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Arent feels at home in Norman

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, Published: April 27, 2011
/articleid/3562413/1/pictures/1403486">Photo - Sierra College basketball player Casey Arent.  Photo courtesy Sierra College
Sierra College basketball player Casey Arent. Photo courtesy Sierra College
“I feel I play better when I play against players my height. During the season I didn’t get that chance very often... I’m looking forward to it, maybe be part of something special at this beginning with coach Kruger.”

Arent will stay at Sierra College to complete his degree this summer. He plans to report to OU in August. He will have two years eligibility remaining, starting with the upcoming season.

Washington State heavily recruited Arent. Virginia, California and Colorado and several mid-majors showed interest. But after Arent turned down WSU last fall, the Cougars slow played him after the season.

“The last month or so they’ve been keeping me on a string to see if this one guy might sign, that if he didn’t I’d be the first guy on the list,” Arent said. “I really like coach Kruger. And they need a big man. It’s a good fit for me.”

One variable in the Sooners’ favor was Sierra assistant coach Chris Walker played at OU for two seasons from 2005-07. Walker also is from the Sacramento area.

“All year long coach Walker wore OU gear and talked about OU,” Arent said. “It kind of went in one ear and out the other. But once Oklahoma popped up he thought it would be a good fit for me. After talking with so many coaches about coach Kruger, everybody has the utmost respect for him.”

OU now has 14 scholarship players, one over the limit, but it appears Robert Goff, a junior college forward who signed last fall, might not meet eligibility standards.

Kruger might still sign another player or add another transfer like Amath M’Baye, a forward who transferred to OU from Wyoming and will sit out the upcoming season.

If the Sooners add another player, a roster spot could open up if forward Nick Thompson leaves or Kyle Hardrick doesn’t return. Hardrick sat out the winter semester to concentrate on academics.

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