HOOPS RECRUITING: Sooners invading Hoosier state

High-rising Indianapolis wing prospect has OU among final three

RODNEY CARNEY, SG, 6'5, INDIANAPOLIS NORTHWEST, INDIANA:

Carney has emerged as a prime-time prospect for Oklahoma during second signing period. Carney averaged 24 ppg, 16 rbpg and six blocked shots this past season. As a junior, Carney was outstanding, averaging 16 ppg, nine rbpg and three blocks.

This past summer Carey played for the Indy Stars and averaged 30 ppg, 12 rbpg and four blocks. Carney also participates in track where he has high-jumped 6'10.

We had a chance to sit down and talk to Carney about his career and about his interest in Oklahoma.

JH: How would you describe your style of play?

RC: I think I can play anywhere on the court and certainly can play anywhere from one to the three. My best position is the shooting guard or the swing guard, but I can score posting up and love to battle inside.

JH: Talk about your scoring ability.

RC: I love to take guys off the dribble and feel I can get the basket anytime I need to. I can also shoot it and can shoot the three. So, I don't think teams can take my offensive game away, because I can also go to something else to get the ball in the hole.

JH: What schools are you considering?

RC: I like Memphis, Oklahoma and IU.

JH: What are your thoughts on Oklahoma?

RC: I like there style of play, because they get up and down the court and play great defense. Plus, they are nationally known and I can get some great exposure there. The same goes for Memphis, except they are a little bit closer.

JH: What about Indiana, how much do you like the Hoosiers?

RC: IU is in the picture, but their game is kind of slow and I like to play at a quicker pace, but they are in the race. Plus, with Jefferies gone now I don't know how good they are going to be.

JH: Are you leaning anywhere?

RC: I can't really tell right now. I am not leaning towards anybody. It is very wide open right now.

JH: What is your visit schedule?

RC: I go to Memphis a week from Friday and then I will visit Oklahoma. I was supposed to go to Oklahoma this weekend, but I would miss all-star practice and I really don't want to do that.

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