RECRUITING: Minor would be major get for Sampson

Houston, Texas point guard Taurean 'Tack" Minor - a national top 25 prospect and probably McDonald's All-American - says Oklahoma is in his final three

With the graduation of starting point guard Quannas White following next season, the Oklahoma basketball team is in the market for a big-time high school guard to fill the void left by White.

One of Oklahoma's top prospects at the point is Houston (Booker T. Washington HS), Texas prospect Taurean 'Tack' Minor.

Minor (5-11, 175), who averaged 26 points and six assists as a junior at Washington, emerged from the 2001 Nike All-American Camp as a top three point guard in his class. Short, strong and tough as they come. He's fast and explosive and really can penetrate to get to the rim. This is one of the very best guards in the Class of 2003. reporter James Hale had a chance to talk with the talented point guard Tuesday night to get the latest on his recruitment.

JH: Why did you decide to stay at Houston (Washington HS) and not transfer to another high school?

TM: I was about to go to a different school, but I decided not to go. I just didn't want to leave and why should I leave? My former head coach had a difference in opinion and that was tough on me. I had to follow what he said and we kept growing apart and I didn't know what to do.

JH: Did you get a new head coach at Washington?

TM: Coach Willie Patrick has become the head coach and my former head coach, Coach Stubblefield, is acting as the assistant. It's a little different, because Coach Stubblefield is still the head coach of the team, but Coach Patricks is going to act as head coach this year.

JH: Some people say that you are a combo guard, because you can score. Does that bother you. Because I know you think of yourself as a true point guard?

TM: I am not worried, but I know what I can do. God has told me what I can do. People can list me as a combo guard if they want, but I know that I am a point guard. I am being recruited as a straight point guard.

JH: How did your summer go?

TM: I had a good summer, but at the end of the summer my coach was asking me to do too much offensively. When it was crunch time he was asking me to take it to the hole, but I wanted to get my teammates involved. To much of the offense was centered around me.

JH: What is the latest in recruiting?

TM: I have narrowed my decision down to three schools. I don't really have a favorite among LSU, Oklahoma and Cincinnati. Texas is also involved a little bit. It's going to come down to whoever wants me to most and who has the best academic program for me. I want to major in computer technology.

JH: What are your thoughts on Oklahoma?

TM: I like how the Sooners run their offense and how they push the ball up the court. I also like their academic program. I watch every team play and I like how Oklahoma uses their guards. At Cincinnati, their guards take over the team and that appeals to me. LSU needs a point guard and I feel I can start there. Oklahoma needs a point guard as well.

JH: Have you set any visits at this time?

TM: I have set visits to LSU (9-14) and Cincinnati the following weekend. I am still working on my visit to OU.

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