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Capel signs juco forward

Jake Trotter Modified: April 18, 2013 at 4:34 pm •  Published: April 24, 2010

Oklahoma picked up its second junior-college forward this week in forward Nick Thompson.

Thompson. who chose the Sooners over Utah, signed his letter of intent Saturday.

Thompson, a 6-9, 210-pound sophomore out of College of Eastern Utah, helped his team to a third-place finish at this year’s national junior college tournament in Hutchinson, Kan. It was the school’s best finish in 45 years.

Thompson averaged 8.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists in almost 24 minutes per game.

“I’m really excited about Nick,” OU coach Jeff Capel said in a statement. “He’s a guy we got in on late and had a chance to see at the national juco tournament. He’s a very skilled 4-man who can shoot the basketball, put it on the floor and pass it. He’s long and he’s a good athlete. I love his motor. He’s a real high-energy guy, a guy we’re fortunate to get here in the late signing period.

“He’s going to have to put on a little bit of weight. He understands that when he gets here in June he’ll have to work. That’s the main thing with him — he’s not afraid of work, he’s not afraid to be a part of something. He really wants to do that. I love that he really wanted to be at the University of Oklahoma.”

As a freshman in 2008-09, Thompson averaged 7.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 assist in more than 16 minutes a game.

The Sooners also snagged a commitment from Connors State forward Chris Washington earlier in the week.


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