Sooners get their shot at Arizona transfer

Arizona transfer Dennis Latimore is set to visit Norman this weekend. Latimore, who chose Arizona over UCLA and Kansas out of high school, is down to OU and three other schools. The Halstead, Kan. native talked about his interest in the Sooners Tuesday evening with James Hale.

One of the most coveted transfer on this market this spring is Arizona big man Dennis Latimore. Latimore, a 6-foot-9, 240 pound power forward, left Arizona in the middle of the season a year ago, but played in each of the Wildcats' 34 games as a true freshmen and averaged 10.9 minutes a game. He also posted highs of 12 points and eight rebounds during his freshmen campaign.

He was a consensus top 50 prospect coming out of high school and chose Arizona over UCLA and Kansas. Below is a transcript of James Hale's conversation with Latimore Tuesday evening.

JH: How much bigger are you than when you were in high school?

DL: "I have grown about a half an inch and 20 pounds since I have been at Arizona."

JH: Why do you want to leave Arizona?

DL: "I just wasn't comfortable out here in Arizona. I kind of wanted to get back in the Midwest and find a better fit for my game. I just wanted to find a better system."

JH: How would you describe your offensive game?

DL: "I have a power game with some low post moves. I want to find a school that looks to get a big man some looks in the post. I want to play with a coach that has a good relationship with his players, much like Coach (Kelvin) Sampson. I like a lot of things about OU."

JH: You didn't really look at OU coming out of high school did you?

DL: "I was mostly looking at Pac-10 schools coming out of high school."

JH: I remember that you had a pretty good jump shot for a big man. Do you still have that shot?

DL: "I still have a good jump shot - I just don't get to use it much. I still work on that every day and actually work on all my perimeter skills every day."

JH: What schools are you considering at this time?

DL: "I am still considering Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Iowa State and Minnesota. On Oklahoma, I really like Coach Sampson and I am looking forward to meeting the other coaches, players and seeing the facilities. I have already visited Iowa State and Minnesota and I saw a big opportunity to make a big impact at both schools. I think I could make that same kind of impact at Oklahoma. I haven't taken my visit to Notre Dame yet, but I have talked to Coach (Mike) Bray a couple of times. I go to Notre Dame the week after Oklahoma."

JH: Do you have a leader at this point?

DL: "No, I don't want to say that I have any kind of a leader."

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