V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N ... N-O-T
And while summers were once spelled V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N by singer Connie Francis, not so for Kilby, who will be back on the court with the best of the best in Oklahoma preps, AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) basketball.
In May, his day will begin with early morning workouts Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. A couple of weeks off in June, then it is a full slate of Friday-Sunday Summer League tournaments each week with the Oklahoma Phenoms, a Tuttle-based AAU team. Football? Ada’s quarterback will participate in spring camp in May and preseason in August in preparation for Ada football 2014.
Kilby is excited about getting back in action. A hernia on the left side was first noted early in football season, but ignored then and throughout the basketball season. The operation done was done locally at Mercy Hospital in Ada around a month ago, and Kilby has received a full release to get back into action.
A year ago, Kilby was preparing for a summer season of AAU basketball with an elite gathering of state prepsters, each with a long list of prep credentials and press clippings — the Oklahoma Phenoms.
A minor from North Caroliner
When the 2015 edition of the Ada Cougars rolls out onto the court, it will be a different look, with Anderson and Kilby looking to fill two large holes lost to graduation — sharp-shooting Walker Whitworth and 6-7 twin tower David Forbes.
Whitworth, whose outside bombing kept opponents from completely collapsing on Kilby, reset the Ada 3-point shooting records for career and season.
Forbes was as steady as a statue underneath, piling up 150 points to go with 148 rebounds and 24 assists.
Kilby points to returning starters Jamal Henderson and Tryce Prince, along with a supporting cast on the rise.
“Jamal does a lot of things, and he will be back as a good scorer for us,” Kilby said.
The 5-7 senior-to-be guard had 7.1 ppg and dished out 64 assists.
At 6-0, Prince gathered in 75 rebounds, 35 assists and 20 steals along with 5.8 ppg.
“Tryce knows the game in and out, he knows the entire court and what to do,” Kilby said.
Kilby is the Oklahoma Boys Basketball Coaches Association's District Six Player of the Year. It is one of only eight districts in the state, and the District MVP is awarded regardless of grade or class size.
Kilby recently added the Ada News All-Area Boys Player of the Year honor to his stack, a repeat from the 2013 season. Kilby was also selected as a Vype Magazine All-Area Top Five.
The Cougars advanced to area finals, losing to top-ranked Victory Christian, 40-38.