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On the winding recruiting trail

How a rigorous recruiting process humbled a trio of Lawton hoopers

It was a long, somber walk back to the locker room for Eisenhower basketball seniors Romio Harvey and DeShawn Cruse following an excruciating overtime loss to eventual state champion Tulsa Memorial two months ago.

"What if" questions filled the air moments after the loss in the quarterfinals of the Class 5A State Tournament.

What if Eisenhower had been able to shut the door and hold on to its double-digit lead in the fourth quarter? What if the seniors could step on the court one last time?

The Eagles may have ended up state champions for the second time in Harvey and Cruse's high school career. Harvey and Cruse also would've likely raised more eyebrows on the recruiting trail while on Oklahoma's biggest hoops stage.

Back in Lawton, two weeks earlier, Lawton High senior Tre Vaughn watched helplessly as Choctaw's Brock Schreiner kissed a buzzer-beater layup off the glass to upset the host school Wolverines in the first round of the Class 6A regional playoffs.

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