Scouting Report: Omar Leary

Northeastern Junior College coach Eddie Trenkel talks about the Sooners' future point guard. (Photo/

The Oklahoma men's basketball team received a verbal commitment from point guard Omar Leary from Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo. this past weekend. Leary is expected to send in his paperwork today to make it official. Leary was a two-year starter at Northeastern where he led his team to a 66-6 record. Earlier today, Northeastern head coach Eddie Trenkel talked to about the Sooners' newest point guard.

JH: What kind of player is Oklahoma getting in Omar Leary?

ET: "They are getting a heady, heady point guard who knows how to play. He is a gritty, tough kid that plays really, really hard. The one thing I love about the kid is that he tries to win every possession. In the two years that he was here they never suffered a loss on this floor, and I think the sophomores that were here two years finished 66-6. He was a major part of that. He was the leader; he was guy telling everybody what to do and where to go. The other thing is that he can just flat out shoot the ball. He is a great shooter who is tough and a tough competitor, but he can put the ball in the hole."

JH: What kind of offensive game will he bring to Norman?

ET: "He can really get to the glass. The big thing at the National Tournament, which he showcased, was his ability to really get to the glass and put the ball in the hole. In the two-years that he was here, he shot 47 percent from the 3-point line. When you look at all the records and everything, he was probably one of the best shooters in the country with just the attempts that he took and everything. He had an unbelievable year shooting. And, obviously, he is one of the top assist guys in the nation too. He can really pass the ball and is a set-up guy who he can really set people up. He is your complete point guard. He can shoot it and do everything for you."

JH: What kind of attention was he getting from D-1 schools?

ET: "Because he signed early he signed before the year started. Everybody that came in here said the same thing, and it was at every level. They all wanted him and they all thought he would be a great, great player. He did sign early to Colorado State and he signed to go there to play for Coach Lair, who did a great job of recruiting him. Coach Joyce, who I replaced here went there too and I think that had a little bit to do with it too. When those guys got let go he decided to open up his recruiting, and when he did that my phone rang off the hook. It is still ringing off the hook today with people asking about him, and it is at every level. I had Pac-10 schools, Big 12 schools, Big 10 schools, just about every level that you can think of are calling me about the kid. He did a great job for me for two years and it was well-deserved the recognition that he got after the National Tournament."

JH: What kind of impact do you feel he will have at OU?

ET: "He is the kind of kid what will impact any program the first day he is on their campus. That is what he did for us. That is the kind of kid that he is. After listening to Coach Capel when he was up here, he is Coach Capel's type of kid. He is tough, he is a floor leader and he is not afraid to get into his teammates and let them know what he thinks. He is tough and he wants to win every possession. I think that is the biggest thing that OU is looking for. I know that is what they were looking for when Kelvin (Sampson) was there, and I think Coach Capel is the exact same way."

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