During the Marlow basketball season, junior Braeden O’Dell led the Outlaws in scoring with 19.4 points per game.
He was also the most efficient shooter on the team.
“Most of the time, if you can get a guard to shoot 50 percent (in field goals), they’ve really shot the ball well,” coach Kirk Harris said.
O’Dell shot 55 percent.
While Harris admits there were plenty of fast break layups for O’Dell to boost that statistic, he said O’Dell made significant strides as a shooter this season.
In addition to scoring, O’Dell led the Outlaws in rebounds (6.3), steals (2.6) and blocks (1.2) per game.
He shot 41 percent from behind the 3-point line and 81 percent on free throws. O’Dells shooting percentages have improved each year.
“That just shows the amount of work he’s put in on his own, working to make himself a better player,” Harris said.
O’Dell said the team made things easier on him as a scorer. Harris helped him develop as a shooter at practice, and in games, he always felt comfortable with the option to pass out to senior guards Nathan Crowson and Zac Beasler.
“I never felt like I needed to do it by myself, and I never had to,” O’Dell said.
Even fans made O’Dell feel supported.
He said classmates filled the student section throughout the season, and shared in the moment when Marlow beat Okemah 45-40 to clinch a spot in the state tournament.
“It was crazy,” O’Dell said. “All our student section stormed the court.
“That was a pretty big deal.”
After his best season yet, O’Dell has been named The Duncan Banner’s 2015 All-Area Boys Basketball Player of the Year.