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November 19, 2013

BOYS PREP BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Looking for more: Sequoyah hoping to go farther; Muskogee ready to step up

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3. Eufaula

The Ironheads finished last year at 14-12, falling in the Class 3A regional consolation round, but should improve on that with three starters returning.

Leading the way is Devon Garfield, a 6-0 senior guard, the Ironheads' leading scorer last season averaging 14.2 points. Devon Siers, a 5-10 senior guard, was third on the team in scoring (12 ppg) and returns for final campaign while Daxton Williams, a 6-3 junior forward, averaged 8 points and 5 rebounds per contest.

Eufaula coach Brad Campbell is very high on his interior size to balance out his guard play. Juniors Gage Durrett (6-2) and Colton Caldwell (6-1) will pound the glass in the front court.

4. Tahlequah

Pat Dotson could probably not ask for a better nucleus to work with in his first season as the Tigers’ coach.

Dotson, a 24-year veteran of the coaching ranks, has four of the five full-time starters coming back from a team that finished 9-14 last year.

Leading the way is Dalton Cunningham, a 6-6 junior forward who averaged 10.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and a third-team All-Metro Conference selection.

The Tigers’ strengths will be senior leadership, athleticism and ability to run the floor.

5. Haskell

The Haymakers return their top two players from last year’s Class 3A regional consolation finalist and welcome a new coach.

Wesley Hayes comes over to Haskell from Nowata and brings with him 6-1 senior guard Micah Hayes to join two other 6-1 senior guards in Alex Wheeland, a member of the 2012-13 All-Phoenix team who averaged 20 points, and Wes Davis (10 ppg).

Another strength for the Haymakers is depth. All but one player returns from last year in hopes of pushing Haskell to the next level.

6. Checotah

Jason Dowdy returns for his second season at the helm of the Wildcats and welcomes back two key players from last season.

Deshawn Jackson, a 5-9 forward, leads the way and brings a 10.5 points and 7.2 rebounding average with him heading into his final season. Accompanying him is fellow senior Cameron Pipe, a 6-4 forward, that averaged 9.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per outing.

The top newcomers for the Wildcats consist of all juniors, four guards and a post player. The four guards are Deshay Bear (5-9), Blake Colburn (5-10), Cody Cox (5-9) and Dayton Ellen (5-9). Manning the post position is Dominic Pulse (6-3).

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