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April 21, 2014

Ada News All-Area basketball selections: Ada's Cory Kilby repeats as boys player of the year

Ada —    Cory Kilby has stockpiled a long list of basketball awards playing for Ada High School.

   Chances are there are plenty more to come for the 6-foot, 7-inch Cougar star, who just completed his junior season.

   Kilby’s latest honor is 2014 Ada News All-Area Boys Player of the Year in a season in which he averaged 20.0 points per game (third in Class 4A), shot nearly 58 percent from the floor (ranked 10th in 4A) and averaged 9.0 rebounds (rated fifth in 4A). Kilby pulled off a repeat after winning the same honor in 2013 as a sophomore.

   One of his other most recent prestigious postseason awards was District 6 Player of the Year in a large area which stretches from Shawnee to Poteau to Broken Bow and to Durant. Only eight players from across the state achieved a district player of the year honor.

   “To me this is a bigger deal than an all-state award, considering we had seven teams (from all classes) who made it to the state tournament in this area the past year,” said Ada head coach Ron Anderson.

   Kilby was also selected as a Vype Magazine All-Area Top Five.

   “He’s the most coachable kid I’ve ever had. He can pick things up so quickly. You explain to him what needs to be done and he’ll do it,” Anderson said. “I’ve never seen him with a (bad) attitude directed toward our coaches. He and Walker (Whitworth) were the hardest workers on the team.”

   Kilby’s impressive statistical wasn’t limited to the three previously mentioned categories. He was a 76 percent shooter from the free-throw line, spent much of the season shooting over 40 percent from 3-point range until slightly dipping under that plateau late in the year and recorded 2.0 blocked shots per outing.

   “He had 55 blocked shots for the season, but he probably altered about eight more,” said Anderson.

   Through the course of the season, Kilby was named to three all-tournament teams at Ada, Bethel and Newcastle. He could have easily earned three most valuable player awards, but the Cougars finished second in all three of those tourneys and the MVP award usually goes to a player on the championship team.

   He also compiled 12 double-double (scoring-rebounding) efforts through the course of the year.

   Kilby, who is currently third on Ada’s all-time scoring list with 1,446 points, needs just 75 points to tie David Taylor for second place all time and 495 to tie Bo Overton and become the Cougars’ all-time scoring leader.

   Anderson is all too familiar with all three of these Ada greats.

   “I played with Bo Overton, coached David Taylor and now coach Cory. It’s special to be actively a part of all three of these players’ careers,” Anderson said. “If everything goes as planned, we expect Cory to pass Bo late next season.”

   As for 2014-15, Anderson expects an even more improved Kilby, who was scheduled to play for the Oklahoma Phenoms, based out of Tuttle, in an AAU Tournament this weekend in Kansas City.

   “This is an important summer. Not only for Cory to be prepared to play at the next level (college), but for our team to get better,” said Anderson.

   The Cougars were 16-12 last season and reached the area tournament. They will return three starters for next year, including Kilby along with two more soon-to-be seniors in Jamal Henderson and Tryce Prince.

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