Feb 29 2012; Austin, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lon Kruger reacts against the Texas Longhorns during the second half at the Frank Erwin Special Events Center. Texas beat Oklahoma 72-64. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE
The Oklahoma Sooners basketball program has been on a steady downfall with all the sanctions placed upon them. However, they have seem to find a new state of mind and new motivation that has the potential to revitalize a once formidable force. But, the one thing that has been lacking has been outstanding point guard play. Sam Grooms was brought in to fix the issue and has done just that for the time being. With Grooms being a senior, that will be an area of concern for 2013-14.
It was only a couple of months ago that in-state PG prospect Stevie Clark was weighing the decision of graduating early which could have landed him at Oklahoma this season. It just wasn't the way the cookie crumbled and as new information has been released, the Sooners will need to focus their efforts elsewhere.
It was evident that while looking on the inside, the right decision for Stevie Clark was to return for a senior season at Douglass High School in Oklahoma City. He most likely would not have played much on the college level due to the lack of strength and maturity of other D-1 athletes that would be guarding him. A fourth year in HS would most likely have resolved this issue as he would be older and wiser.
After Clark, an exceptional ball player who lacks height but possesses a range like no other, decided to remain in high school, another unforeseen bomb was about to drop...he announced would transfer to Quest Prep Academy in Las Vegas.
Now, I know what you're thinking. Lon Kruger has a ton of pull in the Las Vegas area seeing as he is only 2 years removed of the UNLV head coaching position. But, nothing douces a fire quite like the water of seeing Clark list his top 5 schools in UCONN, Missouri (ouch), Florida St., Oklahoma St. (another ouch), and UCLA.
What happened to Oklahoma, a school that had made great headway with family evidenced by younger brother Deondre Clark receiving an offer to play football at OU? Could we see Stevie recruit his brother right out of the grasp of Bob Stoops and Co.? Only time will tell.
So, what does this mean for Oklahoma and Lon Kruger? It can only mean that this case is closed while the Sooners don't even have an outside chance of pulling him back in. They will need to turn their focus to another in-state PG in Jordan Woodard, who currently holds an offer from OU.