With great success comes great expectations, especially in high school basketball.

With great success comes great expectations, especially in high school basketball.

Coming off their first appearance in the area tournament in more than five years last season, the Plainview Indians are now embracing those expectations.

This summer, the Indians have been traveling across the state in search of the best competition.

Those stops including a camp in Byng, as well as a stop on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. 

Unfortunately, standout Blake Nowell was unavailable for the bulk of the summer games due to illness, but it did allow other people to step up in his absence. 

“Anytime you can play games against a high level of competition during the summer, it’s going to help,” Plainview coach Deon Stevenson said. “We’ve been able to improve from a skill standpoint and a competitive standpoint. This summer has provided us with an opportunity for players to step into new roles in a game like environment as we begin laying the foundation for next season.” 

“For us we want to grow and the only way to do that is to be challenged,” Stevenson added. “I think we were able to do that this summer. The competition we faced in Stillwater made us uncomfortable, but in a good way.” 

Last season the Indians finished 17-8 which included a district title, a regional runner-up finish and an appearance at the area tournament.

Plainview also managed to record four victories over ranked teams during the year, which included three straight over Class 4A teams at the Heart of Oklahoma Tournament in Purcell. 

Among the players coming back next season for the Indians will be Blake Nowell who finished averaging 17.5 points per game last year with 5.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.1 steals per game, he was also named to the 2018-19 All-Ardmoreite Boys Basketball Team and was named as the 2018-19 Boys Basketball Player of the Year at the Best of the Arbuckles Preps banquet. 

Also coming back will be Brock Parham who finished averaging nine points per game with five rebounds and five assists per game last season.

Cason Dillon will be another returning player for Plainview, after he finished averaging 10 points per game with 2.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game. 

“With Blake (Nowell) being unable to attend due to his illness, we had a lot of guys step up in a big way,” Stevenson said. “Brock (Parham) was very assertive and Cason (Dillon) was fantastic on both ends of the court, and he should be one of the premier shooters for us this season.” 

“Tyler Berryhill also took some major steps forward this summer,” Stevenson said. “He was effective in a variety of ways and played with an aggressiveness that is going to benefit us this season. Jaxon Clemons, Riley Hammon, and Reis Taylor also did a lot of great things for us during the summer and are going to be important pieces for this season.”