Wyoming forward Amath M'Baye will transfer to Oklahoma to play for coach Lon Kruger, according to multiple media reports.
M'Baye, a 6-foot-9 forward who was the Cowboys second leading scorer, visited OU last weekend.
OUInsider.com reported the overseas product will sign with the Sooners. According to a CBS report in Wyoming, M'Baye posted "Boomer Sooner" on his Facebook page Sunday night. M'Baye is no longer listed on Wyoming's website roster.
M'Baye averaged 12.0 points and was Wyoming's leading rebounder (5.7) last season. He shot 47.5 percent from the field and blocked 22 shots. M'Baye will have to sit out this season, but he will have two years eligibility starting in 2012-13.
Coaching the past seven years at UNLV, Kruger is familiar with M'Baye. UNLV and Wyoming are in the Mountain West Conference. The Rebels swept the season series, but M'Baye scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the rematch after posting 13 points and six rebounds the first game.
His name is pronounced A-MAUGHT, M-buy. He was born in Senegal but grew up in France before coming to America, playing at Stonebridge (Calif.) Prep.
M'Baye was on the Under 20 French national team that won a silver medal two years ago. He also played for the Africa Adidas national team.
His freshman year, M'Baye missed the first 10 games due to an NCAA ruling on his amateurism. He averaged 5.6 points and 3.2 rebounds and improved late in the season, averaging 7.5 points the final 11 games.
Kruger signed several transfers at UNLV to turn the Rebels into a perennial NCAA Tournament team. Last year, UNLV's roster included six transfers from UCLA (two), Kentucky, Kansas, Memphis and Marquette.
M'Baye, 21, will be the second player Kruger has added since being hired two weeks ago. Junior college point Sam Grooms signed last week and is expected to compete for the starting job this season.
KRUGER ADDS CRUTCHFIELD AS ASSISTANT
Oklahoma basketball coach Lon Kruger has hired Chris Crutchfield as an assistant. Crutchfield spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach at Oral Roberts. He joins Steve Henson and Lew Hill as Sooner assistants. The hiring also completes Kruger's coaching staff.
“Chris has a terrific reputation among coaches, not only on the court but also in recruiting,” Kruger said in a release. “His contacts in Oklahoma and Texas are particularly strong. He's been very successful and is highly respected by his peers.”
Crutchfield is a Hopkinsville, Ky., native. Some of his other coaching stops as an assistant include Texas Christian, Texas-San Antonio and his alma-mater, Nebraska-Omaha. Crutchfield was the head coach for two seasons at Tyler Junior College.