Oklahoma's latest basketball signee, Jordan Woodard, knows he'll have a busy, basketball-filled winter ahead, and not just playing for his current team, Edmond Memorial.
Woodard made his Sooner future official Wednesday, signing his letter of intent at a ceremony that included teammate Shaquille Morris, who signed with Wichita State.
“The coaches at OU call me when they have a game coming up and ask me if I can make it,” Woodard said. “If my schedule allows me, I'll make it every time I can. I'm trying to balance it with going to Tulsa to watch my brother (James Woodard) play.”
Jordan Woodard averaged 13.1 points, 4.7 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.4 steals as a junior as the Bulldogs finished as the Class 6A runner-up.
Morris was glad to make his signing official, ending a hectic recruiting process that didn't stop after he verbally committed to the Shockers last month.
“A few schools were still on me, wanting me, and talking about how I hadn't signed yet,” said Morris, a 6-foot-8 power forward. “I ignored it and kept a straight head and knew where I was going.”
Woodard and Morris make Edmond Memorial an instant contender. The Bulldogs were No. 1 in the coaches' preseason rankings released Tuesday.
DOUGLASS' CLARK MIGHT WAIT TO SIGN
As his family weighs all aspects of his college decision, Douglass point guard Stephen Clark says he currently doesn't feel comfortable enough to make a decision in the next week.
That means Clark likely won't sign during the early period, which concludes next Wednesday for basketball players.
Clark, the state's top recruit, is considering Oklahoma State, Baylor and UCLA, with Missouri still on the fringe as well.
“I just want to make sure I make the best decision for me and my family,” Clark said. “Every time we talk about it, everyone hasn't been on the same page, so I haven't made a decision yet. Until the family and everybody's cool with it, I'll be uncommitted until then.”
TITANS' CARTER SIGNS WITH OU
Carl Albert guard Gioya Carter signed with Oklahoma on Wednesday.
“Gioya might be the sleeper of the class but only for those who have never seen her play,” Sooners coach Sherri Coale said in a release. “She's a strong, left-handed guard who can shoot the three and can also put the ball on the floor using her athleticism to get to the rim. Her gift, though, is delivering the basketball.
“She has tremendous court vision.”
Carter averaged 13.1 points per game last season, helping the Titans to the Class 5A semifinals. In addition to Carter, Shaya Kellogg of Ames, Iowa, and Derica Wyatt of Nashville, Tenn., also signed letters of intent with OU on Wednesday.
As a junior, Kellogg averaged 12.1 points and 8.0 rebounds for Ames High School. She is ranked as the No. 26 forward in the nation by ESPN Hoopgurlz.
Wyatt averaged 18.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 3.2 steals per game for Franklin Road Academy.
BEATTY OVERCOMES INJURY, SIGNS WITH OSU
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