Q&A with Kelvin Sampson

OU Head Men's Basketball coach Kelvin Sampson talks about the signing of junior college All-American Terrell Everett and his players' summer plans. (AP Photo/Jerry Laizure)

NORMAN, Okla. — It has been an interesting week for OU Head Men's Basketball Coach Kelvin Sampson. On two separate days it was announced that starting guard De'Angelo Alexander was leaving the program because he was unhappy at OU, and about the same time it was announced that Junior College All-American Terrell Everett from West Plains Junior College in Missouri had signed with the Sooners.

As always, Coach Sampson remained upbeat through all the trials and tribulations of being a head coach of an elite men's basketball program, and OUInsider.com caught up with Coach as he was out recruiting for the Two Minute Drill.

JH: What can you tell you about Terrell Everett?

KS: "First of all he is a great kid. He is one of those team first guys that are a winner. We love that about him. In terms of his ability, he is a lefthander and he will remind Sooner fans of Nolan Johnson. He is a very athletic type and his greatest asset is he can really get to the rim. He is a great penetrator and good passer.

"I like the fact that he has played a lot of point guard. He was the starting point guard when he was a freshman and this year he moved out to the wing and averaged almost 20 points per game. Terrell gets to the free throw line a lot and shoots 80 percent from the line. He makes a lot of plays off the dribble. He's long and he is probably 6-foot-4 and a half. I like the fact that Terrell is lefthander and he is a great kid. I just think he will be a great asset for us."

JH: You have great luck with junior college players, is there any particular secret to it?

KS: "I think the big thing to it is need. They have to fill a need. You just can't bring a junior college kid in and have him be an afterthought. We recruit kids that can start. Terrell Everett is a kid that can start. He is good enough to start, but we have five really good guards right now.

"In Drew Lavender, Lawrence McKenzie, Brandon Foust, Terrell Everett and Jaison Williams we have a great group of guards. A lot of teams will play only four guards and sometimes five, but we feel really good about our backcourt right now.

"There is a chance that we may sign one more, but he would have to be an impact type player. We are not just going to take a kid just to be taking him. If we can't get an impact guy we will go with what we have and feel good about it."

JH: What are your guys going to be doing this off-season?

KS: "There is a good chance that Drew and Brandon may be invited to play on the United States Junior National Team. They may be invited to try out for that team at least and we will see. There are a couple of other opportunities with Kelvin Bookout going over to Europe with a Big 12 All-Star team.

"So, we have some things in the works for some of our kids, but most of our guys will stay here all summer. Taj Gray, Terrell Everett and Longar Longar will be in here working out with our team at the end of May and first of June. They will be together for at least five to six weeks."

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