JuCo PG Darrion Strong commits to OU

Sooners earn their fourth commit for the 2016 class

Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College point guard Darrion Strong committed to become the fourth member of the Oklahoma men’s basketball 2016 recruiting class, he confirmed to Scout on Monday night.

The third-team NJCAA All-American visited Oklahoma on Sept. 4 and had just visited Iowa State before committing to the Sooners. Strong, who averaged 21.3 points – 12th in the nation – and 2.2 assists per game as a freshmen, said he wanted to wait until November to make his choice, but things changed in the Sooners’ favor.

Strong had Iowa State, where his father played college basketball, and Oklahoma as his clear top two schools but also held offers from Miami, Tulsa, Kansas, UNLV, Cincinnati and Missouri.

This is the fourth-straight year Oklahoma has earned a commitment from a junior college transfer. Strong said before the visit that he liked the history of Oklahoma and the chance to play right away with the Sooners.

Strong, a 6-foot-1 guard who said he modeled his game after Derrick Rose, said after the visit that people thought he committed to Oklahoma then after the rave reviews he gave the school. He said “everything” stood out to him.

Strong shot 47 percent from the field last season with Coffeyville and 42 percent from behind the 3-point arc. He would join four-star wing Kameron McGusty, three-star forward Matt Freeman and three-star forward Kristian Doolittle in Oklahoma’s 2016 class, which is already rated as a top 10 class nationally.

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