High school basketball: UCO and OBCA announce updated plans and rosters for the All-State games
Final decisions have been made for the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association’s All-State games, the first high school basketball games to be played since the coronavirus pandemic sparked a cancellation of the state tournament in late March.
The All-State games are scheduled for Saturday at the University of Central Oklahoma's Hamilton Field House. The large-school matchup, Class 6A through 4A, is set for 3 p.m followed by the small-school game at 4:30 p.m.
Upon the initial announcement in late June of UCO hosting the games, UCO assistant athletic director Chris Brannick said there wasn’t an official plan for how the athletic department would safely hold the event.
On Tuesday, Brannick, in partnership with the OBCA, gave a detailed plan which includes the screening of all fans, coaches and players before they can enter the Field House and the requirement to wear a facemask while they are inside.
UCO reopened its facilities to its athletes on June 1 but due to not having the financial capabilities to test anyone for COVID-19, has conducted a temperature check and questionnaire for all players and coaches who wished to enter the facility. Brannick said it will be a similar process for everyone in attendance on Saturday.
“It’s just a temperature check,” he said. “And I don’t know that we’ll ask the same questions to the fans but what we do is ask a couple of simple questions. And once they show an OK temperature, it’s a pretty quick process.”
Any person with a temperature below 100.3 will be allowed inside.
After passing the screening, all in attendance will be required to wear a mask while inside the facility. However, players and coaches will be exempt during their respective games.
Fans will have available seating on the sides of the court and in the second level of the Field House. Brannick said fan seating will not be roped off for social distancing.
“We’re just going to encourage the separation of groups,” he said. “Obviously some people are coming with Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, little brother [and] little sister. They’re going to sit together and we’re not going to make them split up. But we don’t want everybody sitting in the middle section. We want people to space out.”
The seating behind the basketball goals will not be pulled out for fans but will be used by the media who will be provided tables and chairs in the open space.
The Large School players will report to the Field House at 11:30 p.m. and the teams will practice from noon to 1 p.m. before being served Chick-fil-A sandwiches and other pre-packaged snacks at 1 p.m.
The small schools will report at 12:30 p.m. and will practice from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. before being served lunch.
The basketballs and benches will be sanitized after practices and in-between games. Hand sanitizer and cleaning stations will be provided throughout the facility for those in attendance.
Ticket prices will be $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Kids ages 12 and under will be free to attend. Doors will open an hour before each game. Players will enter through the West doors of the Field House.
Along with UCO’s announcement, the OBCA announced the updated rosters for the games.
Here are the rosters:
Large West will be coached by Pauls Valley’s Ryan Caldwell and Woodward’s Jeff Williamson. Large East will be coached by Tulsa Memorial’s Bobby Allison. Small West will be coached by Duke’s Nick Gable. Bragg’s Jeff Fry and Varnum’s Jon Hadley will coach the Small East.
Brennan Burns, Bethany; Christian Cook, Midwest City; Jordan Thompson, Southmoore; Rondel Walker, Putnam West; Demontreal Crutchfield, Del City; Kendural Jolly, Putnam City; Nathaniel Goodlow, Del City; Leontaye McClennon, Lawton MacArthur; Ashawnti Hunter, Lawton
Anfernee Nelson, Jenks; Caden Hale, Metro Christian; Davon Richardson, Sand Springs; Josh Jones, Broken Bow; Brayshawn Finch, Tulsa Memorial; Jalen Breath, Tulsa Washington; Conner Calavan, Fort Gibson; Kavon Key, Tulsa Memorial; Mason Alexander, Tulsa Edison; Brock Davis, Holland Hall
Jakobie Kasemeyer, Cyril; Cade Allen, Hammon; Myles Jeffries, Millwood; Daniel Koonce, Crossings Christian; Matt Milner, Duke; Jameson Richardson, Duke; Isaiah Williams, Millwood; Jacob Woody, Cashion; Jace Edelen, Arapaho-Butler; Jerod Kerr, Hooker; Brandon Zeno, Star Spencer
Patch Hamilton, Asher; Jaden Lietzke, Rejoice Christian; Carson Thompson, Canadian; Tyler Cloud, Quinton; Ethan Newberry, Kiowa; Jaxon Wiggins, Roland; Luke Gunns, Paden; Mason Drake, Perry; Austin Fenton, Talihina; Braden Shaw, Moyers