Signing day notebook: Jordan Woodard, Shaquille Morris make it official

Woodard signs with Oklahoma, Morris with Wichita State.
by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: November 14, 2012
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photo - Edison's Ehron Ponds (left) defends Edmond Memorial's Jordan Woodard  during a basketball game at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa on Friday, March 9, 2012. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World
Edison's Ehron Ponds (left) defends Edmond Memorial's Jordan Woodard during a basketball game at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa on Friday, March 9, 2012. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World

Oklahoma's latest basketball signee, Jordan Woodard, knows he'll have a busy, basketball-filled winter ahead, and not just playing for his current team, Edmond Memorial.

Woodard made his Sooner future official Wednesday, signing his letter of intent at a ceremony that included teammate Shaquille Morris, who signed with Wichita State.

“The coaches at OU call me when they have a game coming up and ask me if I can make it,” Woodard said. “If my schedule allows me, I'll make it every time I can. I'm trying to balance it with going to Tulsa to watch my brother (James Woodard) play.”

Jordan Woodard averaged 13.1 points, 4.7 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.4 steals as a junior as the Bulldogs finished as the Class 6A runner-up.

Morris was glad to make his signing official, ending a hectic recruiting process that didn't stop after he verbally committed to the Shockers last month.

“A few schools were still on me, wanting me, and talking about how I hadn't signed yet,” said Morris, a 6-foot-8 power forward. “I ignored it and kept a straight head and knew where I was going.”

Woodard and Morris make Edmond Memorial an instant contender. The Bulldogs were No. 1 in the coaches' preseason rankings released Tuesday.

DOUGLASS' CLARK MIGHT WAIT TO SIGN

As his family weighs all aspects of his college decision, Douglass point guard Stephen Clark says he currently doesn't feel comfortable enough to make a decision in the next week.

That means Clark likely won't sign during the early period, which concludes next Wednesday for basketball players.

Clark, the state's top recruit, is considering Oklahoma State, Baylor and UCLA, with Missouri still on the fringe as well.

“I just want to make sure I make the best decision for me and my family,” Clark said. “Every time we talk about it, everyone hasn't been on the same page, so I haven't made a decision yet. Until the family and everybody's cool with it, I'll be uncommitted until then.”

TITANS' CARTER SIGNS WITH OU

Carl Albert guard Gioya Carter signed with Oklahoma on Wednesday.

“Gioya might be the sleeper of the class but only for those who have never seen her play,” Sooners coach Sherri Coale said in a release. “She's a strong, left-handed guard who can shoot the three and can also put the ball on the floor using her athleticism to get to the rim. Her gift, though, is delivering the basketball.

“She has tremendous court vision.”

Carter averaged 13.1 points per game last season, helping the Titans to the Class 5A semifinals. In addition to Carter, Shaya Kellogg of Ames, Iowa, and Derica Wyatt of Nashville, Tenn., also signed letters of intent with OU on Wednesday.

As a junior, Kellogg averaged 12.1 points and 8.0 rebounds for Ames High School. She is ranked as the No. 26 forward in the nation by ESPN Hoopgurlz.

Wyatt averaged 18.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 3.2 steals per game for Franklin Road Academy.

BEATTY OVERCOMES INJURY, SIGNS WITH OSU

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by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Scott Wright
Reporter
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by Jacob Unruh
Reporter
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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