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Memorial Hoops’ Twin Duo Signs with OSU

GTR Sports Writer

BOONE BROTHERS: Twins Kalib, left, and Keylan Boone celebrate after signing a letter of intent to play college basketball at Oklahoma State on Nov. 14 at Memorial High School.

Photo by MIKE MOGUIN for Midtown Monitor

Growing up being twins was fun for Memorial basketball players Keylan and Kalib Boone. As a pair, the senior duo worked together to become among the best players in the country on the hardwood.

“Honestly, I loved it. Having a twin is different. We always expect to be different from each other and that’s what’s so authentic about us,” Keylan said. “We’re twins, but we’re nothing the same. We’re different in all aspects.

“I learned a lot from Kalib in times when I needed help with anything,” Keylan said. “I feed off of Kalib and he feeds off of me. We feed off of each other.”

“Growing up was usually like how some twins are,” Kalib said. “When you need your brother, he’s there. We were always there for each other growing up. We got on \each other’s nerves a lot. But, we’re best friends. He’s not him without me and I’m not me without him.”

The Boone brothers made a significant impact on Memorial winning the Class 5A boys state championship last season, and they’re hoping to lead the team to a threepeat (The Chargers also won in 2017). When they graduate, they will be headed to Oklahoma State, with whom they signed national letters of intent on Nov. 14 at Memorial High School.

Joining them in the event and celebration were coaches, administrators, family and friends.

“It’s really a great moment, said Kalib, a 6-9 power forward. “I really love how a lot of people came to be a part of this moment. I’m happy because it is a relief. I finally have a place where I can go play Division I basketball. My dreams have come true: that I can play Division I basketball, especially in the Big 12. Growing up, I always wanted to play in the Big 12. Now I can. It is a dream come true.”

“It feels amazing,” said Keylan, a 6-7 guard/forward. “All the love I’ve been getting lets me know that I’ve been doing my job a lot, I’ve been doing my best with all these people, and getting all this love and all this attention from OSU, it’s a great university and they show love for their players.”

The family atmosphere they felt on that signing day was also a factor on why they chose to play for the Cowboys.

“I like the coach and the family,” Kalib said. “OSU is a small place and it’s built like a family. That’s what I liked about it. When I went out there, I felt connected to everything. And, when I felt connected, I felt at home. When I got there, I felt like that was the place I needed to be.”

“Coach Boynton is a great guy,” Keylan said. “He knows exactly what he wants, and he knows how to put his players in a good situation. I could see that last year. He’s a great coach. He thinks long term and he cares about the future, and he cares about your future. I can’t wait to be up there with him next year.”

With Stillwater being just one hour west, they’ll have their family, including their younger brother, Kamren, 10, coming out to watch them play.

Kalib and Keylan chose OSU over ORU, Tulsa and UA-Ft. Smith.

“When we get up there,” Keylan said. “We’ll do our jobs and get better day-by-day. We hope to get to the national tournament.”

“He and I will be gaining weight, getting bigger and smarter,” Kalib said. “Our aim will be to get better and learn how to play in the Big 12, try to win the conference and make the NCAA tournament. Another part of the plan is to make it to the NBA.”
Before they leave high school, the Boones want to bring another state championship to Memorial.

“This team is very capable of (threepeating),” Kalib said. “We’re driving so hard to get there. All of our players really want to win this year. We don’t like losing and we want to make history at Memorial.”

“We are very capable,” Keylan agreed. “But we have to work even harder to win it this year than we did last year. We have a lot of young talent coming up this year, a lot of new players, a lot of new pieces, we got to build now while we can.”

Updated 12-19-2018

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