After committing to the Oklahoma Sooners back in May, four-star guard Jamal Bieniemy has made it official by signing his National Letter of Intent with the school. The Katy (Texas) Tompkins product also had offers from Oklahoma State, LSU and Creighton.
Lon Kruger and his staff have made Houston a priority in years past, and its very good to see that trend continue with the signing if another talented prospect out of the area. Houston is a hotbed for recruiting, and Kruger has clearly made inroads there during his time at Oklahoma.
Bieniemy is considered a combo guard, and he definitely has the potential to excel at either PG or off the ball. Another thing of note is his potential as a defender. The guy stands at 6’4”, has very long arms and reacts quickly, so he could end up being a dominant player in that area. As far as his offensive skills are concerned, Bieniemy is very patient and controlled for a guy his age. That, however, doesn’t mean that he can’t be explosive when he needs to be. The guy can find a way to get to the bucket in a multitude of ways and is a solid finisher once he gets there.
Bieniemy is the No. 125 overall player in the 2018 247Composite rankings. In the same rankings, he’s listed as the No. 26 shooting guard nationally and the No. 10 overall player in the state of Texas. He’s expected to be Oklahoma’s lone signee of the early period, but the Sooners could potentially add someone in April/May if need be. With only one scholarship senior on the roster in 2017-18, don’t expect Oklahoma to do much else regarding the 2018 class. The again, attrition is a thing. A lot can happen between now and April. Oklahoma could be looking to add another player if Trae Young declares for the draft following this season. I think there’s a very good chance he stays at OU for more than one year, but you never know.
If you feel like you recognize that last name, there’s a reason for it. Bieniemy is the nephew of former Colorado Buffaloes running back Eric Bieniemy, who ran all over the Sooners and the rest of the Big 8 Conference back in the late 80s/early 90s.