5 0
Playaz Basketball Club (NJ) 4 1
CP3 (NC) 2 3
The Family (MI) 1 4
California Supreme (CA) 1 4
Albany City Rocks (NY) 0 5
Pool D W L
BABC (MA) 4 1
Mac Irvin Fire (IL) 4 1
Howard Pulley Panthers (MN) 3 2
CIA Bounce (CANADA) 2 3
Mean Streets (IL) 1 4
All-Iowa Attack (IA) 1 4

Athletes First
4th Grade Took 1st Place
Edmond Basketball
MAYB Bonanza

2011 Cager Classic National Basketball Tournament

Athletes First 4th Grade swept the entire bracket (5-0) in the Edmond Basketball MAYB Bonanza and took 1st place in the tournament. They also competed in the 10th Annual Denton Summer Shoot Out in Denton, TX and finished (4-1) in 2nd place.

Front row left to right: Kyle Madison, Nattorel Gabriel, Taylor Williams, Trey Nolen.

Back row: Mason Robbins, Landon Moulder, Tyler Becker, Isaiah Williams and Matthew Ford. (Not pictured - Dillard Bowie) 4th Grade Head Coach is Reggie Williams

Athletes First James Woodard of Edmond Memorial High School signs a letter of intent to the University Of Tulsa

Athletes First
James Woodard

James Woodard of Edmond Memorial High School signs a letter of intent to the University Of Tulsa

Athletes First
James Woodard

Athletes First
James Woodard
Dunk of the Day

Athletes First Jorden Kaufman Committed to Oral Roberts

Athletes First
Jorden Kaufman
Committed to Oral Roberts

Andover Central forward/center Jorden Kaufman committed to Oral Roberts over breakfast with coach Scott Sutton this morning in Tulsa, where he was on his official visit to the school. [Read More]

Ryan Spangler Named Gatorade Player Of The Year

Athlete First Player
Ryan Spangler honored as Gatorade Oklahoma
Player of the Year

Ryan Spangler Named Garerade Player of the Year.

Spangler was easily the most dominant player on the court in every game he participated in and has earned the Gatorade Player of the Year for Oklahoma.

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Ryan Spangler named
Parade All American

Ryan Spangler named Parade All American

Bridge Creek's Ryan Spangler has been named a Parade All-American.

He’s already been named the state’s Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year and there are surely more honors to come for Bridge Creek star Ryan Spangler.

Now, he’s an All-American, too.

Train Where the Pros Train with Blake Griffin Skills Camp

Blake Griffin Skills Camp

"A week of instruction and fun with the biggest and brightest star."

Comprehensive Program

* Sport Specific Skill Training
* Performance Training
* Nutrition Planning


2011 Cager Classic National Basketball Tournament

Sooner Cager Video

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Basketball Sophomore
Stephen Clark

Max Preps Basketball Sophomore All-American Team-Stephen Clark

Stephen Clark led Trojans to repeat state title by contributing 16.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.4 steals per game.

2011 Sooner Cager
17U Championship Game
KC 76ers vs Athletes First

Athletes First 2011 Skill and Exposure Combine
Athletes First 2011 Skill and Exposure Combine

2011 Nike Combine In Oklahoma City
Is Loaded With Talent

By: Rick McCormick,
of Southwest Hoops Inc.

The Nike Triple Threat Combine was held in Oklahoma City on March 19 - 20, 2011. It has become an annual tradition that this event is loaded with talented players of all ages. This year’s event certainly did not disapoint as to talent. The Combine drew a record of 110 players from throughout Oklahoma in addition to players from Texas, Kansas, and Arkansas. It has long been a State wide event, but has now expanded into a Regional event.

The Class of 2012:
(listed in no particular order)

Matt Christiansen 6’8” 230 McGuiness MM+ to HM future..Strong, scores around basket, good hands, lots of good qualities.
Sean Young 6’10” 205 Bixby MM to MM+ could get HM looks based on size as project.
Joe Edmonds 6’5” 190 McGuiness D-I future Brings a lot to the table.
James Woodard 6’3” 170 Edmond Memorial D-I future Is very crafty.
Antoine Burrell 6’7” 200 The Colony A D-I future for this DFW Metroplex player.
Terrell Savala 6’2” 170 Edmond Santa Fe liked his feel for the game.
Paco Jones 6’4” 220 NW Classen versatile, grows on you the more you watch.
Aaron Anderson 6’3” 190 Edmond Santa Fe handles, drives, and has a nice stroke.
Richard Shields 6’ 1’ 190 Moore came in as a relative unknown, I really liked his game.
Phabian Glasco 6’6” 190 Tulsa Washington Has an excellent future.

The Class of 2013:
(listed in no particular order)

Juwan Parker 6’4” 185 Tulsa Washington HM mature, great body, versatile, does a lot of things.
Steven Clark 5’10” OKC Douglas MM+ to HM has played on very good HS teams. I like the way he has improved his handles and overall ball skill during the past year. Has not played PG in the past but will probably convert.
Shaquille Morris 6’8” 260 Edmond Santa Fe definite D-I future. A BIG kid. I like the way he has improved over the past couple of years. A high ceiling.
Jordan Woodard 5’11” Edmond Memorial 180 Definite D-I future. A good body with a LOT of upside.
Patrick Birt 6’5” 170 Plano West I like his overall perimeter skill. Versatile and can play several positions.
David Bush 5’10” 165 Putnam City A D-I prospect. A bit smallish..however, I like his handles, speed, change of direction, pull-up ability, and overall stroke.
Tanner Tepe 6’2” Heritage Hall good handles and can really shoot it.
Nico Meadows 6’1” Capitol Hill good versatile perimeter player. Handles, drives, and a decent stroke.
Marc Perry 6’0” 160 Putnam City made some plays and showed the abilty to stroke the 3.
Zach Rogers 6’7’ 235 Holland Hall Big strong “Plodder” in the middle.

The Class of 2014:
(no particular order)

Kevin Sims 6’1” 155 Tulsa Union WOW. Busted onto the scene. Showed excellent PG skill and a particularly good feel for the game for such a young player. Handles, passes, etc. I really like. Keep an eye on this youngster.
Tre’Von Wilson 6’4” 255 Carl Albert Is a BIG young kid that also plays FB. Very raw but size at this ages certainly gives him a chance.

The Class of 2015:
(current 8th graders)

Colby Koontz 6’5” 195 Pioneer Pleasant Vale Definite D-I Future!! I DO NOT like to put evaluations on kids this young, as SO many things can come into play. However, this kid shows the body and physical maturity of a Jr./Sr. in HS. Plays the perimeter and can stroke the 3 and really play!!
Douglas Moore 6’5” 180 OKC Middle School Excellent Future. Thin, can run, good hands, can score a bit on inside.
Cole Staton 6’5” 210 Christian Heritage Already shows ability to score around hole.

The Class of 2016:
(current 7th Graders)

Jakolby Long 6’3” 185 Summitt Middle LOOK OUT. This youngster has a chance to be the real deal! Handles, drives, and can shoot the 3. Shows a LOT of promise and special skill for someone of this size and age.
Curtis Haywood 6’1” 145 Milwood Middle Is long and athletic with a lot of skills. Shows a TON of promise for the future. This kid also is one to really watch for the future.


Coach Carl Henry

Head Coach: Carl Henry

* All Big 8 Performer at Kansas

* Drafted by Sacramento Kings of the NBA

* Played professional basketball in Europe

Coach Andy Fisher

Assistant Coach: Andy Fisher

* Currently serves at Assistant Boys Coach at McGuiness High School

Coach Leonard Jackson

Assistant Coach: Leonard Jackson

* Longtime Oklahoma AAU Coach

* 2009 – 15 & under team finished Sixth at the AAU Nationals

McGuinness High School's
Matt Christiansen brought the crowd to its feet with this dunk Saturday night.

Matt Christiansen brought the crowd to its feet with this dunk Saturday night.
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Athletes First 2011 Skill and Exposure Combine

Booker T. Washington's Juwan Parker named Tournament of Champions MVP

Athletes First - Booker T. Washington's Juwan Parker named Tournament of Champions MVP

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OSSAA sidelines eighth-grade basketball phenom

OSSAA sidelines eighth-grade basketball phenom- Allonzo Trier

Allonzo Trier is accustomed to being the center of attention. He was the focus of an eight-page spread in The New York Times Magazine in 2009. He's the No. 1-ranked basketball prospect for the class of 2015.

Trier, a 14-year-old Oklahoma City resident, is a frequent flier, too. He has spent a good portion of his life being flown around the country as Amateur Athletic Union teams seek his playing services during the spring and summer.

That search ended in 2010. After moving from the Seattle area, Trier met Athletes First coach Gary Vick. The two immediately connected, and Trier said he knows there is no better person to help guide him along.

After all, Vick helped launch the basketball careers of former Oklahoma high school stars and current NBA players Blake Griffin and Xavier Henry.

“He's always trying to find the positives in everything, and he's been a big help so far,” Trier said of Vick.

Trier has been a starting guard for the homeschool power OKC Storm despite being an eighth-grader.

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Joe Edmonds

Joe Edmonds

Entering the year, Bishop McGuinness boys basketball coach Tondrell Durham knew his team was in for some major adjustments.

Moving to Class 5A wasn't as big as people think. During Durham's reign, the Irish have routinely played an ambitious schedule against top teams in 5A and 6A.

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Is This Kid Good or What???

Stephen Clark Sets Big Beach
Basketball Classic Record

Stephen Clark Sets Big Beach Basketball Classic Record

Stephen Clark sets the Beach Ball Classic record for 3- point field goals made in the tournament with a total of 21

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Athletes First 13's Win
Rytes Warriors 2011 Slam

Rytes Warriors 2011

Top Row Left to Right: Marcus Dickerson, Chandler Bodie, Jakolby Long, Curtis Haywood

Bottom Row Left to Right: Ronald Moore, Dia' Vonta Michael,Karl Madison, Lindy Waters, Geovan Holiday, Coach Leonard Jackson

Athletes First defeated the Defenders Select 73- 69 to capture the 13 and Under championship in Houston, Tx.

NCAA Changes Recruiting Age
NCAA Moves to Clean Up Recruiting

The Division I Legislative Council approved one part of a plan aimed at cleaning up the recruiting environment in men's basketball and will seek feedback from the membership on several companion proposals.

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Alonzo Trier

BTW's Juwan Parker becomes first sophomore to earn state player of the year honor

Juwan Parker

BTW's Juwan Parker becomes first sophomore to earn state player of the year honor

Thirty-one seasons later, the Hornets' latest standout, Juwan Parker, has become the first sophomore to win the Tulsa World's state player of the year award.

"It's amazing to even have my name be mentioned with a player as Wayman Tisdale," Parker said.

Parker, a 6-foot-4 guard, averaged 16.4 points and 10.8 rebounds per game to lead the Hornets to the Class 5A state title and only their second undefeated season as an Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association member. The Hornets' second consecutive state title was their OSSAA boys basketball record 15th.

Parker is the first Hornet to win the World's state player of the year award since Antonio Reed shared the honor in 1999.

"He is wise beyond his years," Hornets coach Shea Seals said. "Juwan is one of the hardest workers I've ever coached. This year, he expanded his game with his 3-point shooting. He has remained humble and continues to improve."

Opposing coaches also can see Parker's maturity and improvement.

"Juwan is the smartest player I have to prepare for," said Central's Eli Brown III, whose 5A quarterfinalists gave up 21 points and 13 rebounds to Parker on Dec. 14. "His basketball IQ is through the roof. He's pretty athletic as well."

As a freshman, Parker didn't make his first 3-pointer until the state tournament. This season, he was 25-of-62 from beyond the arc.

The Hornets routed most of their opponents, but he thrived in their few tight games. Their closest call was a 71-70 overtime win at East Central on Feb. 15. He scored the winning basket off a rebound in the last seconds. In the Tournament of Champions final, Parker had four points in the last minute of a 56-53 win over Muskogee 56-53 and was the MVP. Parker had a strong state tournament with 43 points and 31 rebounds in three games.

"It was a great year," Parker said. "It was better winning it the second time. We had more camaraderie. We all matured. It will be fun to look back at this 20 years from now."

Parker had a season-high 25 points against Webster on Jan. 28. Look for his scoring to rise next year as the Hornets graduate eight seniors.

"He could've scored more this year, but didn't really need to," Seals said. "I expect we'll see some 30 (points)-20 (rebounds) games from him next year. Juwan is truly a coach's dream. Before he's done, he could finish as one of the best players to ever play at BTW."

NIKE Elite Youth Basketball League

2011 Elite Youth Basketball League Standings

EYBL Up to Date Stats

Division A W L
Team Takeover (DC) 15 0
Oakland Soldiers (CA) 14 1
Spiece (IN) 10 5
Louisiana Select 8 7
Albany City Rocks (NY) 7 8
Howard Pulley Panthers (MN) 7 8
Tennessee Travelers (TN) 6 9
E1T1 (FL) 5 10
Seattle Rotary Select I 17U 3 12
King James Shooting Stars (OH) 2 13

Division B W L
BABC (MA) 14 1
YOMCA (TN) 13 2
Mac Irvin Fire (IL) 11 4
All Ohio Red(OH) 9 6
Team Texas Titans (TX) 8 7
The Family (MI) 8 7
Mean Streets (IL) 7 8
Team Final (PA) 3 12
Charlotte Royals (NC) 2 13
Metro Hawks (NY) 2 13

Division C W L
CIA Bounce (CAN) 12 3
Playaz Basketball Club (NJ) 11 4
Georgia Stars (GA) 11 4
All Iowa Attack (IA) 10 5
Boo Williams (VA) 9 6
Athletes First (OK) 8 7
Nike Team Florida (FL) 6 9
New York Gauchos (NY) 5 10
Alabama Challenge (AL) 4 11
Playground Elite (WI) 1 14

Division D W L
Houston Hoops (TX) 12 3
Baltimore Elite 17U 11 4
CP3 (NC) 11 4
California Spreme (CA) 10 5
Southern Kings Gold (GA) 7 8
Arkansas Wings Elite (AR) 5 10
Jackson Tigers (MS) 5 10
MoKan Elite (KS) 4 11
ICP - Portland (OR) 2 13
St. Louis Eagles (MO) 1 14

Athletes First Top 100 Nike Elite Players Stevie Clark, Jordan Woodard and Shaquille Morriss

Athletes First Players

Athletes First Top 100 Nike Elite Players Stevie Clark, Jordan Woodard and Shaquille Morriss

Stevie Clark
Shaquille Morriss
Jordan Woodard

Invited to the
June 9-12, 2011

Previously known as the NIKE Hoop Jamboree for the past 12 years, the NIKE Elite 100 has been the nation’s premier basketball event for elite underclassmen. This year, NIKE, along with the St. Louis Eagles Basketball Club, is inviting the country’s best basketball players to St. Louis for four intense days of competition. The goal for the NIKE Elite 100 is to give the best players the opportunity to develop their skills and to grow their game to heights never imagined. The NIKE Elite 100 is held on the campus of St. Louis University, in the heart of mid-town St. Louis and just minutes from the renowned Gateway Arch. [Article]

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