Super 5 boys basketball: Tulsa Memorial’s Kalib Boone looking to prove something, even after 3 state titles
TULSA – Even when he tried to ignore them, Kalib Boone heard the doubters.
He was too skinny, not strong enough. He was just tall, wasn’t skilled. The 6-foot-8 senior didn’t take too much from any of the outside comments, but it doesn’t mean he is ignoring them.
Tulsa Memorial captured its third straight Class 5A title this season, and Boone was at the front of it. He and his twin brother, Keylan Boone, were an unstoppable tandem. Even after winning two titles their sophomore and junior season, Kalib wanted more.
“We could’ve been so selfish, thinking it was going to come easy,” Kalib said. “But we stayed poised and we stayed hungry. It was just an amazing feeling.”
After a standout senior season, Kalib is a member of The Oklahoman’s Super 5 team. The Oklahoma State signee was unstoppable down low, scoring 17.2 points per game while grabbing 12.5 rebounds. He became one of the top recruits in the nation but said he didn’t do it on his own.
Kalib credits Keylan for a lot of his success. Neither of them want to go somewhere or accomplish something without the other. It’s part of the reason both are heading to Stillwater to play in college.
“If I succeed in life, I’ve got to have him with me ‘cause I don’t leave my brother behind,” Kalib said. “It’s the same thing with him. If he sees I’m doing bad, he brings me up.”
In recruiting early on, coaches saw Kalib as the more intriguing prospect, and some would offer him a scholarship and not Keylan. Those coaches didn’t make good impressions on the Boones.
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Kalib said OSU coach Mike Boynton always was recruiting the duo. He was honest about wanting the pair to come to Stillwater and help turn around the Cowboys. That stood out to Kalib, especially when Boynton signed a contract extension after a successful first season.
They took an official visit Jan. 20, 2018, when Oklahoma and talented guard Trae Young were in Gallagher-Iba Arena. Kalib remembers how crazy the fans were and knew it was a place he wanted to be.
“It’s a family down there,” Kalib said. “When (Mitchell Solomon) dove on the loose ball and then got the dunk, I thought, ‘Man, this is something I want to be a part of.’”
Next season, he will be a part of it. And he’s looking forward to continuing his success, even as he is presented with new challenges to overcome.