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

In a double-overtime loss in the first round, McLean had a season-high 34 points.

McLean told Sooners coaches of his commitment at the end of his visit to Norman on Friday morning.

“I love the atmosphere,” McLean said. “It’s family-oriented. The fans are great, the students are great, the team is even better, the coaching staff is amazing.

“I bonded with the guys really well, with everyone.”

McLean was hosted by fellow New York product Isaiah Cousins and was heavily recruited by assistant Lew Hill.

The Sooners’ recruitment of McLean happened quickly once it became clear Hornbeak was going to transfer. McLean can play either guard spot, though he would likely fit in as a backup to Woodard, if he’s able to qualify. McLean said he has been told nothing is settled.

“Right now, according to coach, there’s no spot that’s not open that I can play,” McLean said. “If I come in and do what I have to do, it is what it is.

“I love the system they run. They get after it. They play unselfishly.”

McLean chose the Sooners over Missouri, Texas State and Memphis.

Hornbeak’s transfer destination has yet to be decided.

by Ryan Aber
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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