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OU lands pair of point guards

Jake Trotter Modified: April 18, 2013 at 4:37 pm •  Published: April 26, 2010

OU seems to have answered its point guard void.

University of New Orleans point guard Carl Blair has decided to transfer to OU, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

The Sooners have also picked up a verbal commitment from point guard Calvin Newell of Evelyn Mack Academy in North Carolina, according to

Blair (6-foot-2) was one of the Privateers’ most consistent players in the 2009-2010 season. He started 29 games averaging 9.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.

He also recorded the second triple-double in UNO history on Dec. 5, 2009 against Houston Baptist with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Former UNO great Ervin Johnson was the only other player to do so.

He will be eligible immediately because of changes going on at the UNO athletic department.

Newell (6-foot-1) averaged 26.0 points per game at Mack and reportedly had scholarship offers from Niagra, Baylor, Florida and Central Florida. Newell is expected to sign with the Sooners today.

The two pickups resolve OU coach Jeff Capel’s biggest void. After Tommy Mason-Griffin and Willie Warren both declared for the NBA, the Sooners didn’t have a point guard coming back.

Blair and Newell will likely battle for that starting spot, with the other serving at the backup.


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