Picolet surpasses 1,000 points as a junior

Jan. 29—Logan Picolet only wishes it came on a better shot.

Regardless, he is happy to become a member of the 1,000-point club at Claremore Christian School. The junior reached and surpassed the milestone with a layup on Friday, Jan. 14 against Eagle Point.

Picolet, who has guided the Warriors to consecutive Heart Christian Athletic Association championships, averages over 20 points per game, but he was quick to deflect any praise to his teammates and the support system they provide.

"It was a good moment with everyone cheering," Picolet said. "I definitely couldn't have done it without the team I've been on. It's a good team with good camaraderie. I love the team, and I love the guys. I feel like there's no fighting on the team, and everyone gets along. It's a much better ride when you get along with everyone. It's been a great couple of years."

Picolet began his basketball career in elementary school as a member of the Northeast Oklahoma Association of Homeschools (NOAH), which is based in Tulsa. There, he learned the fundamentals of the sport he would grow to dominate.

Over time, he has polished his skills both at CCS and in Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) competitive leagues. He is especially appreciative of the environment CSS has provided that promotes more independent action on the court than one might see within the public school ranks.

As a result, Picolet has evolved into a special talent not only at CCS, but also in Northeast Oklahoma as a whole.

"My coach and trainer have been a great help to me," Picolet said. "They helped me get along and learn more of the minute details of basketball. It's been a great opportunity, and I'm super appreciative of (CCS) letting me play here, especially because I'm homeschooled. Here, you get more freedom. The coaches let me play my game and let me do my thing. If you go to a public school, they usually have a system and you kind of have to get involved in that system. They put you in a place and tell you what you're supposed to do on the team versus here, where they're kind of like, 'You just come and play your game and just do what you can for the team.' That's been great for me."

Although his 1,000th point didn't come on a flashy shot akin to a Stephen Curry 3-pointer, Picolet said he was glad to reach it when he did rather than having to put it off for another game.

But there was no guesswork involved. He knew exactly how many points he needed against Eagle Point, and he called his shot. Covering the final 25 points to 1,000 was like clockwork for a player of his skill.

Now no distractions stand between him and a third championship opportunity next month.

"I was glad I could set it — like I'm pretty sure I'm going to do it this game — so I could go out and get that goal," Picolet said.