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OU men's basketball: Sooners address needs with signing class

On signing day last week, Oklahoma signed three players, including a pair in the Rivals 150 ranking of the nation's top recruits.
by Ryan Aber Published: November 17, 2013

NORMAN — The future looks pretty good for the Oklahoma men's basketball team.

On signing day last week, the Sooners signed three players, including a pair in the Rivals150 ranking of the nation's top recruits.

It's not the best recruiting class in the Big 12, or even in the state, but the Sooners addressed their needs with the class.

Even next season, barring unforeseen circumstances, the Sooners will have plenty of returning talent at guard. Buddy Hield, Isaiah Cousins and Je'lon Hornbeak will be juniors, and Jordan Woodard and Frank Booker sophomores.

They lose only Cameron Clark and Tyler Neal off this year's team, which sits 3-0 entering Friday's Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in Brooklyn, and they will be young again next season with just two seniors.

So OU appeared to address its biggest needs by beefing up its frontcourt with this year's class, adding 6-foot-7 swingman Dante Buford, 6-9 forward Khadeem Lattin and 6-9 center Jamuni McNeace.

“All three are really quality people who want to be Sooners,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said in a statement last week. “They want to be here, they're good students, rangy athletes and good teammates. They're all similar with their qualities, and they fit perfectly in terms of what we're looking for.”

It all came together in a little more than a month, with the Sooners not receiving their first commitment until McNeace committed in early October.

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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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