HOOPS RECRUITING: OU lands Juco All-American

Junior college power foward becomes OU Head Coach Kelvin Sampson's second commitment this fall.

OUInsider.com learned Tuesday evening that the Sooner Men's Basketball team has earned a very important verbal today from 6-foot-8 power forward Taj Gray of Redland Junior College in Oklahoma. Gray, who is considered by many the top JUCO power forward in the country, picked the Sooners over Arkansas.

Gray is an atletic forward who rebounds and blocks shots. He was named the 2002 Gatorade High School Player of the Year at Wichita (KS) East after leading his team to the 6A state championship. Gray had a strong freshman season at Redlands (OK) CC leading his team to the NJCAA playoffs. He was named to the second team NJCAA All American team in 2003.

"I really like Oklahoma," said Gray in an interview earlier this summer. "I like the school in general, because they have a strong academic program. They already have a good team and they have been good for several years."

"I am already a much more mature and instinctive player from my days in high school," said Gray. "I am a lot more consistent. My post-up game is very strong, but I still think I am best facing up my defender and taking him off the dribble. My goal this summer is to improve my perimeter game and develop a solid 18-foot jump shot. Everyday I play in games and everyday I work on drills to improve my skills. I am also hitting the weight pretty hard."

Gray becomes the second player to commit to the Sooners this fall. Six-foot-ten center Longar Longar from Laurinburg, Pa. re-committed to the Sooners earlier this summer after failing to qualify for last year's class.

OU also expects to get a verbal from 6-foot-4 Houston shooting guard Chamberlain Oguchi in the next couple of weeks, which would close out their recruiting.

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