Post presence remains a focus for OU

Sooners keeping an eye on big men but backing off on others

Another recruiting period kicked off Friday for Oklahoma, which is looking to fill out its 2016 recruiting class after already signing three players to this year’s class.

The coaching staff made stops in New Orleans and Virginia last weekend to check out the AAU circuit and will likely have a large class for 2016. Oklahoma has six available scholarships for the 2016 class with the transfer of Frank Booker.

This recruiting period ends Thursday before more than two months of a quiet period, when coaches cannot have any off-campus contact with recruits.

It’s usually a big-time for unofficial visits, though.

Four-star forward taking his time

Indiana-based post player Joey Brunk was in New Orleans last weekend with his AAU team – one of the stops Oklahoma’s coaching staff made.

Brunk, a four-star forward who is the 78th overall player in the 2016 class, is an obvious priority for the Sooners, who still don’t have a back-to-the-basket post player signed for the class.

He doesn’t have a list of top schools yet but has received a lot of attention from nearby Indiana, Butler and Michigan State.

“After this next live period, he’ll start narrowing some things down with my family,” Brunk said. “I’ll start to slow it down a little bit. . . . It’s starting to shift over to that.”

Brunk planned on visiting Oklahoma this weekend but had to cancel his trip at the last minute. He said he still plans on making an official visit to Oklahoma.

The Sooners are likely to be in this race until the very end.

Sooners backing off on guard

Virginia-based combo guard Greg Williams played with his AAU team in New Orleans this past weekend for the first time. They never practiced beforehand and went 0-4 while trying to find a rotation.

The 6-foot-4, three-star guard was asked by multiple coaches why he wasn’t playing much as his team tries to figure out who to play.

Some of the Oklahoma recruiting staff was on hand for what Williams called the “most painful thing” he’s had to do.

“I haven’t spoken to the staff from there in a while,” Williams said. “They came to every single one of our games this past weekend. I don’t know.”

Williams hasn’t been on a visit since his trips to Maryland, Richmond, Virginia Tech and East Carolina in February. He holds offers from Virginia Tech, USC, Auburn, Texas A&M, DePaul, UNC-Wilmington and Oklahoma.

“There’s no more potential, it’s what you’re putting out there,” said Williams, a combo guard who is more of a distributor than a shooter. “I’m just going to make sure I produce and help the team do whatever we need to do to win.”

Williams said he wants to work on being a more consistent shooter.

Louisiana native wants to leave the state

One of the top combo guards in the country, DeJon Jarreau, has expressed that he adamantly does not want to stay in the state of Louisiana.

The four-star guard, who is rated as the 66th overall player in the country, said that Oklahoma hasn’t communicated with him much since he received an offer.

It’s less than other schools.

“I know they want me and they’ve hit me up but now as much as other schools,” Jarreau said.

Jarreau said that UMass and Boston College have been contacting him the most. Jarreau holds offers from Louisiana-Lafayette, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Boston College, Memphis, Louisiana Tech, Oral Roberts, UMass and Washington, where his cousin plays.

“I know I want to be out of state,” said Jarreau, who likes Oklahoma but is wide open in his recruitment. “. . . I want to go somewhere far.”

He doesn’t plan on making any visits until next season.

N’Diaye back to form after surgery

Four-star forward Papa N’Diaye, who holds an offer from Oklahoma and is being recruited primarily by Chris Crutchfield, doesn’t have a favorite and isn’t playing on the AAU circuit.

He had surgery on a torn ACL in December but will be at full form in June. N’Diaye is already running in workouts.

Oklahoma, Michigan State and Tennessee have all contacted N’Diaye recently, but he said that the Sooners are pursuing him the most.

“It’s like Michigan State and Oklahoma right now,” N’Diaye said of the two schools that are contacting him the most.

VCU has also shown recent interest in the 6-foot-9, three-star power forward who plays high school basketball in North Carolina.


Gresham waiting to come to OU

6-foot-7 power forward Brison Gresham hasn’t made any visit, but the high school teammate of Jarreau said this summer is all about finding which school fits him best.

He has a list of offers from Tulsa, Memphis UMass, Cincinnati and Oklahomabut has a lot of interest in UMass. He said that he wants to make a visit out to Oklahoma before his recruiting is done.

“OU is definitely one of my top schools,” he said.

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