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Rondel Walker Talks about His Fellow Seniors amid Cancelled State Playoffs

It’s more than just a game.

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The current pandemic we find ourselves in affects each of us differently. It has especially impacted thousands of high school athletes all across the country.

On Wednesday, as expected, the Oklahoma state superintendent announced that schools would remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. On Thursday the OSSAA, in conjunction with that announcement, voted unanimously to cancel the state high school basketball tournaments.

For seniors all across the state, and across the country, that effectively put an abrupt end to their prep careers.

One such senior, OSU 2020 signee Rondel Walker, has many more basketball games ahead of him, but he’s thinking about his fellow 2020 graduates who don’t.

“The seniors around the state that’s not blessed to go on to the next level, this was their college,” Walker said in an interview with KFOR’s Nate Feken. “This was their national championship. So I just feel for my seniors that’s not blessed to go on to the next level.”

In the grand scheme of things, it’s just sports and the impact of missing out on playing a basketball tournament, or watching the NBA or March Madness pale in comparison to public health and protecting lives. But that does not discount the feelings of these players and acts as little solace when something that has been a huge part of their lives comes to an abrupt end.

Walker’s Putnam City West Pirates finished the season 13-10 and 7-2 in district, and were set to play Booker T. Washington in first round of the state 6A tournament.

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