Super 5 boys basketball: Tulsa Memorial’s Keylan Boone grows into his own during senior season
TULSA – Keylan Boone was constantly pestering Tulsa Memorial coach Robert Allison about his efficiency.
Free throws, his defense, little things during the course of games that could set the Chargers up for success. Boone wanted to learn how to do those little things well.
His senior season was about improvement, and he did that. Tulsa Memorial captured its third consecutive Class 5A state title, with Boone and his twin brother, Kalib Boone, leading the way.
“It feels great,” Keylan said. “It shows all of the work paid off. Not winning my freshman year influenced all of this.”
After a season where Keylan averaged 16.1 points while snagging 8.5 rebounds per outing, he is a member of The Oklahoman’s Super 5 team.
Keylan was often considered by many recruiting prospects as a second fiddle to Kalib. His season proved that was false.
The brothers worked in a dynamic tandem, using their unparalleled length to stifle opponents. At 6-foot-7, Keylan's silky shot froze opponents who sagged off to prevent him from driving, yet not many could restrict him from dominating in the lane.
Keylan always wanted to improve, even after he began to receive interest from Division I schools. With the help of Kalib, who Keylan attributes a lot of his success to, the senior twins are heading to Oklahoma State to play collegiately.
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“Our grind doesn’t stop,” Keylan said. “(Kalib) pushes me to a whole ‘nother level.”
Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton began recruiting Keylan when he arrived in Stillwater as an assistant to former coach Brad Underwood. Even when the twins were raw, he could see the talent and athleticism. He also saw how dynamic the duo could be.
Keylan always wanted to go to school with his brother because they had been through everything together. Choosing OSU wasn’t an issue, though.
Keylan grew into a force his senior season, and he’s excited to play college basketball not too far from home.
“We’ve always liked the Big 12,” Keylan said. “(Boynton) really surprised me when he signed the extension in his contract. It shows that he cares about my class and the program in general.
“You go against big-time players in big-time games. Every game, it matters. It’s something new. That’s something I’m ready to see.”