So after the much appreciated and calming reality check that Dimes provided, I figured now would be as good a time as any to breakdown some of the guys that might actually want to play for OU next year(what a novel concept). By all accounts, priority one for Coach Capel is the gentleman you see above. He is seven footer Aziz N'Diaye who currently plays for the College of Southern Idaho and if that school sounds familiar it's because it's the same school where Juan Patillo played before coming to Norman. Aziz is from Senegal but by most accounts, he isn't reported to be the project that a lot of players of his size typically are coming into D-1 basketball. Most consider him to have an above average offensive game and excels on the defensive end consistently using his size and length to his advantage. He is coming off an ACL injury which could potentially be an issue, but that did save him a year of eligibility.
UPDATE: Finally some good news! Tyler Neal, the Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year from Putnam City West, verbally committed to the Sooners Thursday, according to the Tulsa World. (if I can find video, I'll post it this afternoon).
Tyler Neal - Putnam City West basketball '08-'09 highlights (via jumptiger34)
Check out some more of the kids OU is targeting after the jump.
OU has almost no option but to sign at least a couple JUCO players just to bridge the gap for the unexpected losses suffered in the last couple days. JUCO players can be very hit or miss, so there is always a risk of going that route. Sampson had a long history of bringing in JUCO players with varying degrees of success. Thus far it appears that Capel has tried to avoid going that route for the most part, but given all that has occurred recently it would seem that strategy is about to change whether he likes it or not.
Jake Trotter of NewsOK has a breakdown of several JUCO guards that OU has reportedly offered.
Marquise Carter (6-foot-4) of Three Rivers C.C. He is the younger brother of former Sooner Nate Carter. Carter also has offers from Gonzaga and Wichita State. Carter is rated the No. 26 JUCO prospect by Rivals.com. Carter, however, is more of a combo guard. He averaged 17.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game.
Josh Watkins (6-foot) of Howard College. Watkins is from New York Wadleigh High. He averaged 14 points, five rebounds and four assists this year while leading Howard to the JUCO national title game win over Three Rivers. He outplayed Carter in that game to earn tourney MVP honors. Watkins has been talking with Cincinnati, West Virginia and Florida State, among others.
Jiggy (via bigTRG)
Daniel West (6-feet-2) of Pensacola JC. West originally signed with Tennessee out of Saginaw, Mich., but didn’t get past NCAA clearinghouse. He was also recruited by SMU and St. John’s coming out of high school.
Rivals also has a breakdown of the top ten uncommitted high school recruits. OU is on the short list for three of the ten, but I'm not sure how optimistic I am on OU getting any of them. Regardless, here is what Rivals had to say.
PF Terrence Jones (No. 13)
Schools in the mix: Kentucky, Oklahoma, Oregon, UCLA and Washington
Jones' recruitment is another tough one to read. Many think it will be difficult to draw him away from the Pac-10 and the West Coast. Jeff Capel, however, has worked diligently to draw him to Oklahoma. Jones' skill set is custom made for the dribble-drive offense, but Kentucky has run a lot of sets this year and just landed another five-star power forward in Enes Kanter.
Terrence Jones Official Hoopmixtape; Summer Edition (via Hoopmixtape)
SG Doron Lamb (No. 21)
Schools in the mix: Arizona, Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma and West Virginia
The latest word concerning Lamb's recruitment is that he is truly undecided at this point. He has officially visited all of his schools except for West Virginia. Arizona has a strong connection with the shooting guard since he played travel team ball with the New York Gauchos under Emmanuel Richardson, who is now an Arizona assistant. Also, Lamb will announce his decision at the Jordan Brand Game along with Selby. Could they both be headed to Kansas?
Doron Lamb (Oak Hill Academy) (via HSSMTV)
SG Terrence Ross (No. 43)
Schools in the mix: Kansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Oregon and Washington
The primary question about Ross' recruitment is whether he will be able to qualify academically after transferring in the middle of the school year back to Jefferson High School in his hometown of Portland, Ore. Proximity gives Oregon and Washington an advantage, but Ross -- who was attending Montrose Christian Academy on the East Coast -- is not tied to the West Coast.
CapitolHoops com Terrence Ross 6'5 SG Montrose UMD Highlights (via captiolhoopscom)
And finally a couple other high school kids that OU reportedly has offers out to as well.
SG Trey Zeigler 6'4" Mount Pleasant, MI
SF Julian Washburn 6'7" Duncanvile, TX
Duncanville H.S.-Perry Jones Julian Washburn dunks over player (via shachapman)
SF Isaiah Sykes 6'5" Detroit, MI
UMHoops.com: Isaiah Sykes vs. Taylor Kennedy (via umhoops)
PG Ray McCallum 6'1" Detroit, MI
Point Guard U Ray McCallum Highlights Summer 09 (via PointguardUcom)