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OU basketball: Forwards Ryan Spangler, D.J. Bennett sign with Sooners

by Ryan Aber Published: April 16, 2012

After committing to Oklahoma's men's basketball team over the weekend, a pair of big men made it official Monday.

Bridge Creek's Ryan Spangler, who is transferring from Gonzaga, and D.J. Bennett, a center from Indian Hills Community College in Iowa, signed with the school.

“They're two quality individuals who have great passion to be at the University of Oklahoma,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said in a release. “It's always a priority to have people in the program who really want to be here.”

Spangler and Williams join Isaiah Cousins in signing with the Sooners in the current signing period.

Cousins, a 6-foot-4 guard, signed last week.

With senior point guard Carl Blair Jr. expected to transfer, the Sooners are at their 13-scholarship limit.

Spangler, The Oklahoman's Super 5 Player of the Year in 2011, averaged 29.2 points, 17.2 rebounds, 5.8 blocks and 4.8 assists as a senior in helping the Bobcats to a Class 4A runner-up finish.

The 6-foot-8 forward played in 22 games as a freshman at Gonzaga, averaging 2.5 points and 2.4 rebounds. Spangler will have to sit out next season after the transfer and then will have three years of eligibility.

“It's always extra special to have in-state guys as part of the OU program,” Kruger said. “and although Ryan enjoyed his time at Gonzaga, we're especially pleased that he's returning home to be a Sooner.

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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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