One of the best basketball players in southern Oklahoma is officially off the table.

In a ceremony attended by the entire Plainview basketball team, along with extended family and well-wishers, the Indians' Deric Shelton signed a scholarship to play basketball for Oklahoma Christian on Wednesday.

For Shelton, it was an opportunity to fulfill a goal he set for himself during his sophomore season.

"It wasn't hard to pick Oklahoma Christian, because I knew I wanted to go there," Shelton said. "I'm a member of the Church of Christ and it's a Church of Christ college, so that had a lot to do with it."

Shelton also praised OC for its academics, athletic program and its location in Edmond.

"It's just a good fit for me," Shelton said.

Shelton will be asked to play a shooting guard/small forward hybrid, similar to that of the Thunder's Kevin Durant, a role that was familiar to him at Plainview, where he was the team's leading scorer during a magnificent season.

"He's one of the best I've ever coached," Plainview head coach Jeremy Stewart said. "A good player, a good teammate and very coachable."

Shelton is aware of the challenges that will face him at the next level. His father Bobby was a college star at East Central in the 80s, and he has had an opportunity to watch a Oklahoma Christian game this season.

Nevertheless, he is prepared for the challenges that will face him.

"It's going to be a lot faster, but I feel like playing AAU ball over the summer is much faster than what I've seen in high school," Shelton said. "I'll have to adjust a lot, but I feel like I'll be able to do it."

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