Zach Duncan, For the Times Record News
Tonight’s Oil Bowl boys basketball game between Texas and Oklahoma will be a homecoming of sorts for Midland Lee’s Drew Coffman.
The 6-2 guard, who will play next year for Bobby Knight at Texas Tech, has family in Munday and Holliday and his father graduated from Goree High School.
And if that’s not enough, his aunt even played basketball at Midwestern State University.
“The main reason I wanted to play in this game is because I wanted my family to be able to watch me,” said Coffman, who averaged more than 30 points a game last season. “Everyone is coming up here tomorrow, and they all seem excited about getting to see us play.”
But Coffman is only one of many young talents that will be on display tonight at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tip-off will take place after the girls basketball game, which begins at 6:30 p.m.
Another one of Texas’ big guns is Denton Ryan guard Brett McDade. The Tulsa signee and Class 4A First-Team All-State selection was a key member of the Raiders, averaging more than 26 points per game.
“He’s a special player and a special young man,” said Texas coach Richard Scofield, who coached McDade at Ryan for four years.
Michael Milton of Plano and South Oak Cliff’s David Fisher, who signed with New Mexico State, are two other All-State standouts that should have a close eye kept on them. Burkburnett’s Jay Whaley will also represent the Texas squad.
“We think we’ve assembled a very good group of basketball players and athletes,” Scofield said. “We like to think that we’ll get up and down the floor and play an exciting basketball game.”
While Oklahoma may not possess the star power Texas has, it brings something maybe a little more important to the court – size. No player on Texas’ roster is taller than 6-6. Oklahoma is stocked with three players 6-7 or taller, including 6-7 Ryan Woolsey and 6-10 Kingfisher center Charles Ramsdell.
Both big men were 2003 Oklahoma All-State selections and both earned scholarships to Div. I schools – Woolsey to Samford and Ramsdell to Tulsa.
“We’ve got some pretty good players,” Oklahoma coach Gene Davis of Valliant said. “Ramsdell has really impressed me, and Woolsey played well for me at Valliant.”
Davis also mentioned 6-foot guard Lionel Brown of Ardmore and Jacob Burtschi of Putnam City as two of his key players.
Lots of scoring and a lack of fundamental defense are prevalent in most All-Star games, and that trend should transpire, according to most.
“All-star games are just notorious for high-scoring games with a few turnovers,” Scofield said. “It’s like the NBA All-Star games. It’s supposed to be entertaining and I’m sure it will be.”
“We’re going to have to run it up and down the floor against Oklahoma because they have quite a few big guys, so it should be fun and high-scoring,” Coffman added.
Davis, though, thinks a shootout is not inevitable and the tempo of the game will hinge on guard play.
“If the guards are selfish, then it will be an up-and-down game like a Sunday afternoon at the boys club,” Davis said. “But if the guards play well, then it will be a good game.”
This is the second year the Oil Bowl basketball game has used the Texas-Oklahoma format, with Texas winning last year 79-70. The East-West format was used the previous six years.