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By Scott Wright Modified: November 15, 2007 at 1:15 am •  Published: November 15, 2007
"He runs from the media. The media in New York will have to stalk him to find him. He wants it to be on the other guys. He just wants to play.

"He's a unique guy.”

Unique on the court, too — imagine a more athletic version of New Jersey Nets point guard Jason Kidd. That's the scouting report OU coach Jeff Capel has received.

"He might be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft,” Capel said.

This won't be the last time this season you hear Capel speaking highly of a freshman. He has been quite impressed with one of his own — 6-foot-10 forward Blake Griffin — and he'll get to see a few more of the best rookies in the nation.

OU will play against O.J. Mayo (USC), Michael Beasley (Kansas State), James Anderson (Oklahoma State) and DeAndre Jordan (Texas A&M).

"This freshman class is incredible if you look at the depth of it,” Capel said. "You have some stars, some future stars, as far as the NBA. All of the guys you look at have performed well on the college stage.”

Memphis freshman guard Derrick Rose, left, has averaged 19 points and 5.5 rebounds in his first two collegiate games. The Tigers face Oklahoma tonight in the Preseason NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden. Associated press


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