James Taking Pair of Trips

Damion James chose Oklahoma because of its proximity to Nacogdoches. The 6-foot-8 senior forward is no longer headed to Norman, but he's still looking for a school nearby.

Damion James always wanted to remain fairly close to home when he chose to play for Kelvin Sampson at Oklahoma. The Nacogdoches High (Texas) senior forward has changed his mind about playing for the Sooners, but he still doesn't want to go far away.

It's basically a two-horse race, according to Nacogdoches coach Mark Richardson.

``It's pretty much a decision between Texas A&M and Texas," Richardson said.

James will visit Texas A&M on Thursday and then head to Austin on Friday.

``If he doesn't pick between one of those two, he'll take a third and/or fourth visit and see where we go from there," Richardson added. "But I really look for him to make a decision between those two."

Richardson said the calls came in fast and furious after college coaches heard that James received his release from new coach Jeff Capel and the University of Oklahoma. Things have settled down since after James has made it clear that he doesn't want to stray too far from his family.

``He's sticking with the ones that were recruiting him the first time around," Richardson said. "Oklahoma is the same distance as Austin. He definitely wants to stay close to home."

``He just wants to go somewhere to play ball. He doesn't really like the recruiting process," he added. "He just wants to meet with the coaches and the team and he'll pick whichever school he feels comfortable."

``It's going to be a tough decision," Richardson continued. "He'll probably make his decision on Monday if it's one of those two schools."


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