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Super 5 girls basketball 2020: Deer Creek's Skylar Vann lived up to family name

Deer Creek basketball player Skylar Vann comes from a family of athletes. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]
Deer Creek basketball player Skylar Vann comes from a family of athletes. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

EDMOND — Skylar Vann grew up in the gym.

In the early stages of her life, she sat in her car seat inside Woodson Gym on Oklahoma City's southwest side, watching her uncles and father play basketball.

It’s a memory only her father remembers but Vann believes was her inspiration to first pick up a basketball.

“All of my uncles played,” Vann said. “And we're big in sports here. I got it from them I feel like — just the want to play basketball.”

Vann comes from a long line of gifted athletes, who set the bar high for her. It starts with her grandfather, Bryce Vann Sr. He played professional basketball for the American Basketball Association, and last year, he was inducted into the Claremore Hall of Fame and UCO Hall of Fame.

The success trickled down to the rest of the family.

Vann's father, Bryatt, played at OU from 1991-93, then played in the NBA summer league for the Pistons and overseas in France.

Her uncles Brandy, Brento, Bryce and Bruce all played in college in their respective sports. Brandy and Bruce both were drafted, Bruce to the NFL and Bryce to Major League Baseball.

But Skylar Vann hasn’t shied away from her family’s accomplishments. She has lived up to the family name.

Not only did the senior, averaging 18.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per game, lead Deer Creek back to the state tournament, but she also earned many scholarship offers from Division-I schools. She committed to OU.

Now, she is a member of The Oklahoman’s Super 5 team, joining her father and her cousin Dakota on the list.

“She has been a part of the varsity team at Deer Creek since her freshman year,” Deer Creek coach Alex Moorehead said. “I think her biggest attribute is she can do so many things and play one through five on defense. And I think that is a game changer for us.”

Vann says her family has helped her come this far. Through their inspiration and help with her training, she has become one of the best players Oklahoma has to offer.

“They encouraged me all the way to this moment,” Vann said. “I have a great family.”

James Jackson

James D. Jackson joined The Oklahoman in January 2020 to cover high school sports. He a University of Central Oklahoma graduate. During his time at UCO, James served as a sports reporter and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Vista.... Read more ›

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