UPDATE: It’s official.
ORIGINAL: According to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports, the Oklahoma Sooners have won the recruiting battle for Wichita State guard Austin Reaves. The talented shooter, who chose OU over Purdue, Iowa State, Northern Iowa and Michigan, will have to sit out the 2018-19 campaign before his final two seasons of remaining eligibility.
Wichita State transfer Austin Reaves has committed to Oklahoma, per a source.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 15, 2018
As a sophomore, the 6’5” Reaves averaged 8.1 PPG, connected on 42.5 percent of his three-point attempts and started 11 games for the Shockers. The Newark, Arkansas, native also set the program record for three-pointers in a half when he sunk seven of them in the first period against Tulsa back in January.
While this move obviously doesn’t do much in the short term, Reaves will be a valuable addition to the lineup come 2019-20. Oklahoma couldn’t have done much better in its effort to fill its final open scholarship slot.
Reaves will join grad transfers Aaron Calixte and Miles Reynolds, JUCO transfer Kur Kuath and freshman guard Jamal Bieniemy as one of five roster additions for the coming season. Lon Kruger and his staff had quite a tall task ahead of them after the season ended in disappointment and the offseason attrition began to unfold, but they appear to have done quite well for themselves ever since.