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Brookfield, Wisc. center/power forward Kelly Lam left Norman impressed.


Lam is a super post with great skill and size who was named a preseason NIKE All-American. Lam is a three-year starter who averaged 15 points and 6 rebounds as a sophomore. Then last year she averaged 14 points and eight rebounds.

In the summer Lam played for one of the best AAU teams in the country in the Milwaukee Playground Warriors, which is sponsored by NIKE. Lam had a great summer averaging 20 points per game and her play drew tremendous attention from college coaches all over the country.

"My first two years in high school I was strictly a wing player, but I began to go inside more my sophomore year," said Lam. "Last year I really improved my inside game and I became more physical during the summer. You either have to get physical or get left out in AAU ball up here. I really developed an elbows-out type of post game, which I fight for position the secure it and then use a number of moves to get the ball in the basket. My favorite part of the game is getting physical around the basket and knocking people out of the lane. I have some pretty good moves down in the post and I can hit the 12 to 15 foot jump shot pretty well."

Lam visited OU this past weekend and really liked what she saw during the visit.

"I really liked it and really loved the atmosphere at OU," said Lam. "Norman is definitely a neat college town. The coaches and players are just great people and fun to hang around with. When I saw the practice facilities, the weight room and locker room I was amazed. I have not seen another program that is anywhere close to what OU has in facilities. The football stadium was just tremendous and their indoor facility is the best I have ever seen. I have visited a number of colleges and nobody can match OU in athletic facilities that I have seen."

Lam has narrowed her choices down to OU, Marquette, Colorado and the University of Boston.

"I really have a good feeling about Oklahoma, but it is going to be tough decision," said Lam. "I haven't been to Colorado yet, but I have been to Marquette and Boston. OU and Boston are my top two choices right now and picking between the two is going to be a tough decision. I would like to get away from home and both schools would do that for me. One thing about Boston is that I like the city element and I really like the coaches and players. Boston is a very good academic school and that is important to me.

"I think what my decision is going to come down to will be to sit down with my parents and talking about where I fit in the best. I can't say that I am leaning towards one school or the other. I just got back from the Oklahoma trip and I am trying to tack everything in right now."

Lam has a home visit with Colorado on Tuesday and then will try to make a decision where she wants to go to school. Lam also is a member of the tennis and track (shot and discus).

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