Since starting baseball at a young age, it has been a dream for Brett Standlee to play the game in college. Having tailgated at Oklahoma State football games while growing up, Standlee wanted to attend college there. Both came true Nov. 9 when the Jenks standout signed a letter of intent to play his college career for the Cowboys before his classmates, coaches and school administrators at the Sharp Center.
“I’ve played baseball since I was about four years old, so it’s been a part of my life for a long time,” he said. “It wasn’t until about my freshman year in high school that I realized I could have a career in baseball.”
Standlee, who pitches and plays third base for the Trojans, got his varsity breakthrough when he was called to duty during that freshman year. Jenks finished as a state semifinalist that season.
“We brought Brett into the finals of the regionals to pitch,” Jenks coach Danny Morgan said. “You don’t do that very often with freshmen at the 6A level. He came in and closed out an inning for us, and we ended up winning that game 2-1 and going on to play in the state semifinals. But he has progressed and matured and obviously has gotten bigger and stronger. He is just a well-rounded young man, off the field and on.”
Eventually, Oklahoma State came calling and wanted him to come up for an unofficial visit. He went to Stillwater, talked to Coach (Josh) Holliday, toured the campus, and an offer was made.
“I thought, ‘Man, this is a dream come true that Oklahoma State wants me to play baseball,’” Standlee says.
Standlee, who was recently featured in a story on the Jenks football team, batted .425 and hit one home run for the Trojans in 2016. Expectations are high for him and everyone else on the diamond in 2017.
“There’s going to be some returning starters from last year,” he says. “We lose some good bats like Nick Woodley, Matt Gaskins and Carter Nelson, but a lot of our infield guys are coming back, a lot of our middle lineup guys are coming back, so it’ll be a fun experience this spring. We got to come together. There’s a bunch of seniors on the team, so it’ll be a good experience.”
What Standlee’s favorite thing about pitching is the individual battle against the batter.
“You got to execute their pitches and attack their weaknesses,” Standlee says in regard to the batters he faces. “When you’re up there, everybody is watching you, and the game is basically evolving around you. It’s kind of like controlling my outcome,” he says.
At third, it’s where the big play is made that he likes.
“It is happening because you got the long throw across the field,” Standlee says. “If you get lucky and dive and snaggle, and you got that long throw, it’s pretty fun.”
What can this Jenks standout athlete see for himself wearing the orange and black at OSU?
“It’s hard to say now, but I certainly want to go there and make an impact on that program and make an impact in college baseball,” Standlee says. “The ultimate goal is to win a national championship. Hopefully, when I get there, we can accomplish that.”
His coaches are thrilled for him as well.
“We’re very proud of Brett and what he’s accomplished so far,” Morgan says. “We’re looking forward to him having a great senior year with us. We respect what coach (Josh) Holliday does at OSU, and Rob Walton is one of the best pitching coaches in the United States. Brett is excited about going to OSU. I think he’ll be a big part of what they are doing and hopefully, he can have an exceptional career over there like he has at Jenks.”