High school notepad: Shemar Smith earns Faith 7 Basketball Bowl MVP honors 

Caitlyn Epes / For The Transcript

Norman North's Shemar Smith goes up for a shot during a Timberwolves' game against Deer Creek on Feb. 23, 2019, at Norman North High School. Smith represented Oklahoma at the Faith 7 Basketball Bowl in Shawnee over the weekend.

Shemar Smith capitalized on a special opportunity.

The former Norman North forward played in the 54th annual Faith 7 Basketball Bowl in Shawnee on Saturday.

Smith cherished the chance to play in the high school basketball all-star exhibition, which pits the best players from Oklahoma against the best from Texas.

His trip to Noble Complex was made better, however, when he earned team MVP honors.

Texas beat Oklahoma 102-95, but it couldn’t stop Smith from posting a team-high 16 points on 7-of-9 shots, eight rebounds and two steals.

“It meant a lot being MVP,” Smith said, “especially playing with some of the best in Oklahoma. I went in there and played just how about I would play any other game.”

Smith played alongside Tulsa Memorial's Kalib and Keylan Boone, who are both Oklahoma State signees, and Putnam City North's Micah Thomas.

Smith still managed to stand out, while shining for the Sooner State.

“Representing Oklahoma felt great,” said Smith, who’s signed with Central Oklahoma.

“I was happy when coach Kellen [McCoy] told me that I was picked and it meant everything to me. And to play with some of the players I’ve grew up with and played against in Tulsa since middle school is going to be a thing to remember.”

• Team USA bound: Moore rising junior Aaliayh Moore recently earned a Team USA roster spot.

Moore will compete at the 2019 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Puerto Aysen, Chile, which begins June 16.

Moore was one of 12 players selected and the only from Oklahoma. She earned the spot following a four-day training camp in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with 17 other finalists.

• Gillispie adds offers: Norman High rising junior Kendra Gillispie has two more schools to consider.

The NHS forward recently announced Wichita State and Hawaii have extended offers to her.

Gillispie started for coach Michael Neal’s group this past season, which won the Class 6A girl's basketball state championship.

• Rowers take on nationals: A pair of Norman rowers competed in the USRowing Youth National Championships this past weekend.

Norman High’s Riane Soash and Mikel Alvis represented OKC RIVERSPORT in Sarasota, Florida, for the three-day event.

Soash, who’s committed to Old Dominion, competed in the Women’s Youth 4x and Alvis in the Women's Ltwt 4+. OKC RIVERSPORT placed sixth in both events.

• NHS heating up: Norman High’s Andrew Young and Ben Sparks will be vital to the Tigers’ success in 2019. Where they’ll end up following high school, however, is still up in the air.

Sparks' list recently grew with Ohio, Northern Iowa and Yale offers. Young, on the other hand, picked up his third Division I offer from Missouri State.

• Roberts on the rise: Interest keeps growing for Jake Roberts.

The North tight end and 2020 prospect is committed to Tulsa, but he's recently received offers from Colorado, Memphis and North Texas.

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