By Derek Brown
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Every shooter knows slumps have to be shot out of. Stillwater High senior Brett Budke is no different.
Budke was named the Stillwater NewsPress Stillwater Athlete of the Week after he poured in 21 crucial points in Stillwater’s 69-49 win at Edmond North on Dec. 5.
Without Budke’s 21 points the Pioneers would have had to look elsewhere for offense and the matchup could have turned into a very tight ballgame. Stillwater moved to 2-1 on the year after the trip south to Edmond North.
Budke knew the night was special when he sent his first 3-pointer through the bottom of the net.
“It’s just a certain feeling that comes with it and I had it,” Budke said.
The 6-foot-3 senior forward had 15 of his points come off shooting 5 of 7 from beyond the arc. The high shooting percentage did not come from luck. Budke spent extra time in the gym before and after practice the week before the Edmond North game.
“I had a lot of confidence going into that game because all week I had gone in early and stayed late and I put in the work and I knew I had success coming,” Budke said.
The time spent working on his shot certainly paid off. Budke plans on keeping his hard working routine going as the season progresses.
“I’ve done it ever since that game and I haven’t stopped. I try to be the first one in and the last one out and set a good example. And hopefully bring success,” Budke said. “I don’t plan on stopping anytime.”
No. 24 for Stillwater had his struggles in the Pioneers’ first two games. It did not take long for the Pioneer to diminish a rough shooting stretch.
“It brought confidence. Everything was better when it started to fall,” Budke said.
For Stillwater coach Michael Davis, having a player of Budke’s caliber helps him tremendously. Budke’s effort has paid off on the court.
“It’s been a pleasure to coach Brett. He’s a good kid. I enjoy him. He comes to practice every day ready to play and he makes it fun for us,” Davis said.
Davis knew that Budke was on the court working to get his shot to fall the week leading up to the away game at Edmond North.
“It was important for him because he can do so much for us. His shot started falling because he put the time in the gym,” Davis said. “When you put the time in things will happen. It was no surprise that his shot started falling.”
Even though Budke had a 21-point outing and made 5 of 7 shots from deep, he is still not done practicing on his shot.
“He’s still working on it,” Davis said. “That means that he wants much more than what he got. I’m glad he’s in there working.”
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