OU signees filling team's needs

Sooners need size going forward, and they're going to get it with their three additions, highlighted by Khadeem Lattin.

Throughout Oklahoma's season, a common thought echoed by OU fans was where is the consistent post presence and scoring for the Sooners? Sophomore Ryan Spangler was solid and is about as gritty as they come.

Forward D.J. Bennett had glimpses where it felt like he was ready to be a more consistent factor. But for the most part, year No. 3 with Lon Kruger was about finesse and skill than toughness and will.

Not to say OU didn't play hard and didn't leave it all on the floor, but the pieces simply weren't all there, at least not yet.

Those pieces should arrive to Norman this summer in the form of forwards Khadeem Lattin, Jamuni McNeace and Dante Buford.

Buford, from Jacksonville (Fla.) Arlington Country Day, is ranked the No. 28 power forward by Scout despite his 6-foot-6 frame. He is a three-star prospect that picked the Sooners over schools like Miami (Fla.) and South Carolina.

McNeace is a little under the radar from Allen (Texas) High. A lot of smaller schools were looking at him before the Sooners took a shot with him in October. He's around 6-9 but will have to put on more weight to be as effective as OU will need him to be.

The crown jewel of the class is certainly Lattin. He is the highest-rated recruit Kruger has landed during his time in Norman. At 6-9, he is a four-star prospect ranked No. 16 at center.

"The three of them bring length, athletic ability, enthusiasm and energy," Kruger said. "How quickly that translates to minutes in Big 12 play remains to be seen. The new rules allow us to get them in here in the summertime and I think that helps everyone across the country with the transition from high school to college."

They'll have a lot of help, though, as OU is so loaded at the guard position. Guards Buddy Hield, Je'lon Hornbeak and Isaiah Cousins will only be juniors next season, while point guard Jordan Woodard will be one better at just a sophomore.

The quicker the signees can make that adjustment, the better, obviously, for the Sooners.

"The intensity, the strength difference, the quickness difference are things high school guys typically refer to as a little bit of a surprise," Kruger said. "Maybe they can get through that a little bit in the summertime and help them with the transition more quickly.

"They have the length, the energy and the athletic ability, but they are very lean. They're not rugged in nature, but I think they're aggressive."

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