Ike's Parker signs hoops letter with Cameron
With the spring sports season coming to a close in the coming weeks, more and more local seniors are signing with universities and colleges to continue their athletic career at the next level.
Here is a summary of the city school signings from Wednesday.
Parker, Farmer sign with rival schools
Eisenhower basketball studs Kinyon Parker and Kevin Farmer will go from teammates to rivals next season.
After a change of heart, Parker signed with his hometown team Cameron, while Farmer will head South to play for Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. The signing ceremonies transpired in front of a small crowd of students in the Ike auditorium.
Cameron and MSU are storied rivals, with some considering it the Red River Rivalry of Division II. Although Parker and Farmer have been involved in several rivalries together through their playing careers, they have never been on opposite sides.
"We'll always be friends, of course, and we'll be rivals once we get on the court, but right afterwards, we'll be friends like we always were," Farmer said.
Parker echoed a similar sentiment when addressing his thoughts on facing his former teammate in college.
"Kevin is a really hard competitor, so I'm really looking forward to playing against him in college; teaching and schooling him a little bit in what he needs to work on," Parker said.
Parker originally announced his oral commitment to Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) in March, but he reversed his decision later on before officially choosing the Aggies on April 23.
Parker said he simply couldn't pass up the opportunities provided by the Cameron basketball program.
"There were bigger opportunities to further my education," Parker said. "The scholarship beat (SWOSU's), so I couldn't give that up. I couldn't give that opportunity up. I'm just blessed to be able to play basketball at the next level. Not many people get to do that."
As hard as choosing a school was for Parker, picking which sport to play might have been even more difficult. He received several football and basketball offers, ultimately going with basketball because of game experience.
"I've just been playing it since I was in 3rd grade," Parker said. "I developed a love for it when I was young, and yeah, I love football, but basketball, you can't replace that."
Farmer experienced a similar situation, having to choose between basketball and golf, but like Parker, basketball left too much of a lasting impact on him. Farmer turned down an offer from the Cameron golf team, opting for the Mustangs' hardwood.
"Basketball is a 'love for the game' sport," Farmer said. "I see myself being able to play golf in the future more, but I don't see myself playing basketball much longer. Being able to play basketball, which is something I've done since I could walk, for another four years is just amazing."
Four players from the basketball team, including Parker and Farmer have earned athletic Farmer have earned athletic scholarships. RJ Fisher and Kenneth Graham signed to play college football back in February.
Eagles coach Todd Millwee, who is an Ike basketball alum, said he takes pride in the number of college athletes the school produces.
"Lawton has a lot of great athletes," Millwee said. "Basketball wise, coach (Bruce) Harrington spit out a ton of Division I and Division II players. Every year it seems like we have one, two and sometimes three guys who get to play at the next level. I think that speaks a lot of our program, and we hope to keep that tradition going."