Super 5 girls basketball 2020: Tulsa Washington's Wyvette Mayberry has opportunity to chase dreams
TULSA — Wyvette Mayberry took basketball seriously from an early age.
In middle school, she understood the opportunities basketball could bring, such as a free education and an opportunity to travel.
So she spent her time going to her father’s workouts, training to become a better player. And her father was quite the coach. Lee Mayberry was an Arkansas graduate and a former NBA player.
“I worked on everything,” Wyvette Mayberry said. “Basically covering all of it, jump shot, handle, finishing through contact, just all of it.”
Through the coaching of her father, Mayberry had become a skilled player. But the Tulsa area wouldn’t see her skills until two years later.
Mayberry spent two seasons in Arkansas playing high school basketball after her father accepted a position on the Arkansas coaching staff.
Wyvette Mayberry's team won the Class 7A state championship her freshman year at Fayetteville High School with her sister and made another appearance in the Class 5A state championship game at Watson Chapel High School, an independent district in Pine Bluff, a year later.
But after two years away from home, the Mayberrys decided to move back to Tulsa.
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Tulsa Washington coach Rabu Leyva heard the amazing reports about the new guard who was set to suit up for him.
But it wasn’t until he watched her dribble a basketball for the first time that he knew she had something special.
“She was making it look so easy,” Leyva said. “When you put somebody in front of her, nobody could take the ball from her and she never got tired.”
As the season began, it wasn’t just Mayberry’s ball handling and endurance that shined. Often times she dominated her matchup on both ends of the floor through scoring and defense.
This season, she won Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year of the Frontier Valley Conference.
Now she’s earned a spot on The Oklahoman’s Super 5.
“Every game she guarded the opposing team's best player unless it was a guard or a forward, Leyva said. “You don’t find a lot of them that want to play offense and play defense and be coached hard. I’ve coached good kids, but she’s the best one I have ever coached.”
Through her two seasons at Tulsa Washington, Mayberry racked up 1,386 points, 443 rebounds, 240 assists, 270 steals and 32 blocks.
Her stellar play allowed her to accept an offer to play basketball at Texas-Arlington, an opportunity that allowed her to travel and obtain a free education.
It was an offer she couldn't pass up.