James headlines OU's banner class

It's official. Oklahoma's basketball recruiting class, led by five-star forward Damion James (pictured above), is signed, sealed and delivered. The class is ranked as the fifth-best nationally by Scout.com after the early signing period. See inside for bios on each player.


Keith Clark
Height: 6-8
Weight: 215
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Okla.
School: Putnam City
Ranking: Four-star ranked No. 46 nationally by Scout.com

Why Oklahoma: I've been a big Oklahoma fan all of my life. So when I committed to them last spring it was a very easy decision for me. I also thought about Georgia Tech, Georgia, Texas Tech and Kansas, but in my heart I knew that it would be in my best interest if I wound up going to OU. I remember growing up that my family would take me to as many OU games as they could. They really got things going there right now, and have had it going for a long time.

On his game: I feel I can score on the inside or the outside. Whatever the team needs I can get the job done.

Scout.com Basketball Recruiting Analyst Dave Telep on Clark: There's no limit on how good he can be. He's 6-8 and is a great athlete. He can go out and shoot the three or he can go inside and become a rebounding machine. When he has his game going he makes things look so easy because he is such a tremendous athlete. There are times when he looks like he isn't putting out the effort that he needs to put out. But I really think that will change once he gets to college.


Tony Crocker
Height: 6-5
Weight: 190
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
School: Patterson School (Patterson, N.C.)
Ranking: Four-star ranked No. 6 nationally in the Scout.com Post Graduate Top 24

Why Oklahoma: 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. I see myself fitting in real well (at Oklahoma) 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.

On his game: 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.

Scout.com Basketball Recruiting Analyst Dave Telep on Crocker: The Oklahoma Sooners wound up with one of the better kept Big 12 secrets this recruiting season. He can really score it with skill and range. On a roster loaded with talent, Crocker stands out as a player who might be on the verge of a breakout season.


Damion James
Height: 6-8
Weight: 225
Hometown: Nacogdoches , Texas
School: Nacogdoches High School
Ranking: Five-Star ranked No. 17 Nationally by Scout.com

Why Oklahoma: Oklahoma just gave me more love. Texas recruited me really hard, but they just didn't give me as much love. When it came down to the end I decided to pick OU over North Carolina. At the end, I just thought Oklahoma was the best fit for me. Also, I know that I will have a chance to come in and play right away. That was important to me.

On his game: I can do everything. I can shoot the three. I can dunk the ball. I can play defense. I'm working a lot harder right now on my defense because I know that's something that coach Sampson really stresses.

Scout.com Basketball Recruiting Analyst Dave Telep on James: Damion James was one of those players that the NBA people were talking about, as far as high- school players with the chance of being a first-round pick next year. He's that kind of talent. Here we have a 6-8 player who does it all. He handles the ball. He can go inside and score or he can go outside and shoot the ball. The bottom line is that he's one of the best high-school players in the country.


Jeremy Mayfield
Height: 6-10
Weight: 225
Hometown: Irving, Texas
School: Gulf Shores Academy (Houston)
Ranking: Four-star ranked No. 4 nationally in the Scout.com Post Graduate Top 24

Why Oklahoma: They showed me a lot of love. The coaching staff was straightforward with me and told me how I can help them. I can go in there and get some work done and make it to the next level.

AAU coach Craig Roberts on Mayfield's game: He's versatile. He handles the ball like a guard and has good range from 18 to 20 feet. He's talented and has gotten bigger and stronger, but he needs to get up for every game. He's got to give consistent effort – come rain or shine, he should get 14 points and 10 rebounds every game.

Scout.com Basketball Recruiting Analyst Dave Telep on Mayfield: This is a young man who a lot of tools to work with. He's big, will be college-ready strength wise, and has athlecism and versatility to his power forward package. He would have been a steal at Nevada and he'll be ready to come into Norman and make it happen with the Sooners.


Scott Reynolds
Height: 6-0
Weight: 185
Hometown: Herndon, Va.
School: Herndon High School
Ranking: Four-star ranked No. 31 nationally by Scout.com

Why Oklahoma: I just loved everything about the school. I loved coach Sampson and his assistants. They made me feel at ease. And I think they can make me a better player. In the end, it was a pretty easy decision for me. I'm excited about getting a chance to play there. We have something going that is special. I have become good friends with Damion James and Keith Clark. We talk all of the time. We're excited about what is going to happen in the future.

On his game: There's no doubt in my mind that I can be a point guard in college. The thing that I want to do is make people around me better. I love to pass the ball. And I think I do a good job at it. The thing that is the most important to me is winning. That's what it's all about. In high school they need me to shoot the ball more and score. When I play with these all-star teams they need me to run the point, pass the ball and also score. I think I have shown people that I have a pretty well-rounded game. It's very important to me to be a leader on the court."

Scout.com Basketball Recruiting Analyst Dave Telep on Reynolds: I just love his game. First of all, this guy can flat-out shoot the ball. He's a pure shooter who can also penetrate and score. He's a very dynamic player. The more people who saw him play, the more they began falling in love with him. He had a great summer and his stock was continually rising.

OU's Class Ranked No. 5 in Scout's National Recruiting Rankings

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