Lawton middle school student hopes to impress at Super16 basketball game
A Tomlinson Middle School student is ready to show the state just how talented she is on the basketball court.
Olivia Watkins, a sixth grade student, was chosen as one of 16 girls in her age group to participate in the Super16 All-Star Basketball Game Saturday in Mustang. Ever since she picked up a basketball at 4 years old, Olivia Watkins said she’s worked hard for this opportunity. Though there was a short time in her life when she was interested in dance, her heart was always on the court.
“My dad used to play basketball and he told me I was going to be a tall girl and I was going to be special with a basketball,” she said. “I’m really excited to have this opportunity.”
With the encouragement of her father, Adrian Watkins, the 11-year-old tried out at a Super16 basketball camp recently. She was joined by other prospective players for the full-day event, during which she participated in various basketball drills and practices and small scale two-on-two and three-on-three games while being observed by coaches and specialists. Olivia Watkins said the camp was an intense affair.
“We shot around and started with conditioning,” she said. “Then we worked on defensive basketball and worked on passing drills. They had us pass across the court and shoot for the basket and a lot of things like that.”
Adrian Watkins said the camp was all about sizing up the players to see who had the skills to go to the next level.
“Sixteen girls and boys were chosen out of hundreds that were there,” he said. “They put them through a lot of high intensity drills. It was a good opportunity for exposure for the kids to show their hard work and talents.”