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Oklahoma girls basketball recruiting: Norman's Mikayla Parks commits to Kansas State

The Kansas State women’s basketball team earned a commitment from a top Oklahoma prospect. 

Norman’s Mikayla Parks announced her commitment to the Wildcats with a Tweet on Monday, where she thanked God, members of her family, her coaches and her two basketball programs for shaping her into the player she is today. 

“I want to thank all the coaches that took the time and effort to recruit me,” The 5-foot-8 junior guard wrote. “With all that said, I am excited to announce the next chapter of my Education/Basketball career will be as a Kansas State Wildcat in the Fall ‘22.”

Last season as a sophomore, Parks averaged 10.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game on a talented Norman team that was looking to defend its 2019 State Championship. She helped lead the Tigers to a 24-1 record and the top rank heading into the Class 6A state tournament, which was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

“Versatility in our lineup is something that all our girls have but it really sticks out with Mikayla,” Norman coach Michael Neal said. “Obviously, the ball-handling and shooting get noticed but some of those little things with guarding multiple positions really sticks out for a coach.”

Parks chose Kansas State over Tulsa, Texas Tech and North Texas, among other schools. 

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Norman's Mikayla Parks (12) shoots next to Edmond Santa Fe's Ahoneste Walker (3) during a Class 6A girls semifinal game between Edmond Santa Fe and Norman in the state high school basketball tournament at the Mabee Center in Tulsa, Okla., Friday, March 8, 2019. Norman won 55-48. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Norman's Mikayla Parks (12) shoots next to Edmond Santa Fe's Ahoneste Walker (3) during a Class 6A girls semifinal game between Edmond Santa Fe and Norman in the state high school basketball tournament at the Mabee Center in Tulsa, Okla., Friday, March 8, 2019. Norman won 55-48. Photo by Nate...

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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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