Oklahoma men's basketball picked up a verbal commitment from 2014 and 6'9" power forward Khadeem Lattin out of Houston, Texas. Lattin chose the Sooners over reported fellow finalists Texas and UCLA.
Lattin is a very long, but lean athlete who uses his size on the defensive end to both rebound and block shots. He's still pretty raw as an offensive player, but as you might expect is a strong finisher around the rim.
Like many high school big men, he'll benefit greatly from a Division I strength program and should have the frame to add a good weight once he arrives on a college campus.
While he is certainly raw as an offensive player, he has a very high upside if Lon Kruger and his staff can develop and help him reach that potential. As fans are aware, you can't teach that kind of length.
It's also a big commitment for OU and Kruger not just because it was a win on the recruiting trail over their rival (though Lattin had only recently shown interest in Texas), but also because very little depth at forward and/or center. Probably doesn't take a rocket scientist to deduce that very fact was something Kruger and his staff used to sell Lattin on the Sooners.
Regardless, it is a very solid pickup for the Oklahoma basketball program. Lattin now joins fellow big man, 6'10" Jamuni McNeace in the Sooners current 2014 recruiting class.