Signing day notebook: Jordan Woodard, Shaquille Morris make it official

Woodard signs with Oklahoma, Morris with Wichita State.
by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: November 14, 2012
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photo - Edison's Ehron Ponds (left) defends Edmond Memorial's Jordan Woodard  during a basketball game at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa on Friday, March 9, 2012. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World
Edison's Ehron Ponds (left) defends Edmond Memorial's Jordan Woodard during a basketball game at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa on Friday, March 9, 2012. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World

Just one week after receiving a scholarship offer from Oklahoma State and verbally committing, Lakota Beatty thought her senior season at Anadarko could be over before it had begun.

Beatty suffered a knee injury at an Oral Roberts summer camp that was originally thought to be a torn ACL. A few days later, though, she was relieved when an MRI revealed a deep bone bruise that would require only rest.

The Cowgirls' staff in turn stuck with their offer, and Beatty signed her letter of intent Wednesday morning.

“I feel very fortunate and I'm very thankful the coaches at OSU gave me that opportunity because I don't know what I would have fallen back on if I didn't commit,” said Beatty, who last season led Anadarko to the Class 4A state championship and was a member of The Oklahoman Super 5.

Beatty, who went on an official visit last weekend in Stillwater, also had offers from Tulsa, ORU and Arkansas. She is one of six commitments in OSU's 2013 class.

She also said associate head coach Candace Whitaker had a huge part in her recruitment.

“I think this is where I'm supposed to go just because it was weird how they offered me and they gave me a week to commit, and I committed anyway,” Beatty said. “It was definitely my top pick and then seven days later I got hurt.”

CRESCENT'S 6-FOOT-11 MOON SIGNS WITH OC

Perhaps the state's tallest player at 6-foot-11, Crescent senior John Moon signed a letter of intent with Oklahoma Christian Wednesday.

Moon averaged 16.2 points and 13.2 rebounds as a junior, and feels he and his team have improved for the upcoming season.

“Our guards have gotten a lot better. They worked really hard over the summer. And I've been trying to improve, too,” he said. “I think we can be a better team than last year.”

DALE'S ANDERSON SIGNS WITH OLE MISS

There hasn't been much question where Dale baseball standout Evan Anderson was going to sign.

Anderson long ago committed to Ole Miss but finally made it official Wednesday, signing with the Rebels.

“It's nice,” Anderson said. “No more stress from the college side.”

Now the question is whether or not Anderson will wind up in Oxford.

Anderson is likely to be drafted next summer with a chance to start his pro career.

For now, though, Anderson is focused on the Pirates' basketball team.

“If we play together, we'll be unstoppable,” he said. “It's a little rough right now, but we're going to be a whole lot better.”

Anderson won't resume baseball activities until January.

NAIK GOES WITH MISSOURI STATE

When Edmond Memorial swimmer Naresh Naik drove back from his visit to Missouri State last weekend, he had the paperwork with him and knew what he wanted to do.

“It was love at first sight,” Naik said Wednesday after signing with the Bears. “They're a top 25 program, their coach is awesome and the team is super supportive.”

So when Naik returned home and talked with his family, the choice was clear. He committed Sunday and made it official Wednesday.

Naik won the 100 freestyle last season and plans on defending that title this year.

Naik is already familiar with a couple of the Bears' swimmers, Southmoore's Paul Le and Chickasha's Isaac McKnight.

By Ryan Aber, Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh


by Ryan Aber
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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by Scott Wright
Reporter
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by Jacob Unruh
Reporter
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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