Kalib and Keylan Boone took different routes to the same place on Wednesday.
While Keylan peeled apart the Velcro on the back of his Oklahoma State visor to wrap it around and under his hair, Kalib used force to slide his over his hair and down to his forehead.
Ultimately, both methods achieved the same result: accomplishment. And that’s what this entire day was about — the accomplishment of two Memorial High seniors choosing to play for coach Mike Boynton’s Oklahoma State basketball program.
“It’s a great feeling,” Kalib said. “Me and my brother have been stressing for this moment, stressing to be able to make sure we qualify and sign and now that we did it, it’s a blessing. Now we honestly know where we will be at in June, and it’s been a long journey. It’s a dream come true. I never thought this day would happen. I always wanted to be a part of the Big 12. Now that I am, it’s just amazing.”
A minute before they attacked the task of wearing an OSU visor out of Mike Gundy’s wardrobe, the Boone twins took pen to paper to make their commitments official at a ceremony inside Memorial Veterans Arena. Kalib, a 6-foot-8 post player, and Keylan, a 6-6 wing, were the first players to commit to Boynton’s 2019 class back in April.
They’ve been a driving force behind back-to-back Class 5A state championships for Memorial. As both players became sought-after recruits — Kalib is a top-100 player nationally, while Keylan is a three-star recruit — they prioritized finding a way to stay together in college.
OSU was one of the schools that recruited the Boones together.
“It means a lot,” Kalib said. “That means I’ll always have him by my side. So if I turn left or right, he’s right there.”
They were joined at the ceremony by teammate Julian Cockrell, who signed with Northern Oklahoma College in Enid.
Memorial coach Bobby Allison began the ceremony with a few words about the players, the program and the schools they’re attending. He eventually turned it to the players and parents. The Boones were joined by their father, Mike.
“They earned everything they got, and I love them for it,” he said.
Both players have said Boynton played a heavy role in their decision to commit so strongly to OSU. They said on Wednesday the coach’s straightforward attitude appealed to them.
“Coach Boynton knows how to connect with his players,” Keylan said. “He’s never telling you what you want to hear, he’s telling you exactly what you need to hear, what you should hear. He’s looking at things long-term.”
Keylan said OSU views him as a slashing, wing-type player. Kalib said Boynton wants to play him at power forward, which means he’ll have to get more comfortable playing on the wing in addition to in the paint.
The Cowboys’ four-man recruiting class ranks 13th in the country, according to 247Sports. Avery Anderson, a guard from Justin, Texas, also signed on Wednesday. Marcus Watson, a guard from Buford, Georgia, who ranks 69th overall in the 2019 class, will sign Friday.
But from a local perspective, the Boones are the faces of the most highly regarded recruiting class in more than a decade.
“This is authentic what we’re doing,” Keylan said. “We’re going to stay together. We’re going to do this together. We’ve been doing this our whole life, why stop now?”