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.
OU added a pair of high school centers and a power forward in the 2014 class after Ryan Spangler was the team’s lone consistent contributor on the interior last season.
Spangler will be a junior this season while D.J. Bennett, who was a solid defensive presence by the end of the season, will be a senior.
The Sooners also recently added Houston transfer TaShawn Thomas, who was a starter for the Cougars last season.
Thomas is appealing to be eligible immediately and will have one season of eligiblity.
Manyang could be teammates this season with former Douglass and Oklahoma State point guard Stevie Clark. Clark, who was dismissed from the team at OSU following a February arrest, is enrolled at Indian Hills this summer and is likely to play there this season.
Manyang’s commitment was first reported by SoonerScoop.com.