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Plainview standout Shelton signs to play basketball at OC

Plainview High School standout Derek Shelton has signed to play men's basketball at OC.
Plainview High School standout Derek Shelton has signed to play men's basketball at OC.

ARDMORE, Okla. (April 18, 2013) – Deric Shelton, a standout at Plainview High School, has signed a letter of intent to play college basketball at Oklahoma Christian.

The 6-foot-3 Shelton was named as the Lake Country Conference’s most valuable player and The Ardmoreite’s player of the year after leading Plainview to a 21-5 record, averaging 24.0 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 3.0 steals and 1.4 blocked shots per game. As a senior, he shot 50.4 percent from the field, 39.4 percent from 3-point range and 72.1 percent from the free-throw line.

Shelton was named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association’s Small West All-State team and will play in the annual All-State Games on Aug. 1 in Tulsa. The Oklahoman also named Shelton to its five-player Class 3A All-State team.

He played forward in high school but is projected as a wing player at the collegiate level. OC head coach Dan Hays said assistant coach Terril Hankins “followed Deric closely this year and deserves most of the credit for his signing” with the Eagles.

“Deric is an athletic wing man who can score the basketball,” Hays said. “I think he is an outstanding player who will develop in our system. He is a true student-athlete who is a great fit at Oklahoma Christian University. We look forward to having Deric joining the Eagles for the next four years.”

Shelton is the son of Bobby Shelton, who played basketball at East Central University in Ada from 1985 to 1989. He played for the ECU team that beat OC in the 1989 NAIA District 9 title game and advanced all the way to the national championship game.

Deric Shelton is the third player to sign with OC for the 2013-14 season, joining Zach Norris of Coweta and John Moon of Crescent.