RECRUITING: Texas junior a Sooner?

The latest on Nacogdoches, Texas junior forward Damion James.

The Oklahoma basketball team is expected to get a great start on their 2006 recruiting class when they visit the home of 6-foot-8 Damion James in Nacogdoches, Texas next week.

James, who is rated as one of the top 10 players in the country by several services, will make his soft commitment official on April 6 during an in-home visit with the Sooners, according to his high school coach Mark Richardson.

James, who had previously listed a top five of Kansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arizona and Texas, possesses an outstanding all-around floor game and handles the ball very well for a player his height.

"Physically gifted and offensive minded, James is always going to find ways to score the basketball," said recruiting analyst Eric Bossi after evaluating James last February. "Some close to him have already indicated that making a direct jump to the NBA is his ultimate goal, but that is still a ways off at this point.

"When James is at his best he uses his size, relative strength and quickness around the hoop to establish himself with a few easy scores around the basket. From there he works his way out on the floor making mid-range jumpers and taking defenders off of the dribble and mixing in an occasional three."

One other note, this does not hurt OU's chances to recruit Keith Clark of Putnam City. OU has offered Clark and they still have a big lead for his services at this time.

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