Juco PG Darrion Strong set for OU visit

Sooners hosting third-team NJCAA All-American this weekend

The season opener for Oklahoma might be coming on the gridiron this weekend, but the men’s basketball is starting its visit season with a talented junior college point guard.

Darrion Strong, out of Coffeyville (Kan.) C.C., will make his first official visit this weekend, and he’ll spend it with the Sooners. He also has a visit scheduled next weekend to Iowa State, where his father played college basketball.

Strong holds offers from Miami, Tulsa, Kansas, UNLV, Cincinnati, Missouri, Iowa State and Oklahoma, which is still looking for a point guard to round out the 2016 class.

“I like the history of Oklahoma,” said Strong, who modeled his game after Chicago Bulls’ star Derrick Rose. “They’ll give me the chance to come in and play right away and get confidence. . . . Everybody on that staff is big time. They either were in the league or coached in the league. That’s where I’m trying to get to. I think they’ll help me get where I need to go.”

Strong said that Oklahoma and Iowa State are his two favorites at this point. He wasn’t sure where he would take his other three official visits but said he wants to narrow that down next week – if he has to.

“Maybe I’ll be done and finally pick one,” said Strong, who was named a third-team NJCAA All-American after averaging 21.3 points per game as a freshman.

Strong will arrive on campus Friday and is set for all the usual festivities – dinner with coach Lon Kruger, watching practice and catching Oklahoma’s season opener against Akron.

He said Buddy Hield is hosting him.

“I just want to see how the atmosphere is and build a good relationship with the coaches,” said Strong, who wants to be a November signee. “That’s the main part of me picking a school and going to a school: Just having a great relationship with the coach off the court. At the end of the day, it’s just being coached.

“At the same time, I want to be able to have a great relationship with the coach.”

Here’s a look at Oklahoma other point guard options for the 2016 class:

DeJon Jarreau

Oklahoma had fallen almost completely off his radar in the spring but made his top seven in August. He and power forward teammate Brison Gresham, who also holds an offer from Oklahoma, have an official visit scheduled to Norman on Oct. 2.

J.J. Caldwell

Caldwell is another player who Oklahoma stopped recruiting when Payton Pritchard committed last fall. The four-star point guard has caught a lot of attention since and committed to Texas A&M in May.

What makes Caldwell’s case interesting is that he is close friends with McGusty, and the two expressed a desire to play together in the early spring.

Roman Young

More of an off-the-radar prospect, Young plays at Sunrise Christian Academy (Kan.). Oklahoma is familiar with the school. It’s where Buddy Hield played after moving from the Bahamas. He’ll play next season with Sooners 2016 wing target K.J. Santos, who said he’ll make a visit to Oklahoma in early September.


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