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BY JAKE TROTTER Modified: April 8, 2010 at 11:18 am •  Published: April 8, 2010
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NORMAN — The Willie Warren saga at Oklahoma finally appears to be over.

The University of Oklahoma confirmed Thursday that the 6-foot-3 shooting guard will forgo his final two seasons of eligibility at OU.

"This was a stressful decision and one that I've been stuck in the middle on for a little while," Warren said in a statement released by the university. "I didn't like how things went this year with my injury and everything, but I also feel like I have the skills to take the next step. Some of the things I need to work on like being a better leader and being more vocal are things I can do at the next level.

"I talked to my mom extensively the last few weeks and I feel like the best move for me is to make the jump. Coach (Jeff) Capel is in my corner and said he'll help me out as much as he can."

The decision doesn’t come as a surprise, as Warren hinted going into the season this would be his final year in Norman.

But it wasn’t the kind of season he had hoped to end his career on.

After a banner freshman season, Warren came back to school with hopes of padding his draft stock.

Instead, his shooting percentages plummeted, his turnovers rose, and OU struggled to its first losing season in 29 years.

"My freshman year I feel like I made some big contributions and I was somewhat satisfied," said Warren. "I feel like I could have scored more, but I understood the makeup of our team and it was a great feeling to make it all the way to the Elite Eight. My sophomore year was up and down and tough on all of us. It was a roller coaster ride, especially for me with my ankle injury and being sick.

"But if I had to make my decision all over again, I would make the same one to attend OU. It was the best experience of my life and I want to thank all the Sooner fans who were behind me. My ankle is doing great and now it's time to take the next step."