RECRUITING: Kentucky transfer considering OU

How high is former McDonald's All-American and Kentucky guard Rashard Carruth on the Sooners?

The Oklahoma Sooner men's basketball team will bring in two outstanding guards this weekend.

Kentucky transfer Rashard Carruth (6'4) will make his trip to Norman along with Sugarland, Texas guard Lanny Smith.

Carruth is a former McDonald's All-American who is a fantastic outside shooter. With OU losing all of it's 3-point shooters off of next years team, Carruth could be a perfect fit on the Sooner team in 2003-2004. Carruth played behind Keith Bogans and Tayshawn Prince this past season and he didn't always see eye-to-eye with Kentucky Head Coach Tubby Smith on playing time. However, he had his moments at Kentucky, including a 21-point performance against Duke.

OU looks at Carruth as a better version of Kelly Newton with tremendous 3-point range and ability. Carruth is not as athletic at DeAngelo Alexander, Ebi Ere or Jason Detrick, but he is a better 3-point shooter than any of the three and he is comparable with OU's Hollis Price as a shooter.

Carruth at first looked at Memphis, but no scholarship was available and now OU is the school he has the most interest in. If things go well this weekend OU should get Carruth.

OU will also bring in 6'3, 180-pound shooting guard Lanny Smith of Sugarland, Texas. Smith is a junior that the Sooners are looking at for next years's class. He averaged 15.7 points, eight rebounds and seven assists last year.

Smith is a very athletic guard, who can take people off the dribble and he can shoot fairly well. OU needs to reload at guard and they will take a long look at him this weekend and they also hope to get him in camp.

OU hasn't offered Smith at this time, but they are considering it. Smith has received offers from Baylor, Georgia Tech, Houston and TCU. If OU offers this weekend Smith will accept and sign with OU. The odds are 50/50 that they will offer.

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