Kingfisher's Cortes commits to OU

Kingfisher's Bijan Cortes dribbles upcourt during the finals of the Wheat Capital Basketball Tournament Saturday, January 11, 2020, at Chisholm High School. 

KINGFISHER, Okla. — Kingfisher junior basketball standout Bijan Cortes, considered one of the top players in the state, announced his commitment to the University of Oklahoma in a tweet Sunday night.

"I want to thank my friends and family for always pushing me to be the best person I can be. I would like to say a big thank you to Kingfisher and all the great people in it for always coming out and supporting me. ... Thank you to Coach Kruger and the University of Oklahoma staff of believing in my talents. I'm proud to say that I am officially a SOONER! 110% COMMITTED. #Boomer, " he tweeted. ranks Cortes as the No. 150 prospect nationally in the 2021 class and No. 31 nationally at his position.

Cortes, a 6-foot-2 point guard, has been a key component in the Yellowjackets' success, particularly over the past two seasons.

Kingfisher (16-0) is currently ranked ranked No. 1 in Class 4A.

The Yellowjackets won the annual Wheat Capital Tournament earlier this month at Chisholm High School. Cortes averaged 24.3 points during the tournament, including 35 points in the Yellowjackets' 68-49 win over Perry in the championship game.

Cortes averaged 20 points per game last week in Kingfisher's Buckle of the Wheatbelt Tournament as the Yellowjackets claimed the championship with an 85-42 win over Guthrie in the title game. Cortes had 26 points in the winning effort.

The Yellowjackets currently own a 38-game winning streak going back to last season. Kingfisher defeated Heritage Hall 59-39 to claim the Class 4A state crown in 2019. Cortes was a member of last season's Enid News & Eagle All-Northwest Oklahoma basketball team.

According to the Norman Transcript, Cortes also had offers from Oklahoma State, Oral Roberts, North Texas and TCU.

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Ruthenberg is sports editor for the Enid News & Eagle. John Buettner, a sports writer for The Norman Transcript, a CNHI News Service publication, contributed to this story.

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