RECRUITING: Sooners land another guard

The Oklahoma basketball teams' latest commitment talks about his decision to become a Sooner


JH: How did your visit go to OU this weekend?

JT: "It went great. I committed to OU this weekend."

JH: What was it about your visit to OU this weekend that convinced you to commit to the Sooners?

JT: "I sat down and talked to Coach Sampson and I felt that it was a great program and I wanted to play for a great coach. I played with some of the guys this weekend and they were all great guys. The program is really cool. They have been to the Final Four and the Elite Eight over the last couple of years. Coach Sampsons' teams have been in the NCAA Tournament nine straight years and he knows what he is doing."

JH: What other schools did you consider?

JT: "UMASS was the only other team that I was considering at this time."

JH: How would you describe your game?

JT: "I play the game like Tracy McGrady, but I like Paul Pierce because he can shoot it and I can shoot it. When I played with OU this weekend they said that I reminded them of Keith Langford. I can get to the hoop anytime that I want."

JH: What kind of season did you have last year?

JT: "I averaged 19 points and eight rebounds and four steals. We won three straight championships at the highest classification in Florida. We have actually won four straight times, but I didn't play my freshman year."

JH: How will you fit into the Sooners' offense?

JT: "I play on the wing and I will have to come up big to play a lot at OU because they have some great players at OU and in the league that they play in."

JH: What do you think about your opportunity to play in the Big-12 Conference?

JT: "I know that it is very tough and I know that I am going to have to come in and play every night. You have Kansas, Texas, Colorado, Iowa State, Missouri — it is one of the best conferences in the country."

Note: It is well known that Tobias doesn't have the grades to qualify at this point, but he is still making an effort to make them. However, the odds are that he won't make his grades and Tobias says that he has two options: to either go to a junior college or go a prep school. He is leaning towards a prep school at this time, so that he can enroll at OU for the 2004-2005 season.

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