Pledger Pounces On Big 12 Offer

When Steven Pledger transformed himself into a high-major recruit this spring, one program had a jump on the pack. On Tuesday, that program cashed in on its long term commitment to the shooter.

Steven Pledger, a 6-foot-4 starter for the Boo Williams traveling team is heading to Oklahoma. The Virginia Beach (Va.) Atlantic Shores Christian sniper picked the Sooners.

"Coach Capel said the commitment goes both ways and that's what we want to hear," Pledger's father Steven told "He's going to keep working on the court and in the classroom."

Pledger's spring took him from mid-level to high-major status. Shortly after the first AAU tournament of the spring, the Sooners offered him a scholarship. Most programs were impressed with his 3-point touch. As a junior, Pledger scored 22 points a game and knocked down 52 percent of his trifectas.

Jeff Capel fostered a relationship with Pledger during his time as a coach in the CAA. "The coaching staff, they were committed to me when they were at VCU," Pledger said. "I like the style of play and its family oriented."

Pledger intends to visit Norman in the near future. He's ranked as the No. 22 shooting guard in the Class of 2009 by

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