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Oklahoma Sooners Basketball Recruiting: Rice Grad Transfer Egor Koulechov to Visit Oklahoma This Weekend

The 6-5 guard averaged 18.2 points and 8.9 rebounds last season.

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The Oklahoma Sooners have been in the market for a grad transfer since Darrion Strong-Moore’s announcement regarding his departure from the program. Well, it looks like OU may be in luck, as they will reportedly be hosting Rice guard Egor Koulechov this weekend. Koulechov would be eligible to play immediately for the Sooners next season.

Koulechov averaged 18.2 points and 8.9 rebounds for Rice as a redshird junior in 2016-17, earning him First Team All-Conference USA honors. Although he’s known primarily as a tremendous outside shooter (.474 from long range last season), he’s a very solid overall player who can play both inside and outside. He would certainly be expected to be more of an outside presence against Big 12 competition, but he’s someone who will be able to post up smaller guards if need be.

Additionally, Egor is someone who has a very interesting background. Originally from Russia, he grew up in Israel from the age of seven. As an Israeli citizen, he’s required to fulfill military service, which he explains in the video below (filmed during sophomore season).

Koulechov is definitely good enough to make an immediate impact at OU, and all Sooner fans should be hoping that he wants to make Norman his home.