By BEN JOHNSON
Trevor Eubanks signed his name on the dotted line, and somewhere Ryan Wakley had to feel a sense of relief. No longer can the Victory Christian coach be victimized by Keys’ standout guard.
Granted, Keys became less of a problem for Victory Christian after the Conquerors moved up to Class 4A during the 2012-2013 season. But before that, Eubanks continued to be the thorn in Victory Christian’s side.
Now Eubanks will have to start picking on a collegiate team after signing to play college basketball at Carl Albert State College on Monday.
“All my hard work paid off,” Eubanks said after signing his letter of intent. “Now I get to go to school for free.”
Following the signing ceremony inside Cougar Fieldhouse, Eubanks was asked about a memorable moment or two from his high school career. Two games against Victory Christian topped the list.
“Probably when we beat Victory Christian my sophomore and junior years,” said Eubanks, who helped guide the Cougars to wins over the Conquerors during regional-tournament play in 2011 and 2012. Those wins were key during the Cougars’ three-year run of regional championships.
“Those were the tightest games I’ve ever played in.”
As a junior, Eubanks was a important cog in the Cougars’ most successful playoff run in school history. After victories over Westville (district tournament), Spiro (regional first round) and Victory Christian (regional championship), Eubanks tallied 19 points in Keys’ 44-38 triumph over Kansas, helping the Cougars win their first area championship, which meant the program’s first berth into the state tournament.
Keys — led by 21 points from Eubanks — would end up losing in the first round of the state tournament to eventual champion, Oklahoma Centennial.
Eubanks, who averaged 18.8 points during his senior season, finished his career with 1,027 points.
Keys coach Duane Jones said he’d certainly miss Eubanks’ scoring and leadership.
“He’s been our leader for about three years,” Jones said. “To have that guy who wants to take the big shot every time, he was that guy. That’ll be hard to replace.”
Eubanks — who also fielded interest from Northern Oklahoma College and John Brown University — said he’ll head to Poteau just hoping to improve his all-around game.
“I’m going to go get bigger and stronger,” Eubanks said, “and hopefully end up somewhere.”