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Oklahoma basketball: Giovanni McLean commits to Sooners

Junior-college guard still has to be declared eligible, but could be a replacement for Je’lon Hornbeak, who transferred.
by Ryan Aber Published: April 25, 2014

— Giovanni McLean wants to be Oklahoma’s answer to losing Je’lon Hornbeak to a transfer.

Whether or not that will happen, though, remains to be seen.

McLean, a 6-foot-1 guard from Westchester (N.Y.) Community College, committed to the Sooners on Friday morning, but eligibility issues could keep him from joining the team, according to sources close to the program.

McLean bounced around in high school between the Bronx and Queens in New York City. In junior college, he went to Moberly Area Community College just north of Columbia, Mo., before transferring to Westchester.

That movement could put his academic eligibility at the NCAA Division I level in jeopardy.

The Sooners aren’t likely to be able to wait long for McLean’s issues to clear up, because the signing period ends May 21 and Oklahoma needs to find a guard to replace Hornbeak.

Hornbeak decided to transfer after the season after being relegated to the backup point guard role behind freshman Jordan Woodard. With three interior players set to join the Sooners next fall, they had to scramble to find someone to replace Hornbeak.

McLean averaged 16.8 points, 7.4 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists in helping the Vikings to the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics 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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