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Oklahoma Sooners playing host to big recruiting weekend

Marques Bolden, Jay Jay Chandler, Trae Young among half a dozen elite recruits in Norman

In his three days on the Oklahoma campus this weekend, 2017 four-star point guard Jay Jay Chandler wants to get a taste of the campus, meet the coaching staff and spend time with the players on his first trip to Norman.

He’ll have a good idea of what his future could look like in the process if he chooses Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Sooners men’s basketball team is playing host to six different recruits this weekend – five of them are ranked in the top-50 in either the 2016 or 2017 class.

“It’s just a sign that the school that we’re visiting is doing something good,” Chandler said. “That’s why they’re getting all these top players in the nation. It’s good on their side. On our side, it’s to see how good they are.”

Top-rated 2016 center Marques Bolden – out of DeSoto, Texas – will be making his official visit to Oklahoma. He is also considering Kentucky, Kansas and Duke.

Oklahoma commit Kameron McGusty will make his fifth trip to Oklahoma, an unofficial visit for the 2016 wing.

Chandler and fellow out-of-state 2017 offer holder Isiah Jasey, a 6-foot-8 four-star center, are both on campus and play on the same summer league team. Jasey recently transferred to Sunrise Christian Academy, where former Norman North guard Lindy Waters III has reported to have transferred to.

In-state stars Brady Manek (Harrah) and point guard Trae Young (Norman North) will both me making unofficial visits.

For Chandler, Jasey and McGusty, it was kind of a group effort. Chandler and McGusty might come up to campus together Friday morning, Chandler said.

“We’ve been talking here and there about coming up and stuff,” said Chandler, who plays in the same district as McGusty. “We just planned it and decided to come. 

With four commits for the 2016 class, Oklahoma is possibly Bolden-or-bust before looking toward the 2017 recruiting class. Chandler is one of the early targets for Oklahoma. He visited Texas A&M and Texas recently but said this will be his last visit for a while because of the high school basketball season.

He holds offers from Tulsa, Houston, Creighton, Memphis, UNLV, Texas A&M Baylor, Alabama, Kansas State, SMU, TCU, and Virginia Tech, but Oklahoma was one of his first offers.


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