Hoops Recruiting: Crocker ready to sign

Four-star guard Tony Crocker talks about his commitment to Oklahoma and growing up a Sooner fan.

Oklahoma received their fourth commitment for the upcoming recruiting class recently when Patterson, N.C. 6-foot-5 guard Tony Crocker picked the Sooners.

Crocker, who played at Warren High School in San Antonio, Texas last season and is now at Patterson Prep School, talked with OUInsider.com Monday night about his future with the Sooners.

JH: I know you committed to OU a while back, but then you went to prep schools. So what is the latest with you in recruiting?

TC: "I am committed to Oklahoma and I plan on signing with OU during the next signing period. I can't wait to sign on that dotted line."

JH: You used to actually live in Oklahoma right?

TC: "I was originally from Lawton, but moved to San Antonio for my freshman year. Then I decided to go to prep school following graduating from Warren High. I had to go to get my GPA because my test score and GPA didn't qualify. When I get my GPA up, I will qualify, and my classes are going well."

JH: How did your in-home visit with Sampson recently go?

TC: "It went good, and it was good to see Coach Sampson. He talked about the future of his program and how I am going to fit into his program."

JH: How do you see yourself fitting into the Oklahoma program?

TC: "I see myself fitting in real well because I can play more than one position. I can play the one, two or three, but I think shooting guard is my best position. That is where I am playing here at Patterson."

JH: What did you average last year in high school?

TC: "I averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds last season. We play our first game tomorrow here at Patterson, so I will be putting together some new stats. We play some community college tomorrow and then we play Oak Hill on Wednesday. A lot of people are interested in our game with Oak Hill. We have already had some news people come up and talk to us about that game, but we have to take care of our game tomorrow first."

JH: How would you describe your style of play?

TC: "I am a scraper type of player. I think I am a slasher because I love to get to the hole. And I think I am a good defensive player because I love to play defense. I can shoot the 3-ball really well and I have a good pull-up jumper. I averaged 81 percent form the free throw line."

JH: What other schools did you consider?

TC: "I also received offers from Texas and Creighton, but I didn't pay attention to them or any of the other schools because I have always just been interested in Oklahoma. I used to live there and I always wanted to be a Sooner. Growing up, I would go watch them play and I always dreamed of playing for Coach Sampson.

"I am scheduled to go on my visit next Thursday and I am looking forward to that. I have been committed to OU for a long time and I am glad I am finally going to get a chance to sign with them."

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