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OU basketball: Sooners get commitment from 7-footer Akolda Manyang, cousin of Longar Longar

by Ryan Aber Published: June 15, 2014

NORMAN—Even with all of the inside talent added in the 2014 signing class, Oklahoma made 7-foot center Akolda Manyang its top target for 2015.

Sunday, the Sooners got their man, when Manyang committed to OU, becoming the Sooners' first commit for 2015.

Manyang, from Indian Hills (Iowa) Community College, is the cousin of former Sooners center Longar Longar.

He’s already spent plenty of time in Norman since his school year ended.

Manyang averaged 8.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game as a freshman, helping Indian Hills to a 34-3 record and the NJCAA national title game.

Manyang chose the Sooners over Arizona State and Minnesota.

His addition continues Oklahoma’s transformation inside.

Interior play was a big issue for the Sooners last season even as they finished second in the Big 12 and made a second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.

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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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