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Sooner Basketball Lands Frontcourt Duo Over The Weekend

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Former Gonzaga forward Ryan Spangler committed to play basketball for the Sooners on Sunday morning.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Former Gonzaga forward Ryan Spangler committed to play basketball for the Sooners on Sunday morning. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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It was pretty much a given that Gonzaga transfer Ryan Spangler was coming home to play basketball at OU. However, with depth being a current issue Sooner coach Lon Kruger also secured another big man who is eligible to play immediately for Oklahoma.

As Spangler toured the campus over the weekend he was accompanied by JUCO forward D.J. Bennett from Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa. He's listed at 6-8/215 and will be able to provide immediate depth behind Romero Osby and Andrew Fitzgerald. Originally from Carl Sandburg High School out of Orland Hills, IL Bennett was thought to be heading to Arkansas before committing to Oklahoma on Saturday night.

Spangler is from Blanchard, Oklahoma (just 16 miles from Norman) and despite being the 2011 Gatorade Player of the Year in Oklahoma he wasn't recruited by the Sooner head coach Jeff Capel. He now brings his 6-8/235 frame back to OU where he will have to sit out a year per the NCAA transfer rule.