Basketball Recruiting Notebook

The latest Brandon Rush (pictured right) potential visit and Oklahoma basketball recruiting.

The OU Men's Basketball team is very busy on the recruiting trail since the news of Tarrance Crump's signing with Purdue.

OU will bring in Mario Taybron of Eastern Oklahoma Junior College this weekend. The Sooners have not offered him yet, but they are considering it. It appears if OU does offer they will sign him. The Sooners' competition is Charleston and Houston.

Oklahoma is traveling to Los Angeles today to visit with 6-foot-3 point guard Mike Woodard of LA City College. OU has a connection at LA City College, as the head coach there is good friends with Kelvin Sampson. The Sooners are getting in late on Woodard, who is a better pure point guard than Taybron, and maybe their top choice among the two.

Woodard is visiting Texas A&M this weekend and OU has to hope that he doesn't sign with the Aggies. If he doesn't, then the Sooners will get a visit out of him the next week, and in that case they would stand a good chance to sign him.

Also on the guard front, OU has decided to not recruit Kevin Henderson of San Bernandino College in California.

It looks like 6-foot-6 wingman Brandon Rush of Mt. Zion is still coming in this weekend. All systems are on go at the moment, but I don't think any of his family is coming in on the visit. His mother wanted to, but couldn't work things out. OU appears to have a great shot here, but who really knows at this point.

As for OU's top rising senior prospects, Keith Clark, a 6-foot-9 forward from Putnam City, visited Norman yesterday. Clark still appears to have a great interest in the Sooners, and I still feel the Sooners will sign Clark when it is all said and done.

OU was also in the home of Obi Muonelo, a 6-foot-5 wing player from Edmond Santa Fe last night, and the Sooners appear on the verge of offering him. Oklahoma State has offered at this point and North Carolina wants to talk to him next week. It appears that Wake Forrest has pulled out of the picture. Muonelo and the OU coaches had a great visit yesterday, and at this point Oklahoma has a good chance to sign him if that is the direction.

The Sooners are also scheduled to get a visit from Dwight Lewis, a 6-foot-5 guard from Metairie, La. Lewis also plans to visit Kansas, Florida and LSU.

Football recruiting is wacky, but men's basketball is even more wacky as it changes daily and sometimes by the hour.

The OU Women's Basketball Team paid a visit to 5-foot-10 guard Helen Johnson of Gulf Coast Community College on Tuesday, and the visit went well. However, the Sooners are still fighting to get a visit.

Johnson hit it off with the coaches, but OU is getting in on her so late and Johnson is already tired of recruiting. She has already visited West Virginia and she is visiting Kentucky this weekend.

Johnson says she is not sure if she wants to take another visit after that, but she liked Coach Coale and the OU coaches so much that she might. The odds are she is going to sign with West Virginia, unless she likes Kentucky a lot this weekend. But OU is not totally out of the loop and the Sooners still have an outside chance.

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