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Points, rebounds, assists and steals are all key statistics used in evaluating a player’s performance on the basketball court. Brayden Oglesby has all those performance figures but the Howe High School senior has something more including intangibles that make him a better player as well as an even better person day-to-day. “Ambitious, positive and hardworking are important to me and all three mean so much to me and how I do things and make decisions,” replied this year’s MVP award winner from the 2021 LeFlore County Tournament where the Lions won the championship. “Ambition and motivation drive me to be better at everything I do each day. I believe in being positive. This world can be so negative that people forget to be positive, so whenever I can, I try to make someone smile. Nothing I do would have any value if it weren’t for the hard work put in.”

Brayden, who continues a family tradition of wearing the same number 11 jersey, used to be known as Jalei’s younger brother as the older sibling helped the Howe Lady Lions to a state championship while winning the VYPE Miss Basketball Oklahoma honors. But, now Brayden travels his own road to success. “My parents & Jalei herself always pushed me and believed that I was going to be somebody too in the basketball world,” admits the 2021 senior. “Watching Jalei win county four years in a row, win state, and break numerous records motivated me to be the best basketball player I can be.”

Oglesby’s numbers this season speak for themselves as the 6’1 guard, himself a VYPE Top 100 selection is averaging 19.5 points per game while adding 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals as the playoffs approach. “I’m a scorer. It’s what I like to do the most and it’s what I’m best at. I used to be just a three-point shooter, but in the past few years I’ve become a player that likes to drive in more,” explained Oglesby. “Being aggressive is the best part of what I do. This year, I’ve focused on rebounding more and playing better defense.”

Oglesby admits however that nothing happens without the team concept and everyone working as one unit. “I played on my very first team with Eduardo and Ricardo (Sanchez) and against Zayn and Jensin (Coggins) and Ky (Lynn) in tournaments. Now we’re all together and we feed off each other’s contributions.”

Off the court, the results are just as impressive. By the time Oglesby graduates from high school he will have completed 66 hours of college credits and graduate from Carl Albert State College with an associate’s degree in business administration. “Next year, I plan on going to Arkansas Tech University where my sister is and race her to graduation,” Oglesby said with a look of confidence.

The total package draws praise from coaches who have watched Brayden grow up. “On and off the court, he’s as good as it gets,” says head coach Greg Nichols. “Brayden understands the importance of team first and would be the first to admit his success is the result of five playing as one. He’s got a bright future ahead for sure.”

After coaching his older sister, Chris Brown has watched Brayden develop his talents the past two years and shared his thoughts about the Lions senior. “Great player, an even better young man,” said the coach of the Lady Lions. “Brayden plays differently from his sister but both have the same competitive drive to be the best they can be. A great student who’s active in National Honor Society and Class Politics, he’s the kind of person that might become the governor of Oklahoma one day.”

But until then, Oglesby has an immediate outlook for the moment scribing his own storybook ending to his senior season. “First, that it won’t end because of not getting to play the state tournament. But my Hollywood ending will be joining my teammates playing on championship Saturday at the Big House and winning our boys program’s first state championship when wearing HOWE across my chest. That opportunity will forever be one of the biggest honors and opportunities to show determination and while demonstrating pride in our school.”

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