HOOPS RECRUITING: OU in the hunt for juco PF

Junior college All-American power forward Taj Gray says the Sooners are one of his six favorites


Former Wichita, Kan. standout Taj Gray is one of the top junior college power forwards in the country. After a very successful season at Wichita East, where he averaged 21 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks per game, Gray didn't qualify academically and took his talents to Redlands Community College. The move thus far has been great for Gray, who stepped up his freshman season and averaged 15 points, eight rebounds and three assist per game.

"I am already a much more mature and instinctive player from my days in high school," said Gray. "I am a lot more consistent. My post-up game is very strong, but I still think I am best facing up my defender and taking him off the dribble. My goal this summer is to improve my perimeter game and develop a solid 18-foot jump shot. Everyday I play in games and everyday I work on drills to improve my skills. I am also hitting the weight pretty hard."

Gray liked Oklahoma out of high school and says that the Sooners are among several schools he is currently considering.

"I am interested in just about everybody that I have talked to thus far," said Gray. "I like OU, Xavier, Louisville, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Kansas. All of those schools have offered me and I am considering all of them. I really don't have a favorite, and I am going to try to visit all of those schools one way or another."

We have heard all along that Gray has always had a soft spot in his heart for Oklahoma, but is that really true?

"I really like Oklahoma. I like the school in general, because they have a strong academic program. They already have a good team and they have been good for several years. However, I am considering all the schools that have offered me and I feel I can fit in with every team that I am looking at."

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