Lattin highlights quality OU class

It's official as OU lands the signatures of three quality forwards, highlighted by four-star prospect Khadeem Lattin.

Entering October, the Oklahoma basketball team didn't have one commit for its Class of 2014. Less than two months later, and the Sooners have signed three quality post players for the class.

Each year it has felt like OU coach Lon Kruger has made more headway on the recruiting trail, and he might have landed his best one yet with Houston Westbury four-star power center Khadeem Lattin.

OU desperately needs help in the post moving forward, and Lattin, 6-foot-9 and 210 pounds, will certainly provide that.

"Khadeem's a high-energy guy who is long, rangy and athletic," said Kruger in a press release. "He rebounds the ball well. Because of his attitude and work ethic, he's got a tremendous upside in terms of where he's going to go as a player.

"Right now he's thought of more of a shot-blocker and a defensive guy, but I think he has a ton of potential offensively."

Kruger eyed Lattin from the second he took over as the OU coach, and Lattin said his relationship with Kruger was a huge reason as to why he picked the Sooners.

"He's a hard worker, very coachable and he's a winner," Lattin's coach Ed Chung said. "He's a great kid. He's young, but he's a gregarious kid. I love him. He's definitely a winner."

Lattin can highlight a lot of classes, but he's not OU's only piece of the puzzle. OU added another quality forward last week when Jacksonville (Fla.) Arlington Country Day three-star prospect Dante Buford committed to OU instead of Miami or South Carolina.

Some view him as a power forward, while others see him as a small forward with his 6-7, 210-pound frame. It's that type of versatility that has Kruger excited.

"Dante is a rangy 4/3, ¾ who can score," Kruger said. "He's just a complete all-around type player who brings a lot of things to the table. He plays with a good motor about him."

Arlington Country Day coach Rex Morgan knows what Buford has to do to succeed on the next level. He said Buford is already working on it.

"He wants to step outside and that's probably what he'll have to do at the next level," Morgan said. "He's really been working on his ball handling and he can guard the 3 (position), which is important."

The final piece of the puzzle was actually the first piece. Not much was known about Allen (Texas) power forward Jamuni McNeace heading into his official visit to OU last month. But he didn't leave Norman without committing first.

McNeace was 5-foot-10 as a freshman in high school and is now 6-foot-9 as a senior. He said he didn't know if he had the ability to play at OU. The Sooners are willing to take a chance.

"His potential and ceiling are very high," Allen coach Jeff McCullough said. "He's a little rough around the edges right now because he's only really played two years of basketball. He runs the floor and jumps about as well as any player I've ever coached."

McCullough has some OU background as he also coached senior Cam Clark when he was in high school. McCullough said McNeace is similar to Clark in his athletic ability but has a little more size than Clark.

OU needed help in the post, and safe to say, Kruger and company have certainly addressed that area with a solid group for the 2014 class.

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