Former Bridge Creek star Ryan Spangler has been released from his scholarship at Gonzaga and will visit Oklahoma this weekend, he said.
The Spokane (Wash.) Spokesman-Review reported that Spangler had been granted his release on Wednesday with hopes of transferring closer to home. Spangler said he had informed a few schools of his release, including OU, Tulsa, Oral Roberts and Arkansas.
“I just feel like I needed to be closer to my family,” said Spangler, The Oklahoman's Super 5 Player of the Year in 2011. “OU is my first stop. I'm going to fly in Friday to visit OU, then fly out Sunday. I've heard a lot of good things about coach (Lon) Kruger and his staff. They have two scholarships open, and they seem pretty excited to talk with me.”
Spangler, a 6-foot-8, 232-pound forward, appeared in 22 games as a true freshman last season, averaging 2.5 points and 2.4 rebounds in a reserve role.
He had one of his better games with four points and eight boards in the NCAA Tournament win over West Virginia. He would be required to sit out next season at a Division I program, and would have three years of eligibility remaining.
“I just look at that as a positive,” he said. “It's just a year for me to get better and mature.
“I felt like I had a great freshman year, and I got way better. I wish I could have played more, but that's just part of it when you're a freshman.”
COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN ACCEPTED INTO OSSAA
Feeling it has outgrown the Oklahoma Christian Schools Athletic Association, Norman-based Community Christian School is ready to take the next step.
The school was accepted into the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association by a vote of the OSSAA Board of Directors at their regular meeting Wednesday.
“We're excited about it. It's something we've been planning for and talking about for several years,” said CCS athletic director Culley Seymour. “We just felt that this year, we were ready and prepared to take this step.
“We feel like we can step right in and contribute to the OSSAA. We believe we have the facilities and the ability to do so.”
CCS, which won the last three OCSAA football championships, will have to wait for football and soccer districts to be reset before they can play as part of a district. However, all other sports will compete in full with OSSAA member schools beginning in the fall.
The school has an approximate enrollment of 160 students, but must get its average attendance verified to determine where it will be classified. Seymour said his hope is for the school to compete in 11-man football.
LOSS OF SCHOOL TIME FOR BASEBALL, SOFTBALL STILL BEING DEBATED
The OSSAA's push to lessen the amount of class time baseball and softball players miss for games is still finding some stiff resistance, and the Board of Directors tabled the discussion until the June 5 meeting.
A committee formed by the OSSAA in February to examine ways to limit the loss of school time for the two sports offered a proposal that vastly differed from what the coaches wanted.
But the OSSAA met with a group of coaches from both sports to gather recommendations, which were then taken back to the committee in hopes of finding a middle ground.
In Wednesday's meeting, the board voted to table the matter in order to get more clarification on some of the specific points of the proposal.