Ty Lazenby is officially with the Oklahoma Sooners. He’s still wrapping his head around a whirlwind of a week, but it’s true.
The Glencoe (Okla.) High basketball star who grew up a huge Oklahoma State fan and whose parents were both Cowboys is coming to Norman.
A junior college player at Northern Oklahoma College-Enid with little attention as recent as two months ago is now headed to the Big 12 to play for Lon Kruger.
This is recruiting, and this is indeed how fast things can change.
Lazenby committed last Friday and sent in his letter of intent Tuesday. OU officially acknowledged Lazenby on Wednesday morning.
“It’s humbling,” said Lazenby, a first-team juco all-American. “It’s like you’ve finally achieved one of the biggest goals. It’s not the ultimate goal, but it’s a big one.”
Lazenby, 6-foot-5 and around 210 pounds, had a quiet ceremony Tuesday in Enid. Some teammates and coaches were around as was his father, John Lazenby, who coached Ty at Glencoe where they won three straight state championships together.
There in spirit was Ty Lazenby’s mother, Jennifer. She lost her battle with breast cancer last August, but Ty knows it would have been a proud moment for her.
“She would have had a big smile,” he said. “She didn’t talk a lot, but when she did, it was usually bragging about her kids. It would have been an easy transition for her to being an OU fan.”
John was there, and it was fitting for him to be present, said Ty.
“He’s taught me everything I’ve known about basketball,” Ty Lazenby said. “He’s just as big a part of this as I am.”
It was less than two weeks ago when OU assistant coach Chris Crutchfield got in touch with Lazenby about a potential visit. A phone call with Kruger two days later sealed the deal.
Lazenby went on a two-day visit to Penn State last week and was expected to be at Utah when this week began. But there was always that chance that if things clicked enough in Norman, a visit out west wasn’t going to be necessary.
It happened right off the bat last Thursday.
“Meeting with Kruger and Crutchfield, there was just something about them” Lazenby said. “Talking to them and everything just clicked. It was like 40 minutes with me, my dad and Kruger, and it clicked.”
Lazenby was a start at NOC-Enid, averaging more than 22 points per game. OU has a lot of slashers who can get to the rim and score but not a lot of people like Lazenby.
He’s a scorer, first, not a slasher.
“We're very excited about Ty joining our program,” said Kruger in a press release. “He was one of the leading junior college scorers in the nation this past season and can score in a variety of ways. He has a great work ethic and is excited about becoming a Sooner.”
Even though Lazenby was visiting, he still technically didn’t have an offer. After a great Thursday visit, he was offered at breakfast Friday morning.
Lazenby thought about it and thought about his trip to Utah for Monday. He said he would get in touch with Kruger on Sunday. But thinking about the situation more, it became a no-brainer.
“We left the hotel, and I ended up calling Coach Kruger on my way home,” Lazenby. “We were talking about it on the ride home, and we knew it was the place.”
Lazenby will be a junior when he arrives in June and also has a redshirt year available to him. No more questions to be asked. Nothing more left to be said. He’s a Sooner.
“It goes so fast,” Lazenby said. “Just yesterday, I was walking here as a freshman and now June 1, I’ll be in Norman. It’s quite the experience.”
Lazenby joins Scout 100 prospects Trae Young and Brady Manek and three-star recruit Hannes Polla in OU’s 2017 class.