McLean commits to Sooners

Has OU found the missing piece for next season? Juco point guard Gio McLean confirms he's headed to Norman.

The search for Oklahoma to replace point guard Je'lon Hornbeak didn't take long, and it took the Sooners to what's starting to become a familiar spot.

Westchester Community College (N.Y.) point guard Giovanni McLean left his official visit to Norman on Friday morning by committing to the Sooners.

McLean, who is 6-foot-1 and around 200 pounds, averaged 16.8 points and 7.2 assists per game last season at Westchester.

"It feels like a big boulder has been lifted off my shoulders," McLean said. "I just loved it. It was great to get to know the coaches and players. Getting that bond with the coaches was something I was really looking for."

McLean was hosted by New York native guard Isaiah Cousins, and McLean said it did help OU's chances knowing Cousins has been able to find a home in Norman and be successful.

McLean wasn't on OU's radar at the end of the season, but once it became clear Hornbeak was looking to transfer, McLean said the Sooners have been in constant contact with him. Hornbeak officially announced his intent to transfer nearly two weeks ago.

"I had thought about OU before, but I had no idea if everything was going to work out," McLean said. "The one thing I knew was that I had worked for it."

McLean said he committed Friday morning, but he has not signed his letter of intent. He said he hopes to do that sometime next week. One of the issues could be what his exact eligibility status is. When asked how many years he still has to play, McLean said everybody is working hard to figure that out.

McLean is not just another body to give Jordan Woodard a rest, he can contribute. He shot 43.7 percent on his 3-point field goal attempts and managed to average 4.6 rebounds per game despite being a point guard.

He said he was also considering Missouri, Texas State, Memphis and St. John's but had a feeling OU was going to be the spot. No more visits necessary.

"I was able to catch a few of their games this season, and I really like the way they play," McLean said. "I think it's going to be a great fit."

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