Basketaball Recruiting: OK Big man will sign late

Northeast High School seven-footer will sign late, but will the Sooners still have a shot?

JULIUS LAMPTEY, 7'0, OKLAHOMA CITY NORTHEAST, OK:

JH: How is your high school team shaping up?

JL: We have a few guards that can shoot and penetrate up the middle. That will open up our offense. I am getting in pretty good shape, but I still need to get to work. I guess compared to previous years I am in pretty good shape.

JH: What goals have you set for yourself this year?

JL: I want to win the state championship and I would like to up for the player of the year. Last year I averaged 17.5 and 15.5 rebounds and 3.9 blocked shots and I want to better those numbers this year.

JH: I hear you are not going to sign until the second signing period, is that true?

JL: I am not going to sign until the second signing period. I just want to weigh my options and see who really wants me. I want to sit back and see who the schools sign, because if they are signing players in the early period at my position then they don't really want me.

JH: What schools are you still interested in?

JL: I am talking to Illinois, Cincinnati, Georgia, Oklahoma State and Washington. Oklahoma is not showing a great deal of interest in me at this time. I think OU has a couple of early commitments and they are moving on. I believe Kevin Bookout is one of them and he plays inside. OU has never really had a big man anyway, and I really don't want to be the first, because I am not sure they now how to develop a big man.

JH: You are one of several big names in the state this year, do you follow what some of the other players are doing?

JL: I try to keep up with recruiting a little bit. This year has been an interesting year.

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