Kingfisher’s Bijan Cortes – Basketball Spotlight Presented by K&S Tire

By Derrick Smith

A big goal for most high school student-athletes is to win a state championship in their sport. It takes a lot of personal work and also work and practice as a team. Bijan Cortes and his fellow Kingfisher basketball teammates know what it takes and have enjoyed success multiple times.

“I have been a part of two basketball state champion teams at Kingfisher,” he said. “It means a lot just knowing that you can do it again. You can have a great year but not settle and just keep working and do it again.”

Cortes, a junior, began playing basketball in the fourth grade. He plays point guard for the Yellowjackets. Along with basketball, he is also a member of the track team. And while he has enjoyed success, he knows it was earned.

“It has taken a lot of hard work,” he said. “

The junior is already being courted by a few colleges to play basketball at the next level. To date, he has received six offers from division one schools.

“I feel really blessed to be recognized for my abilities,” he said. “My goal is to be able to play at the next level.”

Bijan says that there is a Kingfisher High School teacher that has made a big impact on his life.

“Mrs. Lorenz would have to be my favorite teacher,” he said. “She teaches English and I really love how she teaches.”

There are a lot of people that he could look up to, but Cortes says that there is one NBA player that he sees as a role model.

“I definitely look up to Russell Westbrook,” he said. “I like his game and he has a great work ethic.”

His favorite memory during his time playing basketball was last season.

“Last year was probably the highlight of my career,” he said. “We had a very good team with really good leaders that pushed us and we won state.”