Big 12 It Is For Gallon

One of the nation's best big men made a late decision. Keith Gallon, who ranks in's top 40, is off the board and headed to the Big 12.

Keith Gallon decided he was ready.

The 6-foot-9, 300-pound big man had contemplated his college decision throughout the last week, and on the last day of the period on of the nation's top big men went with Oklahoma.

"He signed his papers and sent them in," Gallon's AAU coach Marland Lowe confirmed.

According to Lowe, Oklahoma's coaching staff and future point guard Tommy Mason-Griffin played big roles in his decision.

"He liked the coaching staff," he said. "Coach [Oronde] Taliaferro and coach [Jeff] Capel built a very good relationship with him. Ultimately he really loves playing with Tommy Mason-Griffin and he wanted to play with him in college. This was another great opportunity for him to be able to step right in and play right away."

To go with Gallon, the nation's 37th ranked prospect, and Mason-Griffin, Capel and his staff also picked up Letter of Intents from Andrew Fitzgerald, Steven Pledger and Kyle Hardrick .

Gallon, who also considered Mississippi State, is ranked No. 5 on's center list.

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