Coach Chris Jones, Sonny West, TaDyn
Walker, Jordan Leetka, Kason Walker, Gaylen Leetka, Noah Jones,
Chris Harjo, Cayman Watkins, Hunter Simpson and Coach Gary
Published July 22, 2018
PHOENIX The summer after graduating from
Stonewall High School, 19-year-old Chickasaw citizen Cayman Watkins
found himself competing in an international basketball tournament
in Arizona alongside his Oklahoma Tushka teammates.
Watkins was well-prepared for the challenge.
He was a four-year starter on both the varsity basketball and
baseball teams for Stonewall. He was named to both the Native
American All-State basketball and baseball teams. He holds the
all-time scoring record for Stonewall High School and was named
All-Conference for four years.
Chickasaw, Choctaw, Seminole, Muscogee (Creek), Cherokee,
Apache, Ho Chunk, Kiowa and Ohkay Owingeh athletes comprised
Watkins team of Native American ballers going head-to-head with
other Native teams from across the globe during the 16th Annual
Native American Basketball Invitational (NABI), July 8-14.
Teams hailed from Alaska, Arizona, California, Canada, Florida,
Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York,
New Zealand, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah and
Being able to represent my tribe and my family and compete with
the best Native athletes in the country was an honor, Watkins
Two of the many athletes in the tournament were hand-picked by
the NABI Foundation Board of Directorsone male and one femaleto be
awarded a $20,000 college scholarship. Their decision is based on
the students academic performance.
Watkins claimed the boys 2018 NABI College Scholarship.
It was a huge honor and blessing to be chosen for the
scholarship, Watkins said. I credit God and my family for helping
me be a confident, successful person.
His earning the scholarship can also be traced back to years of
stellar scholarly work. Watkins was class valedictorian and senior
class president. He is a National Honor Society member and made
First Team of the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association Academic
All State. He scored a 31 on the ACT and maintained a 3.96 GPA.
Growing up Chickasaw, education and community involvement have
always been the forefront of who I am and who we...