NORMAN — Khadeem Lattin had been waiting for signing day for a long time.
The 6-foot-9 power forward/center who has bounced from Houston to a basketball academy in Spain's Canary Islands and back to Houston signed with Oklahoma on Wednesday.
“I've always felt like I had a good shot of going high Division I and now knowing that I've gotten that far, it means a lot,” Lattin said.
Lattin said he'd sent in his paperwork, and 6-foot-7 power forward Dante Buford of Jacksonville, Fla., posted a signing picture on Twitter.
OU didn't issue an official release announcing the signees as the school is still waiting for paperwork from 6-foot-10 center Jamuni McNeace of Allen, Texas.
The trio would give the Sooners a strong class of frontcourt players on a team with plenty of young talent in the backcourt.
Lattin is the grandson of Dave Lattin, who was a starter on Texas Western's 1966 national championship team that was dramatized in the movie Glory Road.
His mother, Monica Lamb, starred at USC and spent three seasons with the WNBA's Houston Comets, winning three championships.
She also spent plenty of time playing overseas and wanted her son to experience a different culture, leading him to enroll in the Canarias Basketball Academy.
The decision didn't go over very well with his grandfather.
There were unintended consequences, too.
Because he played overseas, many recruiting sites that only rank American players dropped him completely.
So Lattin fell a bit under the radar before returning to play for Redemption Christian Homeschool Academy in Houston.
“There were so many great things about it,” Lattin said. “It helped me grow as a basketball player and as a man. It helped me in so many aspects, and I definitely appreciate the opportunity. I'd definitely do it again if I had the choice.”
Lattin signed at his church Wednesday, surrounded by family and close friends.
He said he thought he could make the quickest impact on the defensive end.
“My biggest strengths are especially on the defensive end — blocking shots, rebounding, affecting shots,” Lattin said. “I'm a really good passer. Something I need to work on is more of my ball handling and recognizing where the mismatches are on the floor. I look forward to fixing that.”