Carruth makes it official, enrolls at Oklahoma

Kentucky guard becomes highest rated player in Samson era

Because transfers are not official, (there is no binding 'letter of intent), you never really know until the announced transfer attends his first class.

That happened yesterday with 6-3 Kentucky guard Rashaad Carruth as he enrolled at OU and attented his first class, making his transfer official. Caruth must 'sit out' next year but will practice with the team. He will then have three years of eligibility remaining at OU, begining with the 2003-04 season.

Coach Kelvin Sampson said Carruth's play reminded him of the combination of former OU guards Kelley Newton and JR Raymond. Raymond, because of his excellent play making abilities and Newton due to his three point production.

Carruth played at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, leading his team to a perfect 33-0 record and the number one ranking in high school basketball as a senior. He was named a McDonald's All American and was generally considered to be among the top twelve seniors in the country that year.

Carruth played in 26 games for the Wildcats last year as a freshman, averaging 5.5 points and 12.7 minutes per game. He shot 42.5 percent from the field and 35.1 from three point range. His best game came against top ranked Duke on December 18 when he had a team high 19 points in only 21 minutes played. His high game was against Vanderbilt when he scored 23 on February 27.

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