HOOPS RECRUITING: Longar could commit soon

Rochester, Minn. center Longar Longar talks about his visit to Norman

Longar Longar, C, 6'10, Rochester John Marshall, Minnesota:

Longar is a new name on the big-time prep basketball circuit as he has only been in the United States the last four years. Longar grew up in Sudan and his parents moved to the United States four years ago to give their 11 kids better education possibilities and better job opportunities for themselves.

Longar can speak five languages and English has become his main language.

"It has been a little rough here and there, but not to bad," said Longar. "Getting use to the school systems has been the toughest thing for me to adjust to."

Longar has played organized basketball for just two years and last season was his first year of varsity basketball ,where he averaged 14 ppg, six blocks and 12 rebounds per game. This past summer Longar averaged 20 points and improved his offensive game by leaps and bounds.

Longar is getting more and more offers every day in recruiting, but after taking his first visit to OU this weekend the Sooners are clearly his top choice.

"OU is my top choice without question right now. They have been my number one choice all along," said Longar. "I like the coaches and players. They really treated me just like family."

"I loved the new facilities and the college seems to be a great institution where I can get a great education. I am leaning heavily to OU and I will probably commit to them sometime this week. I still have to talk things over with my mom and my high school coach and then I will go public with my decision."

Longar has also been offered by UCONN and Fresno State, but unless something dramatically changes in the next couple of days Longar will be OU bound next year.

However, he does have some academic work to make up. Since Longar got a late start on the education system in the United States he is behind. He is incredibly intelligent and there is a great chance that he can catch up by the time he graduates. He will take his ACT next week.

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