Tatum Havens to continue basketball career at East Central | Local sports

Tatum Havens has spent his fair share of time spinning hoops inside the Kerr Activities Center at East Central University. It won’t be long before the former Ada High basketball player trains again on Wayne Cobb Court.

Havens, a student at Tahlequah High School, pledged to play college basketball at East Central earlier this month and will join the Lady Tigers next fall.

Havens grew up playing basketball in Ada’s city school system while his father, Ja Havens, was the head coach of men’s basketball at the ECU for seven years.

After making her official visit to East Central and meeting with women’s basketball coach Matt Cole and his team, Tatum decided she would return home after graduating from Tahlequah.

“I’m really excited. After I took the tour it hit me. I told my mom this was definitely the right fit for me,” Havens told The Ada News Thursday morning. I love the coaching team I love the team It has become obvious to me.

Tatum rained plenty of pointers inside ECU’s venerable former gymnasium and that familiarity will be a plus as the transition from high school to college basketball takes place.

“I’m comfortable in this gym. I put thousands of hits in this gym and grew up in this gym, ”she said. “It will be a little different to play there. But I’m super excited. I’m really comfortable with it and I think it will be great.

Tatum plans to head east towards the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. Oklahoma Baptist University at Shawnee was also on its radar.

“(Fort Smith) was probably the biggest competition with East Central. They and OBU were really the Top 3 for me whenever it came to doing it, ”she said.

The Havens family made many friends in Ada while Ja was training in East Central. Tatum said that this support also played a role in the decision to go to college at ECU. Her mother, Angie, also loved this part of choosing her daughter.

Some of the other things Tatum looked for when recruiting was finding the right church to attend and the right restaurants available. After all, a girl can’t go hungry while writing homework for college.

Tatum also likes that she will be close to her coaches in Ada – head coach Christie Jennings and assistant coach Leslie Landrum.

“I already have a church house there (H20) and I have a good support system there. Knowing that I will be in the same city as my former coaches like Coach Landrum and Coach Jennings and other families I know has been a big chunk for me. It was good for my mother too. She was like, if I ever needed a good home cooked meal, they got you covered.

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During her junior year at Tahlequah, the Lady Tigers finished second in the State 5A tournament, relinquishing a tough 58-49 decision to No.1 Sapulpa in the title game. Tatum and his company finished with a sparkling 23-3 record.

Tahlequah has been propelled to Class 6A this season, but Tatum believes her team still has what it takes to return to the state tournament.

“We have a lot of girls coming back. I really think we should have a great season, ”she said. “I think we can go pretty far in the playoffs. With us in (class) 6A now, it will be much more difficult. but i really think we have the parts to make it work.

Tatum also believes his former team, the Ada Lady Cougars, can make a strong playoff push next February behind the leadership of his two senior buddies – Shayla Wofford and Amaya Frizell.

“I think the seniors I’ve played with – Shayla and Amaya – are going to be great leaders in the team. I think they will have a great senior year, ”she said. “I’ve never had the chance to play with Carizma (Nelson) and Makaviya (Nelson) but after seeing them play last year, it’s exciting. And I think Sania will really help the team too. I think they have a very good chance this year to go very far.

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