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Super 5 boys basketball: Jett Sternberger never stopped working for Kingfisher

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Oklahoma boys Little All-City and Super 5 team member Jett Sternberger, of Kingfisher, poses for a photo at The Oklahoman studio in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Thursday, March 28, 2019. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma boys Little All-City and Super 5 team member Jett Sternberger, of Kingfisher, poses for a photo at The Oklahoman studio in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Thursday, March 28, 2019. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

He didn’t always feel like it, but more days that not you would find Jett Sternberger in the gym.

The 6-foot-2 guard always made it a priority to get his shots up.

No matter the season or what other commitments he had, there was always time for basketball.

“It’s just routine,” Sternberger said. “You dedicate yourself to something enough and it just becomes second nature.”

Days filled with weight training and football practice, led straight to nights in the gym. Getting up hundreds of shots to make sure he retained that smooth release and form and stayed in playing shape once one season transitioned into the other.

I used to have a lot of kids that played football then basketball,” Kingfisher coach Jared Reese said. “But they wouldn't put a lot of time into basketball until I got them.

“Not Jett.”

That hard work paid of for Sternberger and Kingfisher alike, as the senior helped lead Kingfisher back to the Class 4A title, the second in school history.

Sternberger, who is a member of The Oklahoman’s Super 5 Team, scored more than 16 points per game while also grabbing nearly five rebounds a game from his guard spot.

“There's a lot of times where you don't feel like putting in the work,” Sternberger said. “But we wanted to go out on top and to do that, you have to work for it.”

In a town with as rich of a sports tradition as Kingfisher, Sternberger grew up on stories of the guys that came before him, including his older brother Jace, who went on to eventually star for Texas A&M and is set to be chosen in the NFL draft later this month.

Now Sternberger leaves his mark.

“Jett’s work ethic has changed our program,” Reese said. “The more we won the more excited people got about Kingfisher basetball.”

Seeing Kingfisher fans in the stands no matter where the Yellowjackets travelled was a thrill for Sternberger too.

“That's one thing you'll never forget ever,” he said. “We've always been good in sports and stuff and to be able to ride that wave and continue the success and the amount of support from the community was just unreal.”

Adam Kemp

Adam Kemp is the Higher Education reporter for The Oklahoman and Newsok.com. Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State Football... Read more ›

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