Lavender, Foust Pick Oklahoma
Columbus Brookhaven point guard Andrew Lavender and small forward Brandon Foust visited Oklahoma this weekend. The visit altered the course of their recruitment.
"They committed in Coach Sampson's office this morning," Brookhaven coach Bruce Howard said.
Lavender, a likely McDonald's All-American, and Foust terrorized the Nike traveling team circuit in July. The chemistry between the two lead to the Nike Peach Jam title. Lavender was our pick for player of the summer as he clearly demonstrated leadership ability, intangibles and toughness that are rarely seen in high school point guards.
Foust, a Top 100 talent, changed games in July with his athleticism. Surely he's one of the top offensive rebounding small forwards in the class. Often times, Lavender would lob alley oops at the rim that seemed way out of his reach only to connect with Foust high above the rim in an impressive aerial show.
In the end, the real players in the pair's recruitment were Mississippi, Pittsburgh and Oklahoma. Coach Sampson rarely missed the pair's summer games and the Sooners ardently pursued them.
When OU nabbed guard Lawrence McKenzie early in the process, some doubt was cast on whether or not the Sooners would land the pair, but in the end it was clear: OU stood out.
"It's a great opportunity for Drew and Brandon and they're looking forward to it. Meanwhile, their departure leaves Howard with a sizable void down the road. "Those guys are special players. They are special in their own ways and I know they have taken our program to the highest level. They are going to a great program, a high profile program."
And, like they always said and remained true to their words: they are going together.